Every once in a while I scrap a page that turns out to be the equivalent of running a car into brick wall. Bam!! The layout, like a crash test dummy, doesn’t fare well in those circumstances. Wiser women would never show you. Apparently, I am not proud or wise.
Take, for instance, this layout. It was my 4th layout posted for LOAD. Surely I can’t have run out of mojo by day 4??
Maybe the things I liked about it are the things that are wrong? Yikes - could that be? I liked the elements but they were not all working together to give the page a sense of movement to tie into the subject.
So I uploaded it and asked for suggestions. Well, the gals in LOAD, ever so kind, were timid in their suggestions. Maybe they thought I couldn’t take it, if they pointed out all the flaws. Hints to mat the photos in white for contrast and add some more bits of patterned paper were good.
Now, we have, version 2.0.
Still, I was not happy. Apparently I am, was, and continue to be stubborn (not proud and not wise) about this page. Before I would completely tear it apart and salvage the photos, I uploaded it to the gallery at Get It Scrapped for their Office Hours, where members can get advice on their work . Mind you, these are scrappers too, every bit as kind as the LOAD gals, but on a mission with helpful constructive criticism based on design principles.
Unfortunately our tornado sirens went off just as I signed into Office Hours, so went to duck and cover and missed the interactive discussion, that makes Office Hours so unique. Luckily each one is recorded for later reference. (BTW, no tornados close to us.) They looked it over and after applauding what was right, made some suggestions.
|Good||Not So Good||Suggestions|
|Cute pictures. (Yep, I make cute babies, even if not always cute pages.)||The flow between the pictures and around the page, is not good.||Switch the order so that he gets closer as we move down the page. (The way I had it at first.)|
|Colors of papers play well off his clothing.||Not enough contrast among some elements.||Consider adding some red elements to reinforce flow.|
|Outside border makes the middle of the layout seem brighter.||Pictures almost seem to be pulling away from each other.||The paper clusters could be moved in from the edges.|
|Title is confusing –“heads up”, “today” or Nick Is On The Move?||“Heads Up” is so much darker than the rest and is distracting as placed.||Rework title, perhaps with just two elements instead of three.|
Okay, so contrast and flow are the two principles I needed to work on. Here is my tweaked layout. What do you think of Version 3.0?
When I focused on fixing contrast and flow, the result was a cleaner simpler page. The diagonal stripes and arrows were just too busy, enamel dots work better. And, yes, that is the perfect number and the exact preferred placement too. It has to be --- I immediately filed this version away in an album. (Yes, I am a little proud of that wise decision!)
So I dedicate this post to all the scrappers who have ever had a page that turned out “wonky,” whether admitted or not. Here is to getting better, trying again and again (but not by revising and re-revising every page), and learning a little something along the way. A little bam! once in a while is not all bad.
After this entire ordeal, you might ask what is my best advice. Well . . . don’t rip the cutest paper!
On a more helpful note, don't be afraid to get a second opinion. Why not check out Get It Scrapped/Master Scrapbook Design and their Office Hours which are part of the membership, you can do that here. Tell them Susanne told you about their layout rescue work (who better to know than her, right?).