Saturday, March 12, 2011

Layout makeover

Hey there!
I wanted to start with a few words about the earth quake. Many of you have emailed me and asked if we are OK here in Okinawa. Yes,we are:) Thanks for your concerns.

If you look at this map you can see how far away we are from "mainland" Japan. Okinawa is where the arrow is and the X is the epicenter.
We did not feel the earthquake nor did we get a tsunami.

It's absolutely terrible what happened and I will continue to pray for everyone that lost their homes and loved ones.


I have this thing- if I'm not happy about a layout, it will bother me forever and I HAVE to redo it. I know most of you think that this is a waste of time and rather move forward. I can't do that you see...

Here's an example of a layout that I don't like. It's simply not good.
Scrapping is of course not science with right and wrong. Scrapping is art and it's all about opinions, but in my opinion this layout is not good.

The colors would have worked, but the page is totally lacking a focal point, something that I'm obsessed about.

By moving the photos closer together and putting the embellishments in clusters (rather than spread them out) the page gets a natural focal point.

Here's another page I recently finished that did not turn out great. And I tell you why.
First, it's too plain and boring (for my taste). Second, the color of  the papers I chose is too similar to the photos, so the whole layout looks like a big blur.

I switched to papers with more contrast, which make the photos stand out more.

What do you think? Was it an improvement or not?
At least I'm happy and I can finally MOVE ON;)


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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the explanation! That really makes a lot of sense and I can see such a big difference. Your explanation is one of the best I have seen for putting together a good scrapbook page.

Michelle said...

So glad you are all ok!!! Yes, I agree. While the original versions were good, the redo's do make them flow better on the first and your pics definitely pop in the second. I like the pop of red in that one.

Bellule said...

Je suis contente pour vous que vous n'ayez pas été touchés par le tremblement de terre ou le tsunami.

Je trouve tes pages superbes.

pdrnc said...

So happy to hear you and your family are okay. It's just devastating watching what others are going through.

Your new LOs look amazing.

Carol L said...

I've really learned a lot about layouts with this great post! Thanks for the tips and I'm so glad that you're all ok in the midst of the devastation and chaos in Japan.

Momofaym said...

Love your "re-do's". I do the same thing, I'll do a LO... look at it, walk away (sometimes for days) then come back and look...hate it.. redo! Glad to hear your alright !

lisyanthus said...

well definitely an improvement on your focused LO
I'll try to think of that next time

as for earthquake, well, even if not everyone was lucky, it is good to hear that no everyone in the area has been touched

Bev said...

so glad you are fine. Sending prayers to all over there.

As good as you think the first were.. after your explaination of why you didn't like it .... the new ones definitely showcase the photos better whether it be with position and colour change and clustering rather than spread out embellies.. what an improvement. And ditto explain things so well.. hugs Bev

Pias Doodling said...

Tack och lov att du är ok Helen! Krsm Pia i Halmstad!

Glinda said...

Glad to here you your family is fine and I did like the first layouts you did , but when I looked at the redo's I could see what you ment about them jumping off the page.

karen In Houston said...

Glad you are safe..
I can definitely see the difference in your layouts. When I first saw the original layout, I thought this is okay and looks good but when I saw the makeovers, what a difference and the makeovers are great.

On another note, I want to thank you for picking me for the winner of the basic grey page rak, I got it and it is fabulous and am in the process of using the pages. Will send you an email when I get them done so you can see them, also will be posting them on my blog.
Thank you once again.

mustangkayla said...

Glad to hear you are safe! I think your layout make overs came out fantastic! I didn't see anything wrong with the first go rounds, but after you showed your re-dos, the photos popped out a lot more.

Joce said...

Glad to hear that you're ok and not hit by the earthquake/tsunami!!
I love your explanations for the layouts. They are an improvement.

Tammy E. said...

I have to say that I love them all, but I can see how the changes really make a difference. Your second Golden Gate layout is really may fav. Maybe the colors? Always love your work. Glad you were far away from the earthquake!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to know you are ok. Such devastation...I can't imagine.
I thought the layouts were good and when I saw the makeovers, I could see what you were talking about. They are very nice...TFS!

aka cyimbugbitten

* Vanessa * said...

Wow, they are all so beautiful!! I'm glad to hear you are all fine, lots of kisses!!

JANLYNN said...

I do like the redone ones better. I like the circle shape behind the photos on the first one. It seems to connect the pictures together better. The bacground haveing more white area on the second does make the pictures stand out more. I tend to lay things out without glueing and leave it laying for a couple of days while I change things around. I had been thinking about you and your family and am so glad you are all ok.

María Castillo said...

I´m so glad you are fine Hellen!! Love the new versions of your pages!!

Anonymous said...

Love that you did a before and after and the why behind it. They may have drove you crazy but the insight is extremely helpful! Glad to know you are safe!

Kristie said...

WOW. I really liked your first version layouts but the improved layouts totally ROCK! Awesome work Helen, glad you guys are okay too!