Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Double time.

It has been AGES since I made a double page layout. Working on a project for Ella Publishing, and reading through the fabulous Double Page Design (which btw, has fantastic sketches to get the mojo going) I made 3 layouts. Layout #3 went to Ella. I wasn't completely satisfied with it, but I ran out of time to do a fourth, otherwise I would have. Here's how it went down with layouts #1 & #2.

Layout #1/unfinished - "Please Smile" was the intended title. I decide at the start to keep it simple, because I know subconsciously,  this is not going to be 'the' project - just the warm up. Here it is, right before I kicked it off my desk to start over on something else:
The first thing that occurs to me as I sit down to make this layout:  I need more space. I need to clear all the stuff away on my desk and make room for the giant 24 x 12 project! I realize also, that I have forgotten everything I used to know about making a 2-page layouts. Luckily, I was working with a sketch, so figuring out what size to make the pictures was taken care of. Where do I put the patterned paper? A standard practice of mine is to mount a solid sheet of cardstock (cut down to 11 x 11) on a piece of vibrant patterned paper. It's my way of getting the zing of a pattern without overwhelming the page. Since I rarely buy patterned paper 2 sheets at at time, this was not an option for these 2-pagers. I went with that krafty Bazzill dot.
Here's where I think I this went wrong:
I was trying to fit those Maya doilies in when clearly, they had no place here. Too contrasty. I needed something more subtle. (too bad they weren't clear). I was also dying to do that 'outlining the stamped letters technique', which I've been really into lately, but I botched it here. Maybe once I add the rest of the letters (probably in Thicker form) this will resolve itself. Otherwise, I will resort to the 'cover it up' tactic of fixing a mistake. I'll finish it and post my fixed up version later this week.

On to layout #2: "Evolution of a Christmas Card Photo" a finished project depicting the photos leading up to the one we used on our Christmas card.
While I really like the idea of replacing the vertical element with patterned papers, I think I should have made the strips smaller and used papers they weren't so bright. The photos are already bright, and there is so much repetition, since they are all very similar. I added the glittery rings later to break up the all that color and make the visual triangle with the red glitter frame. (They are just stamped letter 'o's heat embossed with glitter Zing & trimmed out.)


I don't hate this layout - it does exactly what I wanted it to do. (Show the progression and highlight the big muffin that had to be photo-shopped out.) I just wish it was not so bright.

You'll have to wait to see number 3...I'll let you know when that one goes live on the Ella Publishing blog. Meantime, if you need some assistance in the 2-page layout department, a copy of Double Page Design would  be extremely handy!

10 comments:

Brenda Johnston said...

I LOVE this Christmas card photo shoot layout! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!!!

Amy Coose said...

Your two-pagers are amazing! I love them both, and I like how you incorporated that MR doilie.

jamie long said...

you are way too hard on yourself! I like both of these, I hope you finish them.

curlyqmosaics said...

Super beautiful layouts Valerie! They both are so different, but both so amazing just the same. I love how you were able to put so many images onto each layout with still giving each a playful, visually interersting appearance. And of course I LOVE the stitching!

Sabr said...

ooh I really like the evolution layout - sometimes the outtakes are better (or at least more fun) than the one that makes the final cut!

Jersey Shore Laur said...

Val, these are absolutely stunning. I am loving 'please smile' even though it was a warm up. Something about the twinkle in M's eyes, the pink scarf and the pink tape and the b&w--GORGEOUS. Well done on all!

Diana said...

Hilarious! Love this post about your misses.

sophie said...

I don't know what you are saying??? these two pages are beautiful, honestly, and I can even say that the second one is my favorite! I love what you did with the stripes and squares of paper!

~amy~ said...

I love them both....I adore all of your stitching and can't believe that you can stitch through chipping alpha? I'd be geared up with protective eye wear on that task...haha...

~jan said...

I love reading about your plan of attack-you should do videos, I love watching people work! :) Little Miss is looking adorable in that first layout and yes, I thingk you will love it when you finish it. :) I love the second layout too. The whole muffin thing is hilarious! Love how you dealt with it with the red circles and pin stick notes! Cant wait to see the third one!