Monday, April 18, 2011

Before and After

Here's a layout I completed about six months. ago. It was for a sketch challenge, and while there's nothing wrong with the sketch, I let it totally drive my process and was never happy with the final result. Here's what I want to change....
#1 The Colors - I just don't care for the color scheme. Not really sure why. Maybe it's too dark or too busy, but it does not make me happy to look at this page.
#2 The Photos - They don't have a focus. Am I supposed to look at the people or the book display? I wish I had cropped these but I followed the sketch rather mindlessly. My bad.
#3 The Journaling - This is the biggest problem. I had a book published and dedicated two little journaling strips to telling the story. Seriously?
I finally decided to give myself a do-over on this page and am much happier with the result the second time around. Here's why....

#1 The Colors - I lightened up the color scheme and kept it pretty simple. Even though the photos are smaller, they stand out much better on this page.
#2 The Photos - I cropped the pictures and put them on a separate mat. The book display is still there, but now the focus is on the people.
#3 The Journaling - I allowed plenty of space for a fun title (think Monsters, Inc.) and lots of room for journaling. And yes, you could find this book on amazon, but unless you are a piano teacher, you really won't be interested!

I have other pages in my albums I'm not crazy about. Don't we all? But I have no intentions of getting carried away re-doing layouts. Since an important story (to me) was not being told, this page merited special consideration. Have you ever re-done a layout? Is there one you might consider giving a re-do?

19 comments:

  1. No, I've never redone a layout; but I can completely see the point of you reworking this one so that you have a layout you love about such a special event in your life.

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  2. This is awesome. great redo. and I agree. I have lots of pages I could redo, specifically some wedding photos. it is what it is. Shows my style back then I guess. congrats on the book. that is worth a redo I think.. =)

    Happy Monday!

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  3. Sue! Congrats on the book, first of all -- that's so cool!

    Also, I'm right with you on the page redo -- I love that your new version has so much more journaling, and that the photos are so smartly cropped. Fun title as well!

    I actually JUST redid a page (one of my Scrappy Chic ones) because I didn't like the background and it was all buckled -- I must've made in on a really humid day or something. I'll blog it pretty soon :)

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  4. love the redo--great job!

    congrats on the book!

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  5. Oh I love the redo! Especially the title! The font and colors blend seamlessly!

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  6. Love the new colors, design and journaling! Great layout!

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  7. I totally love the re-do! And yes, I have all of my Europe pictures from back in 1987 that I would really love to re-do and one of these days I'll actually get to them! ;)

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  8. I have pages that I should redo...beautiful design and gorgeous colours - love all the extra journalling :)

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  9. This is one that definitely merited a makeover, and benefits so much from it - the second version tells the (very special) story, good for you :-)

    I've never redone a layout myself, but I have one from my very early days as a scrapper which I've never liked, and it has the first few photos of my daughter on it so I really must do something more special with them. Thanks for reminding me xx

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  10. Oh, the new layout gives so much more room for journaling. So nice!

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  11. Wooohoo Sue...check-u-out!!..This is awesome!! What a great redo!! and I totally agree...I have lots of pages I could redo... specifically those beginning projects!!! Anyway...Congrats on the book.!!! Im happy for you too...hugs...xoxo

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  12. Really love your second version - colors, extra journaling especially. I can see why you would want to get the story covered.

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  13. Wow, what a difference. I definitely need to do more journaling too.

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  14. Perfect Redo. I love the focus on the journaling and the color scheme is very pleasing to the eye.

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  15. Wow! Congrats on the publication! I really like the orignal but I agree that a redo was required for more journaling. The story definitely warranted more lines. I have never re-done a finished layout. I figure, it shows my different stages of scrapbooking... and if I started re-doing layouts would I ever stop?

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  16. I love this post! Your reasons for re-doing your page were spot on. I'm not a fan of going backwards unless there is a real reason. You were missing part of the very important store. I love the re-do! It looks fantastic. I don't think I've ever re-done a layout after it's complete. I've scrapped many a layout halfway through for just the reasons you've described - mindlessly following a sketch and not liking where it's going. I always have something to work on....I don't think I have the time to go backwards! LOL :)

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  17. I think you did good by redoing this layout. It is interesting to think that there are "good" reasons and "bad" reasons to redo a layout. I think those outside of scrapbooking think that people redo layouts because of ulterior motives (similar to cutting the ex- out of every photo after the relationship ends). I imagine this happens, but is probably not real common. I could be wrong. What do you think?

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  18. A great makeover and congratulations on the book.
    I think I'll bookmark this page to add as link for a blog about a recent redo of mine.

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