Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Guided Study Critique Workshop, Part 3

This session of my Guided Study Critique Workshop is wrapping up and I have a few more pages to share. The design topic for these layouts was space, as in filling a page with positive space and considering the empty space, or white space on the page.

First assignment: Make one page in which you focus on using white space to organize and group elements on the page.



Design Notes
  • A vertical band of patterned paper houses my two photos.
  • A horizontal band of patterned paper houses my title.
  • Black borders and a black shadow on the title create a visual triangle and keep your eye centered on the page.
  • Yellow is an unexpected color that adds a bit of pop and again forms a visual triangle to move your eye around the important elements on the page.

After this layout was critiqued, I went back and tweaked the embellishments a bit. By replacing the finger pointing brad I've filled that space a bit better, and adding a few enamel dots to the tab and below the photos gives the page a final finishing touch.

Second assignment: Make one page in which you focus on having "active" white space, as opposed to "passive" white space. (active white space includes interesting shapes and asymmetry, while passive white space is predictable and includes borders and symmetry)



Design Notes
  • I've noticed a pattern emerging in my scrapping process: if the photos contain cool colors, I tend to choose warm colors for background and matting purposes. I like the contrast and the way the photo stands out.
  • Generous white space supports the title and theme of this page, while the patterned paper and banner shapes still give the layout a fun summer vibe.

After this page was critiqued, I again tweaked my embellishment placing. I had surrounded and closed in the photo in my first attempt. By moving  a few embellishments to form a grouping and removing one of the small circles, the space opens up and a a clear visual triangle emerges. I like this version much better.

Believe me, there is so much more to this class than adjusting a few embellishments! Most of the comments I file away for future pages, but when I can move a few things here and there to improve a page, I'm happy to do so.

Here's where you can see Part 1 and Part 2 of my Guided Study posts. There is more information about the Critique Class here. I'm pretty sure Debbie plans on offering this again in January and I will be there! How about you?




21 comments:

  1. love love love both... but I love the 2nd more... the photo just stands out ...against the gorgeous pp you chose... awesome SUE... hugs...xoxo

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  2. What a fascinating process - thank you for letting us see both versions of your pages: I have spent some enjoyable browsing time going back and forth and considering the differences between the two. Illuminating!

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  3. These are wonderful! Amazing what some very small changes can do. Nice to see the before and after.

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  4. WOW!! I really need to be more methodical about what is on my pages. I don't think as much into it. I love this process. GREAT job!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your process. We are learning along with you! I like how the black trim on the first layout grounds everything and I love the bright colors on the second layout. The embellishments do look better the 2nd version of the second one though the first one looked fine to me the first read through. Minor changes make quite an impact.

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  6. Thanks for the insight, the second layout is much better just with the different placement of embellishments :)

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  7. It's amazing how much difference small changes make, thank you for sharing the before and after. Fantastic layouts!

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  8. Awesome job on both layouts. Sounds very interesting.

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  9. Very interesting. I see the difference in the second one. Great layouts. Laura. Www.whosthischick.com

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  10. Really sounds like a very insightful class. Just a few tweaks make such a big difference -- even though I liked both first versions anyway! :)

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  11. These look great, it's good to see how these small changes have made a big impact too. That beach hut looks amazing! x

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  12. Your layouts look great - the first version & the tweaked version. I definitely won't be there, but I'll be watching to see what else you learn! Thanks for Sharing.

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  13. Thanks for sharing these and for sharing your thoughts on the class. I really like how something so little can change the whole look!

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  14. Such striking layouts!!! Totally brilliant.

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  15. Both awesome pages Sue!! Love that pop of Teal on your title, against the Browns in the first layout! And the use of the active white space in the second page is really fabulous!! Love the Shoreline collection!!

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  16. love the layouts, that class sounds great....hoping to sign up next time around!

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  17. This class sounds great! Now that Al retired early, I am watching my pennies for the next year till we see how our adjusted retirement budget works out. Of course he would retire when interest rates are low!!! teehee

    I loved all the layouts you have made so far.

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  18. Great layouts! I love the mix of patterns.

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  19. Great layouts, Sue!
    Sounds like a wonderful group!

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  20. Hi Sue.. fabulous layouts. I see you have been keeping busy. Beautiful blog photo header. I assume it's from somewhere in our lovely state of MI??? Fall is so beautiful here.
    Happy Saturday!!! enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs. =)
    T

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