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