Thursday, September 20, 2012

Autumn Love * A Layout Revamp*

Have you ever had a layout that just sticks in your mind after you've "finished" it? This was one of those layouts for me! I photographed it and put it away, but it still didn't "feel" finished to me. So I pulled it back out and went to work on it! Here is what it looked like before:

And here is what it looks like now that I fiddled with it a bit:


I like it much better, don't you?
What I did to change/fix it: The title and leaf die cuts just weren't "popping" the way I wanted them to. So, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain and Barn Door Distress inks, and backed them with red washi tape. I really wanted to tie it all together with the red, dark brown, and orange that I already had little touches of, so that is what I worked on next. I added some Jenni Bowlin vintage buttons in red and orange, tied them with brown and white baker's twine, and added a couple of little ruler border stickers that had the cream and dark brown.

My little printed tickets seemed just a little bit too pink to me, so I inked them a little more heavily with Barn Door and Walnut Stain Distress Inks...now, they are just the right color!
Just to balance all of the embellieshments and make the photo stand out a little bit more, I added a strip of golden yellow grosgrain ribbon to the right side of the photo, which I love, because it adds a lovely bit of texture.To finish it all off, I inked the edge of the whole layout with Walnut Stain.

So, what do you think? Do you like the newer version better? Did I improve it, or should I have left well enough alone?

11 comments:

  1. I like your revamped version a lot - the deeper colours really set off the photo.

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    1. Thanks Kirsty! I really liked bringing more fall colors in!

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  2. Oh I do like the pop of autumn red and the buttons too!

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  3. Wonderful choices in your changes, Margie! I liked it before, but I like it even more now!

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  4. The first lo is very old school. Simple and (to me) lacking impact. The red improves the visual triangle. Much stronger layout 2nd run around.

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    1. Thank you for your input! I agree, the first version felt lacking to me too!

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  5. YES! Amazing how such simple touches made an amazing difference! Looove the changes!

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  6. I was so inspired by the deep autumn color of the first one but I agree it This happens to me often enough that I always go back & tweak things - usually the layout kind of "plays in the background" of my brain until I figure it out. I really like the changes you made - so much more dynamic & visually interesting!

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  7. It was good before, but it's even better now! Love the pops of colour from behind your cut-outs, it really gives the layout emphasis and adds more of an autumnal feel!

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