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I was asked recently if we had a thread where people could ask for critique on a layout or help with something specific that they are stuck on.  I think we might have a long time ago (as that seems familiar) but instead of trying to dig up an old thread...let's just start a new one.

Some rules to remember.  Please read the member's question very carefully and only respond on what they are asking about.  For example if I post a layout and I say i'm happy with everything but I really want to use this specific embellishment on it, but no matter what I do with it I can't get it to look right.  That is what i'm looking for help with, please don't respond back with how my title would look better if I made x, y and z changes.

I don't think this is one I really need to say, but constructive criticism only.  Everyone has put their heart and soul into these layouts. 

If you are posting a layout, and are looking for something specific PLEASE make that very clear.  That way we can focus on the part that is bugging you and hopefully give you some ideas.

I think that's really it.  I'm excited to see if we can help some people get past their "stuck" point

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Hi! I recently finished this Wedding Peonies layout (go to text link for bigger version in the gallery), but couldn't figure out a way to include the extensive journaling without disrupting the colorful background or the angled photos and title work. I think the frame with the journaling is clunky and I am not pleased with where it is located. I am looking for some suggestions on how to deal with the large amount of journaling against a dark and busy background. This will eventually go in my daughter's wedding photobook. Any suggestions are appreciated!

 

Wedding Peonies smaller ver 2.jpg

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So funny, I loved this page when I saw it and still do!   I didn’t notice any “clunkiness” but we often are our own best critics, so now you say it I understand what you mean....  Even though I still like it as is!  :)

My first thought was what if you left the journaling as is but removed the frame, embellishments, etc?  Not sure how that would work or look but I’m envisioning it appearing to be written right on the background.   You might have to darken underneath the light type (which I really like!) but it appears now that you’ve lightened it a bit right there so you’d just need to make it as dark as the rest of the background?
I’d also slant it a little pulling the top left corner down so it would sort of balance the opposite slant of your photos 
below.   And maybe move it a little more towards center.

Someone else will probably come along with more ideas;  I’m not sure how this one would work or I’ve explaining my thoughts well.
I’m interested to see what others think!

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Celestine, I agree with Marilyn. It  might look more appealing to just have the journaling on the background - remove the frames and embellishments. That pretty butterfly might sit nicely on the P in peonies.  Also as Marilyn mentioned.. the journaling on a slant to match the photos.

Do you know the trick to make journaling on a busy background stand out more?..... add a layer below the journaling .. pick a dominant color from the background paper - choose a soft brush with about 30% opacity and brush on the new blank layer below the journaling until you can see the text stand out more. Do not add too much brushing or it will affect the look of the background paper.   Hopefully my instructions here make sense if you have not done this before.

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4 hours ago, A-M said:

Do you know the trick to make journaling on a busy background stand out more?..... add a layer below the journaling .. pick a dominant color from the background paper - choose a soft brush with about 30% opacity and brush on the new blank layer below the journaling until you can see the text stand out more. Do not add too much brushing or it will affect the look of the background paper.   Hopefully my instructions here make sense if you have not done this before.

I didn’t know this trick, Anne Marie.   See, we can all learn from this thread!  :)

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Instead of a journal frame in the upper left, I'm imaging another photo box just above the title, same slant, with the journalling in it.  Perhaps a pastel pink/yellow font against a dark green background?

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1 hour ago, lindarobin said:

Instead of a journal frame in the upper left, I'm imaging another photo box just above the title, same slant, with the journalling in it.  Perhaps a pastel pink/yellow font against a dark green background?

OOOOohhhhh, I like that idea!

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Everyone has been so helpful. I definitely need to move in the direction of deleting the frame, angling the text and making it brushing behind it in some way. Let me work on these suggestions a little today or tomorrow and I will post the results here in this thread. Thanks for the great suggestions! Interesting that everyone began to have a little "group think" - so helpful!!!

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Thanks for all the input, everyone. I used several suggestions, including placing the text on a diagonal, not fighting the background by using a brush in a similar color (I always go light and it never looked right, so thanks for that tip Anne-Marie). I played with colored text, but ultimately decided not to fight the white. Adding the black and white corner flowers plays off the 3D white and black text in a more subtle way than the frame with the colored embellishments. I also played with different text box shapes (i.e. long and narrow, tall and narrow, square), but finally settled on this one due to the fact that the center part of the background didn't really have peonies peeking through the overlay in that section. I've spent entirely too much time on this single LO, but this is an important story for the wedding album, and I wanted to get it looking right. Thanks  so much everyone - I do think it looks better! :thanks:

Wedding Peonies redo.jpg

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I love your story and your layout looks great!  The addition of the corner flowers really gives it balance. 

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Celestine, This newer version certainly looks great. I like your addition of the corner embellishment and I like that little butterfly on the letter P.

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Celestine, I liked the original version just fine, but I agree, the final layout is very appealing!  I really like the look of the journaling spread across the entire width of the layout, and the matching slant.  That trick of using a brush behind journaling to lessen a busy background - I use that a lot, love it!

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Everyone was so helpful with my "stuck" dilemma for the peonies layout! I hope others take advantage of this thread for LOs that are giving them fits for one reason or another. This will be a wonderful resource for individuals and their scrapbook projects.....😊

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