Well, looky here. Another post scheduled during my va-cay. I'm totally racking up the "considerate blogger" points here, right?!? Awww yeah. And I get to act all Cajun and use the fancy "eaux" ending in my post title. Or is that French? Well, at any rate, it looks dang cool, dontcha think??
So for awhile now, I've had this page in my scrapbook. And it's been bugging the crap out of me. Like design-wise, something is really OFF. And normally, I'm not a big proponent of re-doing pages, because, well, there will always be new photos to scrap, and why waste your time? Move on, already! But in this case, I made an exception. Partly because I'm just a tad OCD and couldn't let it go. And partly because I thought I might make an interesting blog post. (Again with the considerate blogger schtick!)
So here's my original page:
I guess my problem with this page is that I originally created it just to use that fancy little damask design stamp thingy that you see in the upper left hand corner. It's a Heidi Swapp stamp that had been in my stash for awhile and I kept seeing other people use it in such cool ways. So I said to myself, "Self, you should use that stamp, too! And make a cool page!" Then, as often happens, I got too involved in talking to myself and got off on a tangent about how maybe I should have gone to law school, and was orange really a good color on me, and where did I leave my cell phone, anyway?!? And the design kind of fell apart from there.
But hey! I used the stamp! And apparently slapped the rest of the stuff on there in a drunken fury. Not really, but it does look a bit, er, haphazard. Or sloppy. Or maybe sloppily haphazard? And the background colors do nothing for the photos. Everything gets lost in that sea of carmine red. Oh jeez, can we just say it: IT SUCKS DONKEYS. Yes, yes it does.
So I started over. Luckily, I had used El Crapola Adhesive (aka this stuff - there's a reason it's cheap!) that doesn't really secure anything to your page, so the photos and journaling strips came off easily. I would reuse those on the Design Redeaux - recycling, people! And instead of being creatively driven by product usage (i.e. the damask stamp), I decided to let the photos dictate which product they wanted to accompany. They needed a paper that was more in harmony with their warm hues; something that echoed their rustic, yet colorful selves. Which in this case, turned out to be the Studio Calico Bibliography kit:
baker's twine (Studio Calico); copper brads & eyelets; font (Type-Ra); pen (American Crafts)
You see how some of the blacks and reds and blues in the photos are highlighted (yet not overshadowed) with this patterned paper? And how by re-arranging the photos to be positioned straight (but still staggered) lends a more pleasing flow to the page? And by stacking the journal strips vertically makes for easier reading? And how the smaller, less contrasting title is still a focal point, without screaming "LOOK AT ME!!" You see it, right? This is a better design, no? Well, at any rate, it's not bugging me anymore. Which leaves me plenty of time to obsess over other things. Like wouldn't it be cool to see The Cure at Red Rocks? And it's really not too late to get my masters in Art History. And OOOH! I really need this bracelet as a summer accessory! Um, what did you just say about ADHD? Are you talking to moi?!?