It's been quite awhile since I featured a Design Redeaux post here on the blog, which doesn't mean I haven't been re-doing some pages. I know it's a hotly debated topic in scrapbooking as to whether you should re-design your early pages, but I've never had an issue ripping a page apart and starting over. My storage space for albums is steadily decreasing, so I really want everything in them to be quality pages that count. Ones that tell our story. Ones that preserve a special photo or memory in an artful and appealing way. Ones that I will be proud to show and share with future generations.
So when I come across a page that makes me cringe (which might be the majority of my early scrapping creations), I don't hesitate to re-design it. Sometimes it's missing the story and needs journaling added.. sometimes I want to use different products that are more my style, and other times, it's just a haphazard composition that I know I could make look better. Case in point:
The original page (on the left) isn't horrible, but I felt like the bright papers and flower were distracting from the photo and journaling that should have been the stars. It was created during my "notebook paper phase" which didn't always fit the theme or feel of the page topic. So I decided to redo it with one of my favorite older BasicGrey collections, Clippings. (It's an old line that's mostly discontinued now, but a few pieces are still available. And the newer lines Hey Girl, Hey You, and Hey Boy have a very similar feel with lots of of the same patterns and colors.)
S U P P L I E S :
I knew the softer colors would help the photo be more prominent, so I layered several large banners underneath it as a photo matte. This left plenty of space down the left side for a column of journaling that tells the story behind this day.
The title is a combo of stenciled letters, white paint, and a die cut word that runs vertically alongside my photo. This type of mixed-media title is one of my go-to treatments - I love adding different complementary fonts and varying sizes and colors to keep things interesting.
Along the top edge of the page, I tucked my banners and photos under layered border strips. A portion of these were pre-printed on one of the papers, and I added in a few others. The flags and tag slipped in behind them help draw the eye to the photo and also add some dimension.
The end result is a layout I like so much better than the original. Even two years later (I redid the page in 2012), I still think it's worthy of a spot in my albums. So how do you feel about re-designs? Do tell! And have a fabulous Tuesday!