Layout Critique #5

This week's layout comes from Emily.

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Layout Critique #5

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Recent Comments

Dorothy Tait
Dorothy Tait Wed, 04/17/2013 - 06:09

Beautiful layout.

denise clazel
denise clazel Fri, 04/12/2013 - 09:21

This is a beautiful layout. I love the "getting ready' theme and selection of photos. My only comment is that the photos are so much bolder than the rest of the layout that a darker touch somewhere else might balance it a little. Maybe a deeper gray or pink border or deeper elements added to the corner clusters. A touch of teal would work too. The layout is so well organized that it really spotlights the photos.

Meridy Reeve
Meridy Reeve Fri, 04/12/2013 - 08:57

I really love where everything is placed on the page. Good job! I do agree with the other comments about shadowing and moving the buttons behind the flowers. I think the background and elements blend together too much and some elements need more definition. I really like the teal in the background of the photos. It draws us into your photos. The color photos make me feel like I'm right there with you. That being said, I think that if you want to keep the teal, it would be nice to have touches of that color in the layout as well as the photos. Such a fun idea for a layout! I wish I had photos of myself getting ready for my wedding. Something to remember for the future!

Lórien Rezende
Lórien Rezende Fri, 04/12/2013 - 04:32

when I say "behind of the papers", please read "behind of the flowers". Sorry!

Melo Vrijhof
Melo Vrijhof Fri, 04/12/2013 - 00:33

Really nice and soft layout. The colors of the papers supplement the soft colors of her face. The only thing I would change is the shadowing. The shadowing on the papers is quite heavy, whilst the shadowing on the elements is not there or at least not visibly. In real life it would be the other way around. Shadow papers and title slightly and make the shadows on your flowers and buttons bigger. Pay extra attention to the shadow of the willow branch, that will make it come to life. Don't change another thing about this layout, I think it's lovely!

Janet Scott
Janet Scott Thu, 04/11/2013 - 23:27

This is really a gorgeous layout! I adore the soft, feminine color scheme. I also love the arrangement of the papers and elements as well as the paper shadowing. Everything looks balanced. All of that said, I think there's one thing that may improve the layout slightly. If it were my layout, I would convert all of the photos to a bright black and white. The teal wall in the background distracts a bit from the layout. I think changing the photos may streamline the layout even more. Again, fabulous job on layering and balancing the layout so well. It really is gorgeous!

PS: I really do need to do something with my wedding photos as well. Argh...that would be a long term project!

Lórien Rezende
Lórien Rezende Wed, 04/10/2013 - 03:35

I also love your layout. For me, it´s balanced and I love the colors and papers you used. Even the realistic roses - that are something I usually don´t like, feels perfect on your page. But, If I hade to change something, I´d rescale down the buttons, and put them behind, and not in front of the papers. Your photos are simply fantastic and the way you organised the papers behind the paper strip is great, but I´d change the shadows, because the bracket paper doesn´t seem to be shadowed at all. Maybe putting the same shadow you used on the little bracket on the bottom will work. then, you can reduce the size of the shadow on your title, and add a bit more of shadon on the striped paper on the bottom (maybe copying the big striped paper?), in a way your layout is really consistent. The filmstrip you used is absolutelly fantastic. Did I mention that the background paper matches so well the rest of the layout? Layouts like yours are the only reason I regret don´t having a more traditional wedding. I´d like to have a cute wedding album :)

Sarah Lewis
Sarah Lewis Tue, 04/09/2013 - 19:28

I really like this layout and I honestly can't find anything that I would change. Your elements balance nicely, the background colors are a nice and allow your photos to be the emphasis of your page. You look so lovely in your photos!

Cynthia Arnett
Cynthia Arnett Tue, 04/09/2013 - 14:30

I love the feminine look of this layout. Soft colors match the touching moments for the photos. THe only thing I see that is a little different but not a bad thing is the pussy willow. It's kind of by itself like maybe it could be cluster with a text memory.