Design Do-Overs: The April Edition

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life147 Comments


Welcome to the first edition of Design Do-Overs, a new monthly blog column written by, well, me, with the express purpose of spreading a bit of the design love that is swirling around in the grey matter of my brain. Let's begin, shall we?

First off, I need to thank those of you who have submitted pages! I have lots of good stuff to choose from, and it's not because they're awful pages either. It's always interesting for me to see what readers think is not up to snuff, because I can honestly find good design points in all of what I've seen thus far.

That said…I didn't ask for your pages so I could bathe you in verbal sweetness! I have design to teach!

I'm going to show you how you can take a page from "Nice," to "Rockin'" by making a few simple design-driven choices. Keep in mind: I'm redoing pages in my style, and my style, while it may not be for everyone, will in fact illustrate some pretty basic principles of design. Shall we begin? Wait, I already said that. NEXT!

(Note: I use Photoshop CS3 and InDesign CS3 for all of my digital processes.)

April's Lesson: How to Make the Most of a Single Photo Layout

This month's page comes from blog reader Sara. Sara created a layout around a photo that I know many of us would consider ourselves blessed to have: four generations of women in a single shot. Taken during the holidays, Sara's simple 8.5 x 11 layout features the photo, some simple embellishments and a title. Here is Sara's page: (click on the layout to see it larger in a new window)

4 gen vesh 

Sara's page has some nice design touches:

1. Repetition of both color and shape in the snowflakes, circles and white and green cardstocks.

2. A simple, asymmetrical balance, with most of the content residing in two-thirds of the vertical space on the page.

3. A simple strip of holiday themed patterned paper which supports the time of year in which the shot was taken.

After studying the layout, I wanted to find a way to make the absolute most of the photo. As it stood, the title felt like it was competing for attention with the photo. They both took up the same width, and the white in the "4 Gen" slightly overpowered the photo itself. To make the photo the star of this page would take a bit of tweaking and here's what I did.

Photo Tweaks


1. Convert to black and white.

Why? When you get four generations together in one photograph, this just screams heirloom photo. It doesn’t matter that some people have their eyes closed, either. It’s an amazing thing to have all of these women together. However, there was a lot of color going on in the shot and by converting the shot to black and white, it becomes a non issue for design. It also adds to the overall heirloom feel and timelessness of the shot. I should go on the record as saying in the past few years, I rarely convert photos to black and white. However, this shot really does fit the criteria of where I would make the choice to do so.

To convert, I opened the photo in Photoshop and applied an action called "B&W Beauty," from the free set of actions, Pioneer Woman Set 1. (If you don't have Photoshop, you can always order black and whites of your photos from nearly all photo developers.)


2. Crop in tighter

Check to see how much tighter you can make the crop of your photo. It will create a stronger sense of intimacy, as well as get rid of some of the distracting details.


B2-the result 

3. Burn the edges of the photo.

I applied another free action from the same free Pioneer Woman set called, "Quick Edge Burn." Why? It brings a bit more of the visual focus onto the subjects, and less on the wall paper or the bookcases. It also creates a more stylized, artistic feel to the shot.


Design Tweaks

1. Enlarge the photo. I printed the photo at a 7 x 5 size. You can do this simply on a home photo printer or through a photo printing service. The cost of enlargements is fairly minimal and when you have a special photo, it’s a great time to go ahead and get one made.

2. Rework the visual hierarchy of the design. I changed the overall scale of elements (photo, title etc) to make the visual hierarchy stronger. Here, by placing the photo at the top of the page and making it larger, it says, “Hi, look at me because i’m the most visually important thing here!" Tops of pages usually get more attention than bottoms, however, size can also draw the eye. Here, I have both size and position.

Here is my digital sketch that served as the base of my design. I use Adobe InDesign to digitally sketch out many of my scrapbook pages.


3. Use a simple, classic typeface. I chose Archer, a beautiful slab serif typefont from Hoefler & Frere-Jones, a fabulous type foundry. (Learn more about slab serif type here.)

4. Include simple shapes. I wanted to include circles in the revised design, to carryover the circles from Sara's original page, because they suggest a continuity of life and a connectedness. I created a "4" in a circle and placed it slightly overlapping the photo. Also, I wanted the title to feel much more secondary to the photo, thereby placing it lower and choosing a 64 point type size for the word "generations." The word "Vesh" is also smaller, but in caps and a different color to offset it from the word "generations."

5. Use a holiday color scheme. I decided to build upon Sara's color scheme as well, using deep reds and deep greens to complement the holiday timeline of the photo. (I choose all of my colors from the Pantone Process Coated Library in Adobe InDesign. Over the years, I've found a number that work well with my particular photo printer, an HP Photosmart 8750. Choosing color can be trial and error. I tried two shades of green to get the best match with my patterned paper.)

6. Create simple type accents. I made a simple word strip reworking Sara's original wording, which I thought was simple and elegant.

7. Add patterned paper. I left a swath of grey to stand in for my patterned paper. I found a a subtle, holiday themed paper from BasicGrey, that would work with the red and green, which you'll see in the next few images. (The paper I'm using is from the Wassail collection called French Hens. I thought it felt a little heirloom-y and holiday-ish at the same time. Plus it sort of echoed the wall paper in the background of the photo.)

To create my layout, I basically broke the pieces out and placed them on new InDesign documents to print. The photo was printed directly onto a sheet of 8.5 x 11 photo paper, and the "4" in the circle, the word strip, and the "generations" title were all printed separately onto two different sheets of 8.5 x 11 white cardstock.


I placed the "4"s onto square rectangles leaving myself ample room to punch them out using my Fiskars Large Round Squeeze Punch. (And yes, I made multiples to allow for mess ups!)

Notice the crop marks around the word strips? I use a plug-in called Cacidi Cropmarks which places nice neat trim marks on any element in your document and make trimming a snap.

Next, after everything was printed out, it was time to build the document.

Punch close up 

I trimmed and punched and began to assemble. I decided to use some Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock for my background paper. I love the tone on tone texture and I think it adds a nice little extra visual touch without being overwhelming.

I mounted the "4" on some pop dots for dimension, and rounded the corners on the bottom piece of patterned paper. As a final touch, I added four small buttons to reinforce the four generations theme. Here is the final design do-over:


Why it works:

1. Unity—all elements now have a physical, direct relationship to one another, through touching edges, and even overlapping elements. This unified design underscores the unity of family relationships.

2. Repetition—Simple repetition of the red color, and the circle shape (the "4" circle and the buttons) contribute to the unified feel.

3. Emphasis—The large photo draws the eye in, and sends you down the page to take in the rest of the information.

4. Color Harmony—The base color scheme here is red and green, complementary colors on the color wheel (those that sit directly opposite one another. Known for giving the most energy and contrast, when they are heavily shaded (black is added to the color) as they are here, in the rich maroons and muted grayish greens, they become more understated and classic.

I chose to assemble everything using a brown background, which frames everything in a nice wash of warm neutrality (and a tiny bit of texture!)

5. Strong Symmetry—When the balance is symmetrical (an equal distribution of visual weight) it creates a solid foundation, which again, underscores the solidity of family ties. It's very grounded, equal and authoritative.

I'm sorry, but I have a huge crush on this scrapbook page, and I'm not ashamed to say so!

Now, meet Sara, the blog reader who shared her page for all of blogdom to see (or at least my readers!)


Photo 65

Name: Sara Schreiner

The place I call home: Byron, MN

Scrapbooker since: 2006

Favorite all-time scrapbooking tool: Deja View clear ruler

Favorite scrapbooking product company: American Crafts—totally into Thicker right now 🙂

Permanent or repositionable? Repositional

Making Memories or Memory Makers? Making Memories

Glass half full or glass needs washing? Definitely half full, clean and put away in the cupboard

Photos first or story first? Story first, but must have a photo

Six of one, or half dozen of the other? Half dozen of the other

If scrapbooking were to disappear from the face of the earth, you’d find me: Making photo slideshow dvds and finally working on my family blog.

I scrapbook because: OK, so I need to mention a few things here a) I love the tell the funny stories of our lives that make us all laugh b) my kids love looking at the albums and can't wait to see the new pages I make and c) it is my creative outlet, I love playing with paper, cutting, gluing, printing and crafting


Sara will be receiving the layout, plus a copy of one of my books for her appreciation in this new feature. If you would like to add your layout to my pool of possible candidates, send me a low res scan and the reasons why you'd like to see it made over to, and put "DESIGN DO-OVER" in the message line.To read about the original impetus for the blog column, go here.

Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions, please post them in the comments and I'll try to answer them (in the comments area) in a timely fashion. Until then, go forth and design (and I'll be back with another installment next month!)


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Cathy ZielskeDesign Do-Overs: The April Edition

147 Comments on “Design Do-Overs: The April Edition”

  1. #3

    Beautiful! But as much as I love the Quick Edge Burn, I would leave it off on this one. You cropped in so tight that it feel like the people have to duck from from the dark edges looming in.

  2. #4

    I thought the layout was good before . . . but now that I see the after, WOW! The focus is really on the people now. Cathy you are awesome!

  3. #7
    Jen D

    Oh I just love it! Thanks for sharing your design thinking – I’m loving this feature. Can I send you a whole album? 🙂

  4. #9
    Sara S

    I absolutely love it! Now that you say it I can see the title competing for attention. Great new feature. I want more – bring on May!!

    Thanks for the do-over.

  5. #10

    Hmm– let me see — um WOW!! Totally inspired me as I go into my scrap room with my friends today for a little scrapping frenzy — will be looking at things a little differently. Also — will be sending you a few pages –have not done that yet, but seeing this I definately will! If you do not choose mine, I would love to see you tackle something that is often a stumble for me — using what you got. I typically print 4x6s and scrap in 12×12 books — I know that is not always the best design base for what I am working with, but it is what I got — what do you do if you cannot tweek the size of the photos?

  6. #12

    Sharon, i too, have gone back and forth on it. You know, the photo printed out darker than on the digital version.

    Good input!

  7. #13

    Heather, good question. I would still create a gathering of elements that felt more connected. Maybe mat all of the stuff on a smaller piece of cardstock or something.

  8. #14

    Wow, wow, WOW! I’m back in class! Gotta print/re-read/put this in my DYL binder! THIS IS SO WICKED!! I’m tellin’ the yahoo group on you – gettin’ their booties over to see what Mama’s been doin’! Yipppeeee! DYL II, DYL II (deaux) – come on, you can do it! We’re with ya! 😉

    Happy day,

  9. #17
    Rhonda Hestir

    I love your new column/article/bloggy thing!!! I will be waiting with bated breath for the May edition. I learned so much. You really covered it. Thanks! Just awesome.

  10. #18
    Jessica Stoops

    Awesome! I love the new layout. I like how you use the design elements to rock this layout. I see another BP class or book on this topic. I love your commentary!
    Thanks for inspiring me. Can you do 12 by 12 next?

  11. #22

    Love the new layout (I’ll bet she’s thrilled!) but most of all, love this new feature of your blog. I can’t wait to see more!!

  12. #24
    Christy B

    Cathy, this is great! I agree with the poster who said it feels like a continuation of DYL. Thanks so much.

  13. #25

    Thanks for sharing this with us! I can see that a bit of what I’ll miss from Simple Scrapbooks will still go on here. I’d hate to miss out on your creativity!

  14. #27

    Oh I LOVED the do-over. That was so fun to actually see the process. Even my non-scrapping daughter loved it. Who doesn’t love a make-over. I learned a lot.

  15. #29

    Oh. My. God. I LOVE this feature. I especially LOVE the step-by-step process. Kathy, THERE IS A BOOK IN HERE!!!

  16. #30

    So embarrassed. I spelled your name wrong in my last post. (Brain is overcome by the wonderfulness of your blog!) It’s Cathy-With-a-C!!! I know that. Please forgive.

  17. #31

    I love the do-over!

    At first I thought “oh no, don’t change to black and white–but YES it made such a difference!”

  18. #32

    Love this column! Love watching you think through the process. I think often, when concepts like this are taught the teacher assumes the ‘students’ know x, y and z, because to the teacher, x, y and z are so basic and require no thought for the teacher. But the student hasn’t a clue. This was so valuable to me on many levels. Thanks.

  19. #35

    this makes me feel a teeny tiny bit better about no more ss.

    i liked the b/f, but the after is def better. i’m hoping studying these every month (along with my dyl stuff) will help me arrive at more “afters” than “befores.”

  20. #36

    Such a great idea! I too would like to see this more often, and would definitely pay for this. I was travelling during DYL and am eagerly wishing for a return performance!

  21. #37

    Love this! Can’t wait for the next one. Since your unemployed do you think that could be tomorrow? Your house must be in order by now! Thanks, thanks and thanks again!

  22. #39

    wowee-zowee! Talk about do-over – pure awesomeness! Congrats Sara on getting all 4 generations in one shot. That is pretty incredible too.
    Love love love it!

  23. #40

    I love it!! You made a “good” page a “great” page.

    I want to know more of how you got her photo into your computer……It seems like if I take a 4×6 and scan it…when I enlarge it is yucky!!! So how did you ever get such a nice enlargement.

    Thanks for the lessons…

  24. #41

    I really like how you layed this lesson out. I didn’t immediately scroll to the end to see the redesigned layout and I learned a few things along the way! Nice job Cathy. I look forward to the next episode.

  25. #43

    I’ll echo what many have said: MORE, MORE, MORE, pretty please.

    My personal album is 8 1/2 x 11 so, I’ll definitely scraplift the after. However, I also have done many 12x12s and would appreciate some to come. You’re fantastic, Cathy. Can you tell we love your style and eagerness to share your know-how? And did I say more please? MORE, please!

  26. #44

    OMG. That was AMAZING. Now I want to see one of these like every day. Seriously- that was SO flippin’ cool. What an awesome idea you had and you executed it brilliantly. Totally love this. And thank you! Cause the way you took it step by step was a great way to share your knowledge. THANK YOU!

  27. #45

    Thanks, Sara for sharing your layout.

    Cathy – you totally rock!!! (And that is not a phrase I throw around often.) I learned so much in your DYL class at BPS, and this takes it to a whole ‘nother level (as we say here in the South). Seeing how a layout can be changed, as opposed to seeing one designed from scratch is a fantastic learning tool.

    Again, thanks!!!

  28. #46

    Thanks so much Cathy. This is one of the best tutorials I’ve seen in a long time. You should really do this more than once a month. Or maybe a class or a book. Yeah a book!

  29. #47

    I loved this post! I think we all have pages like today’s example. Very fun to see the difference. Before I scrolled down I tried to use some of the lessons learned in your BP class on design to think what you would think about it. I am proud to say I recognized that the title was fighting for attention with the photo! This is something I would not have been able to identify before!

    This was a great idea Cathy, love it.

    Oh, and if you are reading this, and have time, I have spent WAY too much time trying to find your post with your son’s cartoon drawings of Club Penguin. I would love to know what month that was. My son wanted to see that but I can’t remember when it was posted. He loves Club Penguin too. (he is “Master9466” look for him to say hi! wink) Maybe your son will have a little fan out here in blog land. He is seven and also loves legos and drawing. He has looked at your son’s creations and gives very profound comments like, “cool.” hahaha

  30. #48

    CZ, thanks for continuing to teach us on your blog.
    I really miss Simple Scrapbooks Magazine and your

  31. #50

    Great walk through of your process. It really highlights the importance of a good photo. Is there any chance that you could suggest some PSE equivalent actions, or maybe get the Pioneer Woman to start creating some (serious about the first part, joking about the second)

  32. #51

    Such an amazing idea to do this, can you do it more often than monthly, it’s too long to wait for more design goodness.

  33. #52

    Love iI! One question: Why didn’t you choose to round the corners on the photo to match the bottom paper? I would have done that, and am curious as to why it wasn’t your choice. Too much?

  34. #54

    Ann, she sent me a digital photo that was 300 dpi and bigger than a 4 x 6. : )

    What do you shoot on in your camera, size wise? I”m no expert on that sort of thing but…

    i do shoot on high jpeg which gives me 8 x 12 shots to start with.

  35. #56

    Wow Cathy, that tutorial was awesome. I loved how you broke down each process. I truly appreciate the time it took you to complete this process and document it. I see a book in your future – you have such a following!

  36. #57

    Kathie, good question.

    Because initially, it felt like it would be to matchy matchy and I mostly did it to create something a bit more visually interesting. I like the opposite thing, you know, square on one end and rounded on the other. Strange at it sounds, it creates the tiniest bit of visual tension, which isn’t a bad thing.

    I like to sometimes also round opposing corners on elements as well.

  37. #58
    Carol Clayton

    Cathy, I bow down to you, O Goddess of Design! If the people at CK are paying attention, they’ll try to talk you into turning CZ’s Design Do-Overs into a monthly column at the least!

  38. #60
    Hajira Majid

    This was a wonderfully enriching blog entry. Who doesn’t love makeovers, and the idea of the scrapbook layout makeover is brilliant. On top of that you provided detailed instructions and the reasoning behind every action. Thank you so much for sharing your vision, expertise and artistry.

  39. #61

    wow – that’s awesome – gonna have to copy that! Love the addition to your blog – agree that once a month is not enough…

  40. #63

    Cathy, wonderful design do-over.
    Thank you, Sara, for submitting it.
    I LOVE the step by step process -that really helped me see where the vision came from and potentially how to help my less than desirable pages 🙂
    I’m already looking forward to next months edition!!

  41. #64
    Stéphanie Bonniot

    Once again you taught us how to make the most of your picture. As a Design your life student, it’s good to get back to all those principles I studied…Oh, and I agree with a previous comment : once a month is not enough …we want more of the good stuff….Thank you again for leading us toward better layouts.

  42. #70

    I love this new column, especially your insights into why you made your design decisions. The new layout really did make the photo seem much more special. Can’t wait for your next installment!

  43. #71

    Yep, definitely a book in there, Cathy! Love seeing and understanding your process, and thank-you for taking the time to show us in so many steps! In case Maureen (above) doesn’t get to read this, there are great actions for PSElements with EZactions. Just in case you wanted to be able to alert people next time you’re on this topic (but you may have known this already!).

  44. #72
    Jeanne Pellerin

    Cathy, how come you rounded the bottom corners of the patterned paper? The re-do is amazing!!

  45. #73

    Here, I have both size and position. <—size and position. two very important things.

    oh wait, what are we talking about again?

    i kill me

  46. #74

    Hey Jeanne, someone asked that question above, and i answered this:

    Because initially, it felt like it would be to matchy matchy and I mostly did it to create something a bit more visually interesting. I like the opposite thing, you know, square on one end and rounded on the other. Strange at it sounds, it creates the tiniest bit of visual tension, which isn’t a bad thing.

    I like to sometimes also round opposing corners on elements as well.

  47. #75
    Jenny in Wellington

    OMG… this is exactly what I’ve been after for so long.. to see how to take a nice layout and make it rock the fab! Thank you so much for sharing your process 🙂 wow… talk about empowering, Cathy.

  48. #79

    Thanks for the step-by-step. I wasn’t a huge fan of “convert to b/w” at first, but I must say that after a number of months of doing just that, I now “get it” thanks to your books. I like that you explained your “thinking behind the scenes” too. Thanks for doing this – yes, much appreciated. 😉

  49. #80

    Hi Cathy, It is gorgeous! I certainly DO NOT want to question the “Master”, but if I could just pick your brain on 1 item….(please, please, please!) Why did you choose not to round all of the corners? Is it because you did not want to disrupt the photo, or does it have more to do with design and/or balance?

    BTW, I agree with Juanita…a book!

  50. #81

    Disregard…..I saw the answer in a previous post, sorry! 🙂

    I forgot to mention, I LOVE this idea of yours!

  51. #82

    I LOVE this new do over feature. I think I am going to learn a lot! Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

  52. #83

    Beautifully done!!! Great feature to include in your blog. I always refer to your books again and again for style elements to add to my pages. Any chance for a future class on design at BPS?

  53. #84

    Sara, thanks for sharing. What a great bunch of girls.
    Cathy, thanks for sharing some more DYL stuff.

  54. #88

    I am sooooo gonna look forward to this every month. Such an awesome photograph for her to have and I love your explanations. Now I just wish I have PS and not PSE.

  55. #89
    Mary Mitchell

    I’m going to love this blog. I took your BPS class last fall and am now just finishing up the album full of design option layouts. Thanks Cathy for offering up more ideas.

  56. #90

    Thank you for using your blog as a teaching tool. I like how you “talked about your thinking” -an excellent teaching strategy. Your clean and fresh style is so pleasing to the eye. I am just getting into the hybrid scrapbooking on my new mac and loving using Pages blank canvas. Amazed at what I ca do through it.

    My question: What type of cardstock do you use to print your elements. I just got a new HP printer and could use a tip on cardstock selection.

    Thanks so much!

  57. #92
    Miss Kate

    Feels like being back in DYL! (Except it’s autumn and not spring down under)I loved this Cathy and hope maybe you will do this twice a month. It really is a wonderful learning tool.

  58. #93

    Maribeth, my most favorite cardstock is the orange peel texture from Bazzill, in white. (OP texture). It takes ink really nicely.

  59. #95

    WOW! Thanks for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate your time! I am beginning to wonder how you fit it all in!!! Are you superwoman? LOL

  60. #97

    Yes I totally get this. So great to see the steps and most importantly – the results.

    Thanks Cathy

  61. #98

    I love this idea so much…I want it to be a daily occurance!
    And I really love that you are answering questions in the comments section.
    Damn, I wish I had a clever question.

  62. #99

    love all your inspiration in this do over and love how you created the accents. I think this is one of my favorite posts

  63. #101

    Cathy, I absolutely love this. Can I drop off one of my albums at your house and have you redo it for me? I live in town?

  64. #102

    This made great reading – I loved how you explained what design elements had been in the first page, and then explanations of why you chose your design elements and from there, why they work. That’s my stumbling block…. why does something work here, but not there… Thanks!

  65. #104

    Spectacular article and class!!! Thanks for the tips and the resource in Pioneer Woman! Gonna try me some of that!!

  66. #105

    Thanks for the walk-through on your thought process. It really is a great teaching tool. I learned so much just from this one post. The before was good but the after is amazing! Can’t wait for the next re-do.

  67. #107

    I love how you did this, Cathy. Thanks for the design tips, and thanks so much for feeding the Simple addiction here on your blog. I just got my final issue in the mail yesterday, and I am SO going to miss the magazine that shaped my scrapbooking.

  68. #108
    Michelle E

    I love the do over, the photo is really the focus. Looking forward to the next Design Do-Over.
    Thanks Cathy!

  69. #109

    Very much enjoyed your first installment of Design Do Overs. Your commentary on your process is very helpful in training the ‘eye’ in the elements of good design. You also have a great eye for fonts, which I’ve noticed before in Simple. I also love your writing. And while I’m on the phone, thanks for the Wild Things heads up — just my speed.

  70. #110

    Cathy, I LOVE that you’re doing this! I always learn so much from you – and to see how you re-work a basic idea is just so helpful. Thanks!

  71. #112
    Michelle Giaimo

    This is the best. Teaching through example–I see another book in the making. What a joy to come back from a trip to read your blog. You are the best.

  72. #113

    This was such a fabulous, fabulous feature! You should totally do a book of just a bunch of these! I would buy it in a heartbeat 🙂 Can’t wait until next months!

  73. #115
    Robin W

    Cathy–you make it look so simple and so easy! Your version looks so polished. Thanks so much for sharing; I hope to create layouts that stand out like yours. I hope you are able to do more than one make over a month.

  74. #116

    Love the result and especially loved hearing how you got to it….really helpful information and I would buy this book in a second! Something to think about?

  75. #118

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new blog column of yours. Simply brilliant! it was hurting inside; the thought of being without your design know how on a regular basis… so thx for this and i so look forward to the Re-do’s for months to come.
    I especially appreciate the break down of the design and explanations of your process. just brilliant… that is WHY you are YOU.
    Big Smiles, Carole

  76. #120
    Theresa Elliott

    This is SO cool!! I would love to take a class where you teach things like this, including how you design such cool scrapbook pages. I LOVE your style and both of your books. The books have taught me a lot, but a Cathy Z Design class would be great. I am just trying to learn PhotoShop. I know you have that new class, “Everyone Can Write a Little” coming up. Any future design classes?

  77. #121

    Wow! Great post. I loved how you walked through your thought process and I love the finished page. Way more focus on the photo and makes the whole thing much more special.

    I vote for weekly instead of monthly! Can’t wait a whole month for another example of your genious at work.

  78. #123
    Kota Venter

    Wow, this page realy came alive. I am always scared of using black and white photos with alot of colour, but this looks great! thanks for the tips!

  79. #126

    Fabulous. I love, love, love what you did with the photo. I’m off to check out that web site (pioneer women) to see what I can do to improve my photos. Thanks for taking this project on; it’ll be a lot of fun to see what you do with everyone’s LOs.

  80. #132

    I just want to tell you, Cathy Zielske, that you are BRILLIANT! Thanks for showing us just how you make such great scrapbooking pages. You are the best interpreter of the graphic design process that I have ever seen.

  81. #133

    Wow! Love the do-over. ireally appreciate how you broke the whole design process down for us and explained the relationship of all the page elements to make a more cohesive lo. Very helpful for those of us with not alot of design “theory” background.

  82. #134
    Yvonne B

    LOve that the design make-over focuses on the picture and emphasizes the relationships! Cathy you are a SUPER STAR!!!!

  83. #135
    Sev from france

    I love what you did with this layout and that you respected the choice of the scrapbooker ( color scheme, shapes…).
    You rock !

  84. #136

    So glad to see this. It’s like a little refresher for Design Your Life–which I loved and I miss! Thanks.

  85. #137
    Michelle Dulaney

    Initial reaction: are you seriously critiquing Cathy’s layout?

    Second thought: um… hey, you’re right. It would help to have less shadow on the edges.

    LOVING THIS COLUMN – My pages are improving just from osmosis.

  86. #139

    This whole column is beyond fantastic. I have shared it around bc it is just so valuable.

    I think, theoretically, in the original, for people who don’t have PS or ID skills… the photo could have been moved up, the same patterned paper cut and placed like yours was, a round snowflake placed where you put the 4, and the journaling put on the thin brown strip and used to separate the pp from the photo.

    Hm. that still leaves the title. Rats!

  87. #140

    Wonderful! I’m digging the rounded corners, I might even use them on the the top of the photo, just a thought….I’ve been using them like crazy lately…don’t know where to stop, I guess…

  88. #141

    Like everyone else, I really love the way you walked us through every single step and your thinking behind it. For beginner-level people like me it is so helpful to see what elements you consider and how to make the most of them. Thank you!

  89. #144
    Andrea Ford

    That is brilliant Cathy! The new LO is gorgeous. Idid the BPS design course last year and still my Lo struggle with balance. I know when its right, but so hard to make it right some times! Will definitely be posting you some to fix! thanks for the inspiration.

  90. #145

    Stellar idea, Cathy. Please keep it up! Can’t wait to see June’s. (Am off to look at the May archive now)

  91. #146

    I absolutely love what you did with this lo! I’m so far behind right now, I can’t even begin to imagine going back & re-doing my lo’s that need re-done! (probably too many to count!)

  92. #147

    Freaking amazing (though I’m dang afraid to submit any of mine now.) 😉
    p.s. btw, did I ever tell you about the day my husband’s shoes fell apart? Bahahaha! That’s the stuff MY blog is made of. No wonder it doesn’t pop up at the top of a search engine like yours. 😀

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