I was totally on a roll with layouts I really liked. It was bound to come to a screeching halt. This page doesn’t work for me. I *want* to like it. I just don’t. And you know what? That’s okay. It isn’t as if the world has come to an end. When this happens, I try to analyze what went wrong.
There are a couple of issues going on here. First, I think the floral and the navy paper should have something separating them. A floral and a geometric just aren’t great side by side. I’m not sure what I was thinking. Most likely all of my focus was on color, and I completely ignored the patterns.
My second mistake was the complete snicker sneeze on this page. Just to be clear… every single embellishment on this page is a sticker. WHAT?! There are no die cuts, wood veneers, chipboard pieces, tin pins, flowers, buttons, brads, or enamel dots. How could I do this? I know to use a variety of materials. Variety keeps a page interesting. It gives a page texture. Stickers just fall flat, because they are flat! I know I recognized the problem as I was creating the page because I popped up some of the hearts and included puffy stickers. It wasn’t enough.
Still, the page isn’t all bad. I really do like the top two embellishment clusters that are smaller. Somehow the compactness of those clusters keep them looking nice. That’s what I will try to replicate in the future.