Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Layout Anatomy - Session 3

Hello scrappers! I hope you are all doing well! I have just returned from a fun filled family vacation and am ready to get the creative juices flowing again! I was so happy to see some of you using the Woodland Cottage collection while I was away. If you have made a layout, please share it on the SpeedScraps facebook page...I love seeing what you create!

Now for a bit of layout anatomy. If you are new here, you can find the original Layout Anatomy post here. It tells a bit about my thoughts and purposes of the layout anatomy posts.

This is one of my favorite photos I have ever taken. It is at the beach in Holland Michigan, where I grew up, and contains some subjects that are pretty special to me. :)

Photo Notes: Don't be afraid to get down and get dirty.

When I took this shot, I was crouching down as far as I could go, without sitting or laying down in the sand. When I came home and opened the photo for editing, I realized the silhouette of my husband and daughter was chopped off at the knees because my position was too high. Had I laid down on my stomach, I think it would have changed my perspective enough that most of their legs would have been in the silhouette.

I was able to somewhat rescue their silhouettes by using the dodge tool in Photoshop and slightly lightening the sand behind my husband and daughter.

Layout Notes: When your viewer looks at a layout, they often 'read' it like they would a book. The eye tends to move from the upper left corner of the page then down to the lower right.

With this in mind, I chose to put my title in the upper left corner and my other design element, the date code, in the lower right. As the eye travels from the title to the date code, it now passes right across the subject of my photo.

Have a blessed day!

"First Sunset" digital scrapbook layout by Christy VanderWall uses:


  1. amazing as always, the layout! and what a great insight to your mind! i love how the eye does go from title to the date code!!

  2. beautiful photo the silhoutte and love the lo

  3. I always look forward to your layout anatomy sessions! For the tips and to see your lovely layouts!

  4. Great session I have been waiting for the next installment LOL! Hope you had a wonderful vacation.

  5. Hmm. I know that tree. I've scrapped that tree, too! Fantastic, as always.

  6. Love this! That photo is stunning, I can see why it's your favorite. :) Beautiful work, as always, Christy!

  7. Truly stunning picture and layout. Thanks so much for this series! I can't wait to spend some time going through them & trying out some new ideas.