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angelwithin
01-19-2009, 10:53 AM
This weeks challenge is a little different (i think) if you cant take criticism dont join in this one lol

we all have somewhere in our collections a page (or a few pages!) that just doesnt look 'right' either something is missing, the photo doesn't show up enough, the colours are wrong etc

well this week i'd like you to firstly link those pages in this thread if they are already in the gallery or post up the image in this thread, then i'd like everyone to look at those pages and honestly say what they feel would improve the page

the final part of the challenge is then for you to rework your page using the suggestions/criticism you have been given by everyone

so to recap

1) upload a page or a few pages that you have previously scrapped that you feel just dont look 'right'

2) look at the pages uploaded and constructively suggest what you would do to improve the pages

3) once you have suggestions to improve your page, rework it and then re-post to the gallery or this thread

clear as mud huh!!!!

nanwu
01-19-2009, 02:37 PM
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/sbm-challenges-006-Page-7.jpg

okay I like this layout, but it looks unfinished suggestions please

grannywin
01-19-2009, 02:49 PM
Here is my entry to be critiqued. Deanne made a beautiful set of embies to work with that week, but I think I ruined it with the green paper. I have this layout on my wall and hate it every time I see it. Critic away!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=25108&cat=2431

pickngrin
01-19-2009, 04:29 PM
Oh man this will be hard!! I am one of those people who refuse to judge someone else's work after they have worked so hard at it. I feel bad telling them even a slight change might make it that much better. I will try though. The easy part for me will be uploading pages that I am not so happy with and I try to take suggestions and put them to good use.
I will find one soon...

nanwu
01-19-2009, 04:57 PM
Here is my entry to be critiqued. Deanne made a beautiful set of embies to work with that week, but I think I ruined it with the green paper. I have this layout on my wall and hate it every time I see it. Critic away!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=25108&cat=2431

well i'm not going to be much help in the criticing side of things because I love this page and think the colours are perfect.....sorry i wasn't any help

angelwithin
01-19-2009, 05:18 PM
Ok i'll start cos im like that, but dont get offended its just suggestions

i'd personally make the journal booklet much larger taking over most of the page then adding the photo frame & photo onto the blank space on the first booklet page and drop the rose down onto the bottom righthand corner


http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/sbm-challenges-006-Page-7.jpg

okay I like this layout, but it looks unfinished suggestions please

angelwithin
01-19-2009, 05:22 PM
I think the green is a little bright for the shade of blue try a more sage green background (ive attached one that might work)


Here is my entry to be critiqued. Deanne made a beautiful set of embies to work with that week, but I think I ruined it with the green paper. I have this layout on my wall and hate it every time I see it. Critic away!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=25108&cat=2431

ValerieElaine
01-19-2009, 05:55 PM
I have 2 pages .This one I like but there is something missing

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Family-007-Cousins.jpg

ValerieElaine
01-19-2009, 06:00 PM
This is the 2nd one . I think it s the colours but I give up

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Hatchley-002-Srs-1926.jpg

crops2dawn
01-19-2009, 07:56 PM
I have 2 pages .This one I like but there is something missing

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Family-007-Cousins.jpg


It's need journaling... just my opinion!!:o
I think we are gonna see lots of embarrassment smiley faces

pickngrin
01-19-2009, 08:30 PM
OK here is mine, it is probably the least favorite of mine. I think it is probably because I am not the frilly type and it is a little more plain than what I usually do (I knew I would end up critiquing myself) . Not sure though, help....
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Quote_Challenge_9-screenshot.jpg

pickngrin
01-19-2009, 08:32 PM
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/sbm-challenges-006-Page-7.jpg

okay I like this layout, but it looks unfinished suggestions please

I really like it, but how about some soft word art as an overlay for the paper. Maybe different sayings typed in different but elegant fonts?

pickngrin
01-19-2009, 08:33 PM
Here is my entry to be critiqued. Deanne made a beautiful set of embies to work with that week, but I think I ruined it with the green paper. I have this layout on my wall and hate it every time I see it. Critic away!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=25108&cat=2431

I agree with Fiona, just a shade lighter green or maybe a beige or something. I like it though! And I love her facial expression.:)

sacannon
01-20-2009, 01:09 PM
I think the green is a little bright for the shade of blue try a more sage green background (ive attached one that might work)

I agree with Fiona, maybe even a little more "grayer" green, or two layers of different color greens, making the center color smaller so the second color would show through the "holes" in the blue border.

sacannon
01-20-2009, 01:11 PM
Ok i'll start cos im like that, but dont get offended its just suggestions

i'd personally make the journal booklet much larger taking over most of the page then adding the photo frame & photo onto the blank space on the first booklet page and drop the rose down onto the bottom righthand corner


I agree here too.

sacannon
01-20-2009, 01:15 PM
This is the 2nd one . I think it s the colours but I give up

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Hatchley-002-Srs-1926.jpg


I think the bottom frame should be a little darker to add a little contrast, Maybe leave the "Entrance Class 1926 in the frame, but move it, and use the rest as journaling across the bottom of the page.

sacannon
01-20-2009, 01:17 PM
OK here is mine, it is probably the least favorite of mine. I think it is probably because I am not the frilly type and it is a little more plain than what I usually do (I knew I would end up critiquing myself) . Not sure though, help....
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Quote_Challenge_9-screenshot.jpg


hmmm, not sure....maybe fade the flowers a bit to the background???

O2BNGdHope
01-20-2009, 01:19 PM
I love this kind of thing. I wish SBM had a section just for everyone to add their opinions on how to improve a layout. That way, only the people wanting true criticism could get help with a layout! Great idea, Fiona!

nanwu
01-20-2009, 02:47 PM
Thanks for the advice....I have taken it all on board and this is the new page.....I think it rocks...(have to add the photo later as it is on my heritage hard drive and my daughter is loaning it at the moment)
Kit used is Chiffon Rose by Deanne Gow_Smith (aka moonbeam) and I do believe that the word art on the background was from kbdesigns and created by our very own Jazz (if this isn't correct please advise)

sacannon
01-20-2009, 08:15 PM
Looks great nanwu! Here is mine to be roasted! LOL... I did this one 2 years ago. Wow, time flies!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2130/My-first-Skates-from-Santa-000-Page-1.jpg

pickngrin
01-20-2009, 08:23 PM
Looks great nanwu! Here is mine to be roasted! LOL... I did this one 2 years ago. Wow, time flies!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2130/My-first-Skates-from-Santa-000-Page-1.jpg

I think this one is calling for some ribbons somewhere, that is about it though, too much on this one would take away from the pictures. I like it as it is.;)

grannywin
01-21-2009, 08:35 PM
All of these layouts are so nice, it is hard to criticise, but I know we are our own worst critic!

Thanks for the comments on my layout so far. Don't know if I will get it reworked by the deadline, but I definitely want to try all the suggestions.

Nanwu, I love the redesign you uploaded. You received good advice, but I still would like to see more of your father. Allow more empty space around his head inside the frame.

ValerieElaine, that area in the top left would be perfect for a journal, a second photo, or an embellishment. For your second layout, I agree that you might want to change the color of the inner frame. Could you coordinate with the flower colors? If you find a "metal tag", you could add the text to the outer frame. I love the background and the photo. A ribbon and bow that wrap the photo might also look nice.

Pickngrin, this is so lovely, don't know what to change. Maybe focus on only one picture in the lower right.

Sacannon, I love the snowflakes theme. The only change I would suggest is to remove the frames and use a blending circle shape for each photo.

LindaPete
01-22-2009, 08:38 PM
This is a fabulous challenge idea Fiona!

Marion
01-22-2009, 09:50 PM
I need a makeover, what do you think I could do with this one?:D
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Weekly-Challenge-21-Me---Food-000-Page-1_800_x_800_.jpg

Marion
01-22-2009, 10:22 PM
Here is my entry to be critiqued. Deanne made a beautiful set of embies to work with that week, but I think I ruined it with the green paper. I have this layout on my wall and hate it every time I see it. Critic away!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=25108&cat=2431

I agree with everyone else on this one, the green is to green, it should be more subdued. Other then that, it looks great.

Marion
01-22-2009, 10:24 PM
I have 2 pages .This one I like but there is something missing

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Family-007-Cousins.jpg

I would enlarge the picture and make it more of a focus and then I would add some journaling in the extra space.

Marion
01-22-2009, 10:25 PM
This is the 2nd one . I think it s the colours but I give up

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Hatchley-002-Srs-1926.jpg

Too much yellow. Maybe change the background color??

Marion
01-22-2009, 10:29 PM
OK here is mine, it is probably the least favorite of mine. I think it is probably because I am not the frilly type and it is a little more plain than what I usually do (I knew I would end up critiquing myself) . Not sure though, help....
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Quote_Challenge_9-screenshot.jpg

The layout is lovely, but as you probably notice, I love big pictures on my layouts I like the focus on my pictures. first I would enlarge the first picture and make it the focus picture and then maybe overlap the second one a bit smaller. Soften the background slightly and also change the opacity on the other roses.

Marion
01-22-2009, 10:32 PM
Looks great nanwu! Here is mine to be roasted! LOL... I did this one 2 years ago. Wow, time flies!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2130/My-first-Skates-from-Santa-000-Page-1.jpg

I would remove the frames, enlarge the fotoos and use a blur shape for the photoos to soften the edges and I would make the skates bigger too, so they tell the story better.

Marion
01-22-2009, 10:33 PM
and tomorrow I won't have any friends left on SBM:(

grannywin
01-23-2009, 08:46 AM
I need a makeover, what do you think I could do with this one?:D
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Weekly-Challenge-21-Me---Food-000-Page-1_800_x_800_.jpg

Couldn't resist.....you need a haircut!

sacannon
01-23-2009, 02:02 PM
and tomorrow I won't have any friends left on SBM:(

Well if you won't, neither will I! LOL I think we can all take a little criticism. Besides, I didn't like my layout to begin with.

Granny
01-23-2009, 06:37 PM
Well, I'm way too chicken to post anything. But I got to tell you, I really appreciate this challenge, because I'm learning a lot from all of you.

Thank you so much for doing this, Fiona, and for you girls to be humble enough and honest enough to post your pictures and to critic the rest!!!

Marion.... I'll be your friend no matter what. A real friend always tells you what you need to hear. Oh, yes, about your layout... I will comment on this one... I think it needs a little watering!!!

No, seriously... It needs a little bit of drop shadows to give it depth!

:D

sacannon
01-23-2009, 11:39 PM
Well, I didn't have my project version of my layout anymore. I had to take the published copy into PSE and work with it there first. This is what I came up with. The skates I made a couple of years ago. Probably one of the first things i made. I tweaked them a little bit.

I think I would still do it totally different today. I just changed it a bit using the different suggestions.

Marion
01-24-2009, 12:26 AM
Well, I didn't have my project version of my layout anymore. I had to take the published copy into PSE and work with it there first. This is what I came up with. The skates I made a couple of years ago. Probably one of the first things i made. I tweaked them a little bit.

I think I would still do it totally different today. I just changed it a bit using the different suggestions.

I like it! I think we would all do it differently today!:)

makeyesup
01-24-2009, 12:54 PM
Not joining in on this weeks as I couldn't decide what I wanted to post. So many layouts are just not quite what I wanted to see, so my thoughts were wishy washy on which one to do here. Marion, keep on criticing as we all learn from that on our own and others. Love seeing all the changed ones. Great job all.

crops2dawn
01-24-2009, 07:11 PM
I need a makeover, what do you think I could do with this one?:D
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Weekly-Challenge-21-Me---Food-000-Page-1_800_x_800_.jpg

I think you are missing the eyebrows and eyelashes, now don't be mad....I know I should of told you awhile ago, but with those eggy eyes, they just need eyelashes....LOL hate me if you must!!!! LMAO

Wickel
01-24-2009, 07:37 PM
and tomorrow I won't have any friends left on SBM:(
LMBO :D:D:
I'm here for ya Marion ;)

Marion
01-24-2009, 08:46 PM
Ok, I added the lashes. Eyebrows are under my hair, and I added some shadows, to give myself some depth. I decided against the haircut though.
Better?????

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/critical--Weekly-Challenge-21-Me---Food-000-Page-1.jpg

Marion
01-24-2009, 08:47 PM
Sorry Fiona, this was probably suppose to be a serious challenge. But I couldn't help myself:D

angelwithin
01-24-2009, 09:00 PM
Rofl you nutters...i love it...how about a little blush on those cheeks ;)

Marion
01-24-2009, 09:57 PM
Like this Fiona? Better?

angelwithin
01-25-2009, 08:01 AM
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e102/srangelwithin/smilies/laughter20.gif

angelwithin
01-25-2009, 08:04 AM
on a serious note there's a few hours left in this challenge if anyone wants to either submit a page to be scutinised or place up any they have re-worked, i'm off to build you a 'gift' (dont ask what i haven't decided yet lol)

next week is the first week of our member weekly challenges (i get to sit back and watch someone else torture you lol)

if you fancy running one of the weekly challenges please pm or email me ....i have a whole year of slots to fill :eek:

Granny
01-25-2009, 12:09 PM
Oh, yeah, Marion... Now you really rock!!!!

:D

pickngrin
01-25-2009, 07:12 PM
So will there be two challenges in a week now? Yours and the member challenge? I love challenges so I am hoping for two!!;)

crops2dawn
01-25-2009, 08:24 PM
Perfect Marion...now it looks like you got some crows feet! LMAO..... and that blush I think is too red for your skin type...hahahaha I would suggest a nice hot shower with lots of soap and before you get into bed use a good moisterizer...LOL I would hate to see that face break out in pimples!

Marion
01-25-2009, 09:46 PM
Perfect Marion...now it looks like you got some crows feet! LMAO..... and that blush I think is too red for your skin type...hahahaha I would suggest a nice hot shower with lots of soap and before you get into bed use a good moisterizer...LOL I would hate to see that face break out in pimples!

Geeeze Carol, I asked for critisism, but this is brutal! Now I just want to stick my head in a toilet someplace and flush! Thanks PAL!


:D

sacannon
01-26-2009, 08:04 AM
:eek: LOL

angelwithin
01-26-2009, 10:11 AM
thanks to everone who participated in this weeks challenge

i will be contacting those who uploaded a page soon with a link to a gift for you

check out this weeks challenge ...its a very first member weekly challenge :D

crops2dawn
01-26-2009, 05:51 PM
Geeeze Carol, I asked for critisism, but this is brutal! Now I just want to stick my head in a toilet someplace and flush! Thanks PAL!


:D


Ahhh Marionnnn, I didn't mean to sound so harsh!!! I would hate for you to flush, please, let me do the honor....hahahaha

Marion
01-26-2009, 07:02 PM
Love you too Carol:D:D:D

crops2dawn
01-27-2009, 05:50 PM
LOVE ya too Marion....*handing you a towel* LOL :D:D