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These layout suggestion and layout re-do's were done as a part of Course 1, Lesson 8A, on Visual Weight. I invite you to be brave and participate by senidng me a layout. It is how I learned to grow in skills, with others giving me suggestions.

1. contrast - I can read your text, but it is subtle.... I suppose it is a good color because the text is so large that if you had not made it match the background as you did (similar brown), then it would have become the focal point. The mats on the left and the right photos, as well as the blue mat, do not have any contrast on the photos. The middle one has a darker mat than the photo, so that color is working well for that photo.

2. size - The title is really large, but as mentioned, the color keeps that in check. Your two focal photos are large. You have two smaller supporting photos. The sizing works well.

3. color - I am troubled that the color in the dress is brighter in the one photo than the other photos. Have the red circular element at the top is a good placement as it helps to carry the red in her dress around the layout. The blue and pink are a bit bright and competiting with the photo. The pink element is only in one place and I would recommend changing that to red.

4. shape - You do have a lot of shapes going on, but having them near or behind the photos is working to bring the eye to the photo. The shape with the pink is competiting with the photos, but I think just changing the color or making it a tad smaller would help.

5. texture - not applicable.

6. isolation - not applicable.

7. value - not applicable.

8. balance - the layout is well balanced and is even bottom-weighted due to the photos being on the bottom half of the layout. Everything is grounded simply by those circles touching the bottom edge and then everything else touching those circles.

Oh, and she's a cutie pie! Don't forget to write a bit of journaling on here ... even if it is how you feel about her or the photos.