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 - contrast is good for both the text and the photos. The green matting is a good choice for the photos.
2. size - photos are large enough to keep the focal weight. The flowers are too big and are grabbing the focal weight from the photos. They are the first thing I see. The photos should be the first thing I see.
3. color - outdoor colors are pleasing. The flowers are the only white on the layout and it is good that you used three of them for the rule of thirds.
4. shape - the rounded corners are nice on the photos-- pleasing to the eye
5. texture - not applicable.
6. isolation - not appliable.
7. value- the flowers have "value," as well as being too large. I think if you make them a lot smaller, it would take the visual weight from them.
8. balance - The balance is good and the layout feels slightly bottom weighted which is good.
One other problem I feel exists is the drop shadow on the tan mat layer. It is too high and even gets cut off of the page at the bottom. It does not feel realistic to a paper mat (something you would cut from paper in real life). It is a little distracting.
...and if that is you....so glad you got to go to cancun! I'd like to go there someday.