I have redone old layouts exactly twice. The first time was in 2009. I was looking through Trevor's baby albums and one layout just drove me crazy. Here it is, from December 2007:
I hated how dark it was. I used the trimmer to separate each element, then reattached them in exactly the same layout on a kraft background. Even though I barely changed anything, I liked the resulting layout MUCH better.
Fast forward three years. Every time I open my 2011 album, this is the layout I see first.
It was my first time painting directly on cardstock and I had fun making it. But I didn't actually like the layout very much. In fact, I blogged that it didn't feel like me. Over time, I've gone from not being crazy about it to hating it. I think part of the problem is that it's the first layout in the album, which is not the best place to display a "not really me" layout.
So I did the unthinkable:
Unlike my first redo, where I kept all the elements the same and attached them to a different background, this was a total redo. I carefully removed every single element, planning to salvage as much as I could.
That same day, Shannon White emailed the Scrapping Stamper Design Team her March sketch, which was perfect for my planned redo. Yea! What a nice coincidence.
I carefully sliced the brown mulberry background paper and started laying out my elements. I realized I was going to have to flip the sketch to hide where my green patterned paper had torn when I removed the picture. I also realized I'd have to add something to hide the paint and journaling on the brown strip.
Here is the final result.
I am approximately a million times happier with this layout than the old version. It's very me, and therefore a much better way to start an album.