I've made no secret of the fact that I'd like to be published in a print magazine this year. For the first time ever, I made a layout intentionally trying to hit as many of the "10 Tips" as possible. Here's what I made:
According to Dorathy Gilchrist, a layout published in Creating Keepsakes should have the following characteristics:
- 8.5x11 or 12x12, multi-photo, two-page layout
- There is a focal photo, which is engaging, has good lighting and color balance, and the subject is in focus and looking toward the camera.
Check! ... maybe. Perhaps the main photo of Trevor in the top left isn't quite big enough to be a true focal photo?
- Most of the photos are 4x6 and in color. Any other photos on the page are common print sizes, such as wallet or 5x7.
Check... sort of. All the photos started out as wallet, but I trimmed a few to make them fit better. But most of the pictures are a common size.
- The title is easily identifiable and stands out from the background and other elements on the page. The words on the title are grouped together for easy reading.
- Journaling is free from spelling and grammatical errors.
Check! And I have nice handwriting too! :)
- Commonly used techniques are executed in innovative ways.
HONK. Nothing especially innovative here.
- The layout design is clean and balanced.
- The layout is beautiful and inspiring.
Well, *I* think it is beautiful. But while I know some people really like my style, others think it is WAY too plain. This layout might not be very inspiring, as there's nothing especially innovative or creative. It looks simple (intentionally, because that is my style) but that's not necessarily what CK wants to show.
- The product used on the layout is still available in stores.
Check! The background papers are from Doodlebug. While they're several years old, they are still available. Plus, they don't look dated since they're neutral. The letter and number stickers are from Bella Blvd and they're only about a year old. I believe the American Crafts ribbon is also about a year old. But perhaps anything that old, even if it's still available in stores, is too old for publication.
- Printed or handwritten journaling is 12 point font or larger and is legible.
Check! Usually my handwriting is tiny (though still legible) so that I can squeeze in as much journaling as possible. On this layout, I kept the story short and the writing large.
Unfortunately, I submitted it well over two months ago and haven't heard anything, so I'm guessing it's not innovative, inspiring, or beautiful enough. Oh well! Here is the sketch I used to make it. It's my Sketch #3.
I like how the sketch turned out. I may have to use it again.... in a more innovative way next time. :)