Thank you to everyone who commented on my Anticipation layout when I posted it the other day. I really appreciate it! The compliments were wonderful for my ego while the suggestions gave me a starting point to make a few simple changes.
It's gone from a layout I was quite ho-hum about to one I really like. :)
I think the biggest impact comes from matting the photo and raising it with pop-dots. Before it was pointed out in comments, I hadn't really noticed the photo was melding into the background.
Other changes I made was splattering some silver glimmer mist and pop-dotting the pink triangles. I think this gives the layout a little more depth (not so flat) and breaks up the starkness of the white spaces.
And for a quick comparison, here is the before and after. Hopefully you like the 'after' better too. :)
If I was starting this layout again, I would consider using the smaller 8.5x11 size. With little space taken up by photo, I find the 12x12 a bit too large. (Self, remember that!) Also, I wonder how it would look with the black and white reversed. Pops of colour coming through black might be something I try soon.
With your help, layout complete and I'm happy. Thank you. :)