I originally had used a clipping mask of Anna Aspnes for the statue on the right, but something with the layout was just not feeling right. Then I decided to get rid of the clipping masks and just use a mask with a large soft brush to go around the statue. I like this look a lot better for this particular layout since I like the feeling of softness and dreaminess that the soft brush created. The original masks gave the image and layout too harsh of a look.
I had a really hard time with this one. I think what was bothering me was it was just so busy with everything going on in the photos and then trying to get as many pictures as I could. I ended up deleting some pictures from this page and just left two. The ones I deleted had more pink in them, and even though there is pink/red in the other pictures, I wasn't liking the look of when I added too much pink/red/orange to the layout Again, it was making it look too busy. I knew I was going to have to do several pages for Chinese New Year, anyway, so, I guess there ya have it.
Even though I think this one is a bit busy, there are a couple of things I like how they turned out. I like that the main image had an object so I could wrap the string around it (and I like that I found the string in the first place in all my stash since I wasn't really looking for it). Also, to me, the bridge looks like it wants to come out of the page too. Mark is carrying a bag, so I hid it with the other picture.