The problem I then had was that my first image (the tree house with bike and all the other objects) was actually the one that worked best visually. It has a lot of elements to it, but doesn't look crowded, whereas the last version I posted does. My plan was to send three parts in - the cover without the cutout parts, the cutout parts as they would hopefully appear inside the magazine ready to be used, and the two put together, as shown below. My gut feeling however, was that that was just too much, and if the simpler image worked, even if it meant going back on my plan, then that’s the image I should go with. Above are the images that didn't make the cut!