Yes, I think this would be more consistent. For the banner, here is an additional trick. Since the ends are supposed to be stuck to the paper, if you look closely, the shadow will make them LOOK like they are floating on the ends. Use the Warp Brush and push those ends slightly toward the extremities. Just a little tweak (not sure it was even mentioned in the video) that can be used for many banners-type of elements.
On the initial layout, do you think those were the settings? They look different from the second post.