Hi! Tina here today and kicking us off with our Double Page Layout Week!
To be honest, when I hear 'two-page layout', I get a little nervous. I am NOT a two-page layout designer and when I am challenged with creating a two-page layout, I am not sure where to start.
How will I fill TWO pages with photos, embellishments, and journaling? I am typically a one photo designer, so how do I use more than 1 photo? I how do I make both pages look cohesive and connected? These are all questions I ask myself when confronted with the challenge of creating a two-page layout.
Let me share what I came up with and how I went about it.
Supplies:Happy Haunting:Labels paper, Chevron paper,Spooky paper,6x6 paper pad,Chipboard accessories,Sticker accessories, 8x10 Ready to Frame,Layered Stickers;Misc:Glitter: Martha Stewart,Typewriter: Vintage,Stickers: Jillibean Soup,Ink: Distress Ink,Adhesive: American Crafts (tape runner), Imaginese (foam tape), Tombow (wet adhesive)
Here are a few of my tips on how I bridge the gap between creating a 1 page, 1 photo layout to a 2 page, multi photo layout.
1. 12x12 seems TOO much for me, so I cut everything down to 8.5x11. My brain can cope with two 8.5x11 pages, instead of two 12x12 pages. With two 8.5x11 sheets, there is less 'real estate' that must be filled with photos, embellishments, and journaling. This makes the project much easier for me to do.
2. How do I create a cohesive two page layout? When creating, attach both sheets together with tape (on the backside). Keep them attached until everything is in place. Using this technique, I create my two page layout as ONE PAGE. All of my photo's, embellishments and journaling will flow from one page to another. Also, when you are ready to 'separate' the two pages, do NOT be afraid of cutting a photo or embellishment in half, so that a portion of it sits on one side or the other.
3. Since I am primarily a one photo designer, I will convert my photos to black & white (or sepia) when I want to use multiples. Also, you can replicate the same photo for a multi photo layout. I love the repetition and black and white look.
Did you notice another 'surprise' on my two page layout? I used our newest Halloween collection, Happy Haunting. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I couldn't wait till October to create some traditional Halloween projects, so I used it on my layout. I love the colors of Halloween, and mixed with my black and white photos, they paired up quite nicely.
So I hope the next time you think about creating a two-page layout, you won't be so hesitant. Please share your tips on how you create a two-page layout. We would love to hear about them!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!