Hello everyone! This is Shelly with another behind the scenes look at the makings of a double page layout.
This month, I decided to revisit the 4x6 photo theme. Let’s face it. It really is the easiest print option out there.
With fall all around us here in the Midwest, I felt compelled to pull up my pictures from last year. There are lots of fun activities to document for this season with the great pumpkin hunt and carving, trick-or-treating with parties galore, and ending the season with Thanksgiving.
I decided to focus on the fall fun that we as a family have around our house; simply put, our everyday fall. I picked a handful of my very favorites that told the story and printed them off 4x6.
Supplies: Cut & Paste – Charm: “Sweet” Treat Pattern Paper, “Sweet” Spin Pattern Paper, “Carefree” Mellow Pattern Paper, “Smile” Shine Pattern Paper, “Bliss” Jovial Pattern Paper, “Carefree” Label Stickers, “Hey You” Decorative Buttons, “Smile” Decorative Brads, “Sweet” Bits & Pieces, “Smile” 4x6 Journal Card; Cut & Paste – Adorbs: “Hello” Greet Pattern Paper; Supplies: Cut & Paste – Presh: “Right Now” Hashtag Pattern Paper; Misc: Silhouette (Wisdom Script), cardstock, vellum, string, eyelet.
First things first, I started my page with a simple hand drawn sketch. I had 7 horizontal 4x6 photos to fit on my two page spread. One of the easiest things to do when they are all the same size and orientation is to line those pictures right up.
That is just what I went with. I lined them all up on the bottom portion of my layout leaving one 4x6 space open for embellishing with some pattern paper, journaling, or even a title.
After seeing that space blocked off, I decided to mimic that same look on the top left portion of my layout too hoping that would give my layout less of a “straight lined” look to it.
Once my pictures were in my hand, I started to play with papers! I love that My Mind’s Eye collections always have such versatility to them. Last month, I created a bright summer layout. This month, I am creating a fun fall layout with the same collection, Cut & Paste. How great is that!
The one thing I decided to do with that open 4x6 space on my layout was to use one of the awesome 4x6 journaling cards. The only problem I had when I started out was deciding which one to go with. I was leaning towards the “Smile” Journal Card.
I added a touch of fun to the card with a label sticker and banner. I added a brad on the banner to bring that same element from the wood grain block down to the bottom of my layout.
Since the “Smile” card had a pretty chevron rainbow of color and a grey background, I wanted to bring that same grey base to the top left side of my layout. This grey wood grain was exactly what I was looking for. I added my journaling and a few fun Bits & Pieces to pretty it up.
To finish off my layout, I added a journal card, and a small detail picture to the top right corner to help break up that straight linear look to the layout a little more. I created the tag from the pre-printed journaling cards on the “Sweet” Treat pattern paper. The smaller detail picture was a last minute addition. I had it on hand already.
I tend to stack my unused pictures in a pile, which is very handy sometimes. I am guessing I had this printed for one of my Project Life weeks from 2012 or from my daughter’s Fall 2012 layout. Either way, it was nice to put it to use. I finished the corner off with another cluster of buttons and a brad. The best way to bring a double page layout together is to repeat similar elements.
As always, I know the double page is not everyone’s cup of tea, so I thought I would show this trick again.
From every double page layout, comes two great ideas for single page inspiration too! You could always keep the sketch the way it is here, or you could always switch around your 4x6 blocks.
Don’t forget about the right side too.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you to pull out those pretty papers, a few 4x6 pictures, and scrap a double page layout (or maybe even a single or two). Have a wonderful day!