Hey everyone! This is Shelly again with this month’s dose of the makings of a double page layout.
Last month, I shared a summer summary page for my son’s album found HERE. This month, I thought I would share how I pull together a layout for my daughter’s album with the same topic. If it is a layout that I will be documenting for both of my kids, I pull pictures together for both layouts all at once. Killing two birds with one stone always makes it easier, but I do enjoy changing up the “style” of the layout for each of them to keep things interesting for myself.
Supplies: Jubilee: Wild Berry – “Hey You” Geometric Paper, “Love” Stamped Paper, “Love” Paint Paper, “Life” Diamonds Paper, “Love” Decorative Brads, “Love” Label Stickers, “Life” Mixed Bag, “Life” Enamel Dots, “Wonder” Chipboard Elements, 6x6 Designer Paper Pad; Tangerine – “Adventure” Be Daring Paper, “Story” Rub-Ons; Other: My Mind’s Eye Designer Tapes
Knowing that I wasn’t going to be creating this layout right away and my memory fades way too fast these days, I had my sketch book close by while I edited and sized my pictures. As you can see, I have both sketches right there waiting for me for both Summer layouts. I kept them very similar in design, so that I wouldn’t have to resize the majority of the pictures. My plan was to let the colors and patterns give each of the pages their own uniqueness.
Here is a little reminder of what last month’s layout looked like.
I absolutely loved how the blues, yellow, and orange blended together with my summery pictures.
Since this month’s layout was for my fun pink loving girly girl, Jubilee’s Wild Berry was top on my list this time around. The bonus of having so many colorful pictures on a layout is that you can really switch up the color palette to customize the look that you are aiming for.
Having pictures laid out, I started pushing around papers on the left side of my page first. My plan was to keep with the same lines as the large block of pictures on the right side of the layout. With my son’s, I kept with one large block of the same pattern. To switch things up with this layout, I opted for three strips of patterned paper to add some interest.
Having so much color and pattern on the left side, I wanted a neutral color for the top strip that would connect both sides of my layout. Once I saw the Adventure pattern paper with the quote “Life is a daring adventure” on it, I knew that it would be the perfect neutral with the added bonus of a built in title.
When it was time to embellish my layout, I stumbled upon the mixed bags. The stack of little triangles jumped right out at me. I do have to say that every time I dump those bags out onto my desk, I am always amazed at how much comes in those packages of fun. I totally recommend getting your hands on a bag or two! They are such a great value.
Last stop of my creative process was to play with the left side a bit. The new rub-ons were the perfect touch to re-create the look of my main title from the other side giving my double page layout a unified look.
As I did with my son’s layout, I included a divided page filled with pictures of our annual Fourth of July family trip.
I am really happy how each element of this double page layout can stand on its own, yet flow so nicely when put together.
So, do you create similar layouts for multiple albums? Do you like to keep them exact replicas of each other for ease and time, or do you like to switch it up just a touch? Or maybe you like to do something completely different for each one? As you can see, I like to change things it up just a touch to keep my own interest and creativity flowing. I am afraid that if I didn’t, memory keeping would just feel like one big assembly line.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day!