Most of my scrapbook layouts are 2 page. I have so many photos and memories I want to share that I usually need 2 pages (sometimes more) to tell my story. The most effective 2 page layouts have a unified look with the design flowing from one page to the next. You want the viewer to instantly know the 2 pages go together.
One way to unify the pages is to have a border that runs horizontally across both pages. You can use ribbon, a strip of paper, or even a pen or marker line to do this. You can place the border along the top, bottom, or both top and bottom of the page to achieve this look. To add a Disney feel to your border, cut it with “Mickey” scissors. I bought mine at Walt Disney World during a vacation, but I see that you can purchase online through Disney.
I often enlarge my layout title and run it across both pages. This will draw the viewers eye along your layout. You can do this by using stamps, stickers, or cutting your letters out by hand or with a cutting system like Cuttlebug or Cricut.
Repeat elements in your 2 pages. Use the same colour paper in both pages and use the same embellishments. In this Pirate league layout, I used the same background paper, white and red paper for matting and sparkly red stars to unify the two pages and to add texture to the layout.
Use larger photos with smaller photos to create variety in your layout. A 2 page spread is the perfect canvas to use one large photo for a focus. The smaller photos can be placed in the layout to further tell your story. This is especially nice if you have that one amazing photo that you want to spotlight.
Look online or in your favorite scrap booking magazines for inspiration. Scrapbookers are very friendly about sharing their ideas and scrap booking ideas. My favorite place for scrap booking inspiration is my local scrap booking shop. They always have layouts on display that I can “scrap lift,” and they even sell the paper and embellishments right there for easy scrap booking fun!
Contributed by: Marybeth Caliciuri (NDM#6) Marybeth is the DDL Scrapbooking Blogger.