So, why create a double layout? Double layouts are great for when you have too many photos to fit on the one page or have a more detailed story to tell. Usually I reserve double layouts for special occasions…birthdays, Christmas, weddings etc. Sometimes, one page just won’t do! lol.
There are many ways that you can create a well balanced double page spread. You can unify the two sides by using coordinating colours, by spreading embellishments across both pages, or by using the same techniques. You can also create a mirror image of the left and right sides. Another way is to spread your title across the two pages. A double layout will have more impact and feel more balanced if the elements and your photos are brought in close together. The layouts below by the Pebbles Inc team show you how…
Sketches are another great way for you to create a well balanced layout…the hard work has already been done for you! Sketches in this post are courtesy of PageMaps.
I have used the sketch above to create my layout. Even though the elements are off centre, because they are drawn close together, they create a sense of balance. Here’s my layout…I have used papers from the Lil’ Buddy range to create a wintery layout. There’s definitely more to the Lil’ Buddy range than little boy pages. I added more chipboard flourishes and flowers across the layout in coordinating colours.
Here’s a few detail shots…
Liz Qualman also used the Lil’ Buddy range to create her double layout. Liz had these photos of her son and couldn’t figure out how to use them on just one page, so the double pager was perfect to show the moment. Liz has balanced the different sized photos with the two stacked on top in the middle and the journaling and strips of paper on the ends. This layout is Liz’s own design.
Samantha Sibbet has used the sketch above to create her double page, also using the Lil’ Buddy range. You can see that Sam has spread three flowers across her layout. This little trick of placing your embellishments (or colours) in a triangular formation is a basic design principle. By using things in three’s, you will create a sense of balance.
Check out the adorable hanging frame and handmade flower Sam has created!
The next few layouts have been created using this sketch. Even though all four layouts have used the same sketch, they look and feel different because of the colours, patterns and embellishments used.
Gaelle Fauglas has created this layout using patterned paper from the Skipping Along range. Gaelle has spritzed her layout with glimmermist…by using the same technique across both sides, this unifies the pages to create a successful double layout.
Akiko Kuroki used the Lil’ Miss range to create her layout. The striped patterned paper that extends across both pages of her layouts ties the two pages together. Akiko has also added embellishments in pink on both sides, further balancing her double layout.
Cherie Nymeyer has used the bright patterned papers of the Downtown range against black cardstock. Using black and white photos with bright colours is very effective. Cherie has mirrored the use of yellow and houndstooth papers on both sides, and tied both sides together with the stripped and polka dot patterned papers.
Last but not least, Christa Paustenbaugh has converted the sketch to suit an 8.5×11 format. Christa has used the strips from the bottoms of the Lil’ Miss patterned papers to create a fun strip across the top of her layout. Christa has also swapped out one of the 6×4 photos for a smaller photo and a piece of art created by her daughter. The drawing has been framed using Pebbles Inc chipboard that has been trimmed to create glittery photo corners.
Here’s a close up…
Double layouts can be fun to create and enable you to tell a more detailed story of an event or moment. Just use the tips above and you’ll be creating gorgeous double layouts in no time.
I’ve had a blast hosting the Pebbles blog this week and hope you’ve enjoyed it too. Until next time…cheers! Lis.