When I first started scrapbooking, I only made two-page spreads. Each layout had matching cardstock backgrounds and usually the same elements on each page. This formula was easy to follow and helped this beginner scrapper to get pages done quickly. Pretty soon, however, this formula became so familiar that I had trouble making pages any other way.
Eventually, I became a fan of the one-page layout. But there are still times when I want to make a two-page spread. Even now, many years later, I have trouble making a double-page layout without matching background and similar designs on both sides. I wondered what I could do to step out of the box?
To solve my problem, I took two Sketch/Templates from this month’s membership at Simple Scrapper and put them together to make a two-page spread for October’s first layout. The left side is a one-photo sketch which houses my focal point photo. The right side is a two-photo sketch that holds detail photos.
Notice how the background is different on each page! I simply used several of the same elements on each side of the spread to tie the whole layout together. Almost all of the patterned papers are used on both pages. I also used stickers with a kitchen theme on both sides. Finally, I placed heart stickers, floral patterns, and touches of gold on each page.
For my second layout, I created a page using one of this month’s Story Starters in the theme of being a caretaker. I am sure many of us care for others in many capacities. In our house, we take care of many animals. My daughter in particular cares for our newest addition, a Great Pyrenees named Lark. She is almost a year old and is still learning how to be an inside dog.
This page tells the story of how Lark stands in the same spot by the door when she needs to go out. She just stares at us until my daughter takes her out. It is very cute!
Please take some time to check out the membership at Simple Scrapper. This group is fun, supportive, and definitely inspirational in helping you prioritize your memory keeping projects.
Now go create!