Double page layouts - am I the only one?
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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:53:36 AM
I love watching all of the videos here and elsewhere and I find all of the layouts posted to be so beautiful, but I have to say, I do not take a single perfect photo that I can highlight on a single page. I tend to have multiple photos of any event or episode and I want them to be printed bigger than 2x2 and there is no way to fit them all on a single page with 75% white space.

I was SO excited to see the "Seeing Double" video series, but then I realized it is NOT about two page layouts. Bummer.

Is there any one out there who still makes two page layouts with multiple photos? How do you adapt the current trend of one photo single page inspiration to a multi-photo double page spread?

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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:58:02 AM
I still make mostly double page layouts with lots of photos. While I like some of the single photo layouts, that style is just not for me.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:04:11 PM
I still make 95% of my layouts as double page layouts with a few exceptions, like when I only have a couple of good photos of an event. And I have a Santa picture album and each page has the Santa picture from that year.

I think a lot of people still do double pages.

Andrea

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:04:31 PM
Most of mine are double, triple and quadruple! I scrap everything! My scrapbooks are my photo albums of everything my family has done.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:11:21 PM
I usually only scrap double page layouts. I also have this same issue because a lot of the single pages are beautiful and designed very well, but it is hard to transfer that into a two page spread. I just finished watching glitter girl episode that came out on June 27 that has some ideas in it, but it is still hard to transfer a lot of the cool ideas that I see here into two pages.
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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:11:30 PM
i dont do dble page but i love single foto pages

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:14:13 PM
I'll be doing at least one double multi photo page a month. My take on PL. I'll try to film one of them for the 213 in 2013 series.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:14:50 PM
If there is a single photo design I like, but want to do a 2pager, I try and "stretch" it across the 2 pages by highlighting one photo and then use a grid design of some sort for the rest of the photos.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:16:51 PM
ALL of my layouts are double page layouts, except for the first and last pages in my album . I have a lot posted on my blog if you want to check them out!
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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:20:10 PM
I don't do very many double page layouts, but you can see the ones I have done here: two page layouts.

I sometimes only use 1 or 3 photos per two pages; the most I have used recently is 8. I do try to balance good design, fun embellishments, and often some white space, in addition to including several photos when I do a two page layout.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:20:47 PM
I do a lot of double page layouts still. I agree with you - it's a little hard to find inspiration for double pages out there. Most magazines and galleries are full of one photo, one page layouts.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:30:33 PM

My scrapbooks are my photo albums of everything my family has done.


Me, too.
I try to get what I can on one page though because I DO scrap everything. I stretch to more pages if I really have to.

One way to turn a one pager into a two pager is to do a mirror image of the page for the second one. Or just pick two sketches that were designed as single pages. I think as long as you use the same background and repeat elements across both pages it will be cohesive.

It's also easier to translate a design if you choose ones with a larger photo rather than those with one very small photo on a page.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:44:44 PM
Most of my pages are done double page spread. I have too many photos to put them in a single page but I do love how some one pagers look so when I take a photo of something I love, I may make it into a one photo page but the opposite page has more photos of the same day/object. So...it becomes a double page spread that I tie together with same or similar papers.

AND Lilith, I can't wait to see some more of your awesome pages & videos

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:51:13 PM
95% or more of mine are double pages! I love the look and take a lot of pics. I mainly scrap bigger events like a whole season of a sport, birthdays and holidays so I have lots of pics.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:51:30 PM
I do all types of pages but tend to still prefer two pagers. It is difficult to find inspiration or adapt a single page into something that works. If I see a singe page LO I like, I usually try it out first and either mirrior the 2nd page the opposite of the first, or just try to continue the pattern it started. I am not really a fan of the tiny photo with lots of white space and tons of embelishment trend. Though some do look beautiful, it's just not my style. So I find myself referring to old inspiration or sketch stuff I had scanned or using Scrapbook generation sketches a lot. They still have two page stuff at least!

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:55:13 PM
You are not the only one who still LOVES a double page LO!!!

I LOVED the 4x6 photoLOVE series; so many different ways to put 1 - 12 pictures on a 2+ page LO! Check that series out for some inspiration.

Is this a call to Glitter Girl? HELP!! How can we fit MORE than 1-2 pictures on a LO? (I am sitting on 3 big events (vacation, baseball championship tournament and now Christmas) of over 1000 pictures and stymied as to what to do?) Help! Please! Lost in LOADS of Pictures

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:58:02 PM
I laughed at myself the other day because I had bookmarked so many lovely one-page, single photo layouts, but I need to do double layouts with lots of photos - lol. I used to love doing one pagers with lots of stuff, but really have too many things going on with the girls to just do one pagers unless I just feel like it - then I will!

Here's a December Daily page that I will start using this kind of format more often for more photos. I think there are nine photos on this two-pager, with room left for the pretty "stuff" I like.

Hope this link works:

Two-Pager in 6 x 8 book with nine photos...

Hope that helps!

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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:59:00 PM
I usually do double page layouts. I take a lot of pictures of each event. Sometimes I'll use a 5x7 as the main picture and then use smaller pictures.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 1:02:54 PM
I agree - I usually put at least 7-9 photos on a 2 page spread, and I have only made one page layouts a couple of times, e.g. formal photos of my DGDs, a visit to Santa. I quit buying magazines for that very reason. While they were pretty to look at, they did me no good. Scrapbook Generation (there is a looonnnggg thread here) does pretty well with multiple photos on a 2 pg spread, but I still usually add a photo or 2. I learned to "fill the frame" when I learned photography, so sometimes I have to purposely ignore that in order to have some small photos on a page if I'm planning that page in my head as I'm taking the pics Also, I think it is Becky Fleck that had some idea books organized by # of photos, and she used a lot of 4x6. Fortunately I can usually come up with my own ideas... but I think there is definitely a need for the 2 page multi-photo layout sketches.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 1:43:06 PM
I don't think I have scrapped a single page layout since my first album in 1997!

The only ones that may come close are my daughters large size school photos. I will put one of those on a page by itself but then put other school related stuff on the facing page so they make a double.

Some of my pages only have 6 or so photos but the majority have 8 to 10 easily. I don't try to adapt my pages. While I enjoy looking at single page examples with one photo and a bunch of embellishments, it is not my scrappy style so I don't stress over it!

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Posted: 1/2/2013 2:14:41 PM
I do two page spreads with multiple photos all the time. Sometimes I end up going more than two pages. I see no reason to limit myself to either one page or one or two photos. Also, as I get older, my eyesight is getting worse. I want bigger photos, not smaller ones.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 2:26:45 PM
I can understand why we see so many single photo layouts on manufacturer blogs. They are visually pleasing. I'm probably 50/50 on double page and single page layouts. The double page layouts are more of a challenge and I would like to find more inspiration for them, too. I scrap 8 1/2 x 11 and prefer 3 1/2 x 5 or 3x4 pictures which makes it even harder to find inspiration.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 2:37:40 PM
I always do 2 page layouts on birthdays, holidays, trips, etc. On everything else, I do single page layouts.
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Posted: 1/2/2013 2:43:52 PM
I make mostly 2-page layouts, especially for vacation pages or events. A photo of my little one making a mess eating his yogurt is good for a single page.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:06:26 PM
biochemipea-thanks for the link to your awesome two page layouts! I love having another place to view your work.

I haven't done a two page layout lately...I think it just depends on how many pics I have that help to tell the story I want to tell.

Artful Scrapbooking and other fun stuff.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:21:45 PM
i also admire the one page layout but always have more pictures i want to include. someone on 2peas says she creates a fun 1 page layout then uses a page protector to hold the others pics next to it. I'm going to try it.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:21:48 PM
i also admire the one page layout but always have more pictures i want to include. someone on 2peas says she creates a fun 1 page layout then uses a page protector to hold the others pics next to it. I'm going to try it.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:26:31 PM
Another Pea advising you to check out Scrapbook Generation's sketches. Here is a link to their super sketch club photos. Lots and lots of multi-photo, 2 page layouts there!

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:26:34 PM
I only do 2 page layouts......wish I saw more

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:33:08 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I am going to go look for the generations layouts.

I just came across this YouTube video by Lain Ehmann discussing the question of why there are so many single photo single page layouts...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgDja90Vtr4

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:43:30 PM
I do LOTS of double page layouts. I just take wayyyyy too many photos and then I print most of them. I'm getting a lot better about this. I tell myself it's ok to take the photos as long as I don't print and try to scrap most of them. I'm trying to train myself to be more selective and just back up my photos digitally.

That being said I don't have many one photo layouts because I'm usually scrapping an event with multiple photos. If I did a lot of one photo single pages I would NEVER get anything scrapped.

Thanks to the peas with the links for multi-photo sketches!! I'm excited to try some variations on these!

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:46:20 PM
I do a lot of 2-page layouts and usually scrap atleast 4 photos when I scrapbook. But I understand why most designers just scrap one photo or a bunch of really small photos on a single page. They need to promote products and embellishments and it is easier to do that when you don't have a lot of "distracting" photos and journaling.

I think PageMaps and Close To My Heart idea books offer some good 2-page options. But I tend to keep it simple and usually do configurations of 4x6 inch photos or sometimes crop photos to 4x4 in. squares.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 4:10:07 PM
It used to be that every layout was a 2 pager because I had so many photos. Now I just edit more - I use less photos and more embellies. I can still spend 3 hours on a one page layout though LOL!

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Posted: 1/2/2013 5:27:30 PM
I do quite a few double page spreads. I print everything 4x6 so if there is more than three photos, it turns into a double page.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 6:09:12 PM
I think there are probably more double-page scrappers than there are single-pagers, but it is more difficult to show a double page spread in a magazine or online (or so I've been told). I do double-pagers exclusively, so if you see a single pager from me, you know that I'm just showing one side of the layout!

I've got more than 80 double-page layouts on my blog: www.sketchesbysuzy.com

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Posted: 1/2/2013 6:19:48 PM
I do both! But I can't go past my Allison Davis sketch books to help me put 2 pagers together quickly!
I love her designs because they are "clean" yet still leave plenty of room for embellishments. I can use the same sketch several times and it will look different each time because of the the theme, paper, colour and embellishments.
I still go back to my Becky Higgins ideas books as well. Lots of uncropped photos on 2 page layouts.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 6:29:57 PM
pigsglyng, it seems you're not alone! I do primarily 2 page sketches, too. I've been using alot of sketches from the books from Scrapbook Generations. I have several and love them. One of my favorites is the travel one, even for my non travel photos.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 6:34:49 PM
I scrap double-page, multiple photo layouts. My Sketches for Scrapbooking books help me tremendously. I have lots of pictures that I want to scrap.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:45:42 PM
I scrap a mix of doubles and singles. It all depends on the photos and story I want to tell.

I think a lot of people simply don't post their double page layouts, or only post it with one side showing. However, they are there. There were several in this month's garden, too.

Maybe you can find some inspiration in the gallery with the 2 page layout tag on.

As for scrapping in the current trend over 2 pages, I'd suggest just viewing your 2 page spread as a single canvas, arrange your photos, then add whatever layering, embellishment, misting, or whatever else you want. If you want your multiple photo layout to have to 'feel' of a single photo layout, try clustering your photos.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:05:38 AM
Hey Two Peas!

How about adding the idea of "Two Page Layouts" for a possible weekly video series next yr? I think we'd be buying double the stuff!

Actually, lots of ideas there to cover - embellishing two page layouts as opposed to one. Background papers always the same or can you do different too? Split pp between the sides or complement it? Split a photo or is that not a good idea?

As I think about it, there are quite a few design differences scrapping double pages as opposed to single page layouts, aren't there? Hmmmm.....

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:44:20 AM
I am, as always, a slack-y scrapper. I like two-page layouts because the alternative is that I have to do a lot of work to make every page awesome. With a one-page layout, everything has to look cool. With a two-page layout, the left side can look cool with a focal picture, and the right side can be really simple with a lot of pictures doing all the work .

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:59:34 AM

They need to promote products and embellishments and it is easier to do that when you don't have a lot of "distracting" photos and journaling.



I know a bunch of people think of it as art, but it's odd to me that photos and journaling shouldn't distract from the page.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:43:28 PM
I make a lot of two-page layouts with lots of photos, but I accept they are not going to be as fancy as those with just a few photos. Neither are the ones I do with a single photo, usually. I do have some events and random photos to scrap with just one or a few photos, but my style is much simpler than the ones I see in the videos. I like the ideas I get on the videos, and sometimes might try them out, but usually my pages just are what they are.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:39:40 PM
I got lazy. I pick a few related pictures I like and make a photo collage in Picassa and print it in the 5x7 size. I scrap 8.5x11. So it works out great. Lots of different images and I can get inspiration from a 1 photo sketch.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:54:50 PM

I got lazy. I pick a few related pictures I like and make a photo collage in Picassa and print it in the 5x7 size. I scrap 8.5x11. So it works out great. Lots of different images and I can get inspiration from a 1 photo sketch.


I just tried this earlier this week. I used a collage on Photosheet and I love the way that layout turned out. It's a good alternative sometimes.
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