How do you pick when to do a single page layout vs when to do a two page spread?
This is a question I get a LOT, and as I sat down to craft the other day and found myself making a double page spread I thought I would take the opportunity to both share the layout AND talk about my philosophy on the subject. It’s simple – you ready?
LET THE STORY DECIDE.
Yeah, that’s it. That is the whole shebang. By “story” I mean my words + photos. If my words + photos need more space than a single page can give them, I spread it across a double page spread. That is it. End of story.
I know some people feel they “must” do two page layouts so that their albums are a flawless, seamless, flowing wonderland of coordination. Well, if that makes you happy that’s cool. But to me, this limits me. When I have a single photo and a short specific memory or story, when I don’t have an idea to fill that much space, what would happen? I will tell you! I’d started (before I knew about scrapbook stores or magazines and before online galleries!) as a single page girl. Each page a new story/look/theme – until I was told that was ‘wrong’. Then I was a 2-pager only girl and I grew to really resent them. So I went back to only single page… and now (for the last 6+ years) I’ve been happily living where I’m at now.
I let the story and creative inspiration tell me if the page will be one or two pages. That simple.
Here’s my most recent two pager. I printed out all my iPhone pics from my recent trip to Colorado sized at 2×3 so that I could use a lot more of them. Plus, the quality on most wasn’t great so smaller was better. As I looked at all these photos I realized they’d be much better off on a two pager! So there you go. Photos and story arranged. Embellishments added. Creative fun ensued.
I played with some old supplies, and some brand new goodies too!
I am *loving* my new Kelly Purkey stamp AND the Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go line (both now in stores – hooray!!!) They play so nicely with my other faves- love that.
One thing- I didn’t use patterned paper. You’ll see that with me a LOT with my two pagers. Another thing that I tend to do is make one more photo heavy, leaving more room for words on the other page.
I wish you a weekend of Happy Crafting!!! I’ll be posting tomorrow about “happy crafting” here (and at Big Picture – if you’re not already be sure to go get in the www.bigpictureclasses.com big idea festival!!!) and why it is worth fighting for…