Monday, June 30, 2014

How to Create a Double-Page Layout in 10 Easy Steps by Nicole Doiron

Today Nicole Doiron is sharing a step by step double page layout tutorial featuring our June Main Kit!

Here's Nicole:


Do you love double-page layouts like me?  When I started scrapbooking back in 2004, I didn't know why someone would want to create single-pages.  I found that the double spread looked so nice in an album and was able to contain multiple photos, which is the whole point of scrapbooking, right?  The photos!  

Well, I have to admit that 10 years later, I have jumped on the single-page bandwagon! hehe  I love creating single pages and often only use 1 photo on my layouts now.  The fact that I have given up putting my pages in albums is probably a big part of it - I have way too many piles of stacked up layouts in my scrap space right now and it would cost me a fortune to buy albums to accommodate them all.

However, all that being said, I still love double-pages!  I love the challenge of blending one side into the other and creating a double page is just double the fun!  Plus, the friends for whom I create a lot of pages still put them in albums and they love the 2-page look.

So, with no further ado, I will show you how I created one of 
my double-pages this month, using the Main kit, in 10 easy steps.

(Do not mind my messy scrap table - I tried to push away the clutter to take my pictures, 
but hey, I'm a messy scrapbooker and I'm proud of it!)

1. I started by choosing some white 12x12 cardstock for my layout background.

2.  I cut 2 pieces of the Flip Flops paper (blue-green chevron side) 10 1/2" x  5 3/4" and 
centered both pieces on my background, lining them at the central edge of my cardstocks.

3. I cut the Summer Stripe paper into 2 pieces 11" x 3" and tucked them under the chevron paper.

4. I cut both a 6" x 8" (left side) and a 6" x 4" (right side) piece out of the Summer Days paper.

5. I cut out the Summer Days phrase banner out of the Summer Days paper and 
lined it up on the left page and put the Sky Above stripe at the bottom.

6. Using the multicolored side of Summer Floral, I cut a 8" x 4" piece and put it vertically on my right page.  I then created a tag out of a 5" x 3" rectangle by cutting the corners one one side and adding an eyelet. I then decided to add some strips of red rick rack ribbon and the little fishes sticker border.

 7. It was then time to find the perfect spot for the pictures.

8. Next, I added some wood, chipboard and sticker embellishments.  I popped up some of the chipboard and stickers using 3D dots.  I also created some flags out of the Summer Butterflies paper (red side).

9.  Now, for my favorite part, the flowers!  When adding flowers, I always try to make to spread out the colors and sizes so as to make the most of every embellishment.  I added the Echo Park brads in the center of my flowers and added a few more here and there to even out the colors.  I often look at my layout from a distance and half close my eyelids to blur my vision while looking at it.  It helps me see where I should add some pink or another shape.

10. Now, time for the finishing touches like stitching and adding twine.

 Here are some close-ups:

For all you double-page lovers, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will try this layout design for yourself.  For all you who never do double-pages, I hope I challenged you to try. :)

If you like my designs, visit my blog Scrap-Utopia for more!


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1 comment:

Maremi's Small Art said...

This is great tutorial, thank you so much xx