Today I have a two page scrapbook layout to share. A few weeks ago, my brother and sister-in-law came through Tennessee and stayed over with my nephews. It was unexpected, but I get so little time with these guys, I’ll take whatever time I can get! What’s an Aunt to do? Grab the camera and get some new photos!
To start, I did take my own advice, and I reached for a sketch from Scrapbook Generation. My own style is more suited to one page layouts. I’m always afraid that any two-pager I do will look like two one page layouts that share pattern papers. Using a well designed sketch, I know I will end up with a cohesive layout.
I have fallen in love with Simple Stories. Originally, most of their products were all geared towards pocket page scrapbooking. Several of their pattern papers include 4×6 and 3×4 cut apart elements. Their newest collections feature more traditional 12×12 patterns and this summer collection is luscious!
I used buttons in several strategic locations on my layout to create visual triangles. The triangles direct the eye from the title, through the photos and to the second page where the journaling is. I kept the embellishments simple. Taking a queue from the pattern paper on the left, I punched circles from other pattern papers in the collection. I added punched shapes and topped them off with buttons.
I added two 4×6 element cards from the collections to my layout, which helped the layout come together quickly. The alphabet sticker sheet has a variety of sizes and colors in the letters so it’s easy to create an interesting title. I also added word-fetti style stickers that reinforce the theme of the page.
To unite the two pages, I added the striped pattern paper. If you’ve been on the fence about using these collection because you don’t have any divided page protectors, don’t worry about it. As you can see, these elements are great for standard layouts too!
Bonus Tip: print several photos onto one 4×6 print
I had more photos than called for on the sketch. I ended up creating some 4×6 canvases in Photoshop Elements, divided the space into clipping masks and then dropped in all the photos I needed. I printed them out on 4×6 photos – no cutting or matting necessary!
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