Happy Sunday, dear Readers, its Ruth here on a Sunny Sunday afternoon. This morning we walked to the park in the sunshine and I happily thought of ticking off another point from my list so that I have now completed 3 (and a bit, as I have just only started reading something terrific, but have a while to finish it), and my walk in the Sunshine today to the park was soul restoring, indeed. There is something amazing and miraculous about sunshine that we often take for granted, but when you stop to reflect, it is the most amazing, life-sustaining stuff.
I feel like that about the internet sometimes too, LOL.
Yesterday I was on the Twopeasinabucket forums and was prompted by Scrapn Nana’s thread which lamented the reducing number of 2-page layouts that are shared in the gallery. I think that the 2-page layout is still very popular in circles who do not post their layouts on the internet, but it is not as easy to share as a single page layout. In addition, many of the designers use single pages for their manufacturer team work as a) It showcase the products more effectively, with just a single photo, and b) The products look bigger and easier to see in the layout photos and c) The layout just looks better on a screen more suited for a square than a long rectangle. It is discussed in some depth and interest on PRT #92 The Two Page Layout Show as well as some great ideas for layouts.
I decided to create my next layout for my 6×6 Paper series as a double page layout and kill two birds with one stone. I have once again used the Citrus Twist PL kit paper pad for this layout, and in fact have only used Thickers and Mist to complement it, otherwise it is all paper. A simple and cheap layout to make. Here is the layout, then we will chat a bit about the pro’s and cons of two page layouts, and some tips for using 6×6 papers on them.
The design uses a sketch from the queen of the two page layout, Allison Davis of Scrapbook Generation. She has a whole class on 6×6 paper uses that I would highly recommend. One of the ideas that she embraces in her sketches is that the photo does not need paper behind it. When I first sat down with 6×6 paper pad in hand, I was baffled about what to do, as it was only as long as my photo, how could I put paper behind my photo if the dimension was the same? This design above is one of my easiest answers, namely DON’T! Use the fact that they are the same measurement to place them together in a grid-like design, all the same height (or width) and let the photos fill your layout instead of the papers.
The second design idea on this layout I would like to attribute to Elsie Larson’s influence, in days of yor she was my scrapbooking crush and brought some amazingly fresh ideas to the industry, including a sense of whimsy. The journalling lines and the side border are my expression of this here, though the layout as a whole probably doesnt look very “elsie” to anyone else. I also love making borders like this as it’s a great way to use a lot of patterns, and also to use up scraps at the end of a kit. This whole layout is generally a great design to finish up the leftover papers in a kit when you have run out of embellishments and full 12×12 sheets.
But why use a double layout at all? PROS: Double layouts have some great pluses, they fit a lot more photos, and often there is a lot of story to be told in the photos themselves. I find it hard to pick just one, as there are subtle nuances in having several, and it is hard to fit more than 3 photos on a single page. Secondly, it can improve the experience of reading the album, much like a magazine, it is smoother and more flowing when the page appears as a single 24×12 layout, rather than two layouts that might clash when placed next to each other. This is especially true in a post-bound album. where the layouts are pressed up against one another (as oposed to a ring bound album, where there is a honking big ring binding mechanism between then). I think the additional space can also give more accomodation for lots of journalling, or lots of embellishing, or both. Often the journalling is last in the page process, and in 24 inches wide of space, there is always room to write a little more than only 12″ across.
CONS: There are a number of reasons why most of the pages online are single page, however, aside from the sharing element I discussed earlier. Single pages need less clear desk space (for the messy (like me) or when you don’t scrap on a dedicated space (actually also often me). Single pages are easier to rearrange in your album to accomodate new pages if you do not scrap in order and are easier to find inspiration and sketches for, as the majority of online scrappers seem to prefer this size. Single pages are much easier to buy product for, as you never need to have two of the same peice of paper (e.g. to use as a consistent 24″x12″ background). Finally, single page layouts are faster to finish, simply because there is less canvas to work on.
I must admit that the desk space factor often decides for me over the rest of them, as I love to scrapbook wherever I am struck with both time and inspiration and a single page is easier to fit on the outdoor table or the corner of my work desk, it takes less time to clear my scrapbooking desk or a corner of the dining table for a 12×12 than a 24×12.
I love this layout, though. The mix of photos and a story I am happy to have written down, as I have verbally expressed these thoughts often but not yet scrapbooked about it. It was a fast one to put together, finished within 2 episodes of a TV show, photographed this morning in the light in about 10 minutes (thought lining it up straight proved significantly harder than with a one pager). I hope this post wasn’t too wordy for you.
What’s your experience with making 2 page vs 1 page layouts? Any Pro’s or Con’s I missed in my list that make a big difference to you? Anyone out there mixing it up like me, and making both sizes? I would love to hear from you in the comments, lets get a discussion going. I read every single comment and always try to answer you.
Coming up next… how to scrapbook from a sandwich bag and leave the kitchen sink at home.