Thursday, April 7, 2011

Two, Deux, Dos

Do you do double-page layouts?  Have you noticed that they are making a come-back?  or maybe they are rising up for the first time depending on your point of view?

Up to 2006, I did exclusively double-page layouts. It was quite a challenge to go down to a single page of 12x12 :)  Now the trend is reversing and I am re-learning how to do double-page layouts.  For me personally, they are significantly more challenging than the one-pager, and they take more than twice the time of designing two one-pagers!!  I think it will take some practice before I get really proficient at designing 2-pagers.  In the case of this one with the March kit, I simply had more than enough photos to support my theme, and I really didn't want to overlap them.

As I thought about organizing this blog post, I thought that I would share with you a few of my favorite 2-page scrappers.

Deana Boston has an amazing ability to fit in numerous photos, stories galore, adorable embellishments that we all love as scrappers, and always, her pages are cohesively designed and well laid out, just look at this amazing Spring break layout.  Her projects are pure eye candy and happiness drug for me.

WIP's former design team member Laina Lamb always wows me with her clean lines and grid style.  I have long been an admirer of her work as they often adorn my favorite magazine: Creating Keepsakes.  What I love most about Laina's work is how easily accessible it is for everyone.  For example, this glorious layout here, all I need is five 4x6 photographs and I can scraplift this to suit my needs.  That's inspiration delivered, design process avoided, and photos scrapped. What more can I ask for?

One last fabulous scrapper before I wrap up: Jennifer Larson.  One of the things that Jenny excels in is doing layouts that incorporate "then" and "now" photos.  This 2-pager showcases a year of date nights with her husband.  It takes a bit of planning but the results are so worth it!  How terrific is this two pager? That JBS label die cut paper is used MOST fantastically here, not to mention the awesome title work!

Before I go, I should mention that Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine runs the Project 12.  The sketches are all 2-page PageMaps by Becky Fleck.  They are wonderful for a jump start on a 2-page design!  If you have a favorite 2-pager scrapper and/or sketch site, please feel free to link us up in the comments, the more the merrier for those of us seeking inspiration :)

All pages posted with prior permission from the artists. 


Michelle*G said...

These are wonderful layouts! I really love "Spring Break" and "Date Nights"!

Trish said...

In the past 3 years or so, I've really moved away from 2-pagers, but lately I've done a few. I have always LOVED Laina's style, and how she makes it look effortless. That is such a GIFT. Great post, JJ!

Ryzmomplus2 said...

oh I love these... I too have moved away from 2 page layouts, but with these ideas I think I'm heading back there! Love the spring break and date nights... such great inspiration

Debbi Tehrani said...

Fantastic post, JJ! I'm mostly a one-pager. Every once in a while I'll do a two pager, but you're right--it is so much more challenging. Awesome two-pagers from you and the other artists you shared!