Double Up #2: 2-page layout ideas

by Debbie Hodge

This column is all about understanding design strategies and approaches for two-page scrapbook layouts.

In each Double Up, I’ll share: a two-page layout (or even several!), design analysis of what makes this two-page design work, page sketch with measurements, and a layered template. (I’d love to feature readers’ pages in this column, contact me as soon as possible if you’re interested in getting Double Up #3 sketch ahead of time!)

imageBubbles by Aaron at Sir Scrapalot Designs

Segment your layout in order to group photos from different parts of an event together. Aaron combine: white paper, cloud-patterned paper, and red-striped paper to define five areas. These 5 areas house photos, title, journaling, and even a little “white” space in the top right corner.

Crop related photos to the same height OR the same width and line them up to get order on your page and make your story clear. On this summer page, Melanie grouped activities photos together in the horizontal grouping and pool photos in the the vertical grouping.  Her single small photo shows the child with an ear infection snuggling.

imageSummer Vacation by Melanie Kiser

Use common matting to reinforce which photos belong together. Barb matted each grouping on a narrow black mat that ties them together.

imageEveryone’s a Kid by Barb Hunt

Abut photo edges to create solid blocks of related photos that stand out against a patterned-paper background as Terry has done below.

Use horizontal lines to connect the two pages. Aaron did this above in “Bubbles” with his red-striped strips which divide areas AND draw the eye across the entire page. Terry used a string of pennants running horizontally across the two pages to accomplish this. While these lines break briefly, the eye will connect the two.

imageGet Wet by Terry Billman


Download pdf of sketches with measurements – for 12×12 and 8.5×11


Download layered template – for 12×12 only


12 Responses to Double Up #2: 2-page layout ideas

  1. anna July 27, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. Thanks for sharing all these great designs and sketches with templates downloads! You are the best!

    • Debbie Hodge July 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

      Awww. Thanks SO much for the comment. It really helps to know if I’m going in the right direction :)

  2. Jodie Francis July 27, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    What a great new series of articles! Your explanations are clear, and your work is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing these with us!

    • Debbie Hodge July 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

      Glad you like! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know this is helpful.

  3. Tami July 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    Th?nks for sharing!

  4. jill July 28, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    thank you for the tips and generous freebie

  5. Lee Ann August 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I only do 2-pagers as I prefer how they
    look in a photo book. I have been asking about the best way to do doubles on various Forums and I wasn’t happy with the answers I received.

    Thank you so much for this topic. EXACTLY what I am looking for! Horray!

  6. Julie August 3, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ingrid January 3, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    I want to send a BIG thank you Debbie for all your fantastic helpful clearly written instructions on all the different aspects of scrapbooking. I have only discovered your website a few days ago and can see my layouts getting more interesting. So thank you so much again! Ingrid

  8. Valerie January 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I love these. I often have so many pictures that double page layouts are the best solution. These are so very helpful.

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