Why I Don’t Do 2 Page Layouts

There are a lot of fabulous 2 page layouts that you can find on the web.  Some people have a gift for making creative multiple photo pages that work together perfectly.  Those people have super powers.  I am not one of those people.

In 12 years of scrapping, I have attempted 2 page layouts twice.  Sigh.  Both were lacking creativity.  Seriously.  I know that I am an average everyday scrapper.  But still, how is it that I can’t get beyond throwing some paper down and lining photos up into a neat and tidy row?  Here is my proof…

it bounces

I based this off of one Shimelle Laine’s layouts from her 4×6 photo love series.  If you love scrapping 4×6 photos like I do, look it up on YouTube.  She has ideas for scrapping anywhere from 1 to 12 photos on a layout.  In this case I used her June layout that incorporated 6 photos.

So let’s talk about the good, bad, and ugly.  I love using scraps.  Everything except the kraft background papers are scraps that I had in my stash.  I am going to count that as a win.  I also like the title.  That sweet kitty loved that the tree limbs bounced.  I am sure every year that the tree went up she thought, “it bounces!”  I am also pretty happy with that white lace sticker next to the snowman.  It’s pretty and makes me smile.

Onto the bad and ugly… Something isn’t quite right with the sraps I chose and how they work with the photos.  I almost think that because they match the color of the photos, it is hard to distinguish between the blocks and the photos.  Your eye doesn’t move smoothly over the pictures from left to right.  A page should draw your eye to the photos, and that isn’t happening.

I really struggled with the embellishment.  To be fair, I always struggle with embellishment.  In this case, I had a lot of little blocks to figure out what to do with.  That really is a weakness.  To add to the challenge, my Christmas supplies are limited.  I pulled some old Basic Grey chipboard pieces and some Fancy Pants Saint Nick stickers (Hello 2011).   I added some stamping with embossing in 2 of the blocks, but gold on brown doesn’t show up well.

I gave it a shot, right?  That counts for something.  If you have any double page layout tips, I would love to hear them.  Until then, I am heading back to the world of single page layouts.

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