Saturday, 26 January 2013

My double page layout epiphany!


Yep, I made a double page layout! Seriously, it's been years since I made one. I hate making them. Sorry, hated, making them. Hate's a strong word but, really, I did! Then I realised why I didn't enjoy them.

If you type double page layout into, say, Pinterest. Look at what pops up. Here, I've done the hard work for you: http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=double+page+layout

Notice that almost all of the resulting pages are filled almost entirely with stuff. Lots of photos. Lots of papers. Busy, busy, busy. Not my style. No matter where I searched, the results came up the same. So I stopped bothering. I didn't do 2 page layouts anyway, right?



Then one night at 2am it dawned on me: This is how lots of other people make double layouts. Many people who like 2 pagers do so because they like to get a lot of their pictures scrapped on a page. Or they like to journal a lot. Or both. Just because I approach my layouts differently than them it doesn't mean doubles won't work for me.


Why didn't I like them? Because I like white space. I don't like using lots of pictures. I like my pages uncluttered and free. DUH. I actually said DUH out loud to myself. What has more white space than a 12x12 page? A 12x24 page, surely. Is there a law that says I have to use half a dozen 6x4 photos on a double page? No. So why couldn't I make a 2 page layout with 1, or 2, or 3 photos, just as I do on my 12x12s?

 
So I tried it out. LOVE. I now have MORE WHITE SPACE. :) I can use a bigger picture and include more journaling if I like, yet still maintain my style.

 
I have more room to mess up, splatter, stamp and ink. That can only be a good thing!


That's the story of my epiphany. I made a 2 pager and I liked it. Actually, I made 2 double page layouts. But I can't share one of them until Thursday ;)

7 comments:

  1. Wow! I love your page and you are just like me in that I love my white space and this has been the reason I've always avoided double pagers! You've really got me inspired to try it again :-)

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  2. This looks fantastic! Really original! You rock!!!

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  3. Absolutely stunning layout Amanda. Doubles can be so difficult to tackle but you've done a superb job on this. Love it xxx

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  5. Double page layouts have always intimidated me. I tried it once and it was rough. There's just so much space to fill. But this makes me look at double pagers in a whole new light. What an inspiring (and gorgeous!) layout!

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  6. Stunning, Amanda! I do double pages the same way.:-)

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  7. Just found your page through that same search on Pinterest HA!
    Love your page and went through a similar thought process last year. HALLAJAH!
    Love your page :)

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