A double page layout is perfect when you have a bunch of photos from a single event.  They make a statement in your album and help to tell your story in pictures.  Here are some tips and examples that will get you started designing your own double page layouts.

Lots of great photos?  Then create a double page layout.

Double page layout that looks like one 12 x 24 layout

A double page layout looks great in a scrapbook album and brings attention to a special day or event.  By treating facing pages in an album as one page, I can create a unique look that is really eye catching.  Not to mention that it allows me to display larger photos, rather than printing them small and putting them all on one page.  I particularly like to use a double page layout when the event I attended had a lot of different aspects to it like this one.

Tips for Creating an Double Page Layout

Here are the things I think about when I’m creating a double page layout.

Think One Large Page

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When I create a double page layout rather than thinking two pages, I think one large 12″ x 24″ layout.  Consequently I have one title, and one main journal spot.

Scrap Them Together

By placing the two pages side by side as I work I can see how they look together.  This way of working on a double page layout allows me to see how all the elements on both pages are interacting.

Have the Pages Interact

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Having the pages interact tells the viewer these two pages go together – view them as one.  You can see this in the above example.  Rotating the paper so that the diagonal stripes create a chevron pattern creates an interaction between the pages and moves your eye between the pages.

Use a Similar Placement on Both Pages

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Often when I’m creating a double page layout I mirror the placement of the photos, text areas and embellishments.  This is illustrated in the above example.  The photo placement is mirrored, as are the areas of text (title and journal box).

Title and Journal Spot

Placing the title on one page and the journal spot on the other gives you more room for photos, plus it ties the two pages together.  This technique was used in the examples shown here.


Nautical Bliss Scrapbook Layout

Connecting Double Page Layouts


Repeat Colors

By having the same colors on both pages, they naturally look like they belong together.  In this specific example, navy is used as a faux frame and photo mat on both layouts.  Additionally, the main color of both pages is aqua with navy as the second most prominent color.  Followed by hints of red, creamy white and indigo.  Both pages have this color combination in about the same proportions.  Thus, the two pages feel like they belong together.

Repeating Embellishments and Motifs

By repeating the same embellishments and motifs on both pages, I am telling the viewer these two pages belong to the same story.  Even though the embellishments aren’t an exact repeat, the theme and motifs are.  This repetition brings unity to the two pages without looking too matchy matchy.  Specifically, in the layouts above the anchor, sailboat, and star are repeated motifs on both pages.  Connecting the pages even more I repeated the glitter enamel stars on both pages.  This one tiny repeated element really pulls the two pages together.

Connect the Layouts

While each layout looks great on its own, having connecting elements makes them shine.  More importantly, connecting elements say these two pages belong to the same story.  Connecting elements also help your eye move between the two pages.  Let’s look at the connecting techniques used on these two pages.

Nautical Bliss Scrapbook Layout

Connecting Double Page Layouts


Repeating Papers

Repeating the same papers on both pages signals the viewer that these two pages go together.  For example, on these layouts the photos mat and faux frame is the same navy cardstock.  Plus the same sailboat print paper serves as the background paper.  This repetition says these two pages go together.

Spanning Both Pages

Another way of connecting pages is to have an element span both pages.  For instance on these pages the “come sail away with me” boarder sticker spans both pages.  This continuous line helps move the viewer’s eye between the pages.

Embellishment Cluster Placement

Double Page Layout

Double Page Layout

Rather than placing embellishment clusters on one page, and then the other.  I think about how the clusters look across both pages.  Plus I like each page to stand on its own.  Let’s refer to the example above.  While the pages look great together, they each stand on their own.  The page on the left has a great diagonal line due to the cluster placement and could easily stand on its own.  The page on the right also has a pleasant look.

While the pages look great on their own, they look best together.  You’ll notice that the embellishment clusters form a triangle that moves your eye through all the photos and to both pages.  By treating these two pages as one, I made my triangle span both pages resulting in them reading as one.

Another key to making these pages look like one big layout was the elements I selected for the clusters.  Each cluster contain banners, and a stamped image.  This repetition helps the pages to appear as one.

Finally, cluster placement can be used to move your eye from one page to the other.  Place embellishments on both pages is such a way that they create triangles and diagonal lines.  Think about how your cluster placement moves your eye around both pages.

Tips for Creating a 12 x 24 Layout

Making a double page layout that looks like one large 12″ x 24″ page makes a big statement in your album.  Here are a few tips to achieve this look.

Double page layout that looks like one 12 x 24 layout

Span Both Pages

Having elements span both pages help the two pages look like one large 12 x 24 page.  I have even been know to cut a photo in 2 sections putting one section on the left page and the other on the right.  In the above example the green banner is place to look like one large banner that spans both pages.  All the photos are mounted on the same green and white paper, and clustered together to give the appearance of one large photo mat with 4 photos mounted on it.  The top and bottom embellishment clusters span both pages giving the appearance of one large cluster.

Faux Frame Around Both Pages

When using the faux frame technique have the frame span both pages.  You can see in the above example the faux frame goes around both pages as if they were connected.

Move the eye between the pages

Have at least one element that moves your eye from one page to the other.  In the example above both the green banner and the V shaped sprinkles of mist move your eye between the pages

Final Thoughts

Of course I don’t use all these techniques on every double page layout I create, however I like to incorporate as many as I can, so my pages will look like they belong together.

Give It a Try

Next time you have a bunch of great pictures from an event, try making a double page layout.