Who do you follow? The little devil on your left shoulder tempting you to put all your time on pretty products and a beautiful scrapbook page? Or the guardian angel on your right, whispering for you to focus on the story?
I used to slap that little devil off of me and follow my guardian angel, but not anymore…
I realized we can have everything we want — we can succumb to temptation, then get forgiveness and make it right by making layouts that are one-and-a-half pages. You really can scrapbook great designs and well-journaled stories together.
With one-and-a-half page layouts — meaning the standard 12×12 page plus a 6×12 page for the journaling — you can be as wild and care-free as you like by first making the page of your dreams on a 12×12 layout and ignoring the journaling.
But don’t worry. Your reckless ways don’t have to stick with you…
Nobody will ever know of the secret wild child that lies within because you can clean up your act by providing the story on a supplemental 6×12 page.
Multi-Page Scrapbook Layouts
Multi-page scrapbook layouts are great for ephemera and memorabilia. And of course, they’re great for multiple photo pages.
Not only that but multi-page layouts are especially useful for old childhood scrapbooks where we tend to have groups of photos of events and ephemera.
For now let’s focus on multi-page layouts that are one-and-a-half pages long.
By adding a 6×12 page to the usual 12×12, your scrapbook album becomes a page turner because you can see part of the next page behind the 6×12. Who can resist their curiosity with a sneak peek like that?
This is the page that comes after my layout above. I originally meant for the journaling to go on the right side, as you see in this photo, but when I designed the Baby Blanket page to come before this one in my scrapbook, I moved the journaled 6×12 page to the left so it would go behind the 6×12 page of the first layout.
Sharing Mutli-Page Layouts Online
If you make two-page layouts you’ve probably noticed they tend to get fewer views online. The images are so long that the thumbnails show up small in galleries and they don’t attract as much attention. But if you design the 12×12 first, and then design the 6×12 to coordinate with it, your 12×12 will look good on its own.
You can use a photo of the 12×12 as your gallery thumbnail to attract more viewers. When they click on that thumbnail you can share the full multi-page spread in the supplemental photos.
More One-and-a-Half Page Scrapbook Layouts
Sometimes your journaling may not need to be all that long, but it’s a bit much for multiple photos and ephemera, like my page above. Now you can relax, fit it all in, and still have fun with layers and design.
My story for this page was so long that it took two half pages to complete. I could have fit all that journaling onto a 12×12 page to make it a full two-page layout (meaning, two 12×12’s). But doing it on two sides of this 6×12 is so much more interesting, don’t you think?
And once again I was able to fit some ephemera (in the pocket) and also scrapbook with fun techniques.
This next page only had a single photo and the page design is very simple. Of course, I could have fit the typed journaling and the picture onto a single 12×12. But I love this photo that highlights the dancer in her through her bun, her neck and shoulders, her dance bag. Sometimes you want to enlarge a photo to show the details.
That means you have to tell the journaling to move over…over to the next page.
Other stories call for an enlarged photo, a long story, and also some techniques. I love that I was able to to create a sense of movement with lots of butterflies on a page that is otherwise very calm and serene. It’s a combination of of the physical peace I can finally enjoy after twenty-five years of chronic neck pain, and the freedom from suffering; the freedom of physical movement.
Whether you’ve been listening to the devil on your left shoulder or the angel on your right, you can stop being so one-sided! Do both and get everything you want every time you scrapbook.
Not sure how to make the half-page go with the design of your initial 12×12?
No worries! I share how to design 6×12 pages to coordinate with 12×12 layouts in a video tutorial. CLICK HERE to learn how you can get this video.
If you regret pages from an earlier and wilder scrapbook life, this is a great way to go back and add the story! Don’t you think?
So which is it for you? The angel or the devil? Or both? :)