Layout Fix #3: Making a Double Layout

Today's layout was submitted by Kimmie.

This layout has lots of good things going for it. And either of these pages by themselves would be fine, however when taken together as a double layout, I think it's missing some continuity. There isn't much flow between the two pages, and since they are photos of the same event, I think you want them to blend together rather than standing apart as they are now.


My first step was to make a band across both pages and to turn off all the layers except the photos so I could lay them out without any distractions. This is what I came up with. Notice that the big photo is over the middle line, just enough so that you won't lose anything important to the crease, but to still bring the two pages together.


Next, I wanted to place the title. I often leave the title until the end, which creates a problem when there's no where left to put it. If you're going to have a title, put it on early so you can be sure it has good placement. I also added some circles in the background to help move the layout from one side to the other.


For the next step I added in the journaling and date.


Now the boring part is over and it's time to have fun. Let's put on some elements! Keep in mind that the elements have purpose beyond decoration and should be grouped with some intentionality so the eye continues moving across the page


To finish, I've added a few more papers layers to highlight the photos and tweaked my elements a bit.


What do you think? How did I do?

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Recent Comments

Lori Smith
Lori Smith Thu, 10/10/2013 - 18:13

I really love this exercise. Simplifying the elements like you did, Marisa, really allows the photos to stand out more, and the circles soften it. I have one concern and one suggestion. I am concerned that the large photo on the left crosses the midline - this means that if it is going into an album after being printed the pages will look a bit funny on the inner edges. If it is printed as a book then the sweet face of the baby will be rolling into the fold. In the same way the left photo on the right page bumping against the larger one on the left page looks like it wants some separation. My suggestion is to move the photo of the baby looking to the left to the bottom right of the right page, and the crying baby to the left and then the lower photo up. this allows the 'movement' of the body and the gaze to assist in moving our eyes circling around the page. I hope that makes sense. :-D

Magdalena Einarsen
Magdalena Einarsen Sun, 10/06/2013 - 08:11

Wow! You make it look so easy, Marisa. Gorgeous layout.

Melissa Bechtloff
Melissa Bechtloff Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:39

I love the transformation ... looks amazing.

Marisa Lerin
Marisa Lerin Fri, 09/27/2013 - 11:10

Kimmie, I made a quick tutorial here that I hope will answer your questions:

Nadia Slegers
Nadia Slegers Fri, 09/27/2013 - 07:16

I really like the fix. I say: Just keep on playing around. And like Marisa once said, try to scraplift a lot, your skills improve by the layout :-). I can't help you with the PSE thing because I never used it. Maybe someone else has a tip or can help you with that one.

Kimmie Fido
Kimmie Fido Thu, 09/26/2013 - 17:30

I really like your new design. The circles and picture layout make it look so clean.

Since this was my first digi layout I initially did it as one page (as a test) with lots of layers because that's how I paper scrap, then added the second page to get more photos to help tell the story so your comments are valid - it really was two separate pages!

Being a real newbie, I'm not sure how to make a true two page layout (background 24x12) in PSE so that I can print it out using my printer. Anyone out there have any thoughts? Because I'd love to make these changes! :) Thanks!

Skye Leoner
Skye Leoner Thu, 09/26/2013 - 12:48

This layout fix is right on the money! Awesome color and I love that the picture on the left has been made the focal point of the spread. Would have never thought to use the confetti (?) and on the layout. It does give it a "bubble" feel.