Good morning! As I mentioned yesterday, there are times when a single image is enough to illustrate a special summer memory. But, let’s be honest, there are also times when it takes several shots to get the job done.
Cue the multi-photo layout or spread.
I think it’s safe to say that most scrapbookers either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Am I right or am I right? I personally love them--they're spacious, they hold lots of photos and they're actually quite fun to create! When I sit down to create a spread, there are definitely certain design strategies that I use over and over again. Take a look.
1. the ever-popular grid
Cropping and arranging photos in a grid is one of the easiest ways to achieve multi-photo success. Round the corners of your layout and you'll add an extra dose of unity.
2. one large block of photos
You can also achieve unity by adhering your photos edge to edge, creating one large visual block, as I did here with these colorful and rather busy photos.
3. white space
With such a large block of colorful photos and memorabilia, the cushion of white space (which in this case is orange) provides a much-needed resting spot for the eye.
4. unifying line
Placing my title across the center seam of the spread provides unity and creates nice movement from the left to right side of the spread.
Do you notice how the right side of my layout is “heavier” than the left side? Using an asymmetrical design, as I did here, provides balance and a natural flow to the spread.
Just by practicing a few sound design principles, multi-photo spreads can actually be fun and easy to create. If you’re still reluctant to try your hand at your own spread, consider using one of these page designs to get you started. And if two-page spreads still aren’t your bag, I’ll share another multi-photo strategy tomorrow—mini books!
I hope you’ll come back!