Ten Ideas for the Opposing Page


I usually digi scrap one page at a time and I don’t worry about creating my layouts in any certain order. I love the freedom to scrap as I please and it keeps me fresh and excited about documenting my memories. When it comes time to put my layouts into albums, I do think about what will go on the opposing page. I love the cohesive look of 2 layouts that pair well together so I put some thought into how my pages will be displayed. As I browsed through my past layouts, I found that I have 10 tried and true tricks for making the most of a double page area. (All images are linked for credits)

1. Double Page Spread

This is a very logical and easy way to approach filling the real estate of a 2 page area. I often rely on double page spread templates to help me fill the entire area and I find it easiest to use the same kit and supplies and treat the layout as a whole instead of 2 separate pieces. Be sure to check out Janet’s tips for 2 page layouts for more ideas.

Here’s what the layouts look like when they are printed as individual pages:

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and here are the layouts viewed side by side. I prefer post bound albums because spreads like this are kept together instead of visually separated by rings. However, the rings are really no problem and many scrappers prefer the ease of using them.

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2. Use a similar design and ingredients for both pages

Even though the contents of these 2 layouts are very different from each other, I used a similar design approach on both of them. There is a large square in the middle that is bordered with a patterned paper. Everything is from the same digi kit to keep it all cohesive in design.

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These layouts look like they belong next to each other.

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3. Same kit but different page designs

The page structures are different from each other in this spread. One layout has a large photo with design elements along the bottom. The other one has a grouping of photos with just a few small accents. The continuity of the subject matter between both pages also ties them together.

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I thought about the visual weight of each page when I designed each layout. They balance each other out nicely with heavy title and design work along the bottom of one page, and a lot of visual weight from photos on the upper part of the other layout.

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The eye moves easily across both pages to help the viewer see the complete story.

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4. Minimize design and/or colors on one of the pages

When I create a bold or colorful page that I want to keep as a focal point, I often keep the opposing page more minimalistic in design.

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I originally tried a dark background on page 2, but found it competed too much with the photos and the large, colorful image of page 1. It felt better to go with a neutral background and add some touches of color in the title and dotted border.

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The “voyager” page is the definite star of the spread, but the photos on the the “Epcot” page are still easily appreciated as well.

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5. Use a scan or an illustration to complete the story

I created this layout about my kids working on an art studio and didn’t even think about what would go on the other side. Almost a year later, I realized that I wanted to finish off this spread and I brainstormed to find something that would fit.

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I had a light-bulb moment and realized it would be fun to include a scan of the actual painting my son was working on in these pictures!

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I love the way the scan finishes off the story! Some other approaches would be to use drawings, hand-written notes, documents, or even digital illustrations to create a memorable pairing.

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6. Fill a page with a great big photo

I love large photos, especially for vacation memories. One of my favorite tricks is to use 1 page of a spread and fill it entirely with a large photo.

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There’s no need to journal or add anything like a title – unless you want to!


So easy!

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7. Tell a big story

If you have a lot of journaling, use one of the pages as a storytelling platform. In this case, I realized that I needed a lot more space than this layout allowed.

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You can journal on top of a photo, or on a paper background.

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A great way to document a big memory!

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8. Make a photo collage

I used this page to highlight a special photo and write about a favorite destination.

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I didn’t need to include more journaling, instead I just wanted to share some of the photos from Gardner Village.


Collages are fun to create and are a great way to finish off a 2 page spread! Check out this post on quick and easy collages for more ideas.

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9. Repeat one piece on the opposing page

I created this layout using some simple colored cardstock for the background.

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The next page had a different design and covered a different topic. I tied them together visually by using the same piece of blue cardstock on both layouts.

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They complement each other because they share a design element.

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10. Forget the matching and just do what you want!

I love matching, but sometimes it’s great to just enjoy each layout for the unique creation it is.

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I didn’t create these layouts to go next to each other, but they ended up side by side in my son’s album.

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I love them both – who cares if they “match” or not!

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Do you think about the opposing page when you scrap? Did you learn some new tips from what I shared? I hope you’ll give some of them a try!

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