Simple Stories: July 4th Two-Pager

I love getting together with family, but one of the scrapbooking struggles that come from family events is deciding how to create a layout with the many snapshots.

My go-to technique in situations like this are two things … 1) collage prints and 2) a band design across a two-page layout.


This two-page layout was created with the adorable All American Collection Kit by Simple Stories.

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I used a collage template that I purchased on a digital scrapbook site to create two 8×10 collage prints of the photos I took at our family picnic last year. Here is a closer look at the left page …

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And here is the right page.

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When I printed the photo collage for the left page, I filled one of the squares with a plain light blue block of color. I left the blue and used this square to build my title block.

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The silhouette of the United States was hand cut from one of the 4×6 cards from the 3×4 & 4×6 Journaling Card Elements paper. I then layered the “July 4th” stickers on top for the title.

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In the lower left corner of the layout, I used a 2.75″ circle punch to anchor the rockets cut from the same Journaling Card Elements paper. I added the “Let Freedom Ring” phrase sticker, and then hand cut several stars from the Celebrate paper to use as accents.

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I hand cut several more of those stars from the Celebrate paper to add to the other clusters around the layout to tie the clusters in with one another. Here you can see them accenting the stickers I used to accent my journaling strips.

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And more of the stars are in the right hand corner along with the stamp stickers.

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Even though there are a lot of photos and embellishments on this two-page layout, the simple band design keeps things clean and organized.


Thanks for coming by! I hope you are enjoying your summer!

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Echo Park Paper: It’s a Luau!

I’m up on the Echo Park Paper Blog today with a bright and colorful two-page layout.
I have so many birthday photos waiting to be scrapbooked. Last summer my daughter celebrated her birthday by having her close friends over for a backyard luau. The vibrant colors and tropical icons of the Echo Park Paper Summer Fun collection were a perfect choice for this fun get-together!
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I had a blast creating the flower clusters using the Summer Bloom Die Set and then using the tropical palm leaves of the Tropical Palms Die Set to accent them. They are beautiful and add such a fun pop to this two-page layout!
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I also used the tropical leaves to accent my photos …
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and add more interest to the chipboard floral piece at the top of this photo.
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The toucan sits on a die cut branch above the title here.
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The letters for the title were cut using the Lindsay Uppercase Alphabet die. I cut two colors of each letter for a shadow effect.
I added the chipboard banner pieces to a length of black and white baker’s twine for a fun accent to go underneath my main photo on the right page of the layout.
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Sewing Machine/White Thread
Computer/Printer/White Cardstock for Journaling
Black Journaling Pen
Black/White Baker’s Twine
Adhesive/Foam Squares/Glue Dots


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Stashbuster: 4th of July Family Picnic

I’ve had this patriotic paper collection by Pebbles in my stash for several years now. I still love it, but I decided it was time to use it or move it out.

I created one two-page layout and two single page layouts with it and then put it in my purge pile. I’ll share the two-pager today … come back tomorrow to check out the two single page layouts.


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Whenever I’m creating a two-page spread, I like to have a horizontal line that bleeds across the gutter (or middle) of the page. It’s not a necessity, but to me, it helps to keep the eye moving across the page.

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It’s a little hard to notice, but I fussy-cut the patriotic bunting from one of the patterned papers in this collection to go underneath my photos. Banners were really popular on pages a few years ago, and I think we need to bring them back! They always make a project feel so festive!

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What’s a patriotic page without lots of stars, right?! I grouped these red Jolee’s stickers around a cluster of dimensional stickers. Some of the dimensional stickers are from a coordinating Pebbles collection and some were purchased from the Target Dollar Spot in the last year or two.

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I love a title with mixed fonts! Here I used a red puffy alphabet set by Seven Paper along with some silver foil striped thickers by American Crafts.

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I had lots of journaling for this page and chose to draw my own journaling lines and handwrite it this time. I like the casual feel it added to this layout!

Cardstock: White
Patterned Paper: Pebbles
Dimensional Stickers: Pebbles, Target Dollar Spot
Red Star Stickers: Jolee’s
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Seven Paper
Black Journaling Pen
Adhesive/Foam Squares
Brown Distressing Ink

Thanks for taking a look!

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Using a Favorite Page Design Twice

Have you ever had so much fun creating a page that you wouldn’t mind making it again? Well, I say, go for it!

For example, last fall I submitted the following page to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. They liked the page, but asked if I could recreate it in a two-page format for their readers. I did exactly that, with different photos, and now I have two pages finished in my albums.



And here is quick snapshot of the two-pager …


The photos are from different years, so they won’t be right next to each other in our albums. I’m willing to bet that someone looking through our albums, including my kids and husband, will be none the wiser! It feels great to “kill two birds with one stone,” so to speak, and complete two great layouts for our books.

Have you tried this approach on any of your pages? This same thought process would also be a great way to convert one page sketches to two-page sketches when you are looking for inspiration.

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Have a great week!


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