Get the best of both worlds by including more photos with a large photo block on one side of your layout while still having some fun by creating a more traditional scrapbooking design on the other.
Supplies used - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, chipboard, brads, word stickers: Simple Stories; Heart punches: Recollections; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic
It seems like most often my layouts that utilize a large photo block have a ton of photos, but that doesn't always have to be the case. This layout only has 8 photos, which to me for a two-page layout, isn't a lot.
The main reason I turn to large photo blocks is that they are incredibly easy to put together, especially with this style where you are covering a whole 12 x 12" side. On my right page I used a combination of 4 x 6", 6 x 4", 3 x 4", and 2 x 2" photos mixed with a 2 x 12" hearts strip, a 3 x 4" card, and a few 2 x 2" cards.
Since I had a heart theme going with several elements on my layout, I used hand-stitching to frame and highlight a few of the heart details on a few cards.
On the left page, I created a background of banner strips accented with columns of hearts with a stitched line through them.
Arranging shapes in a column like this and then adding the stitched lines is one of the details that I like to use often. It's a great way to add in some fun shapes to go with your theme and it's an interesting detail.
You can use shapes of all the same size, or you can mix up the sizes like I did here.
Most of the design, the photos, the papers, the title, the journaling, on the left page are all grouped together on the right edge of the layout. There is a lot of white space on that left page. White space can be a little intimidating, but when you balance it with a busy grouping or a large photo block, it's a little more easy to work with.
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