Scrapbooking Ideas for Designing Two-Page Layouts with "Bracketing" | Get It ScrappedIn the recent GIS membership class Loving the Double Wide we saw several of our contributing teachers “bracketing” their two-page compositions. Specifically, they used elements at far left and far right of the two-page spread like bookends to contain and even ground the grouping.

Our Creative Team uses ideas shared in that class on their two-pagers here.


Katie Scott says, “While my 90 year old mother-in-law was in the hospital recently, my son and I stayed at home with my 94 year old father-in-law who has Alzheimer’s Disease and we spent a lot of time looking at old photos of Ethel that she sent him while he was serving in WWII.”

“Because my in-laws got married in secret as WWII was beginning, their first four years of marriage were long distance and their communication was via letters and photos. I, thus, used tags to bookend the design since they reminded me of the mail.  The tags also mimicked the piles of random old photos.”

Scrapbooking Ideas for Designing Two-Page Layouts with "Bracketing" | Katie Scott | Get It Scrapped

Just Married by Katie Scott | Supplies: Tags by Teresa Collins, Frame and Heart Embellishments by Crate Paper; Cardstock, Gesso, Paint, Twine, Machine Stitching


Heather Awsumb says, “This page documents the basics of a trip to Chichen Itza in March with pictures from both our evening and daytime excursions.”

“I’ve bookended the design with two 4″ x 6” photos, one on the far left and another at far right. The bracketing photos created the rough boundaries of my band composition that extends across the two pages and “holds together” the smaller photos and elements in-between. ”

Scrapbooking Ideas for Designing Two-Page Layouts with "Bracketing" | Heather Awsumb | Get It Scrapped

Chichen Itza by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Viewpoint Kit by Sara Gleason; Viewpoint Kit by Sahlin Studio; Foam Alpha No 5 by Heather Joyce


Karen Poirier-Brode says, “The story of the page is my grandson’s enjoyment of a lemon cupcake at a family birthday party.”

“I created bookends with strips of yellow-striped patterned paper at side of the two-page composition. I used a contemporary grey, white and yellow scrapbook page color scheme to emphasize the lemon cake flavor. The whimsical elements characterize the delight I have in everything about this guy.”

Scrapbooking Ideas for Designing Two-Page Layouts with "Bracketing" | Karen Poirier-Brode | Get It Scrapped

Let Him Eat Cake by Karen Poirer-Brode | Supplies: Paper – American Crafts; Pebbles, JenHadfield, Home Made; Studio Calico, Wanderlust; stash, paperclip, wood veneer -stash, 3×4 cards- WeRMemoryKeepers, confetti and cork stars – Studio Calico, die cuts and puffy sticker – stash


Devra Hunt says, “In these photos, my son is going into the ocean by himself for the first time. He was both afraid and excited at the same time.”

“I bookended the design in two ways. First, I repeated the diamond patterned paper in a more traditional way, on both outer edges of the layout. I also repeated the color red on both sides of the layout, but is it more prominent on the left. I used red as an accent on the right side. The result is a visual triangle of red across the two pages.”

Scrapbooking Ideas for Designing Two-Page Layouts with "Bracketing" | Devra Hunt | Get It Scrapped

Just Go In The Water by Devra Hunt | Supplies: CardStock-Bazzill, patterned paper-Basic Grey, wood pieces-American Crafts, Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn, stickers-Basic Grey, Freckled Fawn, Lily Bee, enamel dots-Freckled Fawn, My Minds Eye, journal tag-Fancy Pants. Alphas-My Minds Eye, American Crafts, thread-DMC, pen-Sakura, adhesive-EK Success


Stefanie Semple says, ” This page is about my daughter’s annual changing-up-her-hairstyle event which occurs during the first week of the holidays. This year she changed it up quite a bit.”

“I bookended the design with doilies and mixed media spritzing on each side. The page is messy and artistic in a way that has a playful and busy vibe perfect for this stage of her teen years.The bands of paper running across the two sides with photos layered over support at each end and white space in the middle support the ideas of continuity along her life’s timeline: not everything can be seen, but this is a snapshot right now. ”

Scrapbooking Ideas for Designing Two-Page Layouts with "Bracketing" | Stefanie Semple | Get It Scrapped

Getting THE LOOK: Stefanie Semple | Supplies: Amanda Yi Designs: This just in; Amanda Yi Designs and Lauren Grier collab : Be a Voice and Meagan’s Creations : Crazy Hair Day.


Gretchen Henninger says, “I made this layout to capture my love of Mont Saint Michel in France. ”

“Because I had so many “favorite” photos of differing orientations, I knew I would be working on a two page spread. The vertical columns on either side of the spread provide resting spots for my photo clusters and give the page structure.”

Scrapbooking Ideas for Designing Two-Page Layouts with "Bracketing" | Gretchen Henninger | Get It Scrapped

Mont Saint Michel by Gretchen Henninger | Supplies: Paper and Ephemera: Kaisercraft (Blue Bay); Cardstock and Doily: Recollections; Alphas: Amy Tangerine (Alyx); Flowers: Prima, Petaloo; Twine: Lawn Fawn; Stencil: Teresa Collins; Spray Ink: Mister Huey’s (navy, sea foam); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire); Copic: BG13; Viva Decor Pearl Pen


Carrie Arick says, “On this page, I’m telling the story of a birthday gift that delighted my husband.”

“I started my bookending brackets with wide bands of low-contrast striped papers on each end. I added ephemera and embellishments to create mirrored brackets around the edges of the two photos. This design simplified my embellishment choices and placement, and the bookend areas became points of interest.”

“I like to think of bracketing as visual ping pong. It keeps the eye moving through your page, but never off the canvas. The two halves of my page could stand alone, but the bracketing unifies the page.”

Scrapbooking Ideas for Designing Two-Page Layouts with "Bracketing" | Carrie Arick | Get It Scrapped

A Gnomie #Bromance by Carrie Arick | Supplies: Real Life in Pockets: Rad Lad by Just Jaimee & Mommyish; Font: Albertsthal Typewriter

Loving the Double Wide is one of the 60+ classes in the Get It Scrapped membership. In addition to the eBook, you get 9 new two-page sketches with layered Photoshop templates for making your own pages. AND another class in the member library, Scrapbook Coach 19, includes 4 15-minute video lessons that walk you through making 4 very different two-pagers.


A peek at the pdf eBook in the Get It Scrapped Membership class ‘Loving the Double Wide.’


A peek inside the Scrapook Coach “Double Wide” quick reference that accompanies 4 video lessons.

Eight new two-page sketches and layered templates for Photoshop included in a GIS membership.

Eight new two-page sketches and layered templates for Photoshop included in a GIS membership.


Get immediate access to all these 2-page resources with a membership