When I first started scrapping I dreaded the two-page spread. It was such a intimidatingly large canvas to start with and what the heck do you do with that center line? Pretend it's not there? Ignore it and hope it goes away? Well it turns out, both techniques work pretty well!
Now that I'm designing two-pagers on a regular basis for the SCT Delivered kit, I've learned to get over my fear of the center line. (And speaking from experience, a glass of wine always helps with this. Trust me.) Sometimes I ignore the center line and span photos across it, being careful to position important photo elements - like faces - on either side of the line. And sometimes I pretend the dang line isn't even there and treat the page like a large rectangular canvas. A great example of this trick is on a recent layout I made using the SCT Delivered Winter Kit, City Sidewalks.
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Because I only had one sheet of the gorgeous black polka dot cardstock, I had to get creative with my background. I split the cardstock into 5x12 and 7x12 pieces and used the marble patterned paper to span the gap between the two. This essentially erased the center line (though I did cut the page apart at 12" to eventually fit into my album) and gave me a fun asymmetric base to start my design.
I added another block of patterned paper on the right side of the page and then positioned my four photos across the center of the patterns. Because the third photo of Riely has her standing to the left of the tree, it was a natural choice to be the photo that crosses over the center line. I adhered it so the cut falls in the white space of the photo and doesn't chop her in half. For the title, I mixed the oversized Pink Paislee alpha with a kit exclusive glitter word. I just love how the white and gold pop off that black backdrop!
To break up all the straight lines, I created a visual triangle using circles of aqua gingham paper. These circles frame my photo arrangement and were a great spot to layer with die cuts and sparkly embellishments.
Once I have everything position and adhered where I want it, I'll go back and make the final "slice" for the center line, which allows me to put each half in a page protector to go into albums. If you use post-bound albums, you don't have to worry about a gutter between your halves. I personally use 3-ring albums, and while there is a small gap in the center of my two-pagers, it's nothing I stress about. (Running out of wine - now that's a reason to freak out!) So don't let a little line in two-page spreads intimidate you. Just cover it up and keep on creating!