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A day on the French Riviera with a quick tutorial

12X12 layout 2 pager August 2012 Kits Bazzill Echo Park Everyday Eclectic Jillibean Soup Nathalie Leonelli Studio Calico The Story Begins Kit tutorial

Hello friends! It's Nathalie here today to share a double pager created with The Story Begins kit. I rarely make 2-pagers, but I always love them when I look through my albums! So, since I wanted to use almost all the photos I took from this special day during our last vacation in France, I found a sketch by Becky Fleck and went to work:

I have to mention here that I love the fact that Jessica includes two sheets of each color of cardstock in her kits. It is probably what prompted me to create a double pager in the first place!


Now for my tutorial, I will show you how you can create a mat for a double pager with just one sheet of patterned paper. Often times, even if I had two sheets of cardstock for my background, I got stuck because I wanted to mat my photos with patterned paper of which I only had one page but I figured out a trick. See on my layout above, it looks like I used two sheets of the green Echo Park paper and possibly two sheets of pink cardstock when I actually used a partial one of each.

And by the way, this tip can also help you save paper when creating single page layouts.

First, I cut 1 1/2" strips of the paper of my choice (6 strips) and 1/4" strips of pink cardstock:

then I adhered the pink cardstock at the border of the patterned paper:


then I set them up around my pages exactly where I wanted them:


now you can use a bit of temporary adhesive or being extra careful, move them off your background and place a ruler going from one corner to the next as shown here:

cut through the layers and replace on your page, lining everything nicely before adhering:


Please note that I do not recommend choosing a patterned paper that goes in a certain direction as it would be very hard or impossible to line it up seamlessly.

Feel free to ask questions if you have any. I will answer them in the comments.

Happy scrapping!



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  • Liz on

    I never would have guessed that that is what you did! I’ve done this before too! Love your pics and the pieces of PP that you filled in where there is no picture. The hot air balloons and the title caught my eye!

  • adele on

    Genius! What a fantastic way to stretch a piece of paper, and the mitered corners look so nicely finished. Love the titled title block too!


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