Friday, August 24, 2012
Happy Friday everyone! Jenelle here today with an inspiration post that will hopefully have you firing up your creative software and getting some more fabulous pages scrapped for your albums and our gallery!
I absolutely LOVE digital scrapbooking – such a creative and fun hobby for me! I used to really enjoy graphic and art classes when I was in school, even though I never considered myself to be naturally talented in those subjects. I still remember learning about ‘rules’ of design in those classes and I found that by following those rules (and putting in lots of effort) I could create some pleasing pieces of art work.
Well those rules (or design principles you could also call them) I studied back in school, naturally transfer over to scrapbooking. They are also closely followed in interior design/decorating, floral arranging, print advertising and even architecture – to name just a few.
Being aware of these design principles can really help you pull together an eye-catching layout and today I would like to explore in detail one of those design principles . It is called the ‘Visual Triangle’.
The Visual Triangle is a concept that involves an imaginary triangle on your scrapbook page. It is created by placing three similar elements (eg:- embellishments, clusters, photos, colours, text etc) at the corners, or points, of the imaginary triangle. It helps create balance on a page (you could even liken it to the number and arrangement of legs needed for a stool to be stable. 3 = balance).
Our brains have a tendency to perceive images in familiar shapes and when you place elements on your scrapbook pages in a triangle, it allows your brain to see the page as a whole, rather than being distracted by one or two items on the layout. It brings your eye all the way around the layout. It can also direct you to the one area of your page you want your viewer to focus on. It’s a fairly simple technique that can take your pages from looking good to looking great in a jiffy! I also believe it’s a technique you can use on every layout – it won’t get old or ever stop having an effect.
There are a myriad of ways you can create visual triangles on a scrapbook layout. You could create them with:-
- Text (title, journalling, date)
- Repeated single elements or embellishments
I think the best way to illustrate what I am talking about is to take a look at some example layouts from our team gallery, that use the technique of the visual triangle perfectly.
I hope these 3 examples (remember 3=balance!) have highlighted this technique for you. There are plenty more layouts in the team gallery that use this technique – next time you are browsing through, take a closer look and see what appeals to you about each particular layout. It may well be that elements/colours/photos are placed within this visual triangle format! Subconsciously, we are drawn to designs that use familiar shapes as they are visually appealing to us (eye-candy in a way! LOL!!).
Why don’t you try this technique out yourself on your next layout – you might be very surprised with the end result! We’d love to see you post some new pages in the gallery that use this concept. You may have already been following this design rule and we’d love to hear your thoughts as well.
I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading along today, just as I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all my posts here at the Shabby Shoppe Blog. I have loved being a part of this wonderful team, but it is now time for me to take on some new ventures and I will be signing off from here as a current team member.
A huge thank you to SP, Kylie and the fabulous team for having me here! I’ve loved every minute! I will still be ‘lurking’ around in the gallery and reading along with you all though – you can’t get rid of me that easily!! LOL!!
Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday with our latest LOTW winner. Until then, happy scrapping to you all, THANK YOU and bye for now :)