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Scrapbook Design Basics – The Rule of Odds

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The Rule of Odds Sample Layout

Catch a Wave

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Scrapbooking, like all visual arts, is based on some basic design principles such as The Visual Triangle, Repetition, The Rule of Thirds, and the Rule of Odds. The Rule of Odds is based on the idea that our eye finds things arranged in odd numbers more natural and pleasing to the eye. This principle is used in all aspects of art such as floral design, painting, photography, graphic design, and even landscaping.

In scrapbooking, you can put The Rule of Odds into practice with the number of photos on a page, the number of embellishments that you chose to use, or even the background paper stripes or design. When choosing your embellishments select them in 3’s, 5’s, 7’s, etc. When placing your photos, you have a two options that will follow The Rule of Odds, you can either have one focal point photo and an odd number of supporting photos elsewhere on the page, or you can accent the focal point photo with an even number of photos near or surrounding it (thus creating an odd number of photos).

Scrapbook Page Examples for The Rule of Thirds:

Catch a Wave – This scrapbook page uses two sets of embellishments arranged in odd numbers to highlight the photos. A set of 5 buttons run below the focal point photo and a grouping of 3 buttons bring the eye down to the supporting photos. This layout is featured in the Hand Stitching gallery where you can find a pattern for the arrow.

Our Boy – This scrapbook page can be found in the Fathers and Sons gallery. It uses The Rule of Odds in three different places on the page. First, there are three strips of dotted paper that accent the focal point photo. Second, there are three small circle stickers in the upper right corner of the page. And third, there are three photos along the bottom of the page. You can also find a free sketch of this layout in the Father and Sons gallery.

Carefree – This fun trampoline scrapbook page layout that features a large chipboard monogram letter also uses three sets of three. There are three buttons in the top corner, on the monogram letter, and then there is a grouping of three small photos in the bottom left corner. The Chipboard Monogram gallery contains a free sketch of this scrapbook page.

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