Scrapbooking, while being a creative and fun hobby, is based on basic design principles. These “rules” of design are also used in art, interior decorating, floral arranging, and graphic design. Principles such as using odd numbers, the visual triangle, and creating a focal point can be found in print advertising, movies, and architecture. You have most likely been using these rules instinctively as you have developed your scrapbook style. As with any skill, you can take it to the next level with study and practice. Being aware of the visual triangle can help you pull together a professional looking scrapbook page like you see in your favorite magazines and web sites.
Our brains perceive images in familiar shapes. By placing items on our scrapbook pages in a triangle, it allows our eyes to see the page as a whole rather than being distracted by one or two pieces on the page. You can create a visual triangle on your scrapbook layout with photos, embellishments, or event text such as your title, date, and journaling.On the Keep Holding On - Dance Recital scrapbook page, the paper flowers with acrylic gem accents, are placed in a visual triangle. Click on "more images" above and then use the "next" button to see the triangle highlighted for you. The embellishments on this layout pull the whole scrapbook page together and draw your eye across the row of photos and down to the journaling and focal point photo. When placing embellishments on your next scrapbook page, keep the visual triangle principle in mind and see if you can make it work with your style. The supplies used on the Dance Recital layout include: Papers from the June 2007 Club Scrap kit called "This is My Story." Paper flowers and gems are from Making Memories. The journaling font is called Edwardian Script. You can see this layout in greater detail and see the free scrapbook page sketch that it is based on in the Sketch Challege gallery. You will also find many more scrapbook pages that use this same basic design. When you flip through the images in the box above, you will also see a scrapbook page called, Sun, Sand, and Surf. This scrapbook page actually contains three visual triangles. The photos are placed in a triangle. The words make up the second triangle. The third triangle is actually formed by tiny, square mini brads in groups of three on three spots of the scrapbook page. You can see this page in greater detail in the Paper Tearing Technqiues gallery.