Most of my layouts are created using the ‘Visual Triangle’ principle. This means placing the elements in a triangle around the layout. I like to do this especially with my embellishments as it creates a virtual boundary for the eye, linking all the layout elements together.
In the Vamping It Up layout you can see how by placing the Yellow flowers in a triangle around the layout it helps to visually link all the different components of the layout together.
Another example is in Giggle Girls where I have created a visual triangle with the smaller flowers around the photo, rather than at the edges of the layout. Even though the triangle is not ‘around the outside’ it still has the effect of visually pulling all the element on the page together.
I find this technique enormously helpful as I don’t consider I have a very strong eye for design and this approach enables me to arrange my key components on the page and then easily link them all together with three groupings of embellishments.
The eye responds better to an odd number rather than an even number so I try to ensure that my embellishments are grouped in odd numbers, with three being my number of choice more often than not.
And since three is the focus of this article, I need a third example to round things off.
Chicks on Wheels has a visual triange composed of a row of three green brads repeated around the layout. They are incorporated into different embellishment elements but the repetition of the row is strong enough to create the visual triangle.
I find this one of the easiest scrapbooking techniques you can apply to help pull a layout together and I hope you find it useful too.
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