Scrapbooking Techniques & Tips – The Visual Triangle

Three is my absolute favourite number in Scrapbooking!

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.

Urban Lily, Flowers: Frencheville, Fonts: Charlie & Mistral, Other embellisments: unknown

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.

Vanille Fraise kit by Mesokee, Scrapover Twist template from Cottage Arts, SG Refresh Alpha by Durin Eberhart (Modified)

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.

Grants & Sandylion, Alpha: Thao Cosgrove (Art Journal kit), Flowers and Coaster: me

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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14 Responses to Scrapbooking Techniques & Tips – The Visual Triangle

  1. My Imaginary Friends Think You're Funny February 25, 2007 at 10:21 am #

    I am new to scrapbooking, but me and my daughter are putting one together (slowly). So I was really happy when I came across your blog. It is so helpful. Thanks!

    Hope it is cool I added you to my blogroll. =)

  2. Karen February 25, 2007 at 11:34 am #

    It’s very cool that you added me to your blogroll. In fact I’m flattered. Thank you.
    I’m glad you like my blog and that the articles are helpful to you and your daughter.

  3. Hannah February 26, 2007 at 4:24 am #

    I agree, 3 is a very good number to use in scrapbooking! I’ve added you to my blogroll as well ;-)

  4. scrappydo February 26, 2007 at 1:21 pm #

    3 is a lovely number isn’t it? I wonder how many times other people use these princlples without really knowing!

    I hear about the visual triangle but don’t really think about it or any other “design principle” when I do my things…. sometimes it looks Ok and other times not… I wouldn’t have a clue half the time why it’s working or why it’s not!!

  5. Becky Adams March 1, 2007 at 1:03 am #

    Three is my fave too…it just adds balance! As hectic as my life usually is, balance is good. lol Over 1000 hits in one month! ROCK ON!

  6. kitkat March 3, 2007 at 7:31 pm #

    Great tip Karen and more meaningful because you showed examples.

  7. Marjolein March 4, 2007 at 9:32 pm #

    Great tip!
    Nice LO’s!!

  8. Corina March 22, 2007 at 7:11 am #

    As you say, 3 is a great number to use, but I did not think of the special effects you get by using it! The Chicks on Wheels is great!

  9. Camille Tan June 10, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    3 is one of my favorite numbers! hahaha. Well, great layouts though. Simple yet beautiful. You can put a little more embellishments though to make it more lovely.

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