Thursday, November 17, 2011

Scrapbooking Tip

There are some basic design principles you'll find immensely helpful for Level 3 scrapbooking. Let's talk about six of them.
  • First is balance. Balance can be symmetrical—roughly the same on both sides—or asymmetrical. If you have large elements on one side of a page, you can balance them with other large elements or with strong, contrasting small elements. Keep in mind color balance as well. Your layouts will be more aesthetically pleasing if you use colors in varying proportions.
  • The second design principle is repetition. This is sometimes known as rhythm and can make your layout feel cohesive. Create repetition by repeating shapes, colors, textures, lines, or other elements of design. You might choose some curved lines in your photos and repeat them with scalloped edges, buttons, punched circles, or other similar lines. The key to successful repetition is variation within the theme.
  • Perhaps you've heard of the third design principle: movement. Many things can affect the way the eye moves across a page. A strong line, especially a diagonal one, will cause the viewer to follow it. A border around an element or page will keep the eye from leaving that element or page.
  • Contrast is an important design principle. Use contrast to reflect the energy of your story. Tone down the contrast for calm or peaceful stories; use strong contrast to amplify the excitement in a more energetic story. You can achieve contrast with color, size, texture, line, or any other element of design.
  • Another principle of design has to do with enhancing versus competing. Sometimes known as “dominance” or “emphasis,” this principle helps you focus the viewer’s attention on the most important elements in your layout. Remember that page embellishments should support your story, not overshadow it. You’ll also find it helpful to use the “rule of thirds.” In your mind, divide your scrapbook page into thirds horizontally and vertically. When you want to emphasize something, try placing it at the intersection of two of those lines.
  • The last design principle we'll talk about is unity. As you make decisions about how you’ll use balance, repetition, movement, contrast, and emphasis, keep in mind the story as a whole. Each principle should support your story rather than detract from it. The page should feel connected, harmonious, and complete.

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