Designer’s Corner: Got Triangles?


One of the easiest and most effective design principles that you can incorporate into your scrapbook pages is the visual triangle. The idea is to use a trio of something to help move the viewer’s eye around the page and to retain focus on the page elements located in the center of the triangle. Visual triangles can be created in many ways, including using:

  • Three of the exact same embellishment
  • Three variations on the same embellishment (for example, three different label stickers, three different colored brads, three different types of flowers, etc.)
  • Three items that are the same color
  • Three areas of text
  • Three pieces of the same patterned paper
  • Three of the same shape
  • Three items that have dimension

I love how easy it is to create and use visual triangles on my pages and I love their impact. When I first learned about visual triangles I made a conscious effort to incorporate them on my pages. Now they are second nature to me and I often find that without even trying to I’ll subconsciously create one or more visual triangles on a layout.

In this first layout, I created a visual triangle with three stickers from Scenic Route’s new Grafton Boy sticker sheet, all of which have the same aqua background color (the three stickers are: 1) the dot on the “i” in the title, 2) the “are you ready for this?” circle, and 3) the “I don’t think so” strip). I also included a dark orange triangle: 1) my title, 2) the strip of polka dot patterned paper – also from Scenic Route’s new Grafton collection, and 3) the bit of bike visible on the patterned paper from Basic Grey’s new Cupcake collection, which I made more prominent than the other images on the patterned paper with the sticker placement. Both triangles draw attention to the photographs – and especially the focal point photograph – and to the journaling.

In this second layout, I again used two visual triangles (and Scenic Route products from their new Lynden and Providence lines):

  1. A pink triangle created by the two butterflies and the flower above the title. This triangle is further enhanced by dimension, since the butterflies are paper-covered chipboard and the flower is adhered with a pop dot, making it stick up off the page. This triangle calls attention to the photos and title.
  2. A triangle of three black brads. This triangle draws attention to the journaling.

I’ll leave you with one last example, which again uses two visual triangles:

  1. A trio of Scenic Route label rub-ons – each adhered to a different color of cardstock and trimmed or punched with a bit of a solid color border on the outside – that draws attention to the photographs.
  2. A trio of black brads, which draws attention to the journaling.

So…go ahead and try using visual triangles on your next page! If you’re already using them, see whether adding a second – or even a third – triangle will help to punch up your page design.


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