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Geometry: Part I – Theory of 3

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  • Geometry: Part I – Theory of 3

    Theory of 3

    Hello fellow scrapbookers and welcome to the final week of TDP's Summer School! I'm hosting Part I of this week's lessons which is all about the theory of 3. When building scrapbook pages, I often use the theory of 3 as a way to add interest to my layouts. How exactly do I do this? Well, today I'll show you!

    There's actually two different ways I use the theory of 3 in my scrapbook layouts, so let's start with the visual triangle:

    Visual Triangle

    You might have heard the design principle that objects look better if grouped together in threes to form a visual triangle, as it allows the eye to bounce around the space. This principle holds true for a myriad of mediums like interior or graphic design, but this idea can also be applied to your scrapbook pages.

    In the diagram above, I used three photos and arranged them into a visual triangle. Now I could have lined up the three photos in a row instead, but the resulting layout wouldn't have as much movement (movement = interest).

    And the visual triangle method doesn't apply just to your photos, you could also use it when placing embellishments or text on a page. You can even include multiple visual triangles on the same layout, like in the example below. Not only are there 3 photos arranged in a triangle, but the title, flower cluster, and bottom border also form a second visual triangle.

    You can also use this method on your pocket style pages, like I did with this spread below. Here I used journal cards and patterned papers to form a visual triangle (which also gives the eye a break from all the photographs). And then there's a second visual triangle created by the 3 word art pieces used on the layout.

    Rule of Thirds
    The second method for using the theory of 3 in your layouts is by using the Rule of Thirds. This is a very common concept in photography: "In the rule of thirds, photos are divided into thirds with two imaginary lines vertically and two lines horizontally making three columns, three rows, and nine sections in the images. Important compositional elements and leading lines are placed on or near the imaginary lines and where the lines intersect." (from LearnPhotography.com)

    This principle can be used for any scrapbooking page where you compose your layout. All you need to do is divide a layout into thirds either horizontally or vertically and then place the majority of your photos, papers, and embellishments along either the lines or the intersection of the lines. In the Goofballs layout example below, I placed the majority of my photos and patterned papers along the left vertical axis, but also placed my long title and journaling along the bottom horizontal axis.

    I could have organized this same layout with all the items in the center, giving the layout equal white space on the left and right sides, but the layout wouldn't feel as polished. To demonstrate my point, here's the layout with everything centered on the page:

    While centering the layout isn't "wrong", it just doesn't have the same finished feeling as the original layout:

    And here's two more layout examples using the rule of thirds:

    Magic Layout by TDP CT Katie


    Your homework assignment for today is to make a layout where you utilize either the visual triangle or rule of thirds. I can’t wait to see your pages!

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    Last edited by mommyish; 07-27-2015, 08:11 AM.

  • #2
    I slid all the "action" on the page down to the guide for the rule of thirds and tried to create a visual triangle with my clusters. Thanks for the tips!


    • #3
      no idea if i got this right or not but I used the three tiny hearts to like draw an arrow and your eye from the main photo and cluster at the top left to the smaller ones at the bottom right


      • #4
        I used both rules here: the rule of thirds for my papers placement and the triangle with my photos and elements.


        • #5
          I used the thirds rule for my LO

          ​Leslie P
          Last edited by Pamie; 08-05-2015, 01:53 PM.


          • #6
            here is my homework - I used the theory of thirds to put the main focus in the bottom third of the page (and the right third!), and the visual triangle for the placement of m elements. I also tried to be mindful of the passive and active whitespace too.
            Last edited by corrin; 07-30-2015, 04:49 PM.


            • #7
              I used Rule of Thirds for this one.

              Last edited by Pamie; 08-05-2015, 01:53 PM.


              • #8
                I used the rule of thirds for this layout.


                • #9
                  I think I followed the rule of thirds but I am stuck on the visual triangle. After looking at my layouts, I realized that I usually don't pay attention to that. Suggestions?


                  • AmieN1
                    AmieN1 commented
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                    Actually I think you did (by accident?) use the visual triangle! The banner on the UL, then to the tape, then the splatters below (and above) act as a triangle. It doesn't always have to be with embellishments! :D Beautiful page fyi.

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