This page is part of my Maine vacation album and features photos of my husband, son, & a friend playing pirates on our friend’s sailboat. I used several retired stamp sets to stamp the pirate ship & greeting as well as some strips of retired designer paper to coordinate with the pirate theme.
Rule of 3’s
Thought it’s not a hard and fast rule, the Rule of 3’s is a good one to follow for balance on your scrapbook pages. There are several ways to incorporate this rule….try one or more of these techniques on your next page!
1) Add similar embellishments or other accents so that the eye is drawn to three different spots on your page, usually in a triangle pattern. Your embellishments can be similar in shape, color, or style. On my page, I used several different turquoise embellishments on 3 areas of my page as indicated by the red circles….photo corner, title, pirate ship flag/brads. This keeps the eye moving across the page. You’ll notice I also used a grouping of 3 brads to continue the continuity. Using turquoise for my embellishments helps to draw the eye to the photo of my husband & son, which is the photo I want to highlight the most.
2) Use the photography Rule of 3’s. Imagine two vertical lines drawn down your page vertically, cutting it into thirds. Now imagine 2 additional lines creating 3 sections horizontally. This creates a 9-section grid as shown by the red lines below. The focal point of your scrapbook page should fall on at least one of the four intersections so that the eye continues to move across the page. On my page, my two photos & the title (the important parts of my page) are arranged so they fall at 3 of the 4 intersections.
Note: When you arrange a photo or embellishment in the center or your page, the eye tends to rest on it. If that is the only thing you want to be the focus of the page, that’s fine. Otherwise, arrange your items in the Rule of 3’s so that they all get noticed.
3) Remember the Rule of 3’s when you use color. You are not limited to using just 3 colors on your page; however, you should have a main, secondary, and accent color. If you use too many colors, the page becomes more cluttered and distracting. For a good start, choose colors that coordinate with your photos so that your eye is drawn to them as well. On my page…..black is the main color, white is the secondary color, and turquoise is the accent color. I did use some dark gray as well but it has black and white on it and is partially tucked behind a photo so it is an additional accent color.
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