When I look for Gallery Standouts, I always look for balanced scrapbook page design. It’s probably the biggest design principle many scrappers don’t realize they use more than the visual triangle (which is really just a way to create balance).
If you’d have asked me two years ago what I struggled with most when creating a page, I would have answered that it just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until I learned the design principle of Balance that I could articulate exactly what didn’t feel right. What is balance? Balance is a psychological sense of equilibrium. It’s a lack of equilibrium that gives you that “something is off”, queasy, uncomfortable feeling when you’re designing your page.
Balanced scrapbook page design is key to making pages you love. This is just a mini-guide for you… an introduction. The internet is full of awesome design principle information. There are concrete ways to achieve balance, which you can see HERE. Get It Scrapped includes Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page with a free membership, where you can begin your journey to mastering balance. It’s where I started my journey…
Here’s the most basic example of balance:
The first see saw looking thing is clearly not balanced. Adding the circle to the left side of the see saw, seen in the second example, creates balance. Do you see the visual triangle created between the fulcrum (polygon) and the blue shapes?
I created this page using products from Document Your December (available at The Lilypad):
(credits: Document Your December: Bling Bits, Gesso Bits, Bling Alpha by Just Jaimee; Oh What Fun It Is Papers & Elements by Sara Gleason; Fonts: Pea Karen Stampz, Mom’s Typewriter)
This page has radial balance, like the spokes on a bicycle wheel:
I’ve pointed out just two of the radiating lines, but you can imagine the vertical and horizontal easily. If you take away the word art and the scatter, the design would fail. The tag would feel like it was going to keep tilting until it fell off the page completely. By strategically placing my embellishments, I’ve created a balanced scrapbook page design.
Learning and practicing this principle while alleviate a lot of page design frustration, speed up your process and give you confidence. A balanced scrapbook page design means being satisfied at least and wowing yourself at best! Now… go get messy, make mistakes and learn this principle!