Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday Tip...

Today I thought I would discuss aesthetics and design of a layout (or even a handmade card). While studying art and design you will learn what is aesthetically put together or pleasing to the eye. I will touch on just a couple of points tonight.

The first is working in odd numbers. Our brains like to see things in odd numbers, so if you are placing a grouping of something such as flowers on your piece, use an odd number of them. Three flowers grouped together looks better than two.... and so on. The design as a whole will be more pleasing with an odd number of items on it.

Another point to make is to arrange your items in a triangular pattern. Our eyes naturally read from left to right, but also we look up and down in a triangular pattern.

In the layout above notice how your eyes follow the flow of the page from left to right and up and down. Also note the use of odd numbered items. The 3 owls guide your eyes through the page up and down. There are also 5 large elements (mats and title block) to create more odd numbered items. Hopefully these tips will help you to create layouts, cards and other crafts in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Happy Scrapping!


  1. Your work is amazing I think I look at it at least once a day.

  2. Great tips for a Tuesday! I love those owls!!

  3. Great tips Michelle ! Thanks for sharing !

  4. Awesome tip Michelle, keep em coming! Thanks for sharing...now if you could pick and put together my papers, I would be good to go! LOL