Sunday, May 02, 2010

GCD Studios Technique:: Designing with Visual Triangles

One of my go-to rules when designing a layout is to incorporate a visual triangle of some sort. On this particular layout of my daughters at 9 months, I used color to create 5 visual triangles.

First, let's talk about my color choices in this layout. I combined the Homespun Chic and Artsy Urban collections. I love the rich blue in Artsy Urban and wanted to use black and white as accent colors (which again came from Artsy Urban). My girls had on yellow onesies so I knew that color would just pop off the page. I didn't really want to go with the red in Artsy Urban but thought the bright and flirty pink from Homespun Chic would do the trick. I brought the pink in with the border and felt flower. 

Here are a few close-ups of my layout:

Now, let's look at my visual triangles. First, is a black visual triangle which is brought together by the felt flower, my journaling and my alphabet sticker title.

Here's a blue visual triangle, using the top and bottom borders and the felt flower again.

Now here's a pink visual triangle featuring the pink borders at the top of my layout and below the larger photo and the felt flower.

And a white visual triangle which is brought together with the Artsy Urban text patterned paper, the white in the pink border and the white in the collage of photos.

Finally, here's a yellow visual triangle featuring the yellow in the larger photo and smaller photos and the title.

As you can see, visual triangles are a great tool to keep a layout design fluid. It brings the eyes around a page and connects elements to each other.

Additional supplies used: (American Crafts thickers, Pink Paislee alphabet stickers)

Try incorporating visual triangles on your next layout!
Happy Designing!


  1. What a great concept to teach! I adore your layout!

  2. Fabulous page!!!! I always admire your stitching and attention to details! Love all the visual triangles on this page!!!!

  3. I love your layout! They are so cute!

  4. I try to use triangles too, especially if I'm stuck! Great job demonstrating the concept!

  5. wow, great concept and little tutorial too-
    love the layout as well


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