Monday, 5 May 2008

The Rule of Thirds

Yesterday Lori asked about the Rule of Thirds. Well, I'm no expert but this is what I know. 

It's a rule used by photographers when composing their photos and artists when composing a picture... and it works just as well when designing a card or scrapbook page. 

In your mind's eye you section off your card/page into a 3x3 grid, like a noughts and crosses grid (see right). You have now created four areas, where the lines cross, which will all make good focal points.  So, if you're positioning an image or an element on a card, one of these four points would be a good place to start. 

To me, yesterday's card was lacking because the image sat in the centre of the card. While there's nothing wrong with this, I felt that, on this particular card, it would have looked better higher up, which would have place the image and ribbon on the top two focal points. 

Naturally, rules are made to be broken... as you'll see from the card samples in the next few days! 


  1. Glad you explained the two thirds rule, however I loove!!! your card as it is. The colours are fabulous and the design looks great to me.

  2. That seems simple enough...I think...LOL! Do you think everyone will look at our cards and point out who breaks the rules? ha ha ha So...what about dead center in the middle for a focal point? Where does all that fit in? I'm just full of questions...sorry! Just tell me to be quiet and go stamp something! :)

  3. Interesting concept... I'll have to look at a few of my cards because I am sure that I brake all the rules... Actually braking all the rules (unless it involves the law) is something that I live by...


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