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The Rule of Three

You may have heard about the Rule of Three as it pertains to writing : The rule of three or power of three is a writing principle that suggests that things that come in threes are funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things. The reader or audience of this form of text is also thereby more likely to remember the information. This is because having three entities combines both brevity and rhythm with having the smallest amount of information to create a pattern. It makes the author or speaker appear knowledgeable while being both simple and catchy this is known as the power of 3. This was taken from Wikipedia. What I wanted to share with you today is how the Rule of Three applies to the layout and design of your scrapbook pages and handmade cards.  The Latin language may help this make more sense in design; “omne trium perfectum” (everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete) conveys the same idea as the rule of three.

The Rule of Thirds divides your layout into imaginary vertical and horizontal lines, creating equal thirds each way. This principle applies whether you are a single page layout person or a double page scrapbook person. Whether it is a single photo being centered on the intersecting points of the grid or three embellishment groups spread across your layout the Rule of Thirds will give your scrapbook pages more balance and eye appeal.  

The reason we find this and the pleasing effect of  having 3 is that our eyes can always find the CENTER. This also applies to other odd numbers like 5 and even 7. When you get further on in odd numbers you tend to lose the middle of the grouping.

Using the Rule of Three when it comes to embellishments helps your eye to know where to start and end. In most places we read from left to right so placing embellishments across the page you are helping your brain to see the middle of the page and automatically jump to the left to begin “seeing in order”.  Look at these same diagrams with the embellishment placed across the layouts as shown in these photos to the right. I find it easier to see Rule of Thirds shown in single page layouthow your eyeRule of Thirds on two-page layout demonstrated follows along in the two-page layout.
Do you see it as well? What do you think about the Rule of Thirds and how it applies to your scrapbooking and cards?

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