Design Concept: Balance & Symmetry
Symmetry: Beauty as a result of balance or harmonious arrangement.
To create a visually pleasing layout, one must take into consideration the balance and symmetry in the elements that we put in.
Visual weight is a measure of how much anything (a photo or embellishment or even empty space) attracts the viewer’s eye. Large items have greater visual weight (attract the eye more) than small items. Light values and bright colors are visually “heavier” than dark values and dull colors. Circles grab more of our attention than squares do. Understanding visual weight is important because you can use it to create balance in your finished layouts. A balanced layout is one that has an overall distribution of visual weight that is even.(Addie Laroque, Scrapbytes www.scrappinmoms.net/scrapbytes)
To create a balanced layout, one must In every layout, no matter what our scrapping style is, a Balanced layout is more visually appealing. We measure balance in layouts in terms of Visual Weight.
There are 2 way to achieve balance.
Symmetrical Balance and Asymmetrical Balance
Symmetrical Balance is usually associated with mirror images, equal on both sides. Symmetrically balanced layout has an even distribution of visual weight therefore usually pleasing to the eye. However, it could sometimes look too formal and boring.
Asymmetrical Balance is the opposite of symmetrical balance though it doesn't necessarily mean that an asymmetrical balanced layout is a chaotic layout. Some sort of balance is still achieved even if not everything is equal. There still has to be some sort of unity between the elements to avoid an unorganized layout.
For more information on Asymmetrical Balance, you may check out the following links:
Addie Laroque's Scrapbytes article on Balance. http://www.scrappinmoms.net/scrapbytes/eod.php?id=1
- Create a 12x12 asymmetrically balanced layout using AT LEAST one (1) supersized photo
- Supersized photo requirement:
Minimum size: 6x8 inches or 48 sq. inches
Should not be a collage
Non-conventional photo sizes are accepted as long as it is at least 6x8 inches or 48 sq. inches
Colored or black and white photos are allowed
- Photos for this challenge must not have been used in any previous layouts (both International or Local)
- Your title should have AT LEAST FIVE (5) WORDS
- Contractions are counted as one (1) word
- Symbols such as @ can be used as long as it makes sense and is counted as one word
- Punctuation marks may be used at the end of the title, but will not count as a word
- English and Filipino words, as well as expressions may be used
- Journaling should be visible
- Submission must include a short description of how you applied Balance and Symmetry in your layout
Criteria for Judging: Overall Design - 30%, Originality & Creativity - 20%, Choice of Photo - 20%, Journaling - 20%, Challenge Requirement - 10%
Please make sure you follow these reminders strictly. Some are not following the format we've indicated and it slows down the uploading process.
- All entries must be submitted by September 18 (Thursday) on or before 10:00am
- Email your entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- File size of each of your photos should be no larger than 300KB
- Submit a maximum of 3 shots of your LO -- one full shot (required) and 2 detail shots (optional)
- Include your Full Name and Title in the filename of your images when submitting your layouts:
Sample Format: Liza Bermudez - Layers of Me.jpg
- Include Journaling, Materials List and any additional notes in the body of your email to facilitate uploading