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Create a Balanced Asymmetrical Layout

Last year, I took an online class from SCT that involved learning about scrapbook page design and one of the classes included a lesson on asymmetrical layouts. Most creators prefer a more symmetrical arrangement, but if you want to give an asymmetrical design a try, I have a few tips for you.

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This layout was created using the March Hip Kit which includes a mix of exclusive pattern papers, dies, pink fresh, and simple stories. In my video, I shared a simple way to create this gorgeous background with dies. Before I go into more detail, I want to define the asymmetrical design.

Most memory keepers prefer symmetrical page designs. When you create a symmetrical layout, the photos, embellishments, patterns, shapes, and colors are balanced. Most of the time, these items are mirrored or replicated throughout the page.

Asymmetrical literally means “without balance” and forms a design that is unevenly weighted, uncentered, and visually off balance. This creates a more interesting layout with movement.

One of the ways to create directional movement is by placing the majority of the weight near the focal point of your page and lessening the weight as you move away. In each cluster, colors and shapes are repeated, but the size becomes smaller as it moves away from the focal point of the layout.

This layout also lacks any central axis. Asymmetrical layouts rarely have items that are horizontally, vertically, or diagonally centered.

This type of layout will also have a few irregularly shaped elements, but those shapes should carry less weight than the ones with a more balanced shape. The large florals on the right have a symmetrical circle shape which counterbalances the oval on the left.

The cluster with the oval is also isolated which is common with asymmetrical page designs. To prevent it from looking out of place, I added elements near the title with similar colors and shapes.

The title at the base of the page carries more weight, but the addition of black and deep pink in the upper corner draws your eye across the page.

In my video, I share a few more tips to help you create an asymmetrical layout.

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