I have been doing some reading on page design and searching the internet for articles.. well, at least I am trying to keep myself informed on what is going on in the digital scrapping world. Sometimes I become so involved with creating my layouts the way I always have that I forget there are always new ideas and new trends out there to be tried.
I am a template girl. I LOVE templates and most all of my layouts are created using a template or using the framework of a template that I either have in my stash or have seen. OK, so I have a fetish for templates…there are worse things to be addicted to, right?
One of the challenges that I came across at one of the sites that I frequent is a “White Space” challenge. Simply create a layout using the rule of thirds to create a layout with white(or blank) space. Easy enough for me. I’ve been doing this sort of thing for 10 years! NOT! Try as I might, I could not get away from wanting to fill my space with ….something. I honestly had to laugh at myself over this one. I finally managed to create two layouts with white space.
But, through it all I realized something and it is something that everyone needs to remember when creating a layout for a challenge that you will post to a gallery or for just creating a layout for yourself. When it comes to rules….THERE ARE NO RULES! i love what Torrey Scott and Jodi Amidei say in their book Out Of Bounds about this, “think of design rules as merely a suggestion and suggestions are optional.” YOU are the only person that you have to please.