Monday, September 9, 2013

Go To Designs: Rectangle On A Square

This month I'm combining Go To Designs with an assignment from Get It Scrapped!: Make a page that incorporates a rectangular inner canvas upon a square canvas. The principles are based upon the idea of the "golden" ratio and its implications for appealing design.

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This page is about an outdoor concert we attended last Fourth of July. I chose to keep all the major page elements within the confines of the rectangle and used misting to ground the rectangle to my layered square background. The white title pops against the dark background, while small doses of red bring energy to the page and move the eye around. Just like the singer's performance, I wanted this layout to be simple, yet elegant.

Here are a few more examples of a rectangle on a square...
I layered several borders to divide my 12x12 background into two rectangles, then placed my design on the larger side. It's my way of creating something close to an 8.5x11 canvas.


Here my rectangle is formed by stacking two 4x6 photos vertically. The title, journaling and some embellishments spill over onto the 12x12 background.


In this example, the rectangle runs right to the edge of the page. The photos and patterned paper are placed horizontally. A few embellishments sneak off the rectangle, and one cluster placed in the upper LH corner adds interest.


One final example that I love. In the photo is my grandfather, holding his beloved rhubarb.

As usual, I have a Pinterest board with even more examples of this Go To Design. Besides the usual 12x12 pages, it's where I pin 8.5x11 layouts. They are perfect for rectangular inspiration!

To see the rest of the Design Team examples and learn more about the golden ratio, check out the article here.

This series was inspired by the Layout Issue at Masterful Scrapbook Design.



16 comments:

  1. What great designs! Wonderful uses of hand stitching as embellishment. I think this would be a great way for an 8 1/2 x 11 scrapper to convert to 12x12 if they wanted to.

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  2. Such wonderful designs, as always, Sue. This design really draws your eye inward, to focus on the photos. I loved the comparison page about you and your hubby.

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  3. These are all fabulous pages/designs. So many striking details.

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  4. This one felt way too mathematical for me, so it's cool to see what you did with it and how well you can work those rectangles!

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  5. I really like these designs! I will be using these for my scrapbook layouts. It's always nice to get new ideas!

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  6. Great page and examples!
    Definitely love that design :)

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  7. I love this design! Beautiful bunch of layouts!

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  8. Great pages! I really like the one with your grandfather.

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  9. Yes, this is clearly a go-to design that you've mastered. Great pages, Sue.

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  10. FABULOUS!! I love how you used the same concept but every page is different! Great pages!

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  11. Love them all!!! BEautiful! hugs...x

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  12. Great examples of the rectangle on a square! TFS

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  13. Great examples of this design, Sue!! Really love your first page of the 4th of July concert!!

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  14. Your pages are always so great. You have a knack for embellishing.

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  15. Awesome designs. I know I've used this principal but I don't think I've ever thought of it quite that way, a rectangle within a square. I just add my photos and think it looks good but didn't know why. Thanks for sharing this idea. Off to look at your Pinterest board! :)

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