To help break up the monotony of scrapbook pages you may want to use various shapes: circle, triangle, octagon and hexagon.

As you design your pages you will find many opportunities to uses these various shapes to help in bringing focus and continuity.

These shapes are the easiest to work with, but are not the only shapes you can use. If you are beginning your scrapbooking craft, we suggest you stay with the simplest of these shapes. As you gain confidence please feel free to experiment with other shapes.


The triangle is freely used in nature . . . providing strength because of its connectivity in bringing things together. Triangles will help pull images and elements together–while groups or pairs tend to segregate things into separate sections.

The Visual Triangle:

Typically we think of a triangle as a static shape. We often use it for photos and embellishments, as noted earlier. The visual triangle, however, is a design feature that follows the flow of items on a page–the layout of pictures, or placement of embellishment elements.

The visual triangle can provide balance to a page by causing the eye to flow over all of the elements of your page’s theme or focus. Because there are only three points to a triangle, the flow is smooth and swift. The triangle tends to give the eye a path to follow between elements–helping to pull them together.

Most often we use the triangle shape in embellishments  The Triangle Shape . We can cut the shape to divide space on the page.

Triangles come in different types and what ever size you choose or need. The types of triangles are structured by the angles:

Note: All triangle’s angle degrees add up to 180°

Equilateral Triangle:

EquilateralTriangle 1000 The Triangle ShapeAll sides are equal in length and form equal 60° angles.

Right Triangle:

Right triangle The Triangle ShapeTwo of the sides come together to form a 90° angle.

Obtuse Triangle (Scalene):

obtuse triangle The Triangle Shape Has one internal angle greater than 90°.

Acute Triangle (Equilateral):

acute triangle The Triangle ShapeWhere the internal angles are smaller than 90°.
(Not all Acute Triangles are Equilateral Triangles.)

Oblique Triangle:

oblique trianagle The Triangle ShapeHas only angles greater or smaller than 90°.

Isoceles Triangle:

IsoscelesTriangle The Triangle ShapeWhere two sides are of equal length and have two equal angles that are opposite of the equal sides.

Scalene Triangle:

Triangle.Scalene The Triangle ShapeHave sides of different lengths and internal angles are different.

While this may be more information than you wanted to know, you now you have it. The benefit is recognizing the different aspects and flows of various triangles. There isn’t just one form to use, as you can see. This should help you as you design your scrapbook pages.

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