Today for our Go To Design, I'm featuring the downward diagonal. It creates a sense of movement that leaves no doubt as to where your eye should travel on the page. I like to think of using the diagonal flow in following three categories.
#1 - The Regular Diagonal
This is the most common way to use a diagonal flow design. It begins in the upper left-hand corner and flows to the lower right-hand corner of the page. Spanning the entire page seemed the logical thing to do on my layout about the Mackinac Bridge.
There are so many ways to create a diagonal flow. It can be as varied as Amy Coose’s mist splatters, Christina C. Scrap’s playful stars, Jennifer Hignite’s photo collage, or Laura O’Donnell’s word stickers.
#2 - The Cluster Diagonal
This next version still progresses from upper left to lower right, but the elements are clustered together instead of spread out. The design is more compact, leaving generous white space on the layout. This page about my great-grandfather is titled with a favorite phrase I remember him saying. Francine Clouden’s layout is neatly contained around an unexpected yellow circle and flows in an unexpected direction, which is my next category.
#3 - The Reverse Diagonal
If you want to shake things up a bit, try a reverse diagonal. It flows from upper right to lower left. It’s a striking design that depends on the unexpected to grab your attention. I think it works well because these layouts always catch my eye in the online galleries. Jennifer Larson says she always slants this way and has contributed two examples that prove her point!
If you'd like to see a collection of diagonal designs collected from all over the online scrapping world, here's a link to my Pinterest board. Are you inspired to try your hand at a diagonal design on your next scrapbook page? Is the diagonal one of your Go To Designs?