Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Rule of Thirds

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Welcome to a wonderful week of learning brought to you by some phenomenal instructors here at the My Favorite Things blog. We’re excited to share five lessons this week to take your creativity to the next level.

School may be out for the summer for most kids (cue Alice Cooper!), but we’re all about life-long learning around these parts! Grab a fresh notebook and a newly sharpened pencil and get ready to take notes as we share insights on some of the rules of design.

Perhaps you’ve been working on a project at your craft table and aimlessly moving around elements trying to find just the right position. Sometimes there’s that magical A-HA moment when it all falls into place. It’s likely that you struck upon one of the design rules without even knowing it!

We’re hoping that by the end of the week, our lessons will give you the confidence you need to create cards and projects that are pleasing to the eye just by following a few simple rules. Are you ready class? Let’s begin.

Lesson #1 – Composition: Rule of Thirds

Composition is the arrangement of elements on a card; the intentional ordering of elements for a visually pleasing and emotional reaction resulting in unity and consistency. We’ll have three lessons that fall under the composition umbrella this week.

Beyond Happy for You Card by Kimberly Crawford featuring the Totally Happy stamp set, Roses All Over background stamp, and the Upsy-Daisy and Happy Hellos Die-namics #mftstamps

The first composition lesson centers around the concept of using the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is the division of your card into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. This type of design leads to an overall visual that is pleasing to the eye.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about using the Rule of Thirds in your designs.

I love Kimberly’s idea of creating a vellum grid to help in the design process. Super smart!

Beyond Happy for You Card by Kimberly Crawford featuring the Totally Happy stamp set, Roses All Over background stamp, and the Upsy-Daisy and Happy Hellos Die-namics #mftstamps

What a lovely finished product! And now that you know the thought process, you can see why it all makes sense!

To aid in your learning , we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on June 30. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

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All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on June 26th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, June 30.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!
Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to achieve the Rule of Thirds in your projects.

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Now make sure to do your homework! Class dismissed.

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  • d

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    Would you please leave the measurements for the exact placement of the lines in thevellum grid? thx

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  • Dawn

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    OMGosh what fun. Although I do seem to be a little tardy. lol.
    I will definitely be playing along and will turn in my homework before the deadline.
    I love this idea and will create my grid today. Thanks soooooo much for the wonderful study guide. I’ve copied it, placed it in a page protector and saved it to my computer and tablet.
    Thanks soooo much!
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn

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  • Janeenk

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    Thank you. It was nice to see this visual explanation

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  • Zehra

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    i like this technique, it helped make the card come quicker.

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  • Jean Bullock

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    That was fun. I don’t know if I was supposed to use an MFT product on it. I didn’t see that mentioned.

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  • Liz O.

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    Gorgeous card by Kimberly! Love the orange tones. Fabulous lesson, thank you very much for creating the video classes! I hope to turn in my homework soon ;).
    Have a wonderful day!

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  • Diane

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    What a stunning card, and I’m so excited to play along and learn some new things!

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  • Mari Nyx

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    I am going to LOVE LOVE LOVE summer school, it is one of My Favorite Things. 🙂

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  • Pamela Elliott

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    Loved the idea of making a pattern to remind me of The Rule of Thirds. Thank you.

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  • Marianne

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    Great information!

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  • *Vicki*

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    This is exactly what I needed right now…feeling a bit off creatively and need a little MOJO boost to get me going! 🙂

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  • Tess Hackett

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    This the kind of summer school I like. Great idea using a vellum grid in thirds, and very helpful. I hope to link up some homework this week.

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  • Kymona

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    Hey Kimberly!! You did a fabulous job on your card and this lesson. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks you so much for sharing!!

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  • Betty

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    this is such a great idea to do a class on composition – thanks so much – looking forward to a great learning experience (and free besides!) – thanks!!!

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  • CatherineC

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    What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much

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  • Denise

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    great lesson! I have a card / homework to turn in but how can I upload a picture? I don’t have my own blog to add a link…

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    • My Favorite Things

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      Anywhere you share your projects should be linkable, Denise – a gallery, Flickr, even Instagram! Can’t wait to see what you’ve created 🙂

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  • Nancy Ward

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    WOW, this looks like a fun series! Hope I can play along. The video was great!

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  • Tracie Pond

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    Great tip, Kimberly! On to check out the rest of the creative team members for more lessons. =)

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  • Judy Stiles

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    Excited to see all of the tutorials! Thanks for the download! This is such a great idea …summer school! YAY!

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  • Valerie W.

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    What a wonderful post today! I am so excited for all your lessons! And I LOVE that we get a chance to participate with what we’re learning, too! Super, duper fun! Gorgeous card, Kimberly!

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  • Gaylynn

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    Summer school. How FUN. Thanks for these awesome lessons with the best teachers!!!!

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  • jan metcalf

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    Have never tried the grid, should be fun to give it a try!

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  • Cynthia Fahlgren

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    That’s such an awesome tip! I sometimes struggle with design and balance, but using a grid should help me for sure 🙂

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  • Lucie C.

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    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve never been so happy to do my homework!

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  • Donna Whitten

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    Great idea, I’ll get to work on my homework! Loved your card, thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Jan D.

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    Great video and a rule I try to use as well. Your instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Thanks so much.

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  • Dolly

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    I just wanted to stop in to say how much I LOVE your card! so pretty (you had me at the flowers :D)
    TFS

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  • Debby

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    Awesome, this looks like a lot of fun, where do we upload our cards?

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    • My Favorite Things

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      You’ll see a link right at the bottom of the post, Debby 🙂 Looking forward to checking your homework!

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  • Lanette

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    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, ALL the wonderful tutorials! thank you!

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