Summer School 2018: Symmetry

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the past week, we’ve shared videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting — we hope these lessons have brought a new dimension to your cardmaking!

Symmetry refers to positioning your elements mirrored across an imaginary line that divides your project into even segments. It’s a great method for achieving balance in your design and is a reliable means of laying out your card elements when you don’t have a lot of planning time to spare.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Barbara Anders. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to see how she has applied the principle of symmetry in creating her thank you card.

Now that you’ve had a chance to watch the video, you have a basic understanding of asymmetry as well. Similar in application to a symmetrical approach, you just need to have a good “feel” for how to offset your elements in a way that maintains balance. You’ll notice in Barbara’s second sample that she’s still positioned her three leaf elements centered within the white panel. Moving the panel to the right edge provides a counterbalance to the patterned stripe along the left. Notice too that she’s positioned her die-cut sentiment to have an even margin on the left side that her stamped sentiment strip does on the right — one more way to create balance in an asymmetrical design.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 12. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, July 13.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We’ve reached the end of week one of summer school and we have a fun graduation gift for you — once you’ve completed all five lessons, use the graphic below to boast of your accomplishments!

We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Comments (36)

  • SentSue

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    Thank you. It was so fun to play along and revisit techniques.

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  • Julie S

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    Just under the wire, but I did it! Completed all 5 lessons. Another great summer camp. Thanks, MFT!

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  • KT Fit Kitty

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    Thank you for another great lesson! I’ve now completed all 5 lessons of MFT Summer School! Yay! Thank you for the awesome inspiration! I had fun!

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  • Priscilla Joseph

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    I love how MFT’s striped paper fits the bill for this assignment

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  • Margaret

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    Thank you for a fun week of Summer School!

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  • Georgiana

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    Glad I was able to try the symmetrical project. I like the idea of keeping it balanced on both sides.

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  • Stacy V

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    That’s a good lesson. I like to complicate things in my mind. This is a good reminder it’s not that hard.

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  • Lynn Gauthier

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    Great tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  • Kathleen Dippner

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    This took me out of my comfort zone. So glad I took the homework challenge.

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  • Donna

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    Wonderful tutorial and cards!

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  • Karthikha Uday

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    Lovely card! This series is full of information, I love the lessons 🙂

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Thanks so much for the lessons this week! It was fun
    to participate and make cards I wouldn’t normally make
    without them. Yay – I graduated!! lol

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  • Aileen

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    Another fabulous video and probably the one I struggle with the most because it wouldn’t matter how often I use a ruler it still comes out crooked but will wait and see how I go with my card. I have five cards to make and five days to do it so here’s hoping I get it done. Its been very interesting, thank you.

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  • Aileen

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    Another great video, thanks Karolyn I like how the sentiment was repeated but stamped once in a different colour and with vellum heart over the top, great idea comes from that.

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  • Beth

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    Love the new birthday sentiments. Always fun To add a bit of snarky humor on a friend’s card.

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  • Donna

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    Such a cute design.

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  • Lindarub

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    Had fun playing along with summer projects.

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  • Karen Hedgelon

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    Barbara, Your design is so clean, simple and gorgeous! Thanks!

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  • Deborah Skluzak

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    Very elegant card.

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  • Zippy

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    I really liked this challenge!

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  • Gina MosleyBivens

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    Whew!, This was a lot more difficult than I anticipated—Could not make up my mind about color choice, orientation, or theme—LOL, I survived my first MFT Summer School—Great learning experience—Thanks so much for this

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  • Phyllis Freese

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    I’ve loved these Summer School stamping classes and have gotten several ideas to try. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

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  • Teresa Spavin

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    Is it too late to start?

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  • Josmary flores

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    Very interesting def. Will give it a try

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  • Gail Scott

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    Thank you for the 5 days of Summer School Fun – Homework was worth the learning! Have a blessed week!

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  • Ishani

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    Oh Barbara.. I love your work, this is so inspiring! I have never done a card with this technique before, I need to join in the class.

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  • Anne Sturgeon

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    Thanks for the video Barbara.. have had so much fun this week. I didn’t think summer school would be so fun. Lovely cards.

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  • Sue Washburne

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    Beautiful card! The Geometric Greenery set is one of my favorites. Especially like the sentiments it includes.

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  • Sharon Gullikson

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    I would love to participate, but don’t know how to put my creation onto your blog 🙁
    I’m not into technology. In fact, even my husband, who has worked in the computer field for 30 years can’t figure out how to do it. He’s tried…

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  • terrie rodrigue

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    Thank you for the lesson …will go and make a card with thoughts of what you have shown us
    well done and tfs

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  • Terrie D.

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    Both of these cards are so lovely!

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  • Betty

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    love your cards, Barbara – off to start on the homework!!

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  • Pamela Schultz

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    Beautiful card. So simple yet so elegant. Thanks for the video. Summer school has been fun.

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  • Cathy Lee

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    I love Barbara! Great video. I will try this challenge on my next card. Thank you for summer school.

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  • Gail Scott

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    Thank you for the new summer school challenge – thanks for the lovely example and for the video too! have a blessed week!

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  • Jill D

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    Barbara, Thanks so much for teaching the class today. I have really enjoyed this series.

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