PPC83: FSJ Triathlon Layout

Today I’m “teaching” over at Scrapbooker’s Paradise. My challenge for the week is all about rules of composition, and why everyone should know and use the Rule of Thirds. Go check out the lesson, and then come back and see this layout in a new light!


I’ve been waiting to create this layout for a couple of months, documenting my first “real” triathlon, the super sprint I did in June. I needed two journalling cards to get all the details in, and I wanted to include my finisher’s medal and the number I wore in the race. Design-wise, I realized as I was writing the challenge post that my favourite spot to place my focal point is the bottom right “sweet spot” where the bottom third and the right hand vertical third intersect. The dot on the bottom right, if you need a visual.

Those little gold dots are examples of where to place your main project elements, and where the eye finds most pleasing to follow.

Journalling reads: After two years of running and swimming regularly, I felt ready to attempt a “real” triathlon and was so excited to start training 3 months before the race on June 3. That was the hardest training period of my life, but so rewarding. I lost weight, gained muscle and a defined waist and on race day I had a respectable finish in the top 60% of my age group/gender. My goal was just to finish, and my family was there to cheer me on in support.
Swim: 1 km in 21:39, Bike: 26 km in 1:12:05, Run: 6 km in 41:54
Total: 2:15:38

This week your challenge is to use the Rule of Thirds in your own project – check out the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog for the design team’s examples, and I hope you’ll give it a shot! Have a great weekend!


PPC83: FSJ Triathlon Layout — 4 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your triathlon! That is truly awesome! And a wonderful layout to capture the memory of it. I love how you’ve incorporated your medal and number.

    Great challenge – thanks for the opportunity to learn a little about composition. This is definitely something I will keep in mind when creating cards and layouts in the future.

    Hugs, Dawn

  2. Congratulations on your triathlon!!! What a wonderful accomplishment. Great job on the ‘teaching’ it is always fun to learn something new.

  3. Great information on the page set-up…works for fabric art also, I imagine. The rest is pure icing on the cake. What a great way to take care of yourself, set goals and keep life interesting; asides from the other obvious…SUPERB ROLE MODEL !