Geometric shapes seem to be the rage right now. They have a wonderfully modern edge and are fun to build into a variety of patterns. I recently used some geometric shapes in a symbolic way on a recent layout.
Pizza Party Picnics on the Living Room Floor by Christy Strickler| Supplies: Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: Creative Memories, Pink Paislee; Alphas: My Little Shoebox, American Crafts; Chipboard: October Afternoon; Buttons and Brads: Basic Grey; Rosettes: American Crafts
If you look closely, I created a visual triangle using the rosettes in the banner and the button cluster on the lower right. It's like a slice of pizza sitting on top of a picnic blanket. For visual interest, I chose to break up the matte into a series of staggered rectangles. The colors I chose and the use of shapes add energy to the layout which clearly shows how much fun my son and I have together.
Geometric shapes are great for creating patterns. When possible, take things up a notch and use them symbolically on your layout. The right shapes can really support your story well, especially when you use them with wonderful textures or patterns.