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Don’t get Hung Up with Themes

I have come across many an ‘over-themed’ scrapbooking page in my time.  I mean those pages which, say, are about a most loved pet dog, and which are just overflowing with images of dog bones, kennels, collars, food bowls… and on and on.Old Timer - 8x8 Scrapbooking Page by SundayL

I’m sorry, but some people can just go over the top! And I’m not just talking about the creators of the pages, but also the manufacturers.

Recently I even witnessed a scrapbooking 12×12 background paper which had a red fire hydrant on it… come on guys… that symbolises where the dog pees for goodness sake!

When I am teaching, often newbie scrapbookers get a bit ‘hung up’ on feeling they have to theme their papers and embellishments to the subject of their pictures.  This means that the layouts can look a bit crazy with kitsch bits and pieces all over the place.  Just think of all those baby pages with hands and feet brads, diecut prams, storks, rattles, etc, often all on one page!

I explain that they really don’t need to do this.  The photograph itself, along with a title will be sufficient to explain, very simply, the purpose of the scrapbook page.  I show them that it is more important to portray the ‘mood’ or ‘feel’ of a layout with the papers, etc.

For instance… The picture above shows an 8×8 page of an elderly dog.  I wanted to give the feel of old and serene and that was what led me to choose the papers and font for the title – a vintage theme. 

My Boy Inde - 8x8 Scrapbooking Page by SundayL

The 8×8 layout here shows a much younger dog which is why the feel of the page is more vibrant.  But you will see there is not a dog bone in sight!

So put the dog bone shaped brads down and step away from the themed stuff in the crafting isles… go more for colour and general pattern and you will find that your stash will be more versatile and useful for a multitude of photo subjects and thus will go further.

Oh and by the way, if you already have the themed stuff, of course use it, but if it’s on a scrapbooking page, take it easy on the amount and group the items together, layer them even.  But why not use them on cards?  The theme of the card can only be portrayed by the items on the front and there is no photograph in that instance – a perfect use!

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