Happy Monday! Recently, we had a customer in the store who asked for scrapbook papers to do with European Travel. I tried to explain to her that when scrapbooking, you are not always going to find a paper that is specific to the theme that you are going for. That is when you have to think outside the box. For instance, in her case, she could have selected papers that complemented the colours of the flags of the countries that she had visited. We have a lot of customers who ask for Graduation paper. In those cases, select papers that go with the Mortar Board (i.e. black) and perhaps add in the colour of the tassel. We had a customer who asked for paper to do with knitting. Instead of that type of paper, select something that will go with the colour of the items that you have knitted. Always remember that scrapbooking should be about the subject of your photos. Don't be restricted by being too narrow in your focus.
This weekend I was scrapbooking some photos of my niece who is visiting from San Diego. She had on a beautiful blue dress so I decided to focus on that. The Graphic 45 Gilded Lily collection was a perfect selection even though the theme of the collection really didn't coincide with my photos. I added some of the elements from the collection, some Prima flowers, some wooden butterflies, and some lettering created on my Silhouette. The soft shade of blue in the papers helped to lead your eye to the photos and the subject of those photos.
So always keep in mind what you are trying to focus on in your photos and "think outside the box"!