Three Things : Thinking Beyond The Theme


As I was answering the Q & A's this past week one of the things that came up was my choice of embellishments. I tend to gravitate towards ones that feature universal themes: life, memory/remember, today/everyday, photography/capturing moments, travel (often includes explore, journey, images of compasses, etc - so great "life" words as well as travel-specific), numbers/alphabet, basic shape stamps, etc. I find by sticking with these sorts of themes allows me a lot of flexibility when I get down to the business of creating projects and telling stories.

Here are three of my current favorite universal accents:

Scenic Route Vacation Rub Ons:
These were a part of the July Cocoa Daisy kit I put together and is
one of those products that I will pick up over and over again because
the words + that great camera rub on can be used for such a variety of stories. "The Great Escape" could title a layout about your favorite cup of coffee or your favorite book or way to treat yourself after a challenging day.

American Crafts Adhesive Badges : These cute little adhesive buttons aren't just for travel pages. A package like this can be used for a variety of different projects/layouts which makes your dollar go further than a complete one-time use product. "Bon Voyage" could be used on a back to school layout. "You Are Here" on a layout about your life right now. "Rendezvous" on a page about a local get together with friends or a meeting of kids at the park.

Glitz Rub Ons/Doodle It Borders : These could have worked with the back to school products I showcased last week, but also work great on general life layouts and projects. Use them as strips or cut out individual pieces for additional flexibility.


As a side note to today's post I noticed that Karen Russell's Easel Frame Albums are now available at I posted about these quite awhile ago and I am excited to see them finally available [ colors include black/cream, blue/green, and pink/cream ].

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