To Theme or not to Theme

So, when was the last time you bought embellishments you knew you wouldn’t use? Come on, we’ve all done it. I did it last month at Scrapendipity. I could not leave these stickers behind.

MAMBI chipboard lacrosse


My oldest just finished his first season of box lacrosse and I figured, if I couldn’t make these work, he might like them. I took them home, put them away and started to ponder my fear of themed embellishments.

It seems that I don’t trust my own instincts to know when “themed” crosses over into “cheesy”.  (Who defines cheesy anyway?) Realizing that I doubt myself after all this time meant a challenge was in order. I spent a day scrapping with fellow Scrapstorian Shar over the weekend and forced myself to use some of this chipboard.

Why on earth would I be afraid to use lacrosse stickers on a lacrosse page?! Silly, right? (Side note: If you are doubting your ability to mix themes and motifs, check out this Glitter Girl episode; it is partly responsible for my theme fear analysis.)

The basics of the page came together with scraps and leftovers from the Echo Park Paper This and That Charming collection. I added green ink to the papers and mixed and matched layer after layer. Once the background was done, I could not hide from the theme any longer; I embraced it (sort of) and added (gasp!) lacrosse sticks.

MAMBI Lacrosse sticks

Some of the chipboard pieces (the score card, for example) were easier than others. The sticks were slightly intimidating for me. I know that sounds silly, I really do. The page then sat on my desk for a few days, until I decided to integrate a few more stickers into the journaling. They are just words, after all, and I cannot be afraid of words. I mean, seriously.

To Theme or not to Theme, lacrosse page

I do like the end result. It’s themed, without being crazy and still looks like my page. Trust me, for a person who’s done a complete December Daily without a single themed item, this is a step forward. 🙂

Are you a themey person? How do you make different motifs work? Tell me your process in the comments, I’d love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Cheryl

Scrapbooker + Story teller + Historian = Scrapstorian. Are you a Scrapstorian?




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