Sometimes it's hard to find the right papers and embellishments to match the theme of our story. When that happens, we need to think outside the box a little. Some embellishments can be altered to match the theme. Others can be used out of their original theme to work for your layout.
No Electricity by Christy Strickler Supplies Patterned Paper, Transparency: Fancy Pants; Alphas,Chipboard: October Afternoon; Markers: Ranger; Other: Electrical Tape; Based on a sketch by SNR staffer Katherine Hansen, shared for Teaser Thursday at the SNR magazine blog.
In this case, I was creating a layout about our frequent summer power outages. I found some lightning bolts and a "zap" thought bubble in a package of October Afternoon chipboard. Though it had originally been designed for space themed layouts, it worked well here paired with these grungy papers and doodled transparencies.
When telling a nontraditional story, think about the colors that might work well to represent the mood and tone of the layout. If there is an emotion tied to the event, choose paper in color that represents the emotion or the tone you want to convey. Once you have selected your papers and color scheme, search for embellishments you can alter to match. Consider creating your own embellishments if you can't find something in your ready made supplies.