Once again, I've been tackling the huge piles of unfinished layouts that have accumulated on all my work surfaces. One of the pages was a collage of random pictures from Trevor's kindergarten year. I'd planned to use some school-themed paper, but the busy paper with a busy photo collage just wasn't working for me... so I set it, unfinished, on the pile.
When I came back to the layout, I knew that the problem was busy-on-busy. I removed the school papers, matted the collage with a subtle blue dot, and backed the whole thing with a lime green. It was really stark, so I added white mist to the background. I stamped my title on a red dot, then punched stars from that same paper. The finished layout is somewhat plain, but I love that the photos are front and center.
Now that I'm on a roll (and starting to see my desktop again), expect to see more finished layouts in the near future!