This layout was so quick to make, and I think that was because I let the color work for me. I essentially went with the “gallon, quart, pint” concept. My background color is tone-on-tone and almost a neutral. Such an easy color to work with (gallon sized). My design area is mainly monochromatic in that 90% of my papers and embellishments are in that lovely aqua blue (quart sized). Then I added a simple little visual triangle in a bright pop of red (pint sized). The colors are all working for me rather effortlessly. I like that!
And a couple of bonus tips:
1. check for dominant colors in your photos that might throw off your design. I only added two red embellishments, because the third corner of my visual triangle was in that bright red truck in the photo.
2. hand the camera over to your child – my son has recently acquired his first smartphone and used it to take several photos on a recent trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee with his dad. It was so neat to see the trip from his perspective!