Step #1. Pulled navy patterned paper from my stash. Will I use a white or cream background? What other colors will I add?
Step #2. Selected photos, wrote the journaling. Now I know I am definitely going with white because of the photo background. The pictures also give me some other color options.
Step #3. Pulled more patterned paper. Time to start assembling the page.
Step #4. Decided on this subtle tone-on-tone dot navy background, plus 4 more patterned papers: larger circles, stripes, chevron, to give me a variety of patterns.
Step #5. Title on the photo - love doing that when I can! My journaling strips show up the best on the navy, but stick out. I'll need to make that work somehow...
Embellished simply in three spots on the page to form a visual triangle. I also pop dotted some images on the large circle patterned paper for interest. Not a super complicated page, but I'm happy with the results.
There's more layouts in the article here, plus a list of reasons to use neutrals on your scrapbook page. Did you know that navy is considered a trendy neutral these days?