For some reason my weekends have become busy times. I'm not complaining - stamp classes, meeting clients and meeting up with friends are favorite activities. It does mean though that time for scrapping and stamping has to be planned ahead.
For this layout, I saved some time by chopping up the work into manageable pieces. I cropped and arranged the photo collage on Friday. Then I printed it on Saturday and selected my pattern paper. Finally last night, I pulled it together and limited myself to the embellishments that coordinated with the paper from Basic Grey's Indian Summer collection- all but just a touch of ribbon from Stampin' Up!. I too often ignore the stickers that come with Basic Grey kits. They look great and are easy to use.
The only head scratcher in this layout was making my pattern paper work. I had my heart set on something from the Indian Summer collection and the colors matched. Yet when I put the paper with the photos, the patterns competed. To solve the problem, I placed the photo collage on a very large black mat and just used the pattern paper on the edges of the page.
So now we are taking photos for week 4! The year is moving right along...