The past few months, I have found myself starting with the photo cluster. I build it first, adding small details before I move to the rest of the layout. This is a shift in thinking from me...moving small to big was not my usual approach. I think it is helping me be more creative and free when I am making a page.
Here is an example of what goes on in my head...
For this layout, I started with one small picture. I was afraid it wouldn't be able to stand alone, but the bold red in the background helps with that. I figured out this cluster first and it was feeling right! (Yeah, don't look at my mess either. I am like a tornado when I am making stuff!)
Here is what I ended up with:
I love the whole 1/3 vs. 2/3 ratio when making a background mat on my layouts. I usually have the small (1/3) portion along the top but for this layout, I flip flopped. I love how the black and very bold pattern offsets my red photo.
I added details and some journaling...done! And done quickly, I might add. All because I got off to a good start!
So...give the details. What is your starting point?