That top fat strip usually cut into a particular border. I think it just grounds the page for me. It is a common trend for me.
Take this page using the new Sweet Notes collection from Allison Kreft.
I started with the fat top strip...knew I wanted to cut it along the circles to make a scallop of sorts. I think it gives a balance to the other elements. I think it is because there aren't a lot of other patterns and papers on the rest.
I incorporated the new mini bags...see the woodgrain, the trim and overlays for my journaling. This collection is really fun.
I need a fat top strip intervention. Or maybe I should just accept it?