I sometimes feel like pages begin to look the same. For me, a top strip and white space are a must. But I wonder if it gets old. Lately, I am trying to fill in the rest of the space differently. Maybe that will shake up the usual design.
Case in point, this page. I went with the top strip and the slightly off-center photo placement. Then I decided to tie the side into the design.
I used the same hexagon pattern along the left hand side and the top. I also layered in several patterns in small doses along the side of the photo! I really love pattern and colors. It is easy to mix when you are dealing with a 12X12 page.
I incorporated another trend I love on this page, the sunburst. Yummy! I purposefully placed it so the rays seem to come from Nathan. I used last winter's releases from Alison Kreft to make this page. Gosh, I love her stuff!
Another detail shot, using arrows and more hexagons. Maybe I really like shapes too.
I think I will try more stuff along the sides! They deserve some attention too!