I eventually decided to just take a deep breath and dive in. And once I got started, I felt so inspired that I completed four layouts in an afternoon. I'd like to share two of those layouts today. Unless otherwise noted, everything on these layouts came from the kit.
I used the polka dot stencil in the kit along with some modeling paste to add a little design and texture to the kraft cardstock that serves as my background. I layered some paper strips and branding strips to hold my photo (which I actually "borrowed" from my daughter's instagram account).
I trimmed a rectangular-ish shape around the flowers on the cut-apart sheet and sewed it onto the kraft tag. (I'm calling it rectangular-ish because I cut the top of the shape on the diagonal - and yes, I'm making up words now.) It made a nice pocket for my journaling.As a finishing touch, I added a few gold sequins and stamped some small stars (using a gold ink pad from my supplies) to coordinate with the chunky gold Thickers "Magic" in my title.
For the second layout, I matted my photo on one of the 4x6" cut-aparts and used one of the 3x4" cut-aparts as my title. A piece of white rickrack anchors the bottom of those elements.
I wrote my journaling on the white envelope included with the kit and slipped it behind my photo. I added one of the circle embellishments from the cut-apart sheet as a little tab to help pull out that envelope.