I don't really start my layouts from "scratch". I usually have a residual-misted cardstock base that I "decide" that I have to use...and then work from there....
Now that would be easy if I kept my photos in black and white or sepia. But my mum always "complains" when photos are not in colour [so I only make them b/w if the photo quality is really terrible].
And I also have a tendency to glue things down once I find a place for them [to reduce the fiddling time].
Then of course, add more embellishments to correct my "mistakes"....hence this "over-embellished" layout. *winks*
Playing along with Stuck?! Challenges.
P/s: Photos were taken at my grand-aunt's 90th birthday celebration...where my sister and dad had fun playing "dress-up"! :)