Sometimes I create layouts based on colors I see around, mostly in my shopping cart. One time I put some varied papers I liked in a cart at scrapbook.com. After they came, I thought they would look good in a layout together, so I made this:
Since they looked so warm, I made a warm layout about my boys not fighting this summer. A rare treat from this past summer, let me tell you.
Another time I went scrap shopping at a local store, Scrapbooks Too. They were having a sale on Pixie Stix glitter, so I picked out the masculine glitter. And darn they looked good together, so I used them on this layout:
I stamped with a glue pad (which works a lot better when you put the glue on the pad, LOL!), then spread the glitter on. I put the glitter into a funnel, then poured it back in. And to remove the glitter from myself, I stood outside on a windy day.
I am in process on another layout. I have a roll of American Crafts ribbon with the days of the week on them. Inspired by the color, I pulled paper and elements thinking about making a layout about what our family does every week.
To make it even better, I have some leftover calendar paper from Flair designs. I'm not overly frugal (some of you know my stash), but if I get more than one use out of patterned paper, job well done.