I went back and forth on finishing this layout. I had a big empty space on the left-hand side that just begged for something. But what that something was, I really didn't know. So, I put the layout aside (but still in view) and went about working on other projects.
This is where I started. I liked the paper and the gold accents, but something was still missing.
Then, serendipitiously a pile of stencils landed on the layout. And it looked good. I started searching around for something about that size and round, settling on the polar grid cut file from 17turtles. Bonus: it's free!
Now that I found my shape, I had to decide on a color. I cut out the grid in black and blue cardstock and then grabbed a couple of extra large tags in manilla and kraft.
Have you heard of the Gallon, Quart, Pint rule for color? When choosing colors for a project you stick to three main colors to help add balance to your design -- a lot of one, a little of a second, and a tiny bit of a third.
The main color = gallon. In this layout, I'd have to go for the cream color as it's the main color (or half) in all the papers and the tags. My "quart" color would be gray, with the gold as my "pint."
So when I tried to add in a fourth color, it just didn't gel with the rest of the layout. My first options were a blue color that was in the birds and black (my old standby). However, the black wasn't in the layout otherwise and the blue didn't work because it seemed too random. It was in the birds, yes, but really, really tiny.
So, I tried out the neutral tones. The kraft tag had the same problem as the blue and black -- it didn't related to anything else in the layout. However, since I already had an arrow cut from the manilla tag paper, the manilla option not only looks like it belongs there, but adds to that majority "gallon" color -- cream.
Next time you're feeling stuck, remember this rule!