Whenever I find a few extra minutes, I switch on my Silhouette and start playing with the shapes I've downloaded over the past year (about 300!). One of my favorites is a trellis background. I decided to see how it would mix with the Secret Garden collection from My Little Shoebox.
I set the background to cut at about 10x10, then layered it onto the polka dot background paper. But it still needed something, so I used the pieces that were the "holes" to fill in spaces here and there. Some of them I flipped to the reverse side.
I found that I liked some order in the pattern, so I alternated the front and back of the paper in diagonal lines to create the background for the layout.
I love the finished product -- the cut paper gives it a textured look and the mixed patterns remind me of a quilt piecing.
Many wishes for a happy 2013!