Tip # 1: Start with a neutral background: I used an ivory cardstock.
Tip # 2: Use Sprinklers with a favorite stencil to create the first layer.
To avoid spraying in places you don't want colors on, put an extra piece of paper or two to cover around the stencil. Spray lightly.
Repeat in another area with another color of mist. Always keep in mind that you want to guide the viewer's eyes around the page.
Tip # 3: Use die cuts to add extra oomph!
I layered the scalloped rounds onto the misted design. Then I cut up the doily diecut into parts and attached pieces of it around the page to look like this...
Tip # 4: Knowing when to stop - sometimes I get carried away and forget that I had set out to create a background! So, I'm going to stop right here and start focusing on the actual layout.
At this point, I matted my photo with pieces of Willow Path, Blue Sky, and Gooseberry Falls papers and attached it near the right edge of the page. I added pieces from the 12x12 Shape Stickers, Chip 'n Stick, and Miscellany to embellish. I journaled on a die-cut label from the Miscellany pack and attached it below the photo tucking it slightly under the scalloped round.
I stitched a bit with my sewing machine to add some texture to my layout.
Finally, I add some splatters of pink and orange Twinkling H2O to finish my layout.