Here's my recipe for creating a 12x12 layout using the 6x6 paper pad that comes in the PL kit:
1) Using light colour card stock as background. I always like to use white / cram colour card stock as my layout background so that I can go crazy with colours, embellishments and patten papers.
2) Print small photos i.e. my photo is always no bigger than 2'x3'. Smaller photos give me more room to play with papers and embellishments.
3) Make grid layout. I love to use the leftover PL cards as title for the layout. I always lay the card in different grid format and make a quick grid layout. It seems that nothing would go wrong with a grid layout. And I also like to decorate / embellish each box with cute details.
This layout is inspired by the chipboard frame that came in the PL kit. I lay the 3 frames out and found that one of the frame actually matches the size of my photo.
I also like to embellish each frame / box individually, with sticker, staplers or machine stitching.
I like that the purple PL Card 'Good Day' matches the balloons in the photo very well ;) So matchy-matchy.
I didn't do much layering in this layout. I basically just scatter all the bits and pieces all over to form a grid layout.
The cute photo in the layout melts my heart and since I am loving Purple colour right now, this layout is one of my current faves again!