I was originally going to go with primary colors for this layout, but then I decided to use the background paper from the Schoolhouse DSP pack, which is Basic Gray. I referred to my Color Coach (which I'm unhappy has been discontinued because I find some great color combos when I use it) and saw the Old Olive/Melon Mambo/Basic Gray combo. I loved the colors so I went with that. The base of the layout is Melon Mambo (12 x 12). I put a strip of Old Olive along the right side. The picture is layered on Whisper White and Melon Mambo. I embossed a piece of Old Olive using the Decorative Dots embossing folder and mounted it on Melon Mambo.
I used the Number of Years stamp set and framelit bundle for the embellishments. The "1" is stamped in Melon Mambo. The little two banners are stamped in Basic Gray and with thee "st" and "Grade" in stamped in Melon Mambo . They were die cut using the coordinating framelits. The flowers are stamped in Melon Mambo using the Petite Petals stamp set and punched out with the coordinating Petite Petal punch available as a bundle. All of the embellishments were affixed to the layout using Stampin' Dimensionals to "pop" them up and add some dimension.
So, I'm curious . . . do you redo layouts that you don't necessarily like or do you keep them as is as a reference to your then-current scrapping style?