I chose this gorgeous layout by the incredible Anna-Maria Wolniak as the inspiration for my card. Isn't it chock-full of inspiring elements and details.
Then, I considered how to turn it into a card... First, I sketched out my card design, choosing to use Anna-Maria's background in a similar way on my card. I chose a similar patterned paper from the Sundrifter 6 x 6 pad, and added lots of Calico White and Calico Shine Mister Huey's. Then I focused on layering up some embellishments. I wanted to stick to the same color scheme, so chose aqua and white, with some woodgrain elements to echo the kraft and bamboo paper in the layout. I love the little arrow she added above her photo, and was inspired to add one to my card too. Finally, I added some Thickers.
(Supplies: Patterned Paper - Studio Calico Sundrifter 6 x 6 Pad; Stamp - Snippets Miss You So Much; Chipboard Sticker - Snippets Speech Bubbles; Alphas - Sundrifter Ombre Aqua Thickers; Feather Stickers - Sundrifter Die Cut Shapes; Mister Huey's Calico Shine and Calico White; Veneer - Front Row Project Life Kit; Arrow - Front Row Scrapbook Kit; Ink - Hero Arts Black Dye Ink; Other - Cardstock.)
So using a layout to inspire a card is easy, and really fun too. Give it a try, and link it up in the comments - I'd love to see it!