To me, creating a PL spread that works means keeping several little details (that are super important though) in mind : balancing colors and making it all simple and clear. You don't have to spend hours doing techniques that take forever to dry, or searching for the perfect embellishments to match your PL cards. That's the thing working with a Studio Calico Project Life® kit : the kits are made just for you, in order for you to save time. Why save time? Organizing your photos, printing them, cutting them already takes quite a lot of time, if you waste again 2 hours to look for the perfect papers, perfect embellishments, then you're going to be late. And once you get late, you might give up on your Project Life®. To me, working with a kit saves me tons of time, I always love the products so much as they are all balanced together.
Just add a few SC brushes here and there (I love doing that) while you edit your photos, and always end up adding splashes of gold and inky black mr Huey's mists. That's my "signature" :) Watch my video to see how my spread came together!