These and many other questions come up if we talk about designing your own layouts. Well, like so often there is no simple answer to this. Some of you might like a lot of embellishments while others like the more simple style. It all depends on you preference. There is no right way or wrong way, there is only your way!
This been said ..., Close to My Heart makes it a little bit easier for you. Beside our awesome paper packs, which by the way contain 6 design papers (3 designs, double sited and two of each) and 6 matching cardstock sheets, you will find a matching sticker pack (Seaside Complements) and embellishment kit (Seaside Assortment) with each paper pack.
This takes out most of the guesswork for you. So if you are not sure what to buy, a paper pack, a sticker pack and a few extra sheets of daisy white or colonial white cardstock will be a good start. You will be able to create 3-4 double page layouts with each pack.
If you are a beginner and not sure how to start your layouts, try one of the great "How to Books" from Close to My Heart. They give you a good start and many options to choose from. I use them as my go-to-books all the time.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to purchase my seaside layout. I would love to hear from you ...