I did this layout in the traditional 12x12 size and wanted a quick, easy and very uncluttered looking page. I think I accomplished all three of those requirements!
The background is a 12x12 sheet of textured & weathered orange cardstock with a slight yellow weathered pattern on it. I made my own border strip from patterned paper that measures 1" by 12" in size and matted that onto cocoa brown cardstock. Down the center of my border strip I used a rub-on strip that features acorns, acorn leaves and maple leafs. I love using rub-ons when I can find them at a great deal and that particular one only cost me .10 cents...a bargain!
I placed the entire photo mat in the center of the layout as you can see in my photograph above. I cut a maple leave shape out of some scrapbooking paper that measures about 3 1/2" by 4 1/2" in size. I inked around the edge of the leaf using black ink, left it dry. I then did my journaling onto the leaf in my own handwriting.
I still felt that the layout needed a little bit more so I added a olive green with brown accents artificial daisy to the bottom of the maple leaf. I wanted all of my photos, journaling and accents to stay compact and in the center of the layout...which worked out pretty nicely.
A quick, easy, inexpensive and cute layout that won't take you a lot of time or money! Just the way I like my scrapbooking to be!