I am a traditional crafter so this layout is done in the 12 x 12" format and totally made the good old-fashioned way. I know some people love digital scrapbooking but personally, I don't.
The background is a sheet of pre-printed scrapbooking paper in a medium turquoise color. I really like the distressed tone-on-tone color pattern with this paper. I used a cardstock boarder that says "How I Spent My Summer Vacation..." and matted that onto a lighter shade of turquoise cardstock and left an 1/8" edge around it. I have it running down the left side of the page.
I used 5 photos on this page and all 5 were cropped down. The 3 on the left are square shaped and the 2 on the right are slightly rectangular. I matted them onto a sheet of darker turquoise colored cardstock and then again on light turquoise cardstock. I left a 3/16" border around the inner mat and a 1/4" border around the outer mat.
To finish things up I matted 2 adhesive stickers. One says "Warm Sand" and the other one says "Ocean Waves". I then added a little gold metal flip-flop charm to the one and a gold metal starfish charm to the other.
I really like this page because it's not LOUD, CLUTTERY or has a bunch of bold colors. I stayed within one color family...turquoise and just used multiple shades of it. I think it turned out nicely!