The February Main scrapbook kit came with plenty of beautiful patterned papers, which is great because patterned paper is by far my favorite scrapbooking supply. Patterned paper is also the backbone of any of my layouts and most of the time my initial instinct is to use as many pieces of patterned paper as I can. The problem though with this, is that I need to make sure I don't overwhelm the photo. One of the ways that I do this is to use small bits and pieces of paper. In this case, I went with 2x2 squares and thin strips:
I used a total of 4 pieces of patterned paper--two from the February Main Kit and two from the 6x6 paper pad in the Embellishment Kit. Since I used them sparingly I was able to get in a variety of patterns as well as keep the focus on the picture.