I used past kits to create each of the layouts, and honestly, that helps the process go so much quicker for me.
The first page was part of a Bingo challenge; you had to include everything from a row, column, or diagonal of a Bingo card on your page. I chose a diagonal (so I could use the free space in the middle!), and had to incorporate mist, multiple fonts, a border punch, and an older kit (this one was from last summer):
I even heat-embossed my title. Fancy. ;)
For the next page, I had to use at least four patterned papers. I actually used five. Yay for plain-ish patterned paper!
On this next layout, I had to choose a title from one of the Top 100 songs from 2010. "Smile" is by Uncle Kracker, though I live under a rock and had never heard it before. True story.
The last page had to be created using a certain color scheme. This is the photo that we were given for inspiration:
And here's my page:
I have a feeling the color swatches were based on that patterned paper, because it was a perfect match.
Before I go, I want to share a behind-the-scenes picture. This is what I deal with every time I try to photograph layouts:
It's a good thing he's so cute. :)