Over on the LKD Facebook page, I shared a little bit of the backstory behind this template. I will post that here, as well. I know for me when I learn what a designer was thinking, it gives me ideas on how to use her product.
I keep a sketchbook with me all the time because you never know when an idea will hit. I wanted to make a layout with a grid-like structure. I sketched it out and later went to work on the template. After doing the initial mock up, I was not all that happy with the look. It was too structured, almost boring. I needed to add some personality to make this template something different than all the other square photo spot templates out there. I started turning the photo spots just slightly. Then I added elements similar to what you might find in your office desk or scrapbook table. From there, I realized I needed to drop some of the photo spots so I could loose the identical symmetry. And once I go a little quirky, I have to top it off with some doodles and scatters.
That is literally my entire thought process creating this template. I noticed in my personal scrapbooks, I don't use a ton of photos on one page. I am making a conscious effort to get over that design behavior. When you are OCD, it can be hard to let go of what feels comfortable. That is also a great reason to try different looks. When we step outside of our comfort zone, you open yourself up to so many new creative possibilities. And every now and then, you end up with a gorgeous work of art.
Here are some layouts my creative team made with today's daily download.