First of all, this layout is WAY out of my comfort zone. There is nothing about this layout that looks like "my style". I wanted to play with the Heidi Swapp stencils and I wanted to use Kraft background. My first version, I used white acrylic paint with the stencil to create the background, but the stark contrast make my pictures get lost in the layout. So, I flipped the paper over and tried again. I thought about using clear embossing powder, but I had a lot I wanted to cover. I opted for Mod Podge in Matte finish. I simply laid the stencil on top of my kraft paper and used mod podge and a sponge brush to randomly fill in the stencil. After I removed the stencil I quickly dried it with my heat gun, then carefully laid the stencil back down and misted just parts of it with Gold Lame' color shine.
The green tag I used for journaling is actually the packaging of of some pretty fabric flowers. I cut the humming bird with the Silhouette.
Like I said, totally out of my comfort zone, but sometimes, you need to experiment and try new things. It's not my favorite layout, but I don't hate it either! :)