The redish bazzil cardstock places an emphasis on my son, other goodies include 7 gypsies 97% complete stickers and words here
Here I have chosen to use white and aqua cardstock and not the purple, as purple is one of my least favourite colours, even though there is only a smidgen of aqua in the photo I thought it worked well and gave the feeling of calmness to the layout. The heading is a combo of American Craft thickers see here and I got to use my favourite ribbon from Carolees creations the turquoise floral flourish here , finally the flowers are from green tara here
Here I have used two shades of aqua cardstock as my background and then mounted my photo on the flesh coloured card to emphasis my son, again I have used the floral flourish ribbon from Carolees creations as well as American craft glitter thickers here and 7 gypsies 97% stickers see link above.
Here I have placed equal emphasis on both my son and the wall by using similiar coloured cardstock, as both things are needed to tell the story. Again I have used American craft thickers and 7 Gypsies 97% word stickers, there are so many different themes of these you will be able to find a set that suits you.
My final layout Daddy is a very stylish layout. Using dark brown cardstock as your background colour always grounds your layout and allows you to use lighter and brighter colours in the foreground .The variety of colours and styles of American craft thickers also allows you to easily match them to your cardstock.
I hope I have given you a different perspective on choosing cardstock for your layouts, happy creating.