Here's a thrifty tip that doesn't require a photo for a layout, but isn't too "artsy-fartsy" looking! ;)
Make your child's artwork the focal point of the page!
I loved this "family portrait" that Emerson drew a few months ago right after Ariana was born. It definitely needed to be included in our family album.
I used the Playdate kit (sold out!) to frame it out and embellish it. It didn't need too much product on there because I wanted it to stay the main focus of the page.
The blues & yellows of the Lily Bee paper contrasts nicely against the white & red of the drawing, and a thin border of Pink Paislee striped paper makes up the frame. Scatted buttons add a little interest.
Circles cut from some October Afternoon paper, and then cut in half, make up the scalloped border around the Lily Bee die cut.
Hope you try out this thrifty technique some time soon!