So this is how I started. I'm finding that knowing I have a limited amount of materials is keeping me on edge. I'm completing things when they still feel a little incomplete -- which is lending a clean and slightly retro look to my pages. I'm not sure if I love it this page about the cookies, but it was an interesting exercise in using things. I also feel like it was stretching before a big game -- just warming up a little, seeing what you can do without playing to win. I have no idea what is going on with those doily stamps. As I write this I am pretty much making a face just like that cut out pumpkin cookie. But that mess did give me a fun idea for later, so it wasn't all losing.
This is layout number two from the kit I put together and I'm feeling better, but not OMG YES A MASTERWORK! about it. I cut the tag out of the card stock that is the mat for the first layout (yes, I cut the middle out of the mat. I am so horrified to run out of materials. I think it may be psychosis!) I love that background paper, though; I love it with a fiery passion, so that makes everything gravy.
I hope all of you playing along are having fun. I know I am, and the challenge is teaching me a lot about the way I work that I didn't really realize before. So hooray for self discovery!