Have you tried any of the Crafters Workshop stencils yet? I bought the leafy one along with a couple of metallic mists and made this gorgeous shimmery background. I tore the page in half and used it to border each end of my layout.
The colour combo is another of the Color Room's challenges. This weeks palette is very pretty. Check them out and play along.
I've used Karen Foster and Basic Grey patterned paper, green vellum, Prima blooms, Making Memories journal pages & travel tape, and one of my border punches.