This was a layout using vintage photos of relatives and the upsy daisy designs "Man About Town" group. The photos were taken by different photographers in the 1940s. They were different sizes, with different finishing on the edges. In order to get some sense of unity, I used a rectangle shape with rounded corners because they were all vertical. The rectangles were cut the same size and corners rounded for each of the three photos and the journaling block. Brown ink was used to brush the edges. They were mounted onto the cardstock "Martin". The photos were duplicated and sized to fit the rectangles. Placing them with the fourth journaling block left me with an even number to things. I used the journaling block on a shaped accent and at a lower level to give interest.
The upsy daisy cardstock "William" was the base for the layout. The two cardstocks were turned to give the design swirl patterns an opposite effect on the layout. The blocks were placed to let some of the swirls be shown.
Journaling was printed on the computer on biege paper to give the vintage feel. It was adhered to the blue "Martin" patterned cardstock with a vintage button at the top. Inking the edges was essential since cutting the cardstock left a white edge. The accent in lower left was formed on a shaped circle of the blue with flowers, buttons, ribbon flowers and lace using pop dots.
It was ok to leave some solid color in the layout, but the designs needed to be tied together. Strips of the blue and a brown were used at the bottom to give balance, while the blue strip on right side and the lace across the top tie the pages together. The title, big button on right and flower accent form a triangle for the two pages. This helps to unify the two-page layout. Mixing the different sized photographs of the same relatives worked for me. Try it with your families' vintage photographs.