I have recently been thinking about organizing my scrapbook albums topically. This is an idea from Stacy Julian (specifically this book, though she discusses it in multiple formats), who is really really good at working with people to draw out what is important to them. It's no coincidence that her online education website is called Big Picture Classes! The first category will be called All About Us and will be layouts about our little family and the personalities of each person in it.
I made this layout as a title page for the first new section. The printed background paper is one that I love but that was so pretty I hated to use it on something that would cover up most of the paper! So, I thought it would be perfect for a non-photo layout. The very background green paper is there as a frame for the busy-ness of the main paper. I inked and splattered the edges to make it match in style. The rest of the layout is made of bits and pieces that I kept layering until it looked like enough clutter to make me happy!
I don't usually do layouts without any photos, so this was a bit different, but I really like how it turned out!