Here is the layout I made about our visit to the City Museum in St. Louis. We had SUCH a great time there. I wanted to do a layout about the fun but also try to capture the kind of weird, fun, dark aesthetic they have. I started by putting a black vignette on all the photos, then used a dark background and added inking, stamping and splattering.
There is quite a bit of stamping on the background but it's really subtle - you may not be able to see it here. For example, there is some text stamped on the purple background paper that is barely visible in the bottom photo. Even the chipboard flourishes are inked and stamped. In the future I may try to make that more pronounced but I don't know. Sometimes you don't really see an element but it still adding something. The splatters are a combination of white misting spray and diamond Stickles. There is also one small star punched out of glitter paper using the mini star punch from the Stampin' Up holiday mini-punch pack.
One funny thing is that green polka-dot paper. It is out of one of the first scrapbook paper packs I bought when I started scrapbooking and I was pretty sure I would never use it again. For some reason it called me back to combine it with that great, current Basic Grey paper that is used for the background.
I'm not sure if I really captured the weird/dark, but that's ok! I may go back and add something, but I'm still not sure what (ideas??).