Here's my first attempt at a 8 1/2 x 11 layout. I think I like this size - less space to fill up. This is one of my favorite photos of all time. This photo was taken by my friend Luis. That little cutie is his son, Caden (about 4 - 5 years ago).
Another creative stretch for me was the use of stickles. I love the way stickles look but I often struggle with when and how I use them. The Mickey icon and the letters for Caden's name have been "stickled". I have never used this much of my "stickles" on a project.
Hope this inspires you to stretch your creative muscles ;-)