When I create a layout I love, I often use it for design inspiration on other pages. Because if a design works on one page, why not use it repeatedly? I'm a much more efficient scrapper if I don't have to spend too much time contemplating the design. And while I like to repeat tried-and-true design schemes, that doesn't mean that every page in my albums looks identical.
Here's an example of a recent page that inspired another:
The Just Like Family page used a loose, layered grid of patterned paper squares as a base with a centered title. I used the same layered grid for my Handmade Halloween page, with rectangles instead of squares (to match my rectangular photos).
I wanted to include more journaling on this layout than the original, so I needed to shift my grid over to the left to accomodate a paragraph of text. And to create a home for my title, I added a wide grosgrain ribbon across the whole layout, centering the bow with my photos.
While both pages use the layered grid technique, I've adjusted the design of the second to fit the content I wanted to include. Those small adjustments make the finished page look unique and less like a complete "lift" of the original.
So the next time you're stuck for a design, pull out a favorite layout and use it to inspire you!