I did this layout on my retreat weekend and you can see the influence of the class with all the layers! LOL
I saved here by stamping the journalling circle and then cutting a larger circle with a circle border punch. I also stamped an image on the layout once and then stamped it again and cut out elements of the stamp and raised them up with 3D foam tape.
I also saved by sewing my title. As you can see I haven't used much paper apart from my background. There is one small strip of patterned paper which I punched with a fiskars border punch and a strip of plain paper. So not alot of "stuff" on this layout.... I put all my time into sewing the "Love"!