I've managed to do a layout without using brads on those embellishment that needed brads to secure them, like flowers. I used jewel / pearl stickers instead. And well.. I think my layout is not boring (I hope).
Here is a layout done for the friendship that me and my eldest sister share with a friend of ours having the same surname with us. She is like a sister to us.
Scallop light blue pattern pattern is from Scrap-n-crop Earth Day kit (this is just nice for the silver dress of my friend). Red polka-dot pattern paper is from American Craft. Flowers from Prima and HOTP (they bring out the colour of the red shirt), letter stickers from Basic Grey.
I really love scallop paper ever since I used it in "Style" layout.
p/s: I think I better stop taking photos at night right after I finished my layout, they always look dark and dull.