Hello. I have been doing an annual album for a few years and last year switched to a Project Life format. Previously I did very simple pages for each week and then augmented with pages specific to an event. So the books end up being about 100 pages.

I love the concept of Project life - but I'm having a hard time not having my pages look so random and cluttered.

What rules do you keep in mind when designing pages so they don't look to heavy/busy/hodgepodg-y?

do you pick a color scheme per page or month?
do you only put average photos in a small slot, or framed?
do you make sure to use 'filler' cards and fewer photos?

I really appreciate your thoughts, since I've really liked Project Life, but fear I won't like the final product and it feels like way to much work not to enjoy the end result!!