I am a real patterned paper girl and seldom use a white cardstock background. Even when I use mixed media, I usually start with a pp. It is lacking a bit of depth I think... Maybe needs more layers...
Anyway, for this layout, I was inspired by the January moodbooard at Off the Rails Scrapbooking:
I love the colours in that fun photo! It was actually the colour palette that made me want to try the white cardstock background!