I would greatly appreciate the community's help with this, because I am good and stuck and it's a project (obviously) very important to me.
Now that we're moving towards being court certified to adopt our second child, I find myself stumped once again as to how I want the profile "book" to appear. I actually tripped across digital scrapping four years ago while preparing for our first adoption, and wow, how far I've come. The text of an adoptive profile is so hard to write, because you're never going to know who reads it, but I also struggle with the colors and layout of the thing, too, and that's where you all come in.
For a general overview, a "book" is somewhere between 6-12 pages (sometimes more - I've come across 20+ page examples, which I would not do), usually 8.5 x 11 size; our first one was eight single pages, so it was four pages when put front-to-back). For the first one, I used a neutral pastel palette with yellow/white/pink/blue quilt patterned paper from the scrap program I was using. The first page is usually (but not always) a single photo, with basic intro text, and its purpose is to catch the eye and invite the reader open the profile. The remainder of the profile offers a glimpse into the prospective adoptive parents' lives, with enough photos to make it attractive, but not so many that it becomes overwhelming (I placed three to four small pictures among the text to break it up, then included a two page spread of pictures in lieu of overwhelming the pages with graphics). The last page is a closing page, thanking the reader for taking the time, and so forth.
I might do something along the lines of ten pages since there are a couple of things to add in terms of topics, but I don't know how long it would wind up being.
I'd like to canvas some of the talent here for suggestions as to layout, color, structure, and template ideas. Obviously I don't want someone to do a ten page template - that's just nuts! I'm not going to give restrictions on color or anything because I want to see what y'all come up with. I'm curious as to how everyone would approach this.
Thank you so much for your help!