My friend is the master of "selfies". The colors and textures of the background completely match her personality and style. Maybe it's a bold shabby-chic with an edge to it. I used the layout at the following link as a guide: http://prima.typepad.com/prima/2015/11/new-bap-ppp.html
I used a ton of things on this layout that I have been hoarding! I spiced them up with mists and paints, gel, and glass bead gel mediums.
My go-to adhesive for this layout was my Golden Regular Gel (Semi-Gloss) - with all the texture layering, I needed something with a large amount of substance to hold it all together.
I used my Silhouette Portrait to create the black border design - I use 140 lb. watercolor paper (or mixed media paper, depending on what paint, mist, and gesso layers I choose) and cut 2 or 3 of my designs then glue them together. BAM! Chipboard substitute. :-)