The different shades of purple color are for different digital papers. The bars are for digital ribbon files, or solid color bars that you can make any color you want to match colors in your photos or papers. Unlike Designer Digital templates, templates from Page Maps are much more generic. YOU make ALL the choices of elements, what kind of elements, what colors you want to use for the photo corners, for example, or the bracket. Page Maps gives you the design principles so you don't have to struggle WHERE to put things, but you DO have to struggle with coordinating papers and elements, unless you've purchased a digital kit that makes it easier to coordinate everything for your layout.
Here's my layout after I finished it....I'm printing them in 8 X 8 to fit in the same size album.
Here's the final result...this is not an original interpretation. This design was shown in the Designer Digitals ideas gallery. I went back to try and find it to credit the person who did it, but was not able to locate it. Most of the elements and papers used were Katie Pertiet's, and the "hello sweet baby" is Ali Edwards, another digital designer I like very much. And the adorable baby is my grandson, Barron.
I had forgotten how much fun it is to scrap digitally once you get some basics under your belt. I'll be doing more layouts about our travels, and my little grandson, that's for sure! Until next time.....