ok, so now onto the twenty layers: i think it depends on how we calculate them. it was smooth sailing at the beginning: cardboard base, gesso, watercolor, stamping, an illustration from a vintage book, the masking tape i used to cover the bit of illustration which didn't fit my theme, the distress inks which camoflauged the tape, the ribbon "vines" i've sewed over bits of the illustration, and so forth.
towards the middle it gets fuzzier: i made flowers out of a piece of fabric on which i had spray-inked & stamped...is that 1 layer or 3?? i figure all the little bits of paper that highlight my journaling count fair & square as a layer each, but how about the staples? and what of the *ONE* cool vintage heart-shaped button i attached at the end? it adds loads of impact, imo--but does it constitute a layer??
in the end, i don't particularly care whether that aspect of the page was successful or not...and i have a really strong suspicion i'm not meant to. i think the point of the exercise is to push yourself, step outside of your comfort zone, and stop worrying if one last layer is going to "wreck" your page; in which case: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! :)