Classic favorites today: word stickers.
I am always on the lookout for basic, life-focused word stickers that can be used on any number of layouts/projects. I tend to reach for the ones with universal themes most: life, travel, home, adventure, family, memories, etc. They are great for mixing together to create new phases or sentences or for intermingling between handwritten or computer journaling (see sample below).
Here's a layout example using word stickers from Life Artist:
[ The background for this layout is a 12 inch x 8 inch photo printed at scrapbookpictures.com. Lines were drawn on the photo using a Slick Writer and a ruler. Heidi Swapp clock overlay was trimmed to fit on the left side. ]