I use PL in 2 ways, and make digital pages for everything else.
1. Travel albums. We spend so much time and money on trips, it feels weird not to document it somehow, but instead of trying to plan out tons of layouts, I just do PL to capture the trip. One spread per day, using only Design A for the main spread and inserts for everything else. I design the cards before we leave, handwrite them while we travel, and come back and stick them in along with ephemera and pics. I get trips scrapbooked within a few weeks of getting home (except for the trip we took in October.. That's still on my shelf!)
2. Monthly, everyday life. Again, one Design A spread per month for the main highlights/events. (I pick the pics and do the journaling at the end of the month). I limit myself one or two Core Kits for the main spread (title cards and 3x4s), and decide on a color theme for each month. For inserts of everyday life bits/journaling, I use baseball card protectors. That gives me a chance to play with paper/scrapbooky stuff/stamps, and capture in-the-moment journaling for stories that might get lost at the end of the month.
They've both worked really well for me since 2012! Hope that gives you some ideas