There is a contest going on right now at PageMaps for 3 full collections of Best Creations paper. The challenge was to use the sketch below. I used it for my July calendar page, so I modified it a bit to work with my 8 1/2 x 11" format.
The background I used for this layout was a piece I made after I made the star paper for this calendar page.
The template had so much excess ink on it, I didn't want it to go to waste, so I pulled out a blank sheet of white cardstock and pressed the template onto it for the reverse print. It isn't perfect, but I like that it is a little "distressed."