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When deciding on a scrapbook page layout, there are rules to remember when using patterned paper. Never use a background paper with a pattern larger than the smallest photographed head. Use a plain paper in a similar tone for your journal block. Don't be concerned if you can't find the right photos to use with the lovely patterned paper you purchased, as patterned paper is generally more tricky to match than plain paper.
These rules sound reasonable, but rules like this, seem to go against the freedom we assume we have when creating a scrapbook page, or anything else. I don't think we should take rules too seriously when "creating". I personally appreciate the sentiment "Freedom to create".