I use Creative Memories StoryBook Creator Plus for all my albums. This tool for creating photo books and other products gives new life to what I call bad photographs, which are photographs that may not have a clear subject, may be out-of-focus, or may just be uninteresting. I use these photos for my page backgrounds. if the background is distracting, try converting it to black and white.
These backgounds evoke the mood that was present at the time I took the original photos and make my pages unique. No one else has the same bad photos. In fact, I have gotten to like this technique so much that I sometimes find myself intentionally shooting bad photos, thinking that they will make good backgrounds for the photo book that I know I will complete latter.