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.
About Mark Mizen
I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
lol wow good idea!