I really enjoy a bold background! Especially when I find one that fits the photo perfectly. In this case, the photo is of Elijah and some friends, building a tree fort, and they are peering through the branches. It fit the striped background exactly.
I also enjoy the opportunity to challenge the “rules” a little and use flowers on a boys page. Outdoor photos seem to be the best choices for that, and in the case, I think they blend in well with the overall look.
I traced the twigs from some really old die cuts onto the back of this grey woodgrain paper, and cut them out. I used them to ground the layout and reinforce the outdoor theme. I think it comes through even on a bold striped paper.
All the papers here are from My Mind’s Eye, though all from different lines.
Go build a fort… or something. :)