One of my favorite techniques to do is create a background. Whether it's using an assortment of Storybox papers, paper tags or an enlarged photo, creating your own background adds a new twist to any layout design and it's unique!
Our favorite thing to do as a family is go bowling. We try to commit to bowling once a month, two games filled with lots of fun! Right where we walk into the bowling area to purchase games is a beautiful wooden wall filled with bowling shoes. It's eye catching and just amazing! I think I have more photos of the wall of bowling shoes than of us bowling.
While I was picking out photos from our bowling trip to scrapbook, I was drawn to the wall of bowling shoes & thought, how fun would it be to use it as my background and that is what I did. Instead of printing the enlarged photo in color, I printed it in black & white, just so I could use color photos to stand out.
You can easily enlarge your photographs to 12" x 12" and print on photo paper or cardstock for a natural look. So, give it a try. You will be amazed at how fun, unique your layout will look.
ETA: If you do not have a wide format printer, most, if not all, photo processing companyies offer a 12" x 12" print size for photos. Thanks so much for your lovely comments!