I was trying to use up some of my scraps and product I had in my craft room instead of going out and buying new stuff . . . crazy idea, I know. I had this pack of scrapbooking paper that I was given as a gift and while I liked the pattern on the paper, it was too busy for me for a full scrapbook page. I cut it down to be one of the layers of the background . . . even having it as the FULL background was still "too much".
I layered it with some solid green and red paper and the wreath has some green glitter vinyl for the main piece. This cut is from Celebrate with Flourish. Then I used Viva Decor for the holly berries.
Using a busy pattern in a small area and combined with solid colors is a great way to balance things out.