The next time you take photos, get a few extra shots of the
background - ocean waves, pool water, Autumn leaves, green grass,
etc. - when it's time to scrap, use these extra photos for lettering,
embellishments & photo mats. Use punches and make shapes out of them,
or try making strips and weave them for your background. The
variation in the colors make awesome & interesting designs.

This idea is especially suited for 'water' themes - beach, swimming,
and boating.