One way that Shimelle has suggested for combining different patterned papers is take inspiration from patchwork quilting. I have done a couple of patchwork pages recently as part of the UKS CyberCrop (Banana and Baby James), plus a couple of older pages using squares and strips of paper scraps (Chelmorton and Fort Canning Park).
I decided to copy one of Shimelle's pages where the patchwork is a much smaller element of the page. I used a single photo of the cottage where we stayed for our annual reunion of university friends in 2006. I'm not sure how many of these holidays we've done, but it's more than 15; they are a great way to stay in touch with people that we do only see once a year.
Cardstock - DCWV
Paper - docrafts Spring Chic, Daisy D's Butter Polka Dot + Scraps
Journalling Card - Jillibean Soup
Letters - Crate Paper Little Sprout
Zig-Zag Peel-Off, Button & Thread - from Stash
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch