I wasn't sure about using the centre paper when I started out, but I found by breaking up the whole it really did work. I hand cut the scallops along the top, backed with some busy paper, split a doily in half, grabbed a photo, hand journalling and a title. Photo of said 14 year old and his cousin on Christmas day checking things out on line!
And said 14 year old and hubby at a recent ice hockey match, the striped paper is glittery and sparkly so wanted to keep it simple. A strip of coordinating card stock some cork arrows and it was done. I didn't hand cut the edge of the glitter paper but used a border punch!
Hope you have a happy scrapping day!