Patterned papers. I love to look at them, but wow do they mess with my journaling (because I do journal. Sometimes. Honest!). I've more or less relied on tags or a piece of solid paper "pasted" in my journal spot, but sometimes this works, and sometimes I just don't really care for the effect :( So when I read a cute tale on Sir Scrapalot's blog about overcoming this problem by gently eroding the patterned paper to allow for journaling, I thought it was an inspired idea!
This was all fresh in my mind when I began work on Bohemian Fall, which has some vividly patterned papers. So in order to help the scrapper, I created solid papers with the same texture as each patterned paper. All you need to do is slip the plain paper behind the patterned one, and with a large soft eraser brush (set at a low opacity) remove a bit of the patterned areas until it's light enough to no longer interfere with your journaling. Then just merge the two layers together and you're ready to write!
Here's a layout I did using this technique: