OK, I changed the photo to the version with lots of embellies - let me know which ones you think I should keep and which ones are too much (or whether I should have any at all). I could also have four instead of just two in the corners around the center flower.
Also, now that I look at it, I think the white journaling block actually IS brighter white than the background! No wonder it annoyed me. So maybe just changing it to non-textured and not quite so bright white paper would help.
Also, the top-right photo is a temporary inkjet print, that's why it looks strange - I'll order a real print, slightly smaller size to match the rest, and replace it.