Evelyn - that's a great question! I'm a mixed media artist and I love finishing my art journal pages and other pieces with black ink splatters (although sometimes I use white) so I mimic that in most of my digital pages. In mixed media work, there are usually tons and tons of paint, gesso and ink layers all of which build up texture - and many times those mediums overlap each other and anything else on the page and all of that helps unify the page. It's just an artistic technique which has been something I've incorporated into digital work.. But of course the elements in the template can be placed anywhere. you'd like them to be.