I think I did a good job in both cases with the background. There was one version in-between but that one didn't make it past background.
What I don't like is the handwriting. In this case, it's way-too planned and organized. (and the black stripe is where I made a typo...)
When writing on my second page, I made sure the text was a bit more “random”, but again, the only part I like is the “wonderful” part. I guess, there's too much text and the composition isn't great. I fought with the urge to recreate it again, but I invested so much time in this and I somehow learned to like it in the end.
[the quote is from my horoscope]