tear a flap off a corrugated cardboard box. Soak and split the layers. It makes fine backgrounds. layer with bits and pieces on your desk or table. I had some copies of old postcards, bits of torn muslin and lace, some words I printed on my PC. Old string, a few stamps and whatever I could pick up from the floor. I just put them onto the background with a glue stick and when dry sewed around to connect all the bits.