Here's a layout done using the Arrows Templates. I used the Leading Man Mini Kit for this one as my son wants to make sure I don't use anything "girly" for his layouts.
Arrows templates are available in the store for use with Gimp, Paintshop Pro, and Photoshop.
It's difficult to use such "busy" patterned papers and not pull attention away from the photographs. But here you have managed to do that perfectly. The photos still take center stage. I think your use of arrows helped to anchor them in place. WTG!