I made this layout yesterday.
The patterned papers are the scraps left over from my last couple of layouts. They were mostly long, thin strips so I put them along the side. I wanted to use a border punch as they've all been gathering dust for the last few scrapping sessions. Sp I didn't tear the papers; the one torn piece is the short rectangle across the bottom and even that's not very messy.
It's a completely different style from my norm. I left it lying on the table most of the day trying to figure out how to 'mess it up', but finally decided to leave it as is. I don't HAVE TO use ink or spray or distress the edges. I CAN create a layout with clean paper and clean lines.
Does it look too neat?
I challenge you to 'change it up'. Try a different style from your norm. Explore. Create. Enjoy.