I followed the sketch on the Scrap Like You Mean It challenge here to make this layout. I used the melon paper for the background (the back of it) and then used trims from the other papers and some of the ribbons to build up the background. I made some of the strips in to kind of flag shaped just cutting them into shape with scissors. Some of the paper edges have been distressed by dragging open scissors along the edges. I've also added machine stitching to the background, it's rather haphazard but if you wanted to make it neater you could do that - use it to add frames or highlight points of interest on your layout.
You can see here in detail the effect if scissor distressing the paper edges. I've also used paint here to add a different distressed look. This one is a Raspberry Paint Dabber - the colour matches the papers really well.
That's what I've done so far and still got lots to use up yet!