The Lily Pad has a bunch of great template designers who stock the shop with lots of fun stuff. One TLP designer I really like right now is Amy Martin. She leaves a lot of white space and freedom to do a lot with her templates. She just recently put out a call for people to use her template and possibly get their layout published. I was not selected, but it was lots of fun to play around with the template anyway. Here are two different layouts I did with the same template.
I used the same template and even some of the same elements, but ended up with two totally different feelings on the layouts. I love that you can turn them, flip them, even shrink them down or expand them if you want. So many different things you can do to give yourself a new perspective.
What about you? Do you use templates? If so, do you change them much or stick with what was pretty close to the original?