Here are some layouts using Brandi Beaver's kit Monkey Business.
For the first layout I used the template from scrapbookgraphics.com called playday. (couldn't find link) and the second I used a template from ptondesigns.blogspot.com that was offered for Mother's Day.
I just recently learned how to use templates and I have to say that I love the ease of using them. I still like to create my own ideas...but when you have such a fabulous look on a template - why not?