Sometimes you find yourself without a good idea, so you start screwing around with a single element hoping that it will lead to great things. In this case, it was plaid. And no, it obviously did not lead to great things.
Yes, I created that plaid background from scratch. It was time-consuming and ultimately unsatisfying. At the end of the day it’s just a background for some half-assed elements. These days I’m more likely to trash a flawed concept and start over, but I didn’t have any better ideas for this mess and I was running out of time. And the plaid! I spent so much time creating the plaid! How could I possibly part with the plaid?