Well, every which way I tried, you could still see their backgrounds and then my template on top of it. I could easily just change the code for it to disappear... but I like to make it easy to apply and not a lot of people are comfortable messing with HTML and CSS codes.
So, while messing around on Blogger, I suddenly see that you can STILL choose the 'Minima' template for your theme! That is the theme that I made my templates to go with! (it was the easiest one I could find) LOL
So now, if you go to 'DESIGN' and click on the 'EDIT HTML' tab, way at the bottom you will see 'SELECT LAYOUT TEMPLATE' -- there you can choose the 'Minima' template!
Here are the directions for applying my templates:
Well, I am off to make some new templates since it has been awhile since I have made some. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!