You don't have to create documents from scratch in iWork Pages for the iPad. The app includes a variety of templates to get you started. Templates include formatting and boilerplate text. All you need to do is add your content. Templates are a great way to save time when you're creating documents.
To create a document based on a template in iWork Pages for the iPad, just follow these simple steps:
1. Open the iWork Pages app
2. Click the Add button
3. Select New Document on the popup menu
4. You will see thumbnails of the available iWork Pages templates
5. Tap a thumbnail to create a new document based on the template
6. A new document based on the template will open in iWork Pages
You can edit the template as you would any other document. The changes you make will not affect the template.