A couple ideas to consider:
1. Use a photo to fill your entire background. I've done this a few times in the past and I love it. Here's another recent one that's a traditional paper scrapbook layout (includes a how-to) which could be easily translated to digital.
2. Take an element, such as a tag, and mask a photo inside. The lower tag shown in the layout above is simply one of the Awakening Tags with a photo masked into it.
3. Add elements on top of other elements to create something new. I masked the crayon-drawn heart onto the middle tag to create a new design.
4. Using the eye-dropper tool take color from your photo and then repeat it two more times. I took a red color from Anna's boots in the bottom photo tag and recolored the crayon-drawn heart and the arrows on the long vertical word art.
5. Erase stuff to make it work. I erased the bottom portion of one of the journal blocks from my Story HandDrawn package because I just wanted to use just the word art. Don't be afraid to erase (make friends with saving and with undoing). Also don't forget that you can rotate things. I rotated the "remember this lovely little story" and adjusted it to be the same width as the tags so that they create a nice straight column along the right side.
6. Sometimes the story is short. Hooray! I added just a bit of journaling onto the masked photo tag that references the date, place and why we were there.
TAGS | AE Awakening Tag Collection
WORD ART | AE This One (coming this weekend), AE Outline Moments, AE For The Love Of Love, AE Story HandDrawn Journal Blocks
STITCHING | Anna Aspnes StraightLine Stitched White No.2
Interested in getting started with digital scrapbooking or learning more about using your computer for telling your stories? Check out my list of posts and video tutorials on my Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking page. All video tutorials can also be found in my Video Tutorial category archive or check them all out together on my Vimeo channel.