Hello there, Stefanie here with an idea to highlight your journaling. Back when I was a paper scrapbooker, I loved to tuck my journaling behind my photos and allow them to be a little love letter to my children, for them to discover later. With digital scrapbooking this is not as easy to do. However I still love to add the idea of a note tucked behind the photograph.
I used the rounded rectangle tool to draw a rounded rectangle (the shape layer is positioned behind the photo layer) and then fill it with white using the paint bucket tool. I add my usual paper drop shadow style to that.
Then a neat trick I learnt in photoshop elements is to click on the fx within the layer pallete and while you hold Ctrl (with your left hand) you can move the mouse (with your right hand) to move your shadow around. This allows me to easily tweak the shadow and give the impression that the letter is lifting off the page at top left and being pinned down on bottom right by the black button.
I chose a tone on tone green striped paper for the note as I wanted the note to be visible against the background, but not be the first thing you see.
I liked the idea of this but not the way it looked so I swapped the solid green background layer with the green striped layer. Note it is still tone on tone, but the journaling is easier to read against the solid colour.
I am much happier with that, it is more true to my own style, the photo is the main focal point with the pretty papers, banners and flowers playing a secondary role.
However I tried a solid pink paper as the background to the journaling card and this works too. The pink provides a strong contrast and is something that draws more attention than the tone on tone greens do.
You need to decide on what you want to be the main attraction in your layout, is it the photos? Or your sweet love letter to a special daughter. What you decide will determine your choice.