Step #1: Sketched a basic design and jotted down some ideas on this grid paper, available from Stampin' Up!
Step #2: Laid out my grid of rectangular photos. Everything else will fit around this grouping.
Step #3: Filled in the page with patterned paper, title, journaling. I used a border punch on the patterned paper so all the edges are not so straight. Now it's time to introduce a few new shapes to further soften the lines a bit.
Step #4: Added some border strips in a visual triangle, introduced a star shape, added a brad. Almost finished.
Choosing a basic shape helps me get a page started. Rectangles, squares and circles are my favorite. Do you think about shapes when you scrap?