If you journal on your scrapbook page, it becomes a design element, like it or not. The shape and space it fills are important and can be interesting parts of the design. That was my challenge for a recent Get It Scrapped! assignment.
This page is about the Sunday evening summer concerts on Holden Beach, where we vacation. The journaling is coming right out of the photos in the form of speech bubbles, allowing the people in the pictures to tell the story. The speech bubbles guide your eye through the photos and form a visual triangle. (side note: it was kinda fun putting words in the mouths of complete strangers)
A layer of washi tape on top of busy patterned paper helps your title stand out.