Here's an example of exactly what I'm talking about. This layout is almost identical to this blog post. I printed the photo collage (created in Picasa) to measure 7.5x7.5, then I formatted my blog text in Word. Once I determined how much space the story would take, I figured out how everything would be arranged.
I got the formatting for the title while walking on the treadmill and watching Quick Fix Meals. I have no idea what this woman was cooking, but I really liked her logo!
I used a Krylon silver leafing pen around the edges of the title block, although you really can't see it well in the photo. In addition, I punched a snowflake, pressed it into an embossing pad and heat embossed it with silver powder. I added silver brads along the scalloped edge.
So there you go. Blog post to layout. I love it when things go as planned!