Here is a simple page that draws your eye directly to the photo.  Supplies: paper, ribbon, flower with brad, and quote.

Overylays may be expensive but they can make for a quick layout and the cost can average out for your page by not adding so many more embellishments.  This ballet page is the perfect example.  Supplies include pink paper, dance overlay, handmade paperclip, and my photo.  The overlay is overtop of the entire page.  I cut a slit in it to add the paper clip.

Now that I have discovered the beauty of patterned paper I rarely use a solid-colored background.  However, the white background for this layout seemed to be perfect.  I traced the circle onto my paper using a plate (any circular item will work).  Then I simply added all the prima flowers with brad centers.  You may want to add an additional page to the back to cover all the brads so they don’t catch on the opposite page when you put it in your scrapbook.  Based on a sketch by Becky Fleck.

Dark photos can be difficult to scrapbook.  I have learned the best way to scrap these types of pictures is to start with a dark background and then highlight the photos throughout the layout.  This will give it a dramatic look and your pictures will stand out as opposed to disappearing on the page.  It’s best to keep the matting at 1/16 or 1/8 of an inch.  Mulberry paper added a great touch to the layout below.  I tore an opening in the mulberry paper (use a wet paintbrush or waterbrush to make this easier) creating a frame which I then stitched to my layout.  The dark background works with the darker photo instead of against it, drawing your attention directly to the photo.

For a standout title, try using large monogram letters for your entire title.  I used Basic Grey undressed chipboard monograms for these layouts.  (Note: chipboard that is plain and unfinished is often called undressed, bare, or naked.)  For extra letters, you can trace on chipboard and cut them out.  Next, I traced the letters on cardstock, cut out, embellished, and glued to the chipboard.  Be sure to embellish the letters before adhering to the chipboard.  The ways to embellish these monograms are endless.  You can use buttons, brads, eyelets, snaps, rivets, charms, ribbon, fiber, clips, staples, tags, diecuts, etc.  You can also use techniques such as stamping, stitching, inking, distressing, doodling, etc.  My favorite adhesive when using chipboard is Liquid Glass by CTMH.  There is a bit of drying time involved but it will hold forever!