This article refers to using Photoshop to make the block, but the same principle could apply to traditional scrapbooking. How..?
Well you can achieve a similar effect by printing your journaling onto a piece of vellum and placing that over a photograph.
Another way is to bring the photograph into something like MS Word and use the brightness button to “fade out” the photo and then place a text box over the top of your journaling.
Here is an article about putting text onto photos in word, which has a link at the end to a video tutorial.
by Denise Gormish for ScrapJazz.com
Ever find yourself searching for a great background for a journaling block? Sometimes a plain piece of cardstock will do the job. Sometimes a piece of patterned paper will work wonderfully. But sometimes something more creative feels appropriate. At those times, consider using one of the photographs in your layout. By using a photograph for the journaling block, you can create a layout with special impact. Read More>>