As Sally has said below using a Sketch is a great way to get started on a layout. I recently sponsored some challenges over at Little Shop of Sketches. Pop over to their site and get some inspiration and sketches if you find you are not sure where to start or would like to follow a sketch.
Another site I have sponsored is Southern Girls Challenge. This is a challenge blog aimed at Australian and New Zealand papercrafters. Giving the girls down under a challenge of their own to enter where they can use any stamps or products. And win some awesome prizes!
Don't forget Scrap Box NZ own fortnightly challenges. On at the moment is a "Blokes Layout and Card", submissions for this close at midnight on 29th August 2010. Check out the details two postings below.
Hope you all had a great weekend - for once in Nelson the sun was shining!!!