There are lots of great ideas on the Sketches in Thyme blog, so I hope you'll check them out! Here's their Sketch #186 and followed by my layout.
For the background, I used a background stamp (Close To My Heart). Then, I added some "butter" Color Shine spray (Heidi Swapp) on the upper left and lower right corners of the background page.
The layout features photos taken in Chicago's South Loop, so the bottom border on the page is a sticker of the city's elevated train tracks.