For the sake of time, I've started light-boxing every once in a while. I can usually get what I'm going for in thumbnails, but it can get pretty tedious transferring it full size on the page. Lately, if I don't get it on the first crack or two, instead of fussing with it until I do, I'll scan and print out a blow up of the thumbnail and light box it on the page.
It's hard to make out because the blue doesn't pick up very well, but once the layout's finished, it's usually down hill.

I haven't seen my schedule for next week yet, but hopefully, by this time next week this page'll be done. Knock on wood, at least.