Lets get this straight: I am by no means a speed scrapper In fact, I may well be the slowest scrapper alive. My layouts usually take me between 3 and 5 hours to finish, which includes playing around with my photographs. I work on my layouts in basically the same way. I select my photos (after I played around with them or -in case they only need slight adjustments I select them unaltered), place them in a template that I like, type in a title and add journaling and then close it till further notice...
Once I have enough time to actually scrap this page, I open it up again, load up (to many) papers, place my elements, pick an alpha for my title, adjust the type for my journaling and then work on my shadows and/or start brushing. I love working with a bunch of different papers because you never know what they look like together. I used to load each one manually into my layout... But then I found a very helpful action (or actually a script) that I use ALWAYS. It's a free action created by Christy VanderWall from SpeedScraps called "Copy & Close". If you don't already have this, make sure you check it out!
It takes all your opened papers and elements, copies them into your layout and then closes them all. Sounds simple but it's incredibly nifty and saves you lots of time. You'll need to have a PSD layout open (it doesn't work on any other filetype), then open all the papers you want. Click on the "Copy & Close" action button and sit back and watch... It takes each paper or element, copies it into your layout and then closes them. It also puts the file names as your layer name so it's easy for crediting! (At least, when the designers have been so kind as to put their name and/or kitname in the files).
After I've copied and played around with all my papers, I'll open lots of elements. I click "Copy & Close" again and now all my elements are copied into my layout. She even made some random scatter scripts you can use with your elements.
You can download her (free) scripts here: http://speedscraps.blogspot.nl/p/free-scripts.html
They all work for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Take a look at the instructions here: http://speedscraps.blogspot.nl/p/instructions.html
It may seem a little daunting, but if you follow her instructions step-by-step you'll get there. Using the scripts first time around is a little weird (what the? where did all my files go? how? what? oh, there they are...) but I am sure that once you've used them, you will never want to be without!
So, how do you scrap? Do you have a method? How quickly (or slowly) do you create a layout?