After 5 full nights playing around with GIMP, I still cant figure the damn thing out.
I was using Scribus for some page layout work, so I decided to try it for labels. Lo and behold it works very well for the basic layout- circles and squares, text, and fonts and it is much more intuitive. That, combined with a super-basic photo program should be all you need.
In Process: Mango Beer, Homebrewers Pale Ale
Bottled/Kegged:Spicy Light Rye, Rice-adjunct Pale Ale, Mild Bourbon Porter, Roasty Stout, Basic Light Mead, Bourbon County Stout Clone
Up Next: Berlinerweiss, Chocolate Raspberry Ale, and American IPA