How do you create a translucent white background for text?

I am really struggling to create a white translucent background for text on top of an image with GIMP.

Pottery Barn Kids (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/) has one example of what I am trying to achieve, shown below for future reference:

Example at Pottery Barn Kids

(Note the text along the left side – GIRL ROOMS, BOY ROOMS etc.)

Can anyone point me in the right direction of how to do this? Thanks!

Answer

FYI: I don’t believe any sort of translucent effect is occurring there. It looks to me like a simple white box is placed over the image and under the text at ~75% opacity.

To achieve an actual translucent effect, do the above but also select the area of the image covered by the box and apply a blur to it at whatever settings you find appealing.

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