Web Photo Inspiration Board 1 *Freebie* {CU}

Photo Inspiration Board 1

I made a “Photo Inspiration Board”. So, you may be wondering what on earth is a “Photo Inspiration Board” – well, it’s a template for you to pop your favourite photos into and display on your blog quickly and easily.

I wanted to post a few of my favourite black and white photos, but didn’t want to post them all one-by-one – I generally think this looks messy. I remember seeing the idea of a collage of photos on other blogs and decided to give it a go. After I finished it, I thought it might be fun to offer it up as a freebie incase anyone else wants to do the same on their blog.

So, here it is! My first “Photo Inspiration Board” ready to be used. How? Keep reading!

I have included the Photoshop layered file with clipping masks and an optional shadow. If you use the shadow (optional) it will be 600px X 893px in size. As it’s for a blog, it’s 72dpi, which is the correct resolution for the web. If you would like to use it on your scrapbooking layouts, I would suggest changing the resolution to 300dpi.

If you don’t have Photoshop, don’t worry! I’ve also included two .png files – one with a shadow and one without. These are not as quick as using clipping masks, but they’ll get the job done: simply slot your photos behind each photo opening in the template.

Ok, enough talking – let’s get onto the template!


(I numbered it – that means there will be more in the future *lol*)

Hope you enjoy using it as much as I did! If you want to see my post using this inpsiration board, CLICK HERE. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I love feedback (and of course you make my day with your comments!).


Black and White Photo Inspiration Board

Black and White Inspiration

I love black and white photography – not the kind where you hit a desaturate button, but the kind where the main colours are predominantly black and white. I decided to make a photography inspiration board of a few of my favourite photos.

Where were they taken? From top to bottom, left to right:

  • Disneyland, Hong Kong – love the fog!
  • Orchard Road, Singapore – I love the tiny hint of orange on the bird’s beak
  • Harry – my whippet!
  • Phuket, Thailand – I think this was the beach at the Sheraton! Possibly the Phuket Arcadia Hotel.
  • Whitehead Beach, Hong Kong – Where I take Harry for a good run when the tide is down.


P.S. If you would like to download the template for my free “Photo Inspiration Board” – CLICK HERE!

Photo Inspiration Board 1

Starbuck the Bengal Cat

Starbuck the Bengal Cat

This is my beloved Starbuck. He’s a purebred bengal cat from Australia and I love him! As soon as I saw his picture I knew he was mine and, even though I looked at a gazillion other kittens, I knew He was mine the minute I saw him. I just couldn’t believe that the first kitten I had seen would be the one. You should never choose the first one, right? But I did and I cannot believe how wonderful and perfect he truly is!

I’m not big into pet photography, but I keep trying. I love this photo of Starbuck, even though the depth of field is a little too shallow, I still love it. His eyes – that intent stare at whatever it was he was looking at is divine. He’s divine!

OK, enough about my cat – btw, I have 3 – a mixture of rescue and purebred (not forgetting my 1 year old whipptet called Harry – that’s another story!).

Ok, that’s it from me.



Photoshop Layered Template 4 *freebie* {CU}

Photoshop Layered Template 4

A while ago I made a layout about my brand new iPhone 3GS! A few people asked me about it getting made as a template, so I decided to make it into a Photoshop layered template. It will work in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and possibly even Photo Impact (thanks to Carole N. for the tip!).

It is 300dpi, 12×12, .psd file etc.

I love the look of handcut paper and so love this style of template! Hope you enjoy using it as much as I did making it.


Here is the original layout I made using the template. I used a kit by Captivated Visions called “Pink Lemonade”. I also used CK Becky for the title and Cochin for the journalling. In the template I’ve used more generic fonts as most people won’t have the fonts I used.

Resistance if Futile!



Seriously! They appeared overnight!

I kid you not, these buildings appeared overnight!

Hospital Buildings

The story: The Prince of Wales Hospital is the main hospital in the area where I live (btw, I live in Hong Kong). It’s within walking distance of my church and so I drive past it at least one a week. Whenever I’m visiting someone, I always park in the visitor parking lot and have been doing this for as long as I can remember.

Last week I went with my mum to visit someone and as it was a nice day, we decided to walk to the hospital from church. Let me remind you, I drive past this hospital several times a week.

We arrived and walked in through the front gates and would you believe, the above building was sitting where the old visitor parking lot had been. I could have sworn it was there last week! (the parking lot, not the building!). And this isn’t exactly the kind of building you can miss. It’s huge and sitting right next to the road and did I mention it’s huge! I could not believe my eyes. I had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t imagining it.

So, there we have it – I am clearly not as observant as I thought I was. I missed a huge, enormous building being built and didn’t even begin to notice until I had half walked passsed it.




P.S. Photos taken with my iPhone as I was walking past – not the best of my photography skills! Picture borders are one of my freebies that I thought I would give a go using as clipping masks. I think they came out ok! You can pick up the borders HERE, but you’ll have to wait a while for me to get up the motivation to do the clipping masks. Still can’t believe I missed a huge ol’ building!

6 Doodled Photo Frames! *Freebie* {CU}

Doodled Photo Frames - Set 1

I thought these would match my page borders, but they came out totally different!

In this set there are 6 frames, four of which are based around the same rectangle.

Most of them have been designed at a 4×3 ratio and so should fit most photos without too much resizing. The other two are a little more funky and aren’t a specific photo ratio.

As usual, they are .png files, 300dpi etc.


While it’s downloading, if you could leave a comment, you would make my day! =)



iPhone Camera

Ok, so one of the main reasons why I held out getting an iPhone so long was because of the camera – it wasn’t very good compared to my 8.3 megapixel cybershot camera with flash, autofocus, zoom etc. on my Sony Erricson. Sweet phone camera. Anyway, I gave in and got the iPhone and, while the camera is not stella, I’m having fun with it and am slightly impressed with what it can produce!

I was driving home from somewhere a few days ago (possibly church? or lunch with my mum and sister?) and saw a beautiful sky lit with a sinking sun. I whipped out my iPhone and snapped a quick photo. I didn’t even try to hold the camera still. Below is what I caught. Not bad for a wobbly hand, car travelling fast on a highway, with not great light. There’s hope!

iPhone Photo

And on a side note – I live right next to the building below the sun. I get a great view of the Hong Kong skyline!


Photoshop Layered Template 3 *Freebie* {CU}

Template 3

Here you are, a simple layered Photoshop template with space for 4 photos. It’s 12×12 and, as always, 300dpi etc. In the Photoshop file you’ll get both rounded corners AND straight corners as follows:

Template 3: Rounded Corners .    Template 3: Straight Corners


If you make any layouts using my templates, email me a copy (saved around 600px) and I’ll post them here!

OK, it’s late so I’ll call it a night.



Doodled Page Borders *Freebie* {CU}

Doodled Borders

I whipped up a set of 6 doodled page borders for anyone who likes the “handmade” look! Thank you to ‘Laser’ for the idea!

They are all .png files so will work in most programs. They are 12×12, 300dpi, CU and S4H/S4O friendly and just plain fun!


If you create any layouts using the borders, or any kits, I would love to include them here! I’ll include a link to your kit if you would like me to.



Kevin Skinner

Kevin Skinner has restored my faith in people. Well, at least a few!

{If you’ve come for a freebie, you can find my latest freebie HERE!} Ok, now onto Kevin Skinner =)

I am watching “America’s Got Talent” at the moment (I love it! Shh… don’t tell anyone – I’ll never live it down *lol*) and this week it was the best week ever! The highlight was the very last performer, Kevin Skinner.

Here is a guy that is so humble, so unassuming and downright nice. I know that this is a lot to gather from one appearance on a TV show that was filmed hundreds of miles away, but the guy was so downright nice! I just wish the world was full of more people like him – it would be a better place (yeah, I know I live in a huge city – but still!).

I c0uldn’t resist seeing how far he would make it in the competition and so googled him and was so pleased to read that the won the whole thing! I’m now waiting for his upcoming album to come out as I will definitely be added it to my iTunes library.

Anyway, here is the clip of him on the show. I’ve watched it several times and just think he’s lovely. I’m so glad he won. He deserves it. By the way, I checked it up and chicken catchers really do catch around 60,000 chickens a night and they do grab 8 at a time and it is one of the most horrible jobs anyone could do. Kudos to him for doing it to support his wife and 2 children.

Anyway, here is the clip. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!