This layout was based on an idea I'd had swirling around for a while. When I couldn't quite get the CSS to work exactly how I wanted it to – I'm relatively new to CSS – I combined my idea with some technical elements from this template and tutorial website.
The header image, featuring a beautiful purple water lily, is from the National Geographic portfolio of nature photographer James P. Blair. Absolutely no copyright infringement is intended; if there are any concerns, please contact me directly for immediate resolution.
The fonts used in the header image are Sakurachan and Effloresce Antique, both of which are freeware and can be found on a host of different free font websites. I use my trusty Paint Shop Pro 8 for all image editing.