I've had this alpha just kinda hanging around for several months now, and just happened to use it on a layout today:
Credits: Background paper by Vinnie Pearce (Pixel Canvas, Single FLORA white [recolored]). Photo is masked with some of Anna Aspnes's brushes from her Fruehling kit (Designer Digitals), and the splotches up top are by Katie Pertiet (DD, 2PM Chat Freebie) covered with Vinnie Pearce's Woodland Boys paper. The alpha is mine (Grit). Branch by Katie Pertiet (From My Porch Brushes), and the darling little owl is by Rhonna Farrer (2Peas, Back To School kit).
I blended 4 photos into one--the beach, and bay in the background, are only about 1/2 as wide! Did it for a challenge at 2Peas--lots of fun! Not so complicated, really--just used layer masks with a small gradient along the right edge of each of the photos, moved the photos up or down to make him about the same size/perspective, blended the horizon line and the sky (that was really the trickiest), took off the real shadows--they extended out of the photos--and put in much smaller ones using a burn tool, then cropped the whole thing so it would fit.
Anyway, I thought you guys might like having the alpha, too! In my layout I used it with a Soft Light layer blending mode and a drop shadow. [no longer available, sorry]