cheers for the kind words folks, greatly appreciated.
kenD, i need to start using grids more definitely thanks for the advice. Hope you get some good ideas from the site. Would be good to see your website when you get it ready.
crashley1784, thanks alot, im definetely no photoshop expert thats for sure, just doing plenty of tutorials.
Im using negative margins with some graphics. If you use firefox with the firebug extension you can check out the styling on elements on most if not all websites. Really worth checking out for when your designing and trying to figure out how other sites have been styled.