Easy ways to make your layouts pop + SOSN Sale

I hope your week is going well!

My Mixed Media Papers are handmade and are richly textured and so they make fantastic texture overlays for photos and layouts.

You can easily use a Mixed Media Paper to add a dirty or old look to your photo or page, or just for extra texture or to make it 'pop'.

Whilst working with your layout in it's layered form you can choose to add the overlay to the background paper, the photo or the frame, or on top of the entire page. For my examples I actually put the overlay right over the top of my entire page. You will need to experiment and see what works best for your page. In my example I didn't have many dimensional elements, if you do, you might find that the overlay looks better sitting on the layer behind anything that is really dimensional with large drop shadows. Experiment and figure out what works best for you!

Here is my page with no overlay, just the original. (I used my Salt Air Bundle to create this layout which is 50% off through the rest of today as part of our Something Old Something new Sale! - you can grab it for less than $4 if you buy it today).

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I used the green paper which you can see as the third paper along on the right hand side on the second row from my Off The Grid Misc Paperie pack.

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I dropped the coloured paper right on top of my layout and experimented with the blending modes. This is using the paper in it's coloured form with a blending mode of 'overlay'. Original layout is on the left, modified layout is on the right. This gives it a lovely pop and adds lots of lovely extra texture detail to the paper design at the bottom giving the illusion of an ocean. It did change the colour tone of the photo quite a lot though, so this one might have been better to move down the layers palette and just dropped above the original background paper, or just behind the frames.

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This is using the paper in it's coloured form with a blending mode of 'soft light'. Just a subtle lighting change and nice change of colour tones from mixing the green paper on top of the blues.

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This is using the paper in it's coloured form with a blending mode of 'multiply'. This is obviously much more dramatic, and I adjusted the opacity of the overlay paper here to 75%. Again if I were to have gone with this I think I would have moved my paper behind my frames so that my photo wasn't edited so heavily but it was fun to experiment. Makes me feel like I am looking at the layout through my sunglasses!

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Next I desaturated the overlay paper (In Photoshop, Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) and experimented that way. With an 'overlay' blending mode . . . I think this is my favourite of them all, I LOVE the 'pop' this created! It brightened the whole thing up nicely and we still have that illusion of ocean at the bottom . .

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Desaturated paper with 'soft light' overlay mode . . .

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Desaturated paper with 'multiply' overlay mode and reduced opacity to 75% . . .

You could also play with the levels and the curves of the overlay paper to further adjust and customise your results, in Photoshop both of these settings can be tweaked in Image > Adjustments.

These same principles can be applied to editing photos, and if you find that you like the results, but not on faces or body parts you could consider creating a layer mask on the overlay paper layer and with black set as your foreground colour and using a soft brush, erase the texture from places you don't want it to be visible.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Don't hesitate to reply with any questions or thoughts!

If you'd like more inspiration using Salt Air which is on sale today my team of Captivating Sistas, special guests and the Pollys have created some new pages to inspire you.

BYOC June 2019: All New

Happy almost weekend everyone! It’s BYOC time at The Lilypad and Rachel has created some wonderful treats that are sure to be ‘go to’ pieces in your stash. Paint, stamps, clusters and stitches abound as well as Rachel’s trademark textured, painty papers.

BYOC June 2019: All New Mixed Media Artistry

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Take a look at the wonderful pages created by Rachel’s Creative Team and Guests using these products:

The Polly’s had a play as well:

Have an amazing weekend!

~jaye

Make Art & Journal 3

This week I am showing you the latest addition to Rachel’s Make Art & Journal series. For those of you who may not be familiar with Rachel’s Make Art & Journal Products they are abundant with handmade art and lots of journaling prompts to inspire and enourage you to do just what the title suggests, make art and journal. Express your worries, your victories, your hopes and dreams and everything in-between.

Make Art & Journal 3 are also add ons to match the Main May 19 M3 , but are stand alone products in their own right.

The Sistas, guests and Polly’s created some lovely pages using Make Art & Journal 3, have a look…

Have a wonderful weekend and happy shopping!

~jaye

BYOC May 2019: All About Him, a re-release and iNSD Oh My!

Lots of exciting things happening this weekend for everyone!

Rachel has a bright fun collection of goodies for the May BYOC filled with word strips, paint, paper pieces and doodles. Don’t even get me started on the fabulous papers and stitches! This is sure to become a favourite ‘go to’ in your stash.

All About Him: Mixed Media Mega #1

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Be prepared as I have a lot of amazing pages to share with you!! First up are pages from the Sistas and Polly’s using Rachel’s goodies.

Now for pages using Rachel’s goodies mixed with other parts of the May BYOC

Whew, that was a lot but such amazing things to show.

Now on to a re-release from Rachel and Ru from Studio Basic Designs. Here and Now is a fun kit to document what you are doing right now. Perfect for an ‘in the moment’ page, current interests, documenting you and what makes you happy or remembering a special day or place.

Here and Now

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Some fun pages from the Captivating Sistas and Polly’s!

On Saturday Rachel also released two brand new add on’s to the April 2019 Mixed Media Monthly Collection. She’s created some confetti papers and a template that’s like a mini kit in itself! Check them out along with some gorgeous pages!

Rachel has also added her Tiny Problems Template to the shop. This was provided for the March 2019 Template Challenge at The LilyPad so please ensure you don’t already own it before purchasing.

Save at least 30% in Rachel’s shop during iNSD weekend, more on bundles and 50% on Commercial Use Products. Also check out Free With Purchase Kits when you spend $15 and $25!

Bloom and Grow - 2019 Blog Hop Freebie

Hi there!

Thanks for visiting my blog during TLP's bloom & grow freebie hop. You can download my contribution HERE.

Then, continue on to the next stop at Rebecca’s and Tangie’s blog.

Remember, the freebies for Part 1 are only available through May 2nd at 11:59 pm EDT. Look for roots & wings in the shop as Free with Purchase kits during our {inter}National Scrapbooking Day celebrations, from May 3-6th .

Before you go, if you’re not already a newsletter subscriber you might want to consider signing up. I’ll notify you of new products and sales, have some exclusive discounts and tutorials for you and share behind the scenes photos of mixed media art in progress. (You can also download another freebie!).

BYOC April 2019: Poisson

The first Friday of the month at The Lilypad means it is Build Your Own Collection time and Rachel has created some delightful packs which are on sale this weekend at 20% off.

These amazing BYOC goodies from Rachel are full of painty goodness and rich textured papers, BYOC Poisson is perfect for beach layouts, trips to the lake, boating, fishing and anything else your heart desires.

Poisson: Mixed Media Artistry

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Some beautiful pages from the sistas:

Examples from the Pollys:

A few more pages using Rachel’s Poisson as well as other bits from this months BYOC by the other The LilyPad designers.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~jaye


M3 Add ons for March and Retirement Sale

Hold on tight folks as I have a loooooong post with lots of fabulous stuff and the pages to prove it!

First up are Rachel’s Add ons to the March M3. There is a great selection of bits n’ pieces that go nicely with other items of Rachel’s you may have in your stash or if you are a subscriber to the Mixed Media Monthly then these are even more perfect for you to build that collection.

An example of the great looks you can create with all of this goodness from the Sistas and Guesties

Now for some other juicy news. . . . . there is a storewide retirements sale going on until the end of the month. That means that Rachel has pulled some amazing kits/collections (some of my favourites) out of the archives and has but them in her store at TLP so you can have the chance to own them. Please be aware these were available in a previous store so be sure to check your stash.

Get ready, here we go!

To Be Continued Bundle

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What a great time to stock up on Rachel’s goodies!!

~jaye

SOSN Time and Stampalicious: Opportunity

Hello everyone and welcome to another week of great SOSN deals from Rachel. Remember these specials are for one day only, 24 hours. If you would like to build up your stash of artsy layered templates this is the perfect time as Rachel has another fun stampalicious template for a special price.

Welcome to the store Stampalicious: Opportunity Layered Template

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The Sistas and Guestie Sistas had a great time playing with this template. Take a look:

Don’t forget this special is for 24 ours only and you don’t want to miss out!

SOSN | Stampalicious: Hey You Layered Template

It’s SOSN time again at TLP and Rachel has another delicious, stampalicious layered template in her shop for you this week.

The many layers and doodly goodness in this template gives you so many options to create fantastic pages that can be different every time. You can go to town and create art journally, mixed media type pages or go traditional with some paint and splatters. However you chose to create this template will be one you use time after time.

Stampalicious: Hey You Layered Template

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Take a look at some pages from the Sistas using Stampalicious: Hey You


Sunshine in her Soul | March BYOC

Welcome to March and this months BYOC. This artful collection will enable you to create masterful pages full of happy moments around you and within you.

Jam packed with rich texture, papery goodness and lots of other hand made items including paint, doodles, and more! Abundant with handmade art and lots of journaling prompts it inspires and encourages you to let the sunshine in.

Sunshine in Her Soul : Mixed Media Artistry

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Enjoy these beautiful pages by the Sistas using Sunshine in Her Soul

Here are some more beautiful pages, this time from the Pollys

Have an amazing weekend!

~jaye

Make Art & Journal - Lovers Edition

Make Art and Journal are a series of Art Journaling Products by Rachel Jefferies. If you're looking for a non traditional love themed collection this will be of interest to you. This artful collection will enable you to visually express not just sweet love but love lost or love that was never found and relationships in general.

Jam packed with rich texture and my signature mark making and lots of other hand made items including paint, doodles, sketches and more! Abundant with handmade art and lots of journaling prompts it inspires and encourages you to do just what the title suggests, make art and journal. Express your worries, your victories, your hopes and dreams and everything in-between. 

Make Art and Journal [Lovers Edition]: Artists Miscellany

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Take a peek at these lovely creations from the Sistas and the Pollys

Have an amazing weekend!

~jaye

A new collection The Struggle is Real: Self Esteem

Rachel has teamed up with Amber of Crafty Button Designs to bring you this amazing collection called The Struggle is Real: Self Esteem.

The Struggle is Real is a mixed media series about the struggles we face in life but can't always verbalize. This series offers a way to express your feelings through art and to offer catharsis to those who need it. Art can be a very therapeutic experience and this series can help you shed some light and beauty on your internal struggles and how to get through them.

Amber created this series and each release will be created with a different designer, Rachel was excited when Amber invited her to collaborate with her on the Self Esteem release and we all love what has been created, they have been working so hard and there's lots of it!

The Struggle is Real: Self Esteem is available as a money saving collection (with special bonus discount during new release weekend) as well as individual pieces.

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Here are some pages from The Sistas showcasing The Struggle is Real: Self Esteem

A few from the Pollys:

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget MOC 7 is still going on at The LIlypad and Rachel has some lovely items in her store to assist you in completing the challenges.

~jaye

Mixed Media Monthly: Sincere / Trust / Friendship

Welcome to the first Mixed Media Monthly aka M3 of the year! The Mixed Media team have a wonderful new collaboration and Rachel has wonderful add ons on offer for everyone. I love the vibrant collaboration and delicate and positive feel of Rachel’s add ons in this bundle.

The papers in Rachel’s add on are richly textured and painted and the elements are a wonderful mix of ephemera, paint, doodles and word strips. I am looking forward to having this one in my stash, matter of fact I have an MOC challenge in mind for this bundle.

You can find all of the Mixed Media Monthly products here and don’t forget to check out the subscription option too which will save you in the long run and comes with great benefits!

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Some lovely pages by the Sistas and Pollys

Have a fabulous weekend!

~jaye

SOSN Time & MOC 7

Hello everyone and welcome to another week of great SOSN deals from Rachel. Remember these specials are for one day only, 24 hours. If you are participating in TLP’s MOC 7 or wish to and would like to build up your stash this is the perfect time as Rachel has a wonderful bundle and some date stamps available for a special price.

Hope Shines Bright is filled with wonderful paper pieces, earthy tones and fabulous word bits to help you create an amazing page filled with memories.

Hope Shines Bright Bundle

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Here are some wonderful pages from the Sistas:

Have an amazing week!!

~jaye

2019 Date Stamps & JAN BYOC Bundle

Rachel bundled up her Jan 2019 BYOC packs exclusively for her newsletter subscribers which are now available for public sale. If you missed the BYOC offers last weekend grab them all now in this money saving bundle and save 25%. And if you aren’t signed up for Rachel’s newsletter, do it now here because during BYOC weekends the bundle is exclusive for newsletter subscribers and has a deeper discount!

January 2019 BYOC Bundle

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Rachel created herself some fun messy date stamps for her 2019 memory keeping and she made them into a pack for her shop for you too! Grab Messy Marks: Dates 2019 this weekend at 20% off!

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To start off the lovely pages created by the sistas is one by Rachel herself :

Have a wonderful week!

~jaye

Make Art & Journal 2 - The January 2019 BYOC

Happy New Year!

A brand new year and an all new BYOC has arrived at the LilyPad. I have the 2nd release in my Make Art & Journal Series which also coordinates with the January 2019 BYOC!

Packed with watercolour, paint, stamps, collage and lots of other yummy Mixed Media Goodness!

Head to my shop to find all these packs and don’t forget to take advantage of the buy more save more offers. If you’re a newsletter subscriber check your mail for a secret link to buy these packs as a money saving bundle this weekend!

BYOC December: Eucalyptus

jaye here back to show you this weeks amazing goodies from Rachel. I am seriously in love with the softness and the message of Eucalyptus.

The first weekend of the month at The Lilypad means it is BYOC time and Rachel has created some amazing packs which are on sale this weekend at 20% off.

Check out Eucalyptus: BYOC December 2018

Eucalyptus: Mixed Media Kit

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Here are some gorgeous pages from the sistas and polly’s

Shine Bright!

Rachel is bringing back this lovely collab with Ru of Studio Basic. With the soft colours and natural elements it is perfect to showcase any holiday or wintery pictures. Shine Bright was previously released so make sure to check your stash before purchasing.

As an added bonus the Shine Bright bundle is offered at a special price this weekend only.

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Some beautiful pages using Shine Bright.

Cyber Monday Deals!

Now that all the Black Friday craziness is finished we are back with some wonderful Cyber Monday deals! This gives you another opportunity to add to your Rachel stash and of course shop til you drop from the comfort of your computer. Take a look at the specials Rachel has in her store for you.

Cyber Monday Specials

Wake Up And Be Awesome: Bundle 60% OFF the original discounted bundle price!

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Happy Shopping!

~jaye

New Releases & Black Friday Specials!

Rachel has a new release today with this month’s Mixed Media Monthly aka M3 in the shop, matching add ons as well as some great Black Friday deals! Read on for all the details!

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New Releases are 30% OFF November 22nd - November 26th 2018 - check them out! . . .

M3 Nov 18: Pursue / Deeper / Meaning

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Now for some delightful pages from the Sistas & the Pollys to enjoy.

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Rachel has quite a few specials for you to take advantage of as well. Now is the perfect time to add to your Rachel stash! At The LilyPad a Month of Challenges is approaching in January, this is a huge event at The LilyPad and so this huge sale is a great time to stock up. Check out the following Black Friday Specials.

My Life Unscripted 1: Mega Bundle 60% OFF the original discounted bundle price!

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If all of that isn’t enough I have something else for you! Rachel is bringing back her Commercial Use Designs from the Archives just in time! Save 60% on Rachel’s Commercial Use releases through the 26th November 2018. Head to her shop to see them all as there were too many to show individually! 

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Enjoy your holiday and all these great deals!!

~jaye