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).


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.


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.


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.


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!


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 . .


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


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 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


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


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!

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.


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!


Happy Shopping!


Happy DSD and New Releases

Hey everyone jaye here. I am so happy that Rachel has returned to digital design and that I get to brag about her amazing talents and the awesomeness that is created with them. Without further chatter here is the nitty gritty of what goodness will be filling Rachel’s store.

The first weekend of the month at The Lilypad means it is BYOC time and Rachel has created some amazing packs (or in a bundle if you’re a newsletter subscriber) that are sure to have you creating page after page.

I am so pumped to say that the Silent Battles series is making a return!! Yes, this amazing collab between Rachel and Ru of Studio Basic Designs is coming back. . . .this weekend!! I love the realness of this series as well as the many uses for the designs.

Here I present to you Silent Battles: Grief, available as a bundle or individually.

Silent Battles: Stress

Silent Battles: Negative Thoughts

Here are the Sale details in Rachel’s Shop, be sure to note the free with purchase gifts when you spend $15 or $25 dollars and don’t forget to check out the Party Forum where we are celebrating DSD!

Finally, Rachel has added a huge archive of hand crafted Mixed Media Digital Scrapbooking Papers. Please check your stash very carefully as some of these papers date back to 2012 and were all part of Kits or Collections at some time or another. They feature hand painting, collage, blending and other mixed media and digital artistry techniques. A treasure trove of mixed media goodness!

In total there are 137 papers valued at a whopping $87.25 and Half Price this DSD weekend. Due to the sheer volume of papers there are not previews of each set included but you can expect expectional quality, and my signature style collage, hand painting and mark making. Visit the shop to find a note of all the Kit/Collection names that these once belonged too.

Off The Grid & 50+ Products on Sale

How has your week been? It's been crazy busy around here, I was posting on Facebook yesterday that I was in autopilot mode and I found myself putting dirty dishes from the kitchen counter into the glassware cupboard in the dining room!! Ack!!

It's that special time of the week again where New Releases go live in the shop at The LilyPad plus this weekend we have a SALE! YAY!!

Save 30% on everything in my shop until 11.59pm PST Monday 20th August 2018.

New Releases included in the sale

This week I was inspired by the shapes, magic and colours of the forest and woodland. Each year we take at least one family holiday to a woodland holiday park complex. Me and Simon have been going for years and years before we had our children and now we all love to go together.

You'll always save the most when you purchase my new releases as bundles. My Off The Grid Bundle has a 25% discount but if you purchase it now, before our quarterly sale ends at 11.59 pm PST on Monday 20th August, you'll also save an additional 30% off!!

PLUS I'm thrilled to be bringing other favourite products of mine out from hibernation just in time for the sale, so if you don't already own these now is the perfect time to snap them up too!! 

Head to my shop to see them all and all of the inspirational layout examples!

Have a fabulously creative weekend! If you have time maybe check out our August Challenges :)