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 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


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!


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


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!


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

Have a wonderful week!


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


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

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!


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.


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! 


Enjoy your holiday and all these great deals!!


Four Artified Templates 50% Off Today

Happy Wednesday everyone, or if you’re a big fan of The Lilypad then it is happy Something Old Something New day!!

Rachel is re-releasing four, yes four of her Artified Layered templates. These templates are so fun to work with as you can create so many different looks with them. Artified Layered templates are easy to use, they will leave you in awe of the creative and artsy pages you can make. Seriously, if you don’t have one now is the time to try them, you will be hooked, I promise.

Artified: This Is It, Artified: Threadbare, Artified: Incomplete and Artified: 89 are on sale at 50% off for 24 hours only, so don’t hesitate in grabbing these, you won’t regret it! Also check your stash as these were released before in Rachel’s past store under her previous designer name of Captivated Visions :)


Artified: This Is It

BYOC November is Here!

jaye here back to show you this weeks amazing goodies from Rachel. I am seriously in love with the colours and the natural feel of Stop & Look Around (what a great title as well!)

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 Stop & Look Around: BYOC November 2018

Stop and Look Around: Paper Pieces

Have a look at the great pages created by the Sistas and Polly’s!

It Takes Courage 50% OFF

Happy Wednesday everyone, or if you’re a big fan of The Lilypad then it is happy Something Old Something New day!!

Rachel is releasing an old favourite of mine for this week, It Takes Courage. It Takes Courage: Mixed Media Artistry is a wonderful mix of colours, stamps, painty goodness and meaningful word strips. It Takes Courage: Mixed Media Paperie is done in Rachel’s beautiful signature style of gorgeous blends and textures. This is definitely one you will want to add to your digi stash if you don’t own it already.

It Takes Courage Mixed Media Artistry and Mixed Media Paperie are on sale at 50% off for 24 hours only, so don’t hesitate in grabbing these, you won’t regret it! Also check your stash as this was previously released in her previous store under her previous designer name of Captivated Visions :)


It Takes Courage: Mixed Media Artistry

Some layouts by the Captivating Sistas and Pollys

Mixed Media Monthly Oct 2018: Journal / Introspective / Muse

Hi everyone, jaye here to bring you all the details about October’s Mixed Media Monthly Collection at The Lily Pad aka M3.

Mixed Media Monthly Oct 2018: Journal / Introspective / Muse

Pen, paper and time alone with your thoughts is the inspiration for this month's kit. Journaling can be an amazingly healing practice, as well as a source of creative inspiration. Find your voice, your muse and explore your inner road map with this stunning collection. The kit contains: 47 papers, 109 elements, 1 template, 11 journal cards and 1 alpha.

This main Kit is available to purchase from The Lily Pad on sale through Sunday 21st October.

Also available as a subscription - The Mixed Media Monthly subscription includes:

Main collab kit each month, a $14.99 value
Instant 35% off all M3 add-ons and past main kits
Special presale access
A two month commitment is required, but then you may cancel at any time.


Layouts by the Polly's using M3 Oct 2018: Journal / Introspective / Muse

M3 Oct 2018 Add on Packs available to purchase from The Lily Pad and on sale through Sunday 21st October.

A money saving bundle with all four packs included


A layout by Rachel using her M3 Bundle

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Layouts from the Captivating Sistas;

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Stardust and things


I hope this post finds you well!

It's that time of the week again where New Releases go live in the shop at The LilyPad and I've got something magical for you.

New Releases & Offers

You'll save the most when you purchase my new releases as bundles. My You are Magical bundle has a 25% discount but if you purchase it now, before our new release sale ends at 11.50 pm PST on Sunday 12th August, you'll also save an additional 20%!!

My Creative Team never cease to amaze me, here is some stunning art made with the You Are Magical Collection!! 

Thanks for reading, I hope you're having a great weekend!

A Pearfect fit at The LilyPad

It's been exactly twelve months since I hung up my designer hat and a lot has changed for me. Our family has been blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Mackenzie Grace Jefferies who is already ten months old. Keaton has graduated from his pre-school nursery and will be starting school in reception class in September. 

I've dabbled in some digital scrapbooking during my break, I've taken some art classes and I've been busy creating in my sketchbooks again. It's been amazing to have been able to take a twelve month maternity leave and I've really enjoyed that precious time with my family but I'm ready to begin work again and to be creative on a more regular basis. I've really missed the connection with the digital scrapbooking community and I'm following my heart and returning to design!

With effect from today I'm a resident designer at The LilyPad! I'm thrilled to have been given this opportunity and I'm absolutely buzzing about it! I'm really excited about the direction that my design business is headed in and I'm so very grateful that you are here to share the journey with me, so thank you :)

New Releases & Offers

I've been working in my sketchbook making marks, sketching and drawing, stamping, painting, monoprinting, collaging, you name it!  All of my work is featured in new releases this week for our Build Your Own Collection. 

I've been filling my sketchbooks with pears, little miss Mackenzie is quite taken with them at the moment so Pears are on trend in our household! She inspired the collection first and foremost along with the sweet bond she has with her older brother. This collection is very versatile and is perfect for everyday scrapbooking but is particularly great for highlighting relationships.

I'll pop a note in here about the offers for those of you who just want to get straight to shopping! All of the Build Your Own Collection releases are 20% OFF 3rd - 5th August PLUS the more you buy the more you save.

Here is a page by me using my mixed media artistry and the collages featuring my little cuties who made this collection possible.

digital scrapbook layout by Rachel Jefferies

As always some diverse inspiration from my Creative Team!