Hello! hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the start of the week! I'm excited to be kicking of our 6 weeks of amazing tutorials, discussion and challenges, sales shopping & prizes!!!! !!!! Learn more about it HERE- This week's subject are Blending Modes, Using Masks and Brushes to make your pages even more awesome. We have two great video tutorials from our dear @AnneofAlamo which you can find HERE for the Blending and HERE for the Brushes. To help you out we also have the whole of the two categories all at 25% OFF this week. In these categories you will find all masks, brushes, overlays, borders, painted elements and more. You can find all Brushes HERE and also the Overlays and Borders category HERE this week- Here is my page for this Challenge: As you can see, this first challenge will involve using precisely these super versatile products. I love blending modes, it helps when I have a background I don't completely like or when I want to make the page a bit more interesting or artsy looking, there are so many possibilities with blends! Here in my page for this challenge I blended the photo into the background: to me is a trial and error thing: I keep changing the photo or the paper and looking at how it looks with each blending mode, until I find what I like. Sometimes, like in my page here, the blend mode is good but it doesn't quiet pops like I want to, so in this case, I use the "darken" blend mode, but I also duplicated the photo (In the same blend mode) twice to show more in the dark background. Once I was happy with the blend, I made the borders by layering a series of Brushes, some of which I also added a blend mode until they showed the way I wanted. I also used brushes for my tittle and some painted flowers: because I am not much of a flat page scrapper, I had to add a bit of a shadow to the painted flowers to give more depth. In my mind, they work as cut outs! So, here is what I would like you to do for your challenge page: 1. A photo blended into the background - one of Anne's videos has an amazing extraction: you can extract or not, that is optional- in case you weren't into our last Friday Slow Scrap Chat on Extractions, HERE are some great tutorials I found and some tips we put together at the chat. Please tell us what blend mode you used, that way, we all learn from each other! 2. at least two borders in your page using brushes: One of them you can build it yourself like I did in my page above, the other one you can use some of the amazing ready made borders in the store, it can be simply the border from the pack as it come, or you can add to it of you want. If you prefer,you can also go for full page borders, I love Little Butterfly Wings Borders & Flairs packs, you will find them all in the above categories links! 3. Optional: You can also add some doodled brushes: the most obvious in my page is from Lynn Grieveson's Take a Twirl Brushes. That's it! easy and fun, don't you think? Please remember The Lilypad challenges rules also apply here!: Your page must contain at least 75% Lilypad product. Once you finished your page, come back here to this thread to leave us a link to your page: you will find the right link to copy on the right hand side of your page in the gallery, under your avatar, you will see Share this Layout. The right link is the one that says : Share BB Code: the third one down. You have until Sunday, 10th of July at 11:59 EST to post your page in the gallery and post a link here, from those of you who do so, we will select a winner who will get a wonderful $5 for the store!!!!! In my page I used: Paula Kesselring: A La Poursuite de Bonheur Brushes. Lynn Grieveson: Take a Swirl Brushes and Mess with Ink Brushes. Nancie Rowe Janitz: Be Happy Florals. Pink Reptile Designs: Word Up! & Emphasizers Vol 2 and Allison Pennington : Lovely Day Painted Letters. Here are more examples of different types of blending and using brushes, you can click on the thumb to see the page in the gallery, in this first one I blended an old photo with two of Valorie Wibbens BYOC amazing Galileo Papers and also some of the Brushes from her Sprinkles V. 44 this one uses one of Little Butterfly Wings full page borders from Oh Canada, and I also blended the photo in the background with a hard light blend mode: and another one in which I blended the photo and used Pink Reptile Designs : Emphazisers Vol 2 for the composition of my borders: ETA: There are lots of videos in The Lilypad You Tube Channel if you would like to have a look on how to use brushes and build borders : THE LILYPAD YOU TUBE CHANNEL You can find amazing inspiration all over the galleries, hope you get inspired and join us with a page. If you have any doubts, let me know and I will try my best to be helpful! Look forward to seeing your pages!!!! I posted after the last LO, the winner is @gillscott Congrats!!!!!! watch your om, I will be messaging you in a minute!