Hi everyone. I’m going to show you a few ways I use some of the Mixed Media products to create page borders. Mixed Media products are, of course, superb for any art journal type pages you want to create but you might not know that they are fabulous products for any style of scrapbooking.
Mixed Media paper can have some amazing patterns and textures. Let me show you how you might use part of a paper blended with a base paper and create a page border.
I started with a lightly textured base paper from Monthly Mixed Media August 2018 collection. Then I added a patterned paper from the collection, moving it into position over the first paper to place the doodled paint area of the paper along the bottom of the scrapbook page. I chose the paint bucket tool (in Photoshop) and clicked the foreground color box to open up the color picker selector. I choose a color that closely matched the base paper color. I wanted to eliminate the white portion of the overlying paper so changed the blend mode to “soft light” which then blended the paper layer into the underlying base paper.
The next step was to open a hue/saturation adjustment layer and slightly darken and change the hue to more closely match the paper to the underlying layer. As the match-up wasn’t perfect, I created a layer mask and chose a very large soft brush, opacity 100% and flow 70%. Then I brushed across the paper line that was visible, then changed the flow to 30% and brushed again, lower on the paper, to blend it in more.
For the left side border, I chose a variety of Mixed Media Monthly August 2018 collaboration, Bloow & Grow by Paula Kesselring and Add-On Outline Pockets by Little Butterfly Wings.
Each product was clustered on the upper left side of my page. I resized and changed the blend mode on each. Then I finished the layout with additional products and text. Here’s my finished page.
I usually custom make borders to coordinate with a page design and kits used but page borders can be saved for future use, either flattened or preserving all the layers (which allows you to turn layers off and on, and moving/resizing them as desired)).
I hope I’ve inspired you to play with the Lilypad products and create your own page borders. Have fun with it!