Technique Tuesday – Blending papers using the gradient tool

I thought I would take some time here and there to share some tutorials and techniques that I’ve learned and shared over time.

I’ve shared this post in a couple of forums and blogs, but I thought it would be fun to share it here. You can find the original post HERE.

Have you ever wanted to use more than one of those gorgeous background papers you have in a kit but don’t want the harsh line of stacking them? Do you have two or more papers that you think would work beautifully together? Blending papers for a background is something I do fairly often and there are actually several ways you can go about it.

One way is to use the gradient tool, which is what this tutorial is all about. It’s a fairly quick and simple way to achieve and beautiful new look.

Start by layering the the two papers you want to blend:


With the top paper layer selected, click the layer mask icon:


Making sure the mask is selected, choose the gradient tool. Drag your gradient line from the top edge of the image to the bottom, or bottom to top, or side to side, or even diagonally, depending on the way you want the gradient to go. You can play around with different directions to see which effect you like best. You can also start in the anywhere on the paper to move the gradient closer to one edge or corner.


For this one, I first went from bottom to top and then moved to the center of the paper and pulled up again. And just like that, your papers are beautifully blended!

You can also play around with different gradients to get different blending effects.


If you wish, you can add more paper layers and blend them as well.

Typically, I will then take it a step further in PS and adjust the blending options (click the fx button at the bottom and choose blending options), especially on a woodgrain to bring out the texture a bit more. Adjusting the underlying layer just adds a little more blending. You can hold the alt key while sliding to separate the pieces of the triangle for different blending effects.


And here is my final page using this technique:


Super fun look to achieve and really easy peasy!! Hope this is helpful! I’ll be back to share some more tips and tricks next week 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

Sweet Sunday…

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope that you all are having a safe and happy start to July! Different times we are living in for sure! For those of you in the US, I hope you were able to enjoy some 4th of July activities!

I wanted to swing by and share some of the gorgeous new releases while they are still on sale for the weekend!

Sunshine on My Face: Collection + FWP by River~Rose Designs



This is July | Collection by Dunia Designs
Duo Templates | Vol 5 by Dunia Designs


Summer Joy Elements by Amy Wolff
Summer Joy Papers by Amy Wolff
Summer Joy Misc by Amy Wolff
Wildflower Templates by Pink Reptile Designs



Storyteller 2020 July Kit by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2020 July Pocket Cards by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2020 July Paint, Tape, & Flair by Just Jaimee
Wildflower Templates by Pink Reptile Designs



Wildflower Papers by Pink Reptile Designs
Wildflower Elements by Pink Reptile Designs
Wild flower Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs
Wildflower Templates by Pink Reptile Designs



This is Now: Misc Paperie by Rachel Jefferies
Miscellaneous Collage Bits and Bobs 1 by Rachel Jefferies
This is Now: Misc Bits and Bobs by Rachel Jefferies
This is Now: Layered Templates by Rachel Jefferies



So many beautiful designs and still on sale today! I’ve also gotten back to playing in my planner, so I’ll be back to share that soon!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by!!


New Releases…

Hi all! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! We had a long one due to some flooding on Friday. Then we woke up to snow on Saturday. I seriously think Mother Nature is off her meds! But I am sure not complaining about this winter. It has been amazing!

While I have a few minutes, I thought I’d stop by and share my new release pages for this week.

It’s Pennysaver at The Digital Press, and that means amazing deals on some gorgeous products!! This page uses:
Monthly Memories: Always and Forever | Elements by Cornelia Designs
Pocket Basics Vol 2 | Photo Templates by Cornelia Designs

River~Rose Designs never ceases to amaze me with her gorgeous creations! This page uses:
Love Bandit Collection by River~Rose Designs
Love Bandit: Hearbtreaker Add-on by River~Rose
February Happened by Crystal Livesay


It’s BYOC at The Lilypad, so that means lots of fabulous goodies!! This page uses:
Sanctuary Kit by Lynn Grieveson
Hearts Galore Templates 5 by Scrapping with Liz


And last but certainly not least…a new month means a new Storyteller from Just Jaimee!
Storyteller 2020 February Kit by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2020 February Cards by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2020 February Word Art by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2020 February Paint, Tape, & Flair by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2020 February Styles by Just Jaimee


I’ll be back later with a Project Life update! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!! Until next time…peace, out…


MOC Update…

MOC at The Lilypad is rolling right along and I’ve been able to keep up for the most part. I did have to do a little catch up last weekend, but it wasn’t too difficult! If you’re not playing along, it is not too late! You have until Feb 2nd to complete all the pages! If you complete them all, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to The Lilypad store!!! So amazing!!

I just thought I’d pop in and share my pages to date! Only 4 to go!


Thanks for looking!! I hope you have a fabulous week ahead!! Peace, out…


New Releases…

Happy Friday!! Hope all my US friends had a wonderful 4th of July celebration yesterday. Ours was a little different this year because my oldest is in CA with the National Guard training for their upcoming deployment overseas. We mostly celebrated by hitting the gym and grilling some burgers.

And now that it’s Friday, it’s time to share those amazing new releases!! It’s BYOC time at The Lilypad and I got to play with a couple of new kits that were so much fun!

My youngest was obsessed with Toy Story when he was little, so this collection from Kim Jensen was so perfect for finally scrapping the photos. I paired them with brand new templates from Pink Reptile Designs:

A Friend in Me Papers by Kim Jensen
A Friend in Me Mixer by Kim Jensen
A Friend in Me Alphas by Kim Jensen
No Probllama | Template by Pink Reptile Designs
A Friend in Me Papers by Kim Jensen
A Friend in Me Mixer by Kim Jensen
A Friend in Me Alphas by Kim Jensen
No Probllama | Template by Pink Reptile Designs

Next up is this fun kit from Bella Gypsy Designs and it is paired with super fun new templates from Scrapping with Liz:

Made in the Shade by Bella Gypsy
Summer Fun Templates by Scrapping with Liz


Over at The Digital Press, it’s time for a new Special Edition Collection! I got to play with these beautiful pieces from Dunia Designs!

Documenting Everyday | July Papers by Dunia Designs
Documenting Everyday | July Elements by Dunia Designs

And finally for this week is this fabulous new collection from River~Rose, perfect for documenting our hike to the Cascades a few years ago:

Another Adventure Collection by River~Rose
Picture Perfect Templates by Crystal Livesay

That’s it for me today! Make sure you check out these new releases and all the others while they are still on sale! Until next time…peace, out…

New this week…

Happy Friday! Hope you have a fantastic weekend on tap, wherever you are in the world! Personally, I’m hoping for a quiet, simple weekend at home. I haven’t had one of those for a few weeks!

Stopping by today to share a couple of fabulous new releases for this week!

First up, a new month coming means a new Storyteller from Just Jaimee!! I think every new one becomes my new favorite!

Storyteller 2019 July Collection by Just Jaimee
November 2018 Template by Just Jaimee

Next is Rack ‘Em Up Collection by River~Rose. I’m loving this one because I have quite a few photos from our days of shooting pool at the Elk’s Club that I haven’t scrapped yet. Plus, I just adore the color combination! Those are my colors!

Rack ‘Em Up Collection by River~Rose
iNSD 2018 Grab Bag by Crystal Livesay and Sara Gleason

I didn’t have time to scrap with much else this week, but I hope to have more next time! Make sure you catch these goodies on sale this weekend!! Until next time, peace, out…

Sum, Sum, Summer Time…

Finally made it to summer break! The last couple of months have been insane and all I’ve been trying to do is keep my head above water! Now I have a little breathing room and I’m going to working creating some new habits. I am totally planning on this blog becoming one of them.

For now, I wanted to stop by and share my few layouts for this past weekend so you can see some of the gorgeous new releases.

All New: Mixed Media Artistry by Rachel Jefferies
All New: Mixed Media Paperie by Rachel Jefferies
All New: Overlay Clusters by Rachel Jefferies
Messy Machine Stitches 02 by Rachel Jefferies
Cut File Words by Just Jaimee
Documenting Everyday | June Papers by Dunia Designs
Documenting Everyday | June Elements by Dunia Designs
Documenting Everyday | June Cards by Dunia Designs
Love May Templates by Designed by Irma
#1 Dad: Collection by River~Rose Designs
iNSD 2019 Template Grab Bag by Crystal Livesay and Sara Gleason


I hope that you all have some fantastic summer plans! I’ll try to be back to update with some of mine! Until then, peace, out…

Simply Sunday…

I hope that you all are having a wonderful Sunday and if you are fortunate, you may be looking forward to another day off tomorrow! We are in full wedding prep mode at my house. My oldest is getting married next Saturday, so we are spending the weekend working on decorations and finding something to wear! It’s been a whirlwind engagement and we are all a little crazy, but I know it will be beautiful!

I wanted to swing by here today and share my Simple Scrapper layouts for April and May. I love being a part of the team at Simple Scrapper. I really feel like it helps me to create some meaningful, purposeful layouts and inspires me to create pages that I may not have thought of otherwise. The Premium Membership offers exclusive content and a supportive, generous, and inspiring community. So much amazing content! Some of the benefits include a private groups, Spark Magazine, chats, podcasts, sketches, and story starters. Totally awesome!

And here are my pages:


I just love that Simple Scrapper helps me to come up with ideas for scrapping things that might not have crossed my mind before! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have an amazing rest of your weekend! Peace, out…

Holy Cow…

Well the last month has sure flown by! If you know me, you know that this time of year is always the busiest for me. The end of the school year and all that goes along with it makes me about crazy. We are a couple of weeks from school being out and I’m feeling it for sure! I’m hoping to do some catching up around here this weekend while we have an extra day off, but for now I’m thought I’d pop in and share this weekend’s new releases.

New from Just Jaimee is Mom Life – Storyteller May 2019 Add-on

Mom Life Mini Theme Kit – Storyteller May 2019 Add-on by Just Jaimee
Sketched Template November 2016 by Just Jaimee

New from Allison Pennington and Lynn Grieveson

Okey Dokey Patterns and Backgrounds by Allison Pennington
Okey Dokey Elements by Allison Pennington
Okey Dokey Journal Cards by Allison Pennington
Blockables by Lynn Grieveson


And new from River~Rose

Counting Stars Collection by River~Rose
Ying Yang by Crystal Livesay and Jimbo Jambo Designs


Aren’t they all fantastic!! I’ll be back with more later this weekend!! I hope that you all have fun plans and make wonderful memories this weekend!! Peace, out…


A bit of a break…

Finally, a bit of a break from work! We don’t get much of a spring break, but I cherish every second! It’s that time of year when everything is pretty crazy and I could use some down time. Plus, I do have a little work that I need some free time to catch up on!

Just thought I’d swing by and share my layouts for this week. There are some gorgeous new releases come at you!

Lovely | Scrapbook Kit by Little Lamm Paper Co.
Make It Count: April 2019 | Templates by Anita Designs
Easter Mini Theme Kit – Storyteller 2019 April Add-on by Just Jaimee
April Challenge Template by Designed by Soco
Brighter Days Ahead Collection by River~Rose
January Happened Templates by Crystal Livesay
A Stacked Mess Frames, Borders, and Clusters – Storyteller 2019 April Add-on by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2019 April Collection by Just Jaimee


Thanks for looking! I’m going to work on a post for the next day or so catching up on #the100dayproject. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!! Peace, out…