i couldn't do it myself, so i figured out a work-around...
i had found some (free-to-use) scanned paper strips online a while ago (sorry, i don't remember where; try flickr and such though.). so i simply cut out the part from the paper that i wanted using the strip as a selection mask (top and then bottom of the paper for me, so i'd still use it only once), and, with the paper lined up on top of the strip, i nudged the strip up a little to reveal the torn edge. then i merged down. i did the same with the other paper cut-out.
i was lucky though, that the paper strip was the right shape (well, close enough for me anyway) for what i wanted to do.
hope this helps.
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