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A Day in the Life of Angie Briggs
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Article written by Syndee Nuckles
A Day in the Life: Angie Briggs
I don't know about you, but I have always been fascinated by how others go about their daily lives. It is so interesting to get a “peek” into someone else's world! I thought it would be fun to do a series of A Day in the Life articles featuring Scrap Girls staff, designers, layout artists, customers, etc.
I put on my thinking cap and came up with a list of “I want to know” questions. I asked our fabulous Angie Briggs if she would let me delve into her daily life and being the wonderful person that she is she said yes! Lucky us!
As most of you know, Angie Briggs is not only a gifted product designer here at Scrap Girls, she also takes care of all of our Customer Service as well as a host of other duties.
Angie’s office space... How cool is this? I asked her if she would please come and clean off my desk so it looks like hers!
Thanks so much, Angie, for sharing a bit of your daily life with us!
Until next time!
Scrap Girls, Etc. is a weekly column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!
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Using a Brush as a Clipping Mask
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista
Using a brush to create a clipping mask is a fun way to personalize your layouts! Today, I am going to show you just how easy it is to take your layouts to another level by using a brush to make your own personalized matte behind your photo.
In this layout, I was striving for white space. The lack of texture and objects in the background in this case leads the eye right to the photo. This look is very appealing to me, although I want the photo to stand out a little bit more while still maintaining a clean look.
A digital scrapbooking brush can be used in many different ways. Here, stamping a brush under my photo would dress it up by adding more dimension and interest. I chose Shari Johnsons' Brush Set: Halftone Circles. I liked the texture and the faded edges, but the look was too heavy for what I wanted.
Layer mask to the rescue! I decided that the black-and-white-striped paper from Brandy Murry's Zoomba Collection Biggie would complement the linear look of the vertical cluster in my photo. The brush layer then became a clipping mask.
To do this, I placed the paper layer directly above the brush layer, and then I clipped the two layers together. This forces the top layer to take on the shape of the layer below (Photoshop: Alt+Click while the mouse hovers over the line between the layers in the Layers Palette; Photoshop Elements: Ctrl+G). Note: Make sure the mask layer and the layer you are clipping to the mask are highlighted.
The black-and-white-striped paper now has the shape and characteristics of the brush layer below. You will know you are clipped to the mask when you see the little arrow pointing down on your layers above your mask.
You can see the black-and-white-stripes with the texture and the faded edges – and this is the look that I want. It replicates the vertical border and the vertical cluster. However, I have decided that the black color isn't what I'm looking for. To fix that, another paper can be clipped above the striped paper which is already clipped to the mask; simply repeat the steps outlined above. The yellow paper takes on the characteristics of the striped paper, which has the characteristics of the brush layer below, yielding yellow stripes with texture and faded edges.
This completes the look I was striving for, leaving the layout looking clean and neat with a lot of white space and a graphic edge.
The Scrap Girls Boutique has hundreds of digital scrapbooking brushes that are sure to tempt all of your creative whims!
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Ad Inspiration Chat
Thursday, September 29th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Pat (PBarnes) at 7pm MDT for an Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat. A few hours before the chat, a magazine, newspaper or online ad will be posted on the Forum to use as inspiration for a layout. You can use whatever you want to from the ad - the colors, the shapes, the composition. There are no wrong answers!
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, September 30th - 9:00AM MDT
Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MT on Friday mornings to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work! You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday, and now there's a chat too!
Monday, October 3rd - 6:00PM MDT
Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MDT this Monday night. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!
Monday, October 3rd - 7:00PM MDT
What is NSBR? It's a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything, including some scrapbooking and usually chocolate. It's a great chance to meet new friends, catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax. If you have a problem, we'll lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Have some great news to share? We'd love to celebrate with you. So join us, Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MDT!
Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, October 4th - 6:00PM MDT
Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi-stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and join April (April Showers) and Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm MDT. Can't wait to see you there!
ATC Hybrid Chat
Tuesday, October 4th - 7:00PM MDT
Please join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Lei (Bride) as we host the chat for another round of our Hybrid ATC Swap at 7pm MDT. Didn't participate this round? Not sure what it is? Come join us to find out all of the particulars!
September Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
It's that time again - Posting Contest time! This is where you are rewarded for your flying fingers and chattiness. The Contest will run from September 1st when we post the thread to September 30th at 12:00 Midnight (MST).
To enter the Message Board Posting Challenge, you MUST reply in the game thread with your CURRENT post count. This is the number under your Avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: Do not post the number found on your profile; it is a different number that is calculated differently.) During the month, chat your fingers off! At Midnight on September 30th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the original thread.
Members with Message Board posts over 50 will be put in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 200 will be put in a drawing for both the $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate and a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 400 will be put in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate, as well as the $5 and $10 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
September Monthly Layout Contest: The children are headed back to school, and there is a sense of learning in the air! For the September Layout Contest, share your layouts about learning a new skill! We'd love to see the stories about someone in your life learning and growing. Remember when your little one learned to ride a bicycle or your teenager learned to drive a car? Or how about when you learned to use your digital scrapbooking software? Share those layouts in the September Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on September 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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