We are excited to bring you a new series here on the blog where we interview Scrap Girls Product Designers & Creative Team Members about their layout design process. We hope this will give you insight into the inner workings of their creative process and inspire you along the way!
This time we are interviewing Product Designer & Staff member Angie Briggs!
Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
Like most people I will find inspiration from layouts in the gallery and even magazine layouts.
What is the first thing you do when beginning a layout?
After I find the photos I want to scrap the next thing I do is find the papers. Lately i’ve been loving the look of an art journal/traditional layout mix. So I will start with the papers first and build from there.
Would you say that you have a ’system’ or do your layouts seem to fall into place as you go?
I would say even if I start out with an idea of where I want my layout to go, they really tend more to fall into place as I go.
Is there a product or tool/technique that you use on most layouts?
I would say the one thing I use on almost every layout is clustering. For me I don’t think that’s a technique that will ever get old, as there’s so many different ways you can cluster.
What is the one piece of advice you can give our readers?
Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Rather it be trying a new technique or breaking free from using one kit on a layout. Alot of my layouts are actually “happy accidents” that if I hadn’t tried a new technique I may have never of created.
Angie’s layout step by step:
When I work with the Collage paper sets I always start my layouts with the papers. In this case I used the Torn Paper Mask 2, to add a paper from the Perfection Collection. I lowered the opacity of the mask to 70% so it blended into the paper a little better.
I then added the frame and mask from the A Little Love Collection. I really liked how the mask blended into the paper behind the frame and helped add a pop of color.
I love clusters! I always start my cluster with my main pieces I want to use and build from there. I’ve added the leaf under the frame. The stem is placed on top of the leaf and is sticking out from under the frame. Once I added the shadow to the stem, I right clicked on the layer and created a new layer with the shadow. I then selected the warp tool and bent the shadow a bit to make the stem look like it popped off the paper, and lowered the opacity a little.
I finished off the cluster by adding a few more flowers. I brought in the blue to help pull out the blue in the mask.
Finally I always like to add a touch that helps bring out the heritage side of the layout a bit more. In this case I added a doily from the Winters Kiss Collection behind the photo. I choose this as it helps to bring out the lace edge around the collar of the dress
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