Angie Kovacs: Believe in Me

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I am excited to welcome Angie to The Digi Files this month! Angie has a bold, bright, and graphic style that I adore! She also includes a surprise bit of shabby or vintage goodness that all works really well together.  Making a great alpha with patterned papers is not easy, but it’s something Angie does very well!  I love that she says designing came from her inability to just have hobbies (see below for more). Our team created some gorgeous layouts with this kit and really had fun working it.  Let’s take a closer look at “Believe in Me” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Angie Kovacs’s contribution:
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Believe in Me by Angie Kovacs; All Hallows Eve (ribbon) by Chelle Creations; Photocentricv2 (template) by Crystal Livesay; Build Your Wings (alpha) by Michelle Godin; Pearl (pearl) by Pattie Knox; doily by Daily Digi Collab; Pearl by Pattie Knox.

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Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Believe in Me by Angie Kovacs; Fonts: DK Carte Blanche and GF Halda.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Believe in Me by Angie Kovacs; Fonts: Date stamp by Shabby Princess; mustache by Kaye Winiecki.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Believe in Me by Angie Kovacs; Packed template by Amy Martin, font is DJB Digi JenLin by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Believe in Me by Angie Kovacs; Stitched by Anna No. 3, Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand, Clementine Sketch, Pea AngeDawn.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
My name is Angie (because that wasn’t obvious :P) and I live just outside Cleveland, Ohio. I have 5 kids, 1 husband, and 1 dog, which seems like 1 too many of something most days. When I’m not at my desk reading Facebook over and over again, err I mean designing, I do a bit of running. I started out running to lose weight, and have sense done 8 marathons, so I guess it’s safe to say I love it. I even got certified to coach it and now I coach beginners up to half marathons. My next exciting adventure is going to be a dog running service. I figure I love running, and so do dogs, so why not put these things together and make a business out of it?

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I’m lucky enough to be able to be some amazing creative teams (I pinch myself often), so I have a buffet of fun stuff to play with. I love all my pages equally (more than I can say for the kids some days!) so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but this one I did recently stands out a bit. I love the pops of color on the white background. And, of course, I love that photo of my baby boy.

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started
I started paper scrapping completely against my will in 2002. A friend had signed up for a Scrapbooking 101 class, and didn’t want to go alone. She offered to pay my way if I went with her, so I begrudgingly agreed. That was pretty much that.

I started dabbling in digital in 2006ish, I think. I was active on a site that embraced both mediums, and I was given the opportunity to try out some products. At first, I was positive I’d never give up my paper scrapping. Today, I have a room full of it that I haven’t seen in years.

The progression into designing was born of my inability to just have hobbies. I always find a way to turn them into jobs!

inspired
All the cliche stuff you can possibly imagine… color, theme, holiday. There’s no telling when and where inspiration will hit. I try hard to only create when I’m really feeling it, and just hope that doesn’t lead to a 6 month span without a release.

tools
Computer: Windows 7, 8 gb RAM, AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor – I don’t even know what I just said after the RAM part.
Program: Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4. Trying to talk myself into the Adobe Cloud subscription, since I’m a college student (in my spare time – HA) and can get it for $20/month right now.
Camera: Canon 30D. I’d like a newer one, but I have no excuse for getting one, really.
Anything Else: I have a dinky little Wacom (4×6) that I only use when I’m doodling something, and not always even then. I still rock the mouse out half the time.

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A decent photograph can go a long way toward making you love the pages you are creating. That isn’t to say that I don’t love the crappy ones, but I do notice that the pages I love the best are the ones with the higher quality photographs. You don’t need to go all crazy taking photography classes and learning to shoot in manual mode or all of that. Just being a bit more aware of how the light is shining on your subject or how still you hold the camera can help quite a bit. Maybe kick the dirty laundry out of the way in the background first (unless that’s just me that needs to do that?), or shut the door that leads to the messy room behind the subject. Little things here and there can make a big difference! I have a certain spot in my house that has more light than the rest, so that is the spot I try to take pictures if I can’t get outside where the real light is. I also don’t hesitate to make a photo black and white if it doesn’t work with the kit I’m using, or if there are just too many colors in the picture to distract me from the beautiful faces. I love black and white anyway, though, so it’s not much of a compromise.

favorite
I love this because it’s so ME. I work out 6-7 days a week and love it, so this was obviously a labor of love. Also, the title makes me laugh and I start singing that song every time I look at it. I also love bright and fun colors.

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My most popular products are the digital page protectors. Everyone is loving this method of documenting their memories, whether it be paper or digital.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Angie Kovacs:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Angie Kovacs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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