My Creative Team... what can I say... they truly are the heart and so(u)le of my designs, I simply could not do it without them!!! They keep me on track, they right my wrongs, always encourage me and they are a shoulder for me to lean on. So much of what I design is not just from me... but from my entire team. Each of my kits are made up from all of us! My creative team offers so much inspiration and they bring so much creativity to my kits... from the colors I use to the embellishments that I make, to the words in my word art. All of these beautiful women are fantastic memory keepers who focus on storytelling, in addition to their great designs. I'm honored that they are interested in working with my designs.
Because they are so awesome and so special to me... I want you to meet each one!!! Join me at the end of each month to meet one of the Little Feet Digital Designs Creative Team.
Meet Creative Team Member/Manager Sue Triggs- Rhuda... you are going to LOVE her!!
Tell us a bit about yourself, your life (including how long you have been digi scrapping).
Hi everyone! My name is Sue, I'm so happy to be on Janet's CT and very honored to be one of her Team Leaders! I live just north of Boston with my sweet hubby of 21+ years Charlie, our twin girls who as of this writing are 15 (!) Lily and Gwen and our black lab rescue (and mighty collector of sticks) Shadow. My job title is “Domestic Goddess”, but I also wear a tiara as well. I am launching a new business called "Modern Memorykeeper" which is a photo organization/bespoke memory keeping service that has grown out of my life long love for memory keeping. I'm happy that I can follow my passion and work out of my home studio! As long as I can remember, I’ve always made things. As a grown-up, I’ve worked in a creative field of one sort or another my entire working life, memory keeping and scrapbooking have been a passion of mine since I was a kid I have always been a “paper scrapper”, and in 2011, I jumped into Project Life and added that to the mix. I started digital scrapbooking in February of 2008 with my first class at Jessica Sprague and I’ve been digi-scrapping ever since! I love the marriage of technology and art, I love being able to scrap anywhere I have my laptop with me, and not have to wait until I’m back in my studio. Which, considering the amount of driving, traveling, and waiting I do right now, is a good use of spare time! In addition to a large stack of memory keeping related projects, I am working with my Dad and my sister to organize, catalog and digitize our “Triggs Family Archives” quite a job! I have also been a sewer (or sewist if you prefer) since I was 10 years old. I love sewing and I have been getting back to making clothing for myself and have started making quilts as well! (I “collect” fabric like I do scrapbooking supplies!) I also always have at least one, usually several knitting projects on the needles. I love to read, design (house, clothes, projects…), watch movies with my gang, go to the beach any time of year (our local fave, Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA), hang out with my friends and putter!
Why are you a memory keeper?
My family has always taken photos, for several generations on both sides. My dad always had a camera in his hand as did my grandfather. Both of them worked for the Eastman Kodak company for decades, in the time of free film and developing. I grew up thinking everyone had rolls of film stored in their refrigerator! I have always kept scrapbooks. As long as I can remember, I’ve been saving tickets, programs, photographs, and random bits of goodness. It’s a way of life for me. And to answer the question...Why I’m a memory keeper? To capture the beauty of everyday, to freeze time, to honor the past, to dream of the future, to tell stories and to share my heart. This is your life, share your story.
What do you do to fit scrapbooking into your schedule?
I find the best way is to schedule time into my week to sit down and scrap (or work on any of my creative projects for that matter). My goal is to be able to dedicate several afternoons a week to my creative ventures. For my digital scrapbooking (I also am a paper scrapper), I work exclusively right now on a laptop so it is very easy for me to bring everything with me and spend time at the public library or Starbucks and make a page or two. I spend a lot of my afternoons/evenings waiting for practices to end and to pick up kids, so carving out these little bits of time to scrap makes me feel very productive! I also find that having photos ready to scrap and my supplies organized helps immensely.
How would you describe your style?
Eclectic. I think my pages run the gamut from clean and simple to aged and vintage-inspired. I have wide and varied tastes in kits and designers and my pages reflect that! I am striving for more story-driven pages, because once the story is lost, the photo is just an image. That said , sometimes it’s just a super cute photo with no particular story and that’s OK too!
What programs do you use for scrapping and photo and supply organization?
This year my big goal was to move from iPhoto/Aperture to Adobe Cloud products and I'm very happy that I made the switch!
Scrapping: OK, I will admit, I do not *quite* have the hang of scrapping with Photoshop CC-yet... but I'm working on it. So right now, my default is PSE8 (I know, I know...getting there!). Photo organization: Lightroom CC...LOVE it! They have a plug in that automatically imports photos from Aperture and that was so easy. I have 2015/16 on my laptop right now. As soon as I get the time to order a new iMac Desktop...I'll bring over the rest of my catalog and everything will be in one place instead of multiple EHD's! Supply Organization: I just use a basic folder structure sorted by type (templates, word art) or designer. I copy the preview of the kit/item into a "previews" folder that lives in each folder and I can quickly scan through that and pick out what I want to work with. I've tried making the folder icon a photo of the preview but it's too small to see well. The bulk of my stash is on an EHD with anything I've bought this year on my laptop. I definitely need to work on my organization, I have so much that to go back and tag is too much work. Everything gets backed up to an additional EHD via Time Machine and once I get the new desktop, I will be backing up to the cloud probably using Crashplan.
What is something that you’ve learned over the years as a digital scrapbooker that has helped you immensely?
To always keep learning and take advantage of all of the awesome classes free and paid out there! Technology changes all the time so it’s important to take advantage of what’s new (so says the girl who still scraps with PSE8!).
What inspires you?
Everyday life stories, those moments that are there and gone in an instant. If you have kids you know how fleeting time can be, being able to capture the photo or story of a moment inspires me and keeps me going. My photographs constantly spark multiple stories to tell. I’m inspired by design everywhere...in nature, walking down the street in Boston, the way the light falls in the family room, magazines, photographs, art museums. Inspiration is everywhere to find.
Are you a template user? If so, why? If not, why?
Yes! I love templates. I use them in probably 85% of my layouts. I like them because they streamline the process. Especially when I'm doing a project like Layout-A-Day or Calvinball, speed is of the essence and I don't have time to come up with a new design out of thin air every day for days on end! I like solving design problems and taking a template, a kit and some photos and putting them together into a layout definitely fits the bill. I will say that some of the time, the template ends up being a jumping off point and by the time I'm done with the layout, it does not resemble the initial template at all.
Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Care to elaborate on above question, coffee or tea?
English Breakfast, with local honey... even growing up with two coffee drinkers for parents, never got the hang of it.
Savory or sweet?
Care to elaborate on above question, savory or sweet?
Really, there is so much yummy stuff to eat out there...why limit yourself ;--) !
What is something that others may say about you?
That I am creative and a good cook.
What is a random fact about you? You are welcome to share as many as you like.
I lived in Texas from pre-school until mid-way through 5th grade so I have a deep abiding love for the Dallas Cowboys, Chicken Fried Steak and the phrase “Y’all” (which I use liberally-which is funny because I live in New England now). You can take the girls out of Texas...but you can't take the Texas out of the girl.
What is your favorite quote?
“I learned what every dreaming child needs to know, that no horizon is so far you cannot get above it or beyond it.” Beryl Markham
What is your one guilty/sinful pleasure?
Reading in bed after waking up in the morning...hardly EVER happens but it's so lovely when it does! If it's rainy, grey or snowing outside...that's a bonus.
What is your favorite type of social media… email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram? And why?
Instagram definitely, I love seeing my friends photos and just a few words about their day or what's going on with them. Also love it for creative inspiration.
What is your snack food of choice?
Crunchy with dip.
What is your one pet peeve?
Lately? when my girls strew their (clean...also mixed with not so clean) laundry all over their floor and get dressed out of the piles...have I mentioned that they are 15? Oh and soccer cleats in the house...because they bring in those little black rubber bits from the pitch grrrrrr...
What is your favorite gadget… such as phone, camera, computer, tablet? And why?
I love my MacBook Pro, sadly tho she's getting old and a little slow. I'm excited to be getting a new desktop Mac soon, but I'll still keep my laptop around for mobile work! That said... I have found myself "borrowing" my daughters iPad on a regular basis hmmmm....
What is your favorite cell phone, tablet or computer ap? And why?
Feedly for blog reading...I'm a big blog reader so I like that I can have it on my phone and catch up on some reading while I'm waiting to pick up teenagers!
What are your favorite television shows?
Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Veep, Designated Survivor, Fixer Upper, Pioneer Woman, Poldark (which is my Downton Abbey replacement).
Who is your celebrity crush?
I would definitely not have a problem with Thor rescuing me from any type of certain doom ha ha!
Where can they find you… blog, instagram… etc?
Scrappy Galleries: SueTR
What is your favorite Little Feet Digital Designs kit?
Can’t pick just one!
-All the Glitters is Gold...These papers are so versatile and go with so many other kits! I want to be able to print the layouts out with metallic inks! -Stained Era...colors are so rich and I love the vintage feel ! -The Frog Prince...Awesome colors and that Alpha and those Word Art borders ... swoon!!
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