Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I find your designs?
A: If you're a digital designer, you can find my commercial use products in my store at SugarHillCo. If you're a sewer or quilter, you can find some of my designs for print-on-demand fabric at Spoonflower. If you're a scrapbooker, you can find my designs for Becky Higgins LLC on her website and in the Project Life app, plus you can find designs I created for Echo Park Paper Co. at select scrapbook retailers.
Digital Business Tools
Q: What design software & tools do you use?
A: For the majority of my design work (patterns, illustration, & hand lettering) I use Adobe Illustrator CC (although I still sometimes prefer version CS5). For finishing touches to design work, I use Photoshop CC to add texture and other effects. I also rely on my Wacom Intuos Pro for hand-drawn brushwork in Illustrator (although, I'm saving up for a Cintiq).
Q: What hardware do you use?
A: At home, I use a 27" iMac desktop computer – I love the extra large monitor for design work! When I'm working outside the office, I use a 13" MacBook Pro. I scan in all my drawings and CU material with an Epson V300 Photo flat-bed scanner. And for test printing my designs, I use a Canon MX922 printer.
Q: I love the quality of your class videos, what software & tools do you use to create them?
A: For video capture and editing, I use ScreenFlow 6 (they fixed a LOT of bugs from version 5). I use a Yeti Blue microphone when recording and although it may seem like a pricey investment for "just a microphone", it's been worth every penny! And for building slideshows presentations, I use Keynote.
Q: What email marketing provider do you use?
A: I've been using Mailchimp since 2011 and I love it.
Q: I love the clean look of your website, what platform did you use to build it?
A: Squarespace! I know Wordpress is the darling of the interwebs, but I find Squarespace more intuitive to use for the way my brain works.
Q: Did you marry your husband just because he was working for Disney?
A: It's amazing how many times I've gotten asked this in the past few years, but no, I didn't. My husband just so happened to start working at Disney as a game designer a week before our wedding (a vintage Disney wedding no less). So it was just a happy (albeit VERY WELCOMED) accident!
Q: Have you lived in California your entire life?
A: No. While I grew up in Northern CA and went to undergraduate school here, I lived in Savannah, GA for three years while attending graduate school. I also had the amazing opportunity to live in in NYC for one summer while I interned in the graphic design department of People Magazine.
Q: Where's the most spectacular place you've ever traveled?
A: Oh, that's a hard one! I've been lots of amazing places, but St. Petersburg, Russia probably stands out as one of the most visually striking places I've visited. I'm also very fond of both Copenhagen and Vienna – I think I could be absolutely content to live in either place.
Q: So what are some places that are still on your travel bucket list?
A: The list is probably entirely too long to spell them all out, but if I had to put together a short list, they would be: Egypt, Thailand, Australia, Norway, South Africa, Peru, and Portugal. One other country I'm fascinated by is Morocco – my husband and I are currently planning a trip there in 2017.
Q: If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Or basically anything else that's a PB & chocolate combo!
Q: Summer or winter?
A: While I'm an absolute nut about Christmas, I'll always choose summer! All the women in my family suffer from poor circulation, so let's just say I don't do very well in the cold, especially my hands and feet.
Q: Beer or wine?
A: Wine, definitely! Although, I'm also very fond of cider.