SUZANNA LUSK CHRISCOE
Owner / Marketing and Design Strategist
“The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already.”
― Henry Ford
When I wasted 2 years of college tuition, room and board for classes I found I'd rather draw toilet cartoons than listen, I knew a path into the field of biology was not for me. I took a hiatus from college to find out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
The idea for Turnleaf Designs began in 1996 while I was working in the copy center of a big box office supply store, in front of a Mac with all the latest design programs of the day. No one knew how to use any of it... (queue big announcer voice) Challenge. Accepted.
Having already taught myself basic HTML code, I started playing around and managed to teach myself some basic graphic design. With real-world projects from clients shopping at the store, I became proficient at designing business cards and stationery, flyers, newsletters and personalized calendars.
In the fall of 1998, I returned to college to get the proper training and paperwork to succeed.
From 1999 until 2016 I was employed full-time with a community newspaper, starting as a junior designer, moving up to the role of Creative Services Manager. I've continued Turnleaf Designs throughout, picking up small-business projects such as logo design, tee-shirt design, newsletters and basic web design.
After designing and assembling all of the stationery for my own wedding in 2007, I decided to add personalized hand-made invitations to my menu of services. Once I get settled into the Turnleaf Designs role, look forward to an off-shoot business dedicated to the more personalized side of what I can offer.
In December of 2016 I left my full-time newspaper career to focus solely on my professional marketing, graphic and web design business. Though I still loved the job, it was time to take that big leap of faith and follow the dream.
Suzanna and I have worked together at the Times News for many years. She has assisted me daily creating, correcting and beautifying ads for my customers; she has built directories and special section for many advertising campaigns. Suzanna has also created logos for my 2 small businesses. She is smart, creative and always follows through. I will be contacting her soon to assist me with a website. I know I will (again) receive quality work.
A Taste of Afrika
Master Chef & Cookbook Author
Suzanna and I have worked together for many years. During this time, Suzanna has demonstrated great leadership skills and business acumen. As Creative Services Manager at the Times News Suzanna has filled a critical role in this organization. Her ability to think "outside the box" has provided advertisers with ads that attract the right audiences.
Suzanna was vital with the installation of new advertising software platforms and was an early adopter of Adobe's InDesign when it was rolled out in the organization. I have no doubt in my mind that Suzanna will be an asset to any company looking for a manager with the right leadership skills and a person not afraid to jump in a tackle an issue.
IS Project Manager
Turnleaf was recommended to us by a family member to do our wedding invitations & programs. We were doing a mixed Hindu/Secular wedding and had very specific design requests for the our materials. Suzanna was able to make our ideas come to life and the invites, reminders and programs were beautiful and we got several complements on them.
Suzanna worked with us every step of the way and provided timely and consistent service. I would use her again for any of our personal and professional design needs and highly recommend her.
& Project Consultant
Suzanna has done my children’s birth announcements and birthday party invitations since they’ve been born. I tell her my theme and information for the party, she does the rest. I know whatever she does will look fantastic and better than expected. I always get lots of compliments on her work. The best part? It usually costs me not much more than the cookie cutter invitation at Wal-mart, but mine look FABULOUS!