Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Every year I pick some crafty and/or creative resolutions for myself, which means it's time to look back and see how I did.  In 2012, I resolved to:
      
Complete at least 50 layouts
Check!  I completed 64 12x12 layouts.  It's a good amount for me - a little over one a week.

Handmake at least 95% of the cards our family sends. 
Check!  I didn't buy a card all year, except for the photo cards I sent for Christmas.

Submit at least one project a month for publication
My hope was to have a scrapbook page or card published in a print magazine.  I submitted 11 projects to print magazines, but none of them were published.  I submitted 20 projects to online magazines and 4 of those were published.  Scrapjazz.com published 19 articles I wrote.  Fun Family Crafts published 43 of my tutorials.  (Ten days ago, I was offered a job as Fun Family Craft's new Editorial Assistant.  So far, so good!).  Overall, it's been a very successful year for me in terms of publication, but I am still hopeful that one day one of my projects will appear in a print magazine.

Maintain a Monday-Friday blogging schedule with high-quality posts
I published a blog post every single Monday through Friday in 2012.  My readership more than doubled in the past year and I hit a major milestone in December.  I think the quality of my blog posts is high and my content is interesting.  At least I certainly hope so!

Seek teaching opportunities related to crafting/scrapbooking
I taught a quilling workshop back in January, but didn't do any other in-person teaching of art or crafting.  (I wrote dozens of tutorials, which is a form of teaching, but not what I intended with this resolution.)  The job with Scrapjazz and other commitments diverted my attention away from teaching, but it is still my hope that I will be teaching craft or scrapbook classes in the near future.


So... what are my craft-related resolutions for 2013?

       *Complete an average of one scrapbook layout a week.
       *Handmake at least 95% of the cards our family sends. 
       *Submit at least twelve projects for publication in print magazines.  
       *Double my blog readership.
       *Teach at least one craft or scrapbook-related class or workshop.
       *Earn money through scrapbooking or crafting.

Did you make any scrappy or creative New Year's resolutions?

8 comments:

  1. Good for you girl!! You accomplished a lot!!! Happy New Year!!

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  2. Great accomplishments, good for you!!!!
    Good luck on your new goals!!

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  3. It looks like you did wonderful on your 2012 goals! Congrats on getting the job offer! That is really awesome!

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  4. Congrats on achieving so many goals. I enjoy reading your blog as you work on them. Happy New Year.

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  5. You did a great job meeting your goals this past year. Good luck meeting next year's too. (I have no doubt that you'll do it!!)

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  6. Congrats Cindy!! I'm so proud of you!!! I remember when you started this blog... has it already been that long?! I have no doubt you'll succeed at your goals this year too!! :)

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  7. Awesome resolutions, Cindy! You are an inspiration to us all! I need to submit some of my work, too. I have never done that and think it would be nice! Thanks, friend!!!!! And congrats on meeting your resolutions for 2012, too!

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  8. Great job, Cindy! I enjoy your blog immensely and am always inspired by your projects. In my 2013 list are: Make a 40 for 40 list (and execute against it), and quilt for at least an hour a week (kind of like your weekly layout goal, but time based, since quilting projects take me so darn long.) Keep the great blogs coming!

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