Friday, January 1, 2016

Craft-Related Resolutions for 2016

Happy New Year!


Every year I pick resolutions for myself that relate to my creative life, which means it's time to look back and see how I did. In 2015, I resolved to:

*Complete an average of one scrapbook layout a week.
Check! This year I completed a total of 53 layouts (twenty-seven 12" x 12", twenty-four 8" x 8", and two 8.5" x 11"). It's down a bit from last year, but I have a huge pile of nearly-finished layouts on my desk, so my numbers are artificially low.

*Work to increase my blog readership.
This is a tough one. Goals are supposed to be quantifiable, and for good reason. Did I work to increase my blog readership? Yes. But was it enough to say I accomplished the goal? I suppose so. My readership has had ups and downs and I haven't gained many regular readers, but I'm getting significantly increased traffic from Pinterest and Google searches.

*Earn enough money through scrapbooking or crafting to support all my hobbies.
Check! Between my jobs with Fun Family Crafts and Scrapbook.com, I'm getting regular monthly paychecks that are more than enough to cover the costs of all my hobbies (and Trevor's, too!)

*Experiment with tools or materials that I haven't used recently or at all.
Check! I feel like I've done a lot of experimenting and creative play this year. I didn't expect to do as much digital play as I have, which is a neat bonus.

*Improve my photography skills through monthly challenges and at least one class.
Nope. While I feel my photography has improved (slightly), it has been through trial and error, as well as random practice, rather than through a focused effort to complete challenges and take a class.

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Here are my craft-related resolutions for 2016.

*Complete an average of one scrapbook layout a week.
*Make necessary changes to the blog to improve the usability and attract more readers.
*Explore and implement optimal ways to monetize the blog.
*Take at least one jewelry-making class.
*Earn enough money through craft-related jobs or blogging to support all my hobbies.
*Improve my photography skills by completing at least 6 challenges or specific assignments.
*Do a complete craft room reorganization so that everything has a place it belongs.


Did you make any craft-related New Year's resolutions? I'd love to hear them!

4 comments:

  1. My big one this year is to get my new room organized in a way that doesn't feel like chaos to me! Which is hard for us OCD'ers! LOL!!!!!!

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  2. Great job w/ your resolutions! I have a list as well but only one of them is craft related and it's generic "craft more". I want to increase my blog traffic too but I don't know how so I don't want to list it as a resolution.
    Good luck w/ this year's list!

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  3. It looks like you did awesome with your 2015 goals! I am sure you will do even better in 2016! Love your new logo - beautiful!

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  4. It sounds like you did pretty well to me! I love your ideas for this year. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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