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?