I think this is always my favorite post of the year. My last post on the last day of the year, with a retrospective on the years’ accomplishments.
2018 feels like a tough year. My kids, now 4 and 6, are growing and have increasingly more activities and demands on my free time. Work is intense and many nights, I’m just too tired to retreat into my craft room to get my projects done. I’ve always prided myself on meeting deadlines and 2018 has felt like frustration after frustration to get things to where they need to be on time.
This post makes my 100th of the year. Just made that milestone! And so, let’s start this Year in Review #8 with our favorites of the month:
January 2018: January 2018 tied for my most prolific month, with 14 blog posts. I suppose this has to do with my renewed focus at the beginning of the year. So many great cards, but it’s the January Mystery Image swap, with Unity’s “Poppy Girl”, that caught my heart.
February 2018: February’s favorite comes from one of my design teams. A combination of color, company and challenge type. I love recipe challenges and this card for The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog using a stamp from Bugaboo gets my vote for this month!
March 2018: Another solid month, with 13 posts. I love Riley and Compnay and their new Dress Up Riley stamp line has been so much fun to work with! I sat down to create with their new Birthday set and fell in love with this great card!
April 2018: I joined the Dueling Darlings back in 2016 and am really enjoying their monthly challenges! It’s so much fun to receive my kit each month and check out what the challenge team has sent. Rain and umbrella stamps have always had a soft spot in my heart, so this great kit won my heart this month.
May 2018: For how many years now have I been discussing my glutton of card kits? Too many! I finally made progress on a few this year and pulled one out for the May Challenge Your Stash group. I picked the theme this month and asked players to “make something purely for you own enjoyment”. And so, using a card kit that has caught my eye since it arrived was my chosen project for the month and takes the May spot.
June 2018: I joined a swap early in 2018 that was a technique swap. Six months of great kits arrived with different techniques to try. The March kit didn’t get done on time, but when I finally got around to it in June, I had so much fun playing with my (fairly) new distress inks. I also think this was the first time I worked with chipboard elements!
July 2018: July was one of my toughest month in terms of blog posts – only 3!! But, this CAS for my DT project for The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog is my favorite of the three!
August 2018: One of the great things about my DT work is the opportunity to work with different stamp companies. There is so much variety out there! Yes, there are a few that I don’t enjoy as much as others, but I can’t say that about The Paper Shelter and their amazing selection of images. I got creative with my Sketch Saturday challenge and made this fun card!
September 2018: September was the second month that tied for most prolific postings in 2018. Once school started again, I had about a week where I was motivated to color, create and blog a number of card kits. Plus, my regular DT work. When I first filtered the September posts, I knew it would be hard to beat the first post that appeared. I worked hard on coloring up this image, from Fred She Said Designs and it is a strong favorite from the year.
October 2018: Another Sketch Saturday creation and another favorite stamp company, The Paper Nest Dolls. This was a challenging sketch, since it didn’t really have a focal point for the image. This image with the snowflake banner mimicked the sketch and the added snowflakes finished it off. I love this card!
November 2018: With only 2 posts to pick from for November, it didn’t take long for me to make my choice. The November mid-month challenge at The Crafters Cafe Challenge blog was to make an envelope. I made an gift set that carried several 3×3 cards inside. It’s a cute project!
December 2018: Another busy month, with only a few blog posts! But, this Christmas themed card for The Crafter’s Cafe is my pick for my final card of the year. This was a chance to practice my coloring and also use my gloss accents on the ornaments. It turned out beautifully!
And, that’s my 12 favorites for the year. I really thought I’d have some slim pickings some months, and even worried at least one month would have no posts! I was pleasantly surprised to find posts for all months, which gives me that little boost I need heading into 2019.
Part 2 of my Year in Review is always a look back at my crafty resolutions for the year. I can’t even remember what I set out to do! Will I be pleasantly surprised again??
1. Focus: My first goal of the year was focus and to push myself to get some long held projects done.There were times I was able to make progress. I cleaned up some old project kits sitting around, got through one box of card kits and kept my Paper Pumpkin stash down (a bit). Always more to go, but I continue to work on it!
2. Enjoy: I really wanted to ENJOY my crafting again. A few design teams wrapped up in 2017 and I thought 2018 would bring more flexible time. But, with competing priorities elsewhere, I still struggled with that calm that I was looking for in my creative process.
3. Extend: I commented at the start of the year that this goal hadn’t been well thought out and that I wasn’t sure whether it would go. To tell the truth, I’m still not sure! I wanted to check out “something new”. And truthfully, I’m not sure I did that.
4. Challenge: Oh, this one makes my heart hurt a bit. I started out the year a bit better, with a schedule posted on my wall and a few challenges listed in my “to do” book. But, time is difficult to schedule and often by the time the creative process gets finished, the challenge is long gone. Interestingly enough, I also haven’t craved this part of my goals as much as I did this time last year. I hope this means that I was enjoying the things I WAS accomplishing.
5. Connect: I wanted to reconnect with my friends, both online and those that receive regular cards. I definitely struggled with this in 2018! And, in 2019, I’m looking to find unique ways to stay organized and get some more cards to those I love.
I hope you have had a productive and creative crafty year! Thank you for stopping by and reading about my accomplishments, and I will see you tomorrow, for 2019, with my crafty goals for 2019.