Starting off the year by looking back? Well why not? It’s always good to see where you’ve been when you’re planning on moving forward. And once a year I like to take the time to take a little inventory on how things are going. Creatively and also personally and spiritually as well.
2016 was a tough year. It brought some things that shocked me, that I thought I’d never see happen. It was a year of struggle and a year that was hard for us as my hubby was working out of town a lot. I can’t talk about all the problems, and many are still on-going but I tell you this so that you know that my world is not perfect. The longer I live the more I understand that we are all struggling, even when it doesn’t seem like it.
But 2016 was also a time of blessing. Of friendships grown stronger, of children growing up, of lifting my hands high to heaven and waiting patiently for the Lord to answer prayer. 2016 taught me to grab the good moments and make the most of them. It taught me I’m stronger than I thought. It brought a Hwy 1 road trip up the California coast with my man, it brought reading glasses, a 27th anniversary and a 46th birthday. It brought boating and sunshine and board games with my boys and while I didn’t see my daughter as much as I’d like, we spent some good times shopping and binge-watching BBC movies when she managed to get home. And as the year closed, my hubby was trying hard to finish up the bits and pieces of three-year-long renovation. I couldn’t be more thankful to finally have my living room finished as I spent a good portion of the year walking over planks and floor joists as he repaired and re-framed the floor.
2016 also brought a creative year started off by my second trip to CHA in Anaheim. I’m finding myself very content where I am with design teams and love creating in many different aspects for Maya Road. I’m been with Ellen Hutson LLC with what seems like forever too and am continuing on with MFT Stamps for the coming year. They make me happy and are a great fit. One thing I really miss designing for is publication, especially Paper Crafts Magazine. It still holds a place in my creative heart and as I look ahead to the 2017 year, I’d love to find a place in my schedule for publishing my work again. I’m still thinking about this coming year and making goals but I have come up with a word for my 2017 year and I’ll be sharing that soon in an upcoming blog post.
As for my creative recap, I thought I’d share 12 of my favorite projects from the past year. It was hard to choose! In no particular order, here they are…
One of my creative joys at Maya Road was designing and working with the Maya Road Kits. This sweet design was inspired the pink specs and had me thinking that rose-colored glasses is the way to go…a great way of looking at the world around me.
2016 brought some fun creative collaborations in the form of Create Together with my friend Marcie Sharp. I absolutely adored creating for fun and just the joy of it. I’m hoping to continue doing more of this in 2017.
CHA 2016 was so much fun in Anaheim and I brought this project along for the Maya Road booth. I loved all the sweet ATC die-cuts from Maya Road and embellishing them in a frame. I don’t like to pick favorites but this one might just be it!
2016 brought me a new love of fun bright colors and the mix of inks and prints made this MFT Stamps cards one of my faves!
I came up with this fab glitter and stencil technique this past year and the picture just doesn’t do it justice. I’m pulling out my design to do list right now and putting that on it again for 2017! I can’t wait to revisit it!
Maya Road brought out some absolutely wonderful mini wood pallets in 2016 and I made a couple of them into altered art pieces. This one is my fave with stencils and texture paste and lots of Maya Road goodies!
My absolute favorite way to create? Mixing it all up! A little bit of Maya Road, some patterned paper from a few different companies, some gold roses from Michaels, leaves from MFT Stamps…and lots more! Hands down my favorite design style.
Watercolor fun! I dusted off my paints and brushes and did a lot more watercoloring this past year.
It’s always time for tea as far as I’m concerned! I love a good cuppa and this sweet tier of teacups from MFT Stamps just makes me happy.
No matter what the year is, I’ll never get tired of felt! This sweet Memory Box heart stitched project was designed for the Ellen Hutson LLC CLASSroom and then a sweet gift for my mother-in-law.
I love guest designing and a good challenge so creating for The Card Concept in October was so much fun! It’s definitely on my to do list for 2017…play along with more challenges!
Maya Road features predominately in a lot of my designs and 2016 brought some fabulous new dies to the MR product line. I love creating with these paired up with their amazing embellishments. And those specs…well they remind me of how I finally broke down and got reading glasses this year and as of December…I just can’t create without them.
Finally, ending the year with my favorite holiday project…a tag for Ellen Hutson LLC combining my love for that online store and some Maya road and MFT Stamps too! Gold, glitter, felt and lots of texture just makes me happy.
What does 2017 hold? I’m heading off to Phoenix and the new CHA venue soon and am busy designing for that. My goals are the same as last year… I’m hoping to be more organized, more mindful and hopefully, even more creative. I’m not quite sure I accomplished that in 2016 but if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!
Do reflect on the past year? Do you have creative goals for 2017? Do you have favorite projects? Lessons learned? I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you many blessings for 2017!