It's 2018 already! As busy as we all get, I think it's still important to reflect on the past year - 2017 was a huge one for me. I️ started a job where I️ actually get to design full time, made my first out-of-state move from Michigan to Texas, and made a legitimate commitment to my side hustle! I️ also traveled a LOT this year. I️ went to Las Vegas 3 times, New York City twice, Disneyland, LA, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Houston, Antelope Canyon, Phoenix, Connecticut...whew!
2017 was such a fun one for my business. I’ve just gone over 100 sales, 3700 digital downloads, as well as 400 Instagram followers! PS I’m celebrating with a big sale and giveaway - details are here.
You know I finally started scrapbooking in 2016 and filled two albums, so I️ really wanted to continue in 2017. My 2016 layouts were slow and more cluttered than I️ preferred, but I️ knew that only practice could ease me into my own style. For 2017 I️ streamlined my process by implementing more templates and white space. It really saves time and I️ am happier with the look too. I️ am still behind because I️ haven’t gotten the hang of my smaller workspace, but I’m definitely still going! I️ love actually using my photos for something, and looking through my scrapbooks reminds me to appreciate everything I️ do and have.
Every year I️ want to experiment with painting. I️t’s so hard for me to create in loose mediums - I’m so attached to vector flexibility and the glorious undo button. I️ hear acrylic gouache is easier for illustrators to pick up, so I️ wanted to a buy a few colors and explore within one color palette - I’m still not ready to jump in, though! Thankfully, I️ got an iPad Pro this year and it does help scratch my traditional media itch. If you are thinking about it, I️ highly highly highly recommend it. I️t has made creating sooooooooo much easier for me, even though I️ already had a small Wacom tablet. I know this is dramatic, but without my iPad Pro, I absolutely would not have survived work or released as many products I️ did this year.
Most of my creative goals for 2018 are about my business:
Christmas has been the only time I️’ve released a definitive collection in the past, but I’d like to do more of that, whether it is by holiday or by season. I️’ve already soft released Valentines 2018 cards, so go check those out!
I’ve always imagined a whole suite of products for my shop, but started with cards to test the waters. Now that I’ve successfully produced pins, I️ am definitely looking to add more product types. I️ will be looking to make some new stuff happen this year! Starting off with 7 pin designs was a huge commitment, but I’m glad to have all of them. I️ want to make a million more designs, but I️ know I️ have to control myself! 2018 will definitely see new pin designs. I️ may even crowdfund a few so that I️ can make more designs or produce them sooner. Let me know if there is anything specific you would love to see pinned!
Wholesale has been on my radar for years, and I️ have always made my products with that in mind. I️ am finalizing some plans, but should be able to launch in 2018. I️’m super excited and cannot wait for the day.
I️ plan to give my website a new layout, including a shop! Etsy has been working all right, but I️ would really like my own storefront as well. I’ll still be blogging on the site and offering freebies, so make sure to come back and visit.
This is my first winter in a warm climate, so it doesn’t really feel like January to me, but I️ am so thankful that there’s no ice to break my leg on anymore. Here's to 2018!
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