This year has brought me so many wonderful creative opportunities and I could not be more thankful. Designing for Elle's Studio, Scrap-Mart, Fiskars, and Jenni Bowlin, plus joining The Scrap Review, have been dreams come true.
They have challenged me to improve my crafting, incorporate new tools, and learn new techniques.
I have learned to set projects aside until I figure out what makes them complete.
I have attempted to include more color and patterns in my work.
I have punched, stamped, stenciled, and sewn.
I learned not to fear the die cut.
When I look back at some of my favorite projects collectively, it's funny how clear it is that I was obsessed with certain products and tools this year. Circles, grids, that cursive font from the Slice (don't worry, I've retired that one!), and yellow paper were all apparently beloved. Who knew? :)
I'm starting to think about how I want to challenge myself creatively in 2012. Lots of ideas...more crafty pursuits.
Most of all, I am thankful for the friends I have met through the crafting world. They have made my world bigger and brighter.