As the end of the year approaches and we start making plans for the new year, I think it’s helpful to look back at the things we’ve done in the previous year: achievements, failures and things that fall in between. Here’s a little look back at some things that I did in 2018 that I’m proud of, particularly because I experienced huge amounts of fear before I undertook some of them:
In January, I had my studio photographed for an article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors. While it was a huge honor to be asked, I was so terrified that I almost said no. I also wrote an article for the same magazine during 2018 that I’m very proud of.
Teaching is the thing I love to do most and I was thrilled to teach 15 classes this year, including to this AMAZING group of bookmakers on the island of Nantucket in March. I also launched my online teaching platform towards the end of the year, which was another scary leap of faith.
Blogging & Online Content
I’m happy that I overcame my fear of video this year and created 16 videos, which although not perfect are getting better with each one I make. This is my 11th year of blogging and I managed to write 39 blog posts, including 7 tutorials and 6 how-to articles. I also sent 53 newsletters, created approximately 200 Instagram posts and dozens of Facebook posts . My biggest joy and surprise of 2018 is the Facebook group, Crafting Handmade Books. This group of almost 900 members has developed into a kind and inspiring community that I’m thankful for everyday.
In March I launched Paper Club and it was a big leap of faith to launch this venture because I was uncomfortable asking my readers for money but I’ve been humbled and gratified by its success. To date, I have shipped approximately 3,000 sheets of paper all over the USA and Canada, and the recipients have made the most amazing projects with them. Switching to a proper online store hosted by Shopify (ie not Etsy or PayPal) was another terrifying but gratifying move this year and one I wish I’d made sooner.
I hope to write another blog post showcasing my favorite creative projects from 2018, but for now the project that has brought me most joy this year is an altered book I created on retreat.
And the project that I’m most proud of is the Garden Book I created for an e-book published by Interweave.
Reading over this list makes me feel quite exhausted but also excited for 2019. I’m grateful to all you blog and newsletter readers, those who take time to comment and like my posts on social media. Happy 2019!