I have to admit I am loving the break between Christmas and new year, with no time pressures, no deadlines and nowhere in particular to be.
We’ve been on walks, relaxed in front of the TV catching up with the Chrismas specials, and played with the kids’ new toys. I do however have one eye on the new year as school – and work – start back on 2 January. Before you know it we’ll be looking forward to the first bank holiday of the year and the Easter break!
I have lots of crafty ideas for the new collections I have to craft with, and am planning three blog posts next week to reveal some amazing papercraft kits which will be available on Create & Craft early in the new year.
In the meantime, I have been looking back on some of my – and your – favourite posts of the year. I have uploaded 495 images to this blog during 2017 – which must mean I’ve created far more than 600 craft projects over the year as I don’t add them all here. I’ve had more than 2,400 visitors and 5,600 views and I am grateful for each and every one!
Here’s a snapshot of the best bits from 2017.
Funnily enough, my best performing post of the year was in January! I think that’s because people have had all year to read it as the viewer stats are pretty consistent each month. I think this is one of the most popular videos on the Trimcraft You Tube channel too (over 15,000 views!!!), and it’s hardly surprising as this is a fantastic card that is much easeir to make than it looks. I’ve made the ‘Pop up Box Card‘ during Create & Craft demos a few times too, here are a few other examples of this card I’ve made throughout the year.
Janauary also saw my first trip to Creativeworld. It was a fantastic trade show, and I came away with loads of inspiration and ideas. I spent most of the show demonstrating how to use the brand new First Edition papers and dies and Dovecraft collections. You can revisit the original post here and see the gallery here.
At the start of 2017, the First Edtion Craft a Card dies were introduced. These fantastic large dies cut directly into the card blank to make an intricate and detailed card in one pass through the die cutting machine. They were instantly a hit on Create & Craft selling out more than once!
I think these are fantastic dies as they can make quick cards but can also be embellished, snipped, cut out, layered, recoloured, used as a stencil and often the negative spaces can be used too. We all know as crafters its good to get more than one use out of the items in our stash! See how I used them in my samples here.
At the inaugural Trimcraft Bloggers’ Day I got to meet some fantastic crafters – some of whom have been seen on crafty TV shows this year! The Bloggers’ Day event marked the launch of The Craft Blog which I contribute to at least once a month with a craft tutrorial. I loved seeing how each of the crafters used the new collections to make their craft projects during the bloggers’ day and I’m looking forward to more similar events in 2018. Read the full review of the event here.
April’s best performing post is actually one I shared at the very end of March. I made a couple of simple card shapes which look like standard 6×6 cards but have hidden surprises inside. I love a card that packs a punch!
You’ll find the tutorials for these exploding surprise cards here.
I did promise myself that I would do more scrapbooking in 2017. Admittedly I created more layouts than I did the previous year, but not as many as I’d like. It’s one of my targets for 2018 and I’ve already saved loads of festive photos for some layout ideas I have. Back in May, inspired by National Scrapbooking Day I shared a few of my simple scrapbook layouts.
Looking, back June seemed to be an extremely busy month. I shared a simple Father’s Day card tutorial, launched the simply stunning Simply Creative paper pads, revealed the Dovecraft Back to Basics Baby Steps and Perfectly Pink collections and shared ideas using the First Edition Grand Plans and Floral Fusion paper pads. My favourite post from June, however, is my collection of clean and simple cards.
My favourite post from July is my diamond card shape tutorial. It’s perfect for embellishing and can be used to make cards for male and female friends and relatives.
I celebrated my one year Trimcraft anniversary in August and the year absolutely flew by. I celebrated by launching the Christmas collections from Simply Creative and the First Edition Christmas dies. It seems strange but launching Chrismtas in the summer feels normal and I love that my favourite time of year last almost half of the year!
The celebrations continued into my birthday month and September saw the second highest performing post of the year as I unveiled the Dovecraft Time to Sparkle Collection and the Helz Cuppleditch Wonderland collection. These two are undoubtedly my favourite Christmas collections from this year’s launches. I used both for my own decorations, cards, gift wrap and gifts this year (see December’s round up below).
Renamed ‘Craftober‘ by Create & Craft, October saw three of my tutorials shared on the C&C blog. I shared two Dovecraft Bee Happy projects – a home decor piece and a card with a necklace attached – and an autumnal woodland card.
In November I started my knitting scrapbook and this week I’ve been planning the next few papges as I made lots of hand knitted gifts for Christmas. I also shared tutorials for air dry clay tags or hanging decorations. I made many more of these for my own gifts this year, and they were very well received. Everyone kept their tags to use on their tree next year.
Most of my posts in December were predictably Christmas related. I shared ideas for gift boxes, made the most of the snow to take pictures of my snow-themed trifold shutter card and added tutroials for a wreath, gift wrap and a last minute gift idea.
I have loved every minute of my crafty 2017 and I am most definitely looking forward to more handicrafts in 2018. I have so many ideas to share and I know that you’re going to love the new collections launching on Create & Craft in January. It’s been a while since I was in the studio so I can’t wait to get crafting again and showing you the amazing papercraft products the Trimcraft team has developed.
Wishing you all a very happy and crafty new year. See you in 2018!