Renew. That’s my word for 2017. Wth everything going on in the world right now, I knew I needed help to keep focussed and positive. I puzzled over which word was right for a long time – but everything I came up with seemed forced. I decided to let go of it, knowing that it would come to me when it was ready. Sure enough it did; I woke up one morning and it was repeating itself over and over in my mind. So ‘renew” it is. Do you choose a word each year? If you’d like to share, I’d love to know what you’ve chosen. One of the things I’ve been meaning to do forever is give this blog a makeover. It only took a few weeks (!!!) to come up with a design that felt fresh and …. well … “renewed”. What do you think? I’ve reorganized my posts to make sure all of my tutorials – both mixed media and Photoshop/PSE – are easier to find – right from the menu along the top. I have found I love making tutorials and have a list of them to record during what’s turning out to be a very wet, very cold winter here in my little corner of California. If you have a suggestion for a tutorial be sure to leave a comment. In keeping with my desire to “renew” aspects of my life, I have decided to put digital designing on the back burner for now and am closing my shop at Scrapbookgraphics at the end of the month. This was a difficult and emotional decision for me because designing has been front and center in my life for the past eight or nine years. Frankly, though, I’m just plain burned out. The need to fulfill my shop obligations and my family life issues of the past couple of years have taken a toll on my mojo. So, I’m going to take a few months to renew my spirit. I want creating art – just for me – to be a priority. As you can see from the images below, I’ve made a good start already. I’ll continue to blog and share my art, as long as you want to read what I have to say, and I’ll continue sending my newsletter because I know I won’t be able to resist designing for fun now and them. Who knows … I might even renew my interest in selling product. But at least for now, these next few months are for me. I hope 2017 brings you all the happiness your hearts can hold!