Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 - Bring It On!!

It's gonna be a great year. And one of the reasons I know is because I like my January calendar page. What 's a calendar page you ask? Well, the talented and beautiful Kate Crane came up with a lovely little challenge which you can find on her blog, The Kathryn Wheel, three years ago. Each month you make a page with a place to make art, or notations every day, and we all link up here. It's a great way to keep track of things, try new ideas, etc, etc, etc.
I was new at this last year and used little squares all the time, so my goal this year is to play around with daily shapes and layouts and see what I like. Small problem though, can't count, so the middle row/week has eight days. Whoops.
So voila! I have a bonus entry for the new year. Lol. I wanted the page to reflect the blues that are so prevalent in the Alaskan winter skies this time of year. I also want SNOW - badly. Today it was 38 and raining. Bummer.

My background started with gesso, and then a layer of London Blue Dylusions Ink and Tattered Angel blue of some sort with lots of water. I let it sit for a bit and then wiped it off with paper towels. A layer or two of Picket Fence Stain, a bit of an accent here and there with Shaded Lilac Stain and then white acrylic paint through one of Dyan Reavely's fabulous stencils. Actually white acrylic paint through a couple of Dyan's stencils. I thought it needed a border so I just drew a couple of lines with dashes and dots with a gel pen.

The tickets were made pretty much the same way but with some added extra Evergreen Bough Ranger stain applied in many ways, including plobbing it down a few times to get splash marks. I cut the tickets out with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die,  and a nod to Marjie Kemper who really opened my eyes to the possibilities with a ticket. I mean, who knew?

Lastly the snowflakes had to bring some glitz, and some of the purple back in by applying the Shaded Lilac ink pad directly onto grunge paper covered with Picket Fences Crackle Paint. I also took the Dusty Concord Distress marker to the top of the flakes.

This seems more me, than my December. But I still loved HAVING a December...
That's us dancing in the upper right corner....you can tell right?

Here's the rest of my year.


  1. You've found a way to get more time in a week with that 8th day! Who doesn't wish they had an extra day to get things done or to just play in the studio! Love your tickets for January! Your calendars are fab!

  2. I love that all the rectangles are a little wonky! Beautiful work on all your pages and congrats for keeping up on the whole year!

  3. Love all your pages especially the little illustrations and January 2013 is stunning love the iggldy piggldy way you have placed your journal tickets and who cares if you have an extra day I say lucky you. We are the same here in the north of England no snow menus buckets and buckets of rain and mild temperatures it will probably snow in summer LOL.

  4. You make such incredible pages. I am in awe of your art and your calendar pages. You do fantastic work. I also like how you added an extra day. I did that the first year I joined, only I think I added an entire week before I realized what I had done. Now I stick with calendar pages, so I won't get that extra week (grin).

    Glad you're joining in for another fun year. I look forward to whatever you make along the the way. Happy New Year, too!!

  5. Hi Sara, love the look of your 2012 pages - so colourful! I like the idea of using different shapes to journal each day. Thanks for visiting my blog too! Claire x

  6. Loving your January page.
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. And to the answer to your question: Not everyone knows who Shane Filan is, unless you're a Westlife fan.

  7. Love love love your pages,colors and your style. Great job.

  8. Ww, wow ,wow! Your calendar pages look amazing. Isn't it fab to look back over a whole year of journaling? And LOL at the extra day in January ... I think we have all done that at some point!

  9. Ok I so like the way you did yours.


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