Sunday, 31 January 2010

One down, eleven to go!

Well, here it is. My completed page for January YAY! One down only eleven to go! Seriously though, I have really enjoyed filling this in. There is something really cathartic about sitting down at the end of a stressful, chaotic day and doodling it all down on paper. And when the month is done it is so nice to look back on....I just want to stroke the page LOL!
Here is my page for February but I'm trying something a little different. The background is very bright (even by my standards) so I've chosen fairly neutral paper to add to the top. I also made the most of February only having 28 days and the extra space that that created on the page and made the squares bigger - rectangles measuring 1 1/2" x 2". I used stamps by Tim Holtz and Crafty Individuals, the Rook (crow?) is from Paperstreet on Etsy.

I seem to have a bit of a birdie theme going on in my calendar:


My 9 year old daughter has decided to join us on the challenge. I have to confess I didn't think she would keep it up but here it is, so it's her turn to say 'I told you so'!


And this is her page for February. I think her choice of dark colours for the background sums up how she feels about the winter months :-)  


Don't forget to post your completed calendar page for January on your blog for all to see and admire. All blogs can be accessed on my original challenge post here. The Flickr group is filling up with beautiful photos of challenge calendars so do take a look here and don't forget to post your pics there too; it's really good to see the photos all in one place. Hope you have all had lots of fun creating your calendars and I'm looking forward to seeing them as I go blog hopping throughout the week.

I was given this blog award today by one of our calendar creators Sonja. Thanks for the award Sonja, I LOVE blog awards :-)  I have had this one before quite a while ago so I don't think I can hand it on again this time. Do have a look at Sonja's blog - she has already blogged her finished January page and it's looking good :-)

And last but definitely not least.... I recently received this beautiful artwork from my very good bloggy friend Diana, from Australia. Diana was my first arty cyber - friend and my first international ATC swap partner and we've been in regular contact ever since. The photo doesn't really do this justice, it's absolutely beautiful and shimmery IRL. Have a look at Diana's blog here for more fabulous inspirational art and also to see her beautiful calendar page for February.

Phew, that's me done. Byeeeeeeeeeee

33 comments:

  1. Hi Kate, love your pages. just posted mine too and Charlie has been busy making her February page today, so that she can join in too!

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  2. Your daughters page is great and I bet she had great fun saying "I told you so". Diana's present is just stunning. It looks good in the photo so must be wow in real life. Away for a nosey at her blog.

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  3. I've just posted my completed (that feels good!) January page. I'm now at a new location so I hope you can find my new home in blogland. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to next month. Well done Craftygirl - keep it up :)

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  4. Fab pages Kate - you've obviously got a very talented daughter too. Know what you mean about the touchy feeling thing with your work. i'm the same with my journal at the moment. love your Aussie friend's work - is that a dreamweaver stencil?

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  5. Wonderful Kate, and love your daughter's pages too (my daughter was full of big ideas then never got started, despite encouragement). Got a few days catching up to do then I'll post my January pages :)

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  6. Missed you today Kate at AFTH but Dy read out your e-mail. I have just posted my finished January page a little late as the camera battery needed charging! Your daughters pages are lovely and I know how she feels about the winter months. Your Aussie friends work is beautiful, I too have this Dreamweaver stencil must do something with it one of these days.

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  7. Oh Kate - half-term is in sight!! Just finished January, hopefully posting tomorrow. Love your daughter's pages - somehow a little square to fill in is achievable, and they do look good. I love going back and reading old pages.

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  8. Great pages Kate... will photo mine in the morning... and I have kept up, just lagged for a few days...lol.. your daughter is doing well with her one too... I just received a 'sorry' card from mine and I think I will blog it tomorrow - it's very good...xoxo

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  9. Fantastic January pages Kate. Did your hair really look like that on the 7th! Fabby doodling. :-) Love how you have spelt February on the ♥'s. Well Done to your DD. Love the snow blobs. :) Hope you both have fun with your Feb pages.xx

    Congratulations on your award & your gorgeous artwork from your friend. Enjoy.xx

    My January pages are Here. Thanks for looking. :)

    Have a great week. Hugs, Gez.xx

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  10. Wow - 9 year old daughter's pages are great... I think they're kinda sassy. Talent must run in the family! That's a lovely gift from your friend down under - lucky you.

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  11. Beautiful pages!!! Kate your work is always so varried, amazing and wonderful! You do inspire!

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  12. Love the pages Kate. Interestingly my February background is heart themed too but pink rather than red. I will try to do the techy bit with camera and blog for my January page tonight.

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  13. Fab pages Kate, it's so lovely to see how everybody has done theirs differently.. your daughter's is great too. She did better than my niece who made all the pages then gave up!!
    I have blogged mine xxx

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  14. Wonderful page!!! As always very inspiring.

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  15. I love this idea- your journal page is wonderful.

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  16. Love your pages Kate.
    My January one are here:
    http://my-little-pad.blogspot.com/2010/02/january-calendar-pages.html

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  17. Your pages are wonderful.....I have finished mine too- first time I have ever done anything like this (didn't think I could to be honest,which is why I didn't officially join your challenge!!) and I am so pleased with the result....thanks for your inspiration!
    Jayne x

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  18. nice work,, i still have to start making my February Journal, i make a book a month...for my art sketching and what not....

    thanks for the inspiration...

    my nine year old is creative too...it's fun to see a small reflection of yourself in your daughter, isn't it?

    take care...come by sometime..

    ciao

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  19. Wonderful pages Kate and your daughter's ones are fab too. :)

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  20. Dazzling pages Kate !!! I love your art work so much and visiting you on your blog.
    Well you ask me to create a spooky art paper doll awhile back so I finally got it done.
    I just posted her on my blog.
    Hope you like it, great idea. I love your ideas and your so creative "you are".
    Hugs,Laura. xoxxxo

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  21. Beautiful page!
    Your daughters is fab too!
    Came across your blog whilst bloghopping and love this idea and although Feb 2nd i am going to give this a go and will run it through to next year thanks for the inspiration!!!
    Hugs
    Tracy
    xxx

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  22. January's looks great all filled in, and I love February's page. Great colors!! The birds are perfect.

    Your daughter's pages are wonderful - love the huge hat on the man on February's. What a fun thing to do together!!

    Hugs!

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  23. Would you believe that I thought I had already become one of your followers? I looked through the avatars and mine was NOT there! So I am now your belated follower...I've only been coming to your site EVERY DAY!

    So, You tell me that I've joined this calendar challenge, have I? How did I do that?
    It sounds like fun...but let me know what I'm supposed to do exactly, k?

    come by anytime...my screen is always open...
    be MY follower...or are you already?!! lol

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  24. Yes please Kate would love to be included.
    I made a start today and will be posting pictures tomorrow...made me happy today,lol...
    Hugs
    Tracy
    xxx

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  25. Hi Kate, fab page, love the bird! I just posted my un-official Feb page on my blog!

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  26. Hi Kate,
    Loving the January page - the quiet background and busy squares. February is stunning black and red.
    What a lovely gift from Diana.
    Lesley x

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  27. Wow your blog is lovely xxxx
    Have you ever checked out our craft blog before www.fiskarettes.co.uk We have a ink & stamping competition running at the moment and a 3 monthly DT call not to mention it is a place where UK crafters can share their work xxx
    Come and check us out x

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  28. Ohhhh your calender looks divine!! And February... I just LOVE that little birdie's hat! I posted an update on my blog (thank you for your comment, it was just the nudge I needed to get moving on January LOL). Thank you so much for posting this challenge, I've really been enjoying it. I hope to have my completed January pages posted soon.

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  29. I just adore your artwork. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your very kind comments by the way. Your calendar project is off the charts awesome. It's just beautiful!! You will definitely have to submit that to one of the mags so it can get published and it will get published no question. Just beautiful, inspiring work you do.

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  30. Hi Kate

    January page now posted and a preview of February just to prove I am doing it. Technology is what slows things down for me.

    Wish I was as free with my writing as your daughter on her fab page. When is it we become all guarded and self conscious? Far too long ago to remember!!!

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  31. And... I've managed to set myself up in Flikr and add it to the group pictures. Maybe I'll be quicker next month?

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  32. i love these journal diaries i wish i had made one, your january page looks fab all filled in now, looking forward to see februarys completed xxx

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