Making Monthly Calendar Pages in My Journal

Here is my January 2019 Calendar page. There are two videos, just below, showing how I made the page, in case you missed them in a previous post.

For 2019, I made my January calendar in a Leuchtturm1917 journal before I added information about my Word of the Year. I like to have my word related pages at the beginning of my yearly journal so the information is easy to find and review. Other pages put at the beginning of my journal are: Year at a glance, themes and symbols, books, movies & TV, birthdays, Projects, Ideas, Word quotes & Scripture… With that in mind, I left some blank pages at the beginning and began the January calendar on pages 20-21. I’ve found that’s usually where I start, or on pages 18-19. For those pages I use similar techniques as shown in these videos below.

Making monthly calendar pages has a number of benefits:

  • It allows low-risk experimenting with dry mixed media: pens, pencils, collage, Washi Tape, Gelatos etc.
  • Experimenting with various color combinations
  • Gives  the opportunity to play with new designs since each month starts on a different day
  • Making a new monthly page helps each new month feels like a fresh start

As I was playing around with Mid-Century Modern monthly banner ideas for my new journal, I thought, “These would be so much easier if I had a stencil to use…” So I made one, and StencilGirl® Products agreed it was a great idea for Everyday/Bullet journals and personal banners.

It’s available to you too! Here is the new Mid-Century Modern banners for journals, cards and general special-making fun for your retro art! 

The stencil can be used for many things, not just Monthly Calendar banners. There will be more ideas and techniques coming in future posts showing journal page inspiration, especially using pen, stencils and Washi tape. Here are a couple of pages:

Preparing for a Word of the Year

If you’ve followed my blog, you know I am passionate about living out a Word for the year. Years ago this happily replaced New Year’s resolutions, with an exciting fresh focus for the year. In many ways it is like a treasure hunt to find and receive a theme, personal symbols, meaningful quotes and Scripture to meditate on, themed art to make and add to everyday journaling. I love it!

There are a number of links if you scroll down to see the post excerpts about finding and living a Word of the Year. I will be writing more posts on Living Your Word of the Year (started real soon) throughout the coming year, asking questions and offering activities to help keep focused and inspired. In the meantime…

I have a few questions for you:

  • What do you want more of in your life?
    In the fall I felt the need to learn to work from a place of rest or peace, and to lighten up. I tend to take things seriously. At the same time, I love exploring and learning, then bringing that discovery into the visual realm. The 2018 word Mystery was good for that and I don’t feel done with the word. The word and insight about “Light” kept coming up. It is now officially my word for 2019.

Today as I was talking with a friend who said she wants more joy. Joy is her word for this coming year. She’s even going to get a tattoo of the word. I’m not so sure I’m going that permanent in my visual expression, but I am excited about the visual possibilities for my word.

  • What are you interested in learning about?
    The answer to this question could give hints of a theme or themes, symbols etc for your year.

  • What themes, words, thoughts and ideas keep coming up?
    If you don’t have anything, which can happen sometimes, ask, pray, listen, and watch for a word like you’re waiting for a sweet surprise.
  • What media (paint, pencil, pen, tape, etc.) or technique would I like to learn and improve this year?
    If you enjoy journaling this is a good question to answer because it can help with focusing and experimenting with specific techniques

Living Your Word in 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I facilitate a Facebook group about Living Your Word of the Year. In it we share insights through blog posts and connect with other like-hearted and like-minded people who want to live out a word focus throughout the year. We will be exploring our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative ways about living your word throughout this new year, explore new ideas, record thoughts, prayers, and events, you are invited to join our Facebook group:  Living Your Word of the Year 2019.

URL for Facebook group:

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019




Valerie: (this one :-))

Monthly Calendar Pages from my 2018 Everyday Journal:

As 2018 is coming to a close, and so is my 2018 Everyday Calendar journal, making room for a new year and a new 2019 Calendar journal .Here are my monthly pages for 2018, in case you missed them in a previous post.

Stencils Used in This Post

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Mid-Century Modern Banners
9×12″ L711

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Doll Crowns

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Nesting Dolls Stencil
9×12″ L694

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Bible Journaling Figures
9×12″ L

Word of the Year – Everyday Journal – Bullet Journal Posts

The Treasure of X in the A-Z Word Challenge

The mysterious treasure and paradox of the letter ‘X’ in the A-Z of Mystery journal. Scripture and questions to consider in this journey of life.

Wisdom from Above – W in A-Z Word Challenge

Seeking wisdom “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.” What do I have grace and time for?

Vision – Valor – Victory ~ V in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

V in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge I was almost asleep one night recently when a phrase floated across my mind and I knew it spoke truth and asked to be written down. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to my journal to write: “Vision with Valor lead to Victory.” This got me thinking of what this means to me personally. I went to the first A-Z journal I did with Bernice Hopper’s challenge back in 2013. Here is my V for Vision for that: Vision is a key word for me right now, and… Read More

Living in Unity – U in A-Z Challenge

We are bound together in a common life. Seeking unity with one another is a worthwhile pursuit. “How wonderful it is…to live together in harmony.

Living Time Now – T in A-Z Challenge

“We live in the past of the future,” I heard Jonathan Cahn say. So I am choosing to make today count like a time traveler! It’s like I am actually able to go back in time and change the trajectory of my future. If I were looking back from tomorrow or next year, that is exactly what coming back to this moment would be like.

Shine Your Light! S in A-Z Challenge

It’s time to Shine! What does it mean to shine? “How do I shine as myself, with God, and others?” To shine looks differently for us individually, but my guess there are also some common things we long for, need, and value.

Developing a Rhythm for Life – R in A-Z Challenge

Seeking to establish a fulfilling rhythm of daily life, working from rest and resting from work in a fulfilling way. Every living thing has a rhythm. “R” for Rhythm in the A-Z of Mystery Word of the Year Challenge.

Being Quiet to Hear – Q in A-Z Challenge

Getting quiet is important in order to hear and discern what to do. Listening prayer is a way to do that. Suggested questions & art reflections on Q-Quiet in the A-Z Challenge included

Living with Paradox – P in A-Z Word Challenge

Paradox is holding two opposites as true at the same time. We live in paradoxical times that have polarized relationships and our nation. We tend to paint other people with harsh, broad brush strokes of black or white. Living with paradox requires empathy and invites reconciliation, seeking to understand a viewpoint opposite of our own.

Order and Organizing! O in A-Z Word Challenge

Overcoming my struggle to order my stuff, organize and create beauty. O – Order in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge. Key questions to help organize.

July – Celebrating a New Season – Stencil Club – Calendar

Mid-Century Modern Stencil Club & paintings, July calendar and Washi tape adventure as we celebrate America’s freedom and enter a new season.

Celebrating Nature – N in the A-Z Challenge and NEW Stencils Released

Celebrating Nature with a Word of the Year active challenge and NEW leafy doodle stencils. Included are artful inspirations and a how-to stencil Washi tape video, comparing medical tape with white Washi tape.

M-Inspiring Your Creative Muse in Living Your Word of the Year

The word ‘Muse’ is filled with mystery. Muse is associated with memory and music. We may sense the connection most when we hear a song from our past, bringing back all sorts of memories, and we feel transported back to a specific event or time. Google Dictionary defines Inspiration as:” the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” or “a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.”

Travel and Art Journaling an Amazing Adventure

Traveling changes you. Keeping an art journal helps me process and remind us of the important memories. Going on our amazing adventure to the UK, France and Greece was wonder full! So much beauty! I’m finding my life and perspectives have expanded through the process of going so many new places and meeting new people that have now become friends. Writing and art journaling the journey is so rewarding.

Post includes my goals for travel art journaling, pages from my abstract travel journal made in Mary Beth Shaw’s class on our Blue Walk Art tour of Greece, and examples of making it my own by combining abstract techniques in class with realistic images from my trip photos.

L-Looking Back with New Eyes to Move Forward

I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.

K-Keys to Living Your Word of the Year

A key is a small thing that opens a larger, important experience. A question can be a key to the answer you’re looking for. A key can unlock a mode of transportation that can take us on a journey to another place. A key can open up a space of a new world. A key can bring us home.

J-Journey Living Your Word of the Year

If you are here now, you are on this life journey, and so am I. My journey is taking me back, like revisiting these journals with journey themed pages and bringing to mind my faith journey. I am grateful for the process, even though at times it was hard to see on the path… What is your journey…

Washi Tape Adventure #4 Maps Travel Theme Calendar Page

Preparing for travel this month, I made a calendar page with maps as the theme using Washi tape, stencils, Gelatos, and pen. Also a sneak peak at prepped pages for my travel journal…

I-Intentional Living the Word of the Year

Now is the time to be intentional! It’s been a very busy time and I feel on the edge of being overwhelmed. That puts me in danger of letting the default of shutting down take over. I’m determined to grow past that into healthy purposeful action.Keeping a journal has become the most helpful tool to living with intention and staying focused on what I believe is important in life.

Washi Tape Adventure #3 in My Calendar Journal

The Washi Tape Adventure continue. This time you can see how Washi Tape is used to its fullest in decorating a Calendar page, and not take a lot of time.

HOW? The Question Growing Out of My WHY

Asking myself the simple question, “How?” Is leading me in a life-changing evaluation of how and where I spend my time and energy.
My “how” needs to be an outgrowth of knowing my “why.” How is the way we live out our Why. I am grateful to know who I am and why I do what I do. However, sometimes I get confused on “how” to move forward from the deeper place of who I am and knowing my why.

Growing in Goodness & Gratitude with Your Word of the Year

G – Growing in Goodness & Gratitude I’m feeling the need to release grumbling and embrace gratitude as my “G” word. Grumble feels like a heavy word to me, like carrying around a dirty burlap bag of rocks. Gratitude feels light and hopeful. What better way to become grateful than to list what I have to be thankful for and to focus on the goodness of God, and good things! Building on the “F” Flow with the Fun post of last time, I’ve decided to do some “Grateful Groove” in my movement, during my worship dancing time. The combination of… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – M – Music

The Mystery of Music – M in the A-Z of Mystery Journal “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo Music is what feelings sound like, it speaks where words fail, soothes the mind, flows from heaven to the soul, and sings the prayer of the heart. Isn’t it amazing how music can bring back a memory so strong we feel the reliving of it. Music helps us remember facts. Remembering music is one of the things our brains hold onto, when other memories and facilities fade. I think… Read More

F – Flow with the Fun of Your Word of the Year

What do you do to help you reach your goals that seem unpleasant? For me, March is a time when my yearly goals wane a bit. Now I’m being intentional about pushing past that and having fun in the process.

Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:

Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:

Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:

About exploring a word of the year:

A surprise that led to an animal of the year:

“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.

If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”

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Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out:

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