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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/
URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019
CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:
Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (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
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.”
Visit my Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/valeriesjodin/everyday-yearly-journals/
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: https://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/