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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A Visual Parable from the Seashore for these Times

A walk on the beach is where I feel free to pour out my heart, listen to God and sing into the wind with the crashing waves playing the music. Walking, I was challenged to shake off the weight of the world and all the unrest. Sadness had crept in and I was feeling discouraged. I came across this small stone trapped between the large boulders and it seemed to echo my feelings. I noticed the beach was strewn with

Entering the New and Unknown with Calendar, Stencils…

Sometimes our heart knows things ahead of our experience. The calendar and journal pages in this post were made and written in April through the first week of May. With what is going on in the world now, including my home city of Portland, Oregon, the messages and prayers are more relevant than ever. The first of June is also the reveal of the new Stencil Club Mash-up set with Mary Beth Shaw. Here’s the stencils and some ideas of what you can do with them…

Pursuing Peace with the Power of the Pause

It has been said of the time we are in, and I agree, that we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat. It is a storm none of us have faced before. Our polarization only adds to the problems, causing the divide to widen. Fear and faith struggle for control, and we choose. Our experiences are different and are expressed in different ways. The right answer may be different for different people in different places and at different times. What to do?

Drawing Daily Calendar Inspiration

As I was making my monthly calendar page, I was reminded how each day and how we live it is still important.

In our Living Your Word of the Year facebook group, Bernice put out a challenge that seems just right for this month. As usual, I’m adjusting it to my own liking, and am finding comfort in the simplicity and the daily exercise of looking back on the day, and responding with a simple symbol, drawing or words.

Adding Visual Design to a Word of the Year

One of the ways to focus on and contemplate my word of the year is through visually designing the word itself. If you aren’t interested in doing that, you can always look for a font on your computer and print out your word in the font, adding color, definitions, quotes, symbols etc.

Each year I dedicate a page to this in the journal used for everyday things, but you can also post it where you can see it each day.

Living with Intention that leads to action

Merriam-Webster defines intention as:
“a determination to act in a certain way, of Import, significance.” 

How can I be intentional in how I choose to live my life?
One way is to make intentions based on a Word focus for the year.

My word SPIRIT is quite broad. Putting my intentions in a journal helps me integrate my word into my day to day life. The process of making an intentions page reminds me of what is important about my Word for this year, and in living life.

Dare to Dream with Courageous Action

After I realized fear of failing was keeping me from hearing God clearly and taking positive action, I found the inspiration and motivation I needed. This post shares what I found. I am already stepping out with more confidence and intentional action.

How to Make a Mind Map

Only a week into the new year and decade and I was feeling overwhelmed. Not good. Numerous ‘opportunities’ were coming my way in addition to the already scheduled commitments and events on my calendar. As I wondered what to do, and not do, confusion started swirling in my head. My thoughts were not linear so I decided to do a mind map. This post shows the process I went through and three easy steps to make your own mind map.

How to do a Word Study

Whether you are researching your Word of the year or any word, these online research steps can help you grow in understanding of your word. In this post there is listed step-by-step process to explore the meaning of a word and find Scripture and quotes to add to the meaning. Examples of visually expressing words are also given.

NEW Celtic Stencils & 4 videos to jumpstart your creativity

Introducing four new Celtic stencils inspired by Celtic illuminated manuscripts. Spark your creativity with four videos and inspiring examples.See what you can do to make a bullet journal come alive with using stenciled letters that don’t look like stencils, and beautiful Spiral and tile patterns. Use a Gel Press to print shimmery papers with metallic Pan Pastels and acrylic paints.

Pages to include in a Word of the Year bullet journal

Here is a walk through of my Word of the Year bullet journal set-up for 2020. I also compare it to 2019’s journal set-up. I hope you are inspired to set up your own journal. It’s so nice to set up the monthly calendar as I go in the journal. That way there aren’t any blank pages in between entries. 

Moleskine or Leuchtturm Journal? Bullet Journal Basic Supplies

Leuchtturm or Moleskine? In this video I show you the basic supplies I use for a Word of the Year Bullet Journal. There is a list and links in the post. Cheers to your new year!

A Gift of Peace ~ Shalom Prayer

The beautiful guiding prayer of The Maranatha Community has been read and heard by millions worldwide. It has helped transform my thinking and used to bring about inner healing. In this post I’ve use the sound-track from the original Shalom CD (with permission) to overlay it onto my original artwork to create this video rendition.

7 Reasons Why I include a Word of the Year in my Bullet Journal

Video and written reasons on the benefits of including a Word of the Year in a bullet/calendar/everyday/anything style of journal

A-Z Word of the Year Challenge Journal Pages

This post shows my finished journal pages of the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge & links including A-Z of my Mystery and applying it to a word of the year.

Biggest Stencil Sale of the Year NOW 25% off!

All StencilGirl Products® stencils are on sale now, the biggest stencil sale of the year 25% off! Ideas, Inspiration, Freebies…

Mid-Century Modern 2019 Calendar Pages!

2019 monthly calendar made in my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted journal with theme of mid-century modern & using banner stencil. Biggest Stencil Sale of the year!

Reaching the Zenith with Zeal – A-Z Word Challenge

Moving toward a zenith, the highest point in life, with passion and zeal sounds fulfilling and to me. I would like to live with such purposeful intention.

Yearning and saying Yes – Y in A-Z Word Challenge

What I yearn for I tend to say ‘yes’ to. That is why it is so important to nurture my heart, be aware of what or who I give my heart to, what I focus on, and even what I see and hear.

How I Choose a Word of the Year

Video and written steps on how to choose a Word of the Year to focus on and live by. Visit my blog for creative ways to journal and live your word this year

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.

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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