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Monday, August 1, 2011

Calendar challenge : July/August

August is here, and with it the sharing of the next month's calendar challenge. I enjoyed my July pages. There wasn't much on them when I showed them to you at the beginning of last month.
We are in the middle of winter now in New Zealand so I wanted to reflect that pretty iciness in my pages. I decided that I wanted to continue incorporating stitch on the pages, so did a little experiment with metallic thread, organza and paper which led to these embellishments on my page
I love Anahata Katkin's work, and one of my birthday cards this year included this lovely image of hers, appropriately called "Snow Hat".
Tried to do the journalling with icy colours too, and earlier this week my boys went to the snow - so the snowflake embellishments turned out to be perfectly appropriate :-)
(click to see bigger)
I love to see how each month brings an opportunity to try out something new. August's pages are inspired by a Cloth Paper Scissors article from Jan/Feb this year about making a folder journal.
Folder journal by Karin Winter
This is an example by Karin Winter, one of the article's authors. Click here to see more examples of her journals, and here for a youtube video showing details of the folders that were used to illustrate the article. I really want to make one. If you do too, and don't have the magazine, there are very detailed instructions in this blog post.
Back to the calendar spread! I had these really pretty 7 Gypsies "Conservatory" papers that I had been dying to use.
They were an easy option to make most of the background. 
I managed to add a little bit of stitching on the background, the August label, and to make 3 pockets on the bottom of each page (you can click on the picture if you want a closer look). I then made some tags
I inked lines for journalling, sprayed them with walnut ink, and then added the butterflies. There is one tag to journal on for each week of August.
At first I wasn't sure what would go in the first pocket - I figured inspiration would strike...and it did.
It contains a tag I will use for my "Try something new for 30 days" challenge.
I am really looking forward to filling in my pages. I enjoy the prettiness of them just as they are :-)
If you want to see what other calendar entries there are for this month go to The Kathryn Wheel and don't forget the flickr group
Happy August everyone :-)

21 comments:

Sandra Hall said...

Your journal pages are lovely! The stitching looks great and the image is fab! I also love those 7Gypsies papers :D Look forward to seeing how that develops.

Anesha said...

What a beautiful set of pages and tag, such a great idea!

carole brungar said...

I think these are the prettiest pages yet I think they're gorgeous!!!

Monica said...

A wonderful journal page to recall what is important for you. Hard to think winter; it was cool yesterday at 98F/34C.

Astrid Maclean said...

STUNNING pages, love all the imagery you have used, can't wait to see what you are going to do with it all, just love the idea of the tags and everything, brilliant!

Laura said...

WOW i love your 7Gypsies pages, truely stunning and your July pages are FAB

flutterbycrafter said...

Two gorgeous pages, and July certainly looks chilly, lovely colours on both

Sharon said...

Great pages and my goodness you have been busy. Thanks I shall look at the instructions.

Sam said...

Your pages are amazing! Love the colours and stiched snowflakes on July and your ideas for Aug are fab. Those 7 Gypsies papers are beautiful, can't wait to see your Aug page finished!

craftattack said...

Beautiful calendar pages, love the wintry ones and all the stitching - great idea! Valerie

Janique de Suisse said...

wow, all the stitching !! Amazing and so beautiful !!! And I love the tags too !

McMGrad89 said...

What a great idea for August. Have fun filling it up.

thekathrynwheel said...

It seems funny to me that you are in the middle of winter! Your icy July pages look fab and August looks beautiful so far. I'm very interested to see how august develops :-) Well done for keeping up so far - only five months to go!

Caatje said...

Wow, I think your august calendar is one of the most beautiful you've done so far! Sweet.

Steph said...

Lovely pages and the stitching is Fab x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Fab July pages, love all the stitching :-) Do you take the pages out of the journal and then put them back in? Love your other journal pages too and those tags are lovely. Am going to check out the CPS folder journal.
Anne xx

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Your pages are stunning. I cant wait to see August finished-great idea.

Kimberly Gruber said...

I love those papers, now seeing them in your art makes me want them even more...well done!

Eileen said...

Your calendars are great! I love that folder journal!

Sheila MJ said...

Love the August calendar, but I was not expecting to see a wintry one - up here we're mostly doing beaches and flowers. Super tags too, great folder journal.

Anonymous said...

Love what you did with your calendar page using inspiration from our folder journals!

Karin Winter

ps. which reminds me to start on my calendar again!

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