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When You Just Need A Little Space

I've kept a journal for nearly 30 years. During most of that time my journaling was written, perhaps with some ticket stubs or other small memorabilia glued in. Thankfully, some years ago I discovered the wonders of art, or visual, journaling and ever since then my journals have had more allure than ever for me. It's something I look forward to doing.

Let's face it though - there are many days when there is nothing much of note to write about. Some days I simply note the temperature (to prove how moderate a climate I live in - albeit with a lot of winter clouds). As I paged through the November-December issue of Somerset Studio I stumbled across an article by Kate Crane in which she detailed how to compose a monthly calendar with just enough space to add some basic observations and doodles.

I was feeling impatient and, perhaps more to the point, very tired when I made this page - so, as you can see, my spacing is off, texture is lacking and and planning and forethought are somewhat awry for January's page - but I can really this developing into a way to keep track of some bare miniumums in one handy spot - with all of the other pages devoted to more lengthy ruminations or mixed media fun things. I'll be adding some borders and doodles and thickening up some of the lettering that's already there - 2012 looks a bit skimp to me - but all in all it was fun thing to slap together and I the months to come will be more artfully arranged - but no less fun!

I guess I always look for ways to encourage my friends to journal - it's so much fun to look back on what your doing and where you were doing it as the years fly by. It gives me a sense of perspective - after all all you have to lose is memories - and they can be pretty sweet at times!


  1. Beautiful page, I love the coloured circles in the squares and your borders are lovely. Look forward to seeing your pages in 2012 x

  2. Beautiful page - I love the circle of colour for each day :-) I look forward to seeing your page completed - I'm sure it will grow throughout the month! Thanks for joining the challenge. 2012 is going to be a great year!

  3. Lovely first page. Agree with Kate about the circles.

  4. The calendar looks good to me.

  5. WOW great page, love the circles within the squares, looking forward to seeing what else you do with your page.

  6. Beautiful pages! LOVE all those coloured cicles! I wish you a very happy 2012!

  7. Wow fantastic colours , cant wait to see your pages evolve xxx

  8. I love your slap ! Page the colours are fab willing some sunshine can't wait to see it at the end of the month x

  9. Gorgeous, colourful page and I just love the nail polish on the hand

  10. Wow. Love your bright and cheerful page

  11. Such a bright and colourful page. Well done.

  12. I love, love, love your page! The colours are gorgeous!

  13. A lovely colourful page to start the year off!

  14. I really like your circles within the squares. I've thought I will stamp or doodle on days I don't fill in. Happy crafting!

  15. Hello!
    Love the colours and how you design your calendar page. I will create my calendar page soon. I find the Kathy blog and love it.


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