Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Calendar Challenge

Wow -- almost to the end of the year!  I can't believe I have kept up with the 366 Calendar Challenge over at The Kathryn Wheel.  To recap, each month the participants in the challenge create a calendar page and then journal a little bit about each day in any way they choose.  At the end of the year one has created an intensely personalized and artistic calendar, filled with little memories of each day.

Here is my October spread all filled in:

and a separate view of each page:

And here is November, not too terribly late:

I was kind of stumped for ideas for November, so glued on torn pieces of some scrapbooking paper one of my kids was given several years ago.  I didn't like that much, so I covered it all with some gesso, then I squirted on some ink sprays -- of which I only have two colors, and not very autumnal at that -- but then November is such an odd month here in Memphis anyways -- we have had temps in the mid 30's (no hard freeze yet, but often we have by now), and now today was in the 80's.  Tonight it is storming, tomorrow will be cold.  We get our peak color in November, but all the leaves usually get blown off the trees by storms (as they are tonight), and we have had our most violent killer tornadoes in November.  A Dickensian month ("It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times . . .", sandwiched between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

I drew a tree in the center, but didn't like it much.  I grabbed some paper scraps, including crumpled strips of paper sacks and glued them on the edges, along with some dollar store silk leaves.  I decided to segment the branches for the days of the month -- but it's all wrong for the number of weeks and number of days, so I'll just kind of ad lib each week.  You can see the 3 days of this first week of November on the left-most branch, with the extra tree segments just doodled in.

I think it all finally came together rather nicely.  In fact, it might be my favorite spread thus far, because of all the texture and different components.

Be sure to check out The Kathryn Wheel and check out the pages created by all the participants.


Jill said...

That's a very creative way of arranging your page.

Joyous said...

Your page layouts are wonderfully fascinating examples of thinking outside the box. Thanks for sharing how you arrived at November's design, it really made me smile.

Anesha said...

Great pages for October and November. Lovely colours.

patcrafts said...

Love your pages as they are so different from the norm and your colours for November are fine, the tree is a great idea.
Your grandchildren are so cute.

Sheila Jordan said...

What fab colours for November - great design

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Oh wow! Both your pages are amazing. They are so unique and the backgounds are stunning. I'm partial to the black and white in October. Very cool.

Marjie Kemper said...

October looks great all finished and I just love all the motion on the November page. What a super way to divide it up!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I like the tree with the faux leaves! You only have one more month and you'll be finished. Will you participate again for next year?

thekathrynwheel said...

Lovely pages! October is a fabulous monichrome month, and November is so colourful. I really like how November turned out ... Well done for keeping up all year - nearly there!!