Sunday, December 31, 2017

December complete and January, 2018 ready to go, plus a review


December, 2017 has been put to bed.

I got a bit carried away with the stickers this month.  I went from autumn to winter and cleaned out my stickers that way.  I have more, though (grin).  Feel free to read the minutia and see how boring my life truly is.

Here is my January, 2018 calendar ready to be written in.

And because this is the end of the year, here are all my months after they have been filled in.













Many of you have heard me lament my pitiful calendars I make each month.  Here's a look back at the year I first started, which was 2011:

This is from September, 2011

and this is from February, 2012.  You can see how I've simplified my pages over the years.  I've also not colored them because that takes time I don't ever seem to find.

Thanks for joining me in this look back at 2017 and beyond.  I am very grateful you choose to join me for this post each month, because your wonderful comments keep me going.  You'll also not find these on any other social media site since Kate at The Kathryn Wheel stopped sharing calendar links on her blog in 2014.

I also want to personally wish each of you my readers, followers, and art friends a safe and joyous New Year and an art filled 2018.

22 thoughtful remarks:

Cindy McMath said...

Oh the heart shaped one was very cool, but I can see it would be a lot of work! I started this years ago as you may remember but it got so derailed by a trip to Toronto and I never picked it up again. I’m afraid my over-scheduled calendar lives in my work phone and that’s the way it will be until I retire. I enjoyed seeing your year in review and also your art year in review post. Happy New Year to you my dear friend.

Valerie-Jael said...

A lovely review of all of your calendars, thanks for sharing. Enjoy the last day of the year and may the new one start of well for you and yours. Hugs, Valerie

kaybee said...

Your calendars are a fabulous idea, and such a perfect reminder of previous times. Wishing you a happy and peaceful 2018. Kay x

Barbara Fisher said...

I did look at some of the minutiae and “had lunch at sushi bar – it sucked” really made me laugh! I hope you find a nicer sushi bar in 2018, and I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Hugs Barbara

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your calendar pages are so well done - yes the artsy pages from 2011 may be prettier, but you do well in making it the easy ways - I will start one as well - you inspired me a lot!
oxo
Susi

CJ Kennedy said...

A fun look back to see all you have done. My you were busy! I love all the stickers. Too fun. Here's to another creative and productive year. Happy New Year.

Gibby Frogett said...

Your calendar pages are always fabulous and inspiring Elizabeth and must be fun to look back on. I printed out Jan and Feb when I did 2017 calendar but its just boring squares to write in and nothing else. There never seems to be enough space to write a lot of things let alone add art - but one of these years I will try a more arty fun one :)
Wishing you all the very best for the New Year.
Gill xx

Meggymay said...

Good to see your calendars altogether and the pages from earlier years.
Hope you are having a good last day of the year.
Yvonne xx

nanskidrewski said...

Happy New Year! Wishing you an art filled, happy calendar filled new year!

My name is Erika. said...

I like the all the stickers on your calendar. They give it lots of personality which changes each month. My favorite are those suns and stars in August. We have sun today but it doesn't feel like those suns. With the wind it is brutal. A good day to stay home for me. And I also enjoy your look backs as I didn't know you back in 2011. I like the alternating hearts. Not pitiful at all. I say if it's going to be messy (and yours are not messy) just go for it big time. So I guess the same applies to every other level of art. I think you owned them just perfectly! Happy end of 2017. Hope you have something fun planned this evening, unlike me which is probably more tv binging. :) Hugs-Erika

Linda Kunsman said...

I love all the colorful stickers around your calendar pages! it adds fun and color and yes, keeps it simple. I debated doing a calendar journal this year but as of today I am ready to go with a new journal and format:)
Thanks for another fabulous blogging year full of creativity. Happy New Year!

kathyinozarks said...

you are a busy lady indeed!! hugs

Divers and Sundry said...

I don't keep a calendar anymore, since my days don't much differ ;) but I love how you fill yours!

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for T Stands for Tuesday and the blessing it has been in my life. I've "met" wonderful people through you, both from T Day and from your pointing out particular bloggers I now follow. Thank you :)

Jeanie said...

I have to say that your calendars TOTALLY freak me out! I can't even begin to imagine being that productive and WOW! And with good work, too. Blows my mind!

Meanwhile, I wish you a very happy new year. I'm so glad I have discovered your world and all that you bring to me and your other readers, your wonderful comments on my blog and all the joy of art and creation. Till 2018, wishing you a ...

Happy New Year!

Hot Guys said...

Maybe I should start a calendar, mhm! :)

Thanks for the idea, babe. And Happy New Year, dear!

craftytrog said...

You're ahead of me Elizabeth, I'm planning to do my calendar tomorrow.
Wishing you a very happy and blessed 2018.
Alison xox

pearshapedcrafting said...

Your calendar pages do look good Elizabeth, even though as you say, you used to spend more time on them! I Love how you add your stickers and that your entries look so different! Looking forward to seeing them during 2018! As it is now past Midnight I shall wish you a Happy New Year!Chrisx

Rita said...

Yes, time to put 2017 to bed. Looking forward to a new year and a fresh start. :)

RO said...

I like that you're so consistent with filling them out, and allowing them to evolve as needed. You put so much work into each of them. It's neat to look at the calendars from the past, and to look forward to all the fun things you'll be doing in 2018. Happy New Year and HUGE Hugs...RO

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Thanks for the interesting look back at your calendar pages, Elizabeth. I really need to start one - I haven't kept one for years except the online practical minimal one. It was interesting to me that you started out with artfully made backgrounds but couldn't make that work for the long term. That's one of the reasons I haven't started. I'm taking a lesson from your book and starting with an actual calendar and that I can add artful touches to as time allows.

Happy New Year! Hugs, Eileen

Julia Dunnit said...

I’m rubbish at sticking to this sort of thing. I absolutely love that you record the minutiae, it’s useful and very engaging! I’m with you about Sushi. I love that you share at the yearns end too, it’s lovely to see your collections. Happy New Year to you. Health and comfort and friends. Not a long list, but one we all need!

Halle said...

Another year in the books for you. Nicely done! Do you ever take the old ones out and reminisce?