Thursday, 1 December 2011

Calendar Challenge and first day of JOY!

Hello! Here is Novembers (almost finished) page for the calendar challenge over at Kates Blog.
I can't believe its the 1st of December already, where has this year gone?

 November Page

 December page

I used Dylusions paints and sprays, sequin waste, chalk inks and a Tim Holtz stamp.
I drew the trees on book pages and collaged them on. I drew the Holly King and the Oak King to represent Yule.
At Yule the Holly King and the Oak King battle to rule the land. At this time the Holly King loses and reliquishes his crown to the Oak King who will rule until Summer Solstice, when they will do battle again.
After the Winter Solstice the sun climbs a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day and our ancestors celebrated the rebirth of the Sun King, who was the giver of life that warmed the frozen earth back to life.

Here are the first few pages of my JOY book (Journal our Yule) I am going for a more art journal look to my album this year.


Front inside cover and some tags I have made


JOY title page


My goals for this Yule


Christmas saying and a little bit about Yule

Rest of the Yule page and my Day 1 page ready for me to journal on later today.

TFL
Sami x

26 comments:

craftattack said...

Hi Sami, love your journal pages. The Kings are a great touch, as are the lovely Xmas trees. I always look forward to the winter solstice, as it's my birthday on the 21st, and I think it's a good day for that, and then the days start getting longer again.... Your JOY book is a wonderful idea, too, I think I will make something like it next year. Have a good month! Hugs, Valerie

craftattack said...

Well, apart from being nearly twice as old as you, we are almost twins! Enjoy your special time of year! Valerie

Sherry Edwards said...

What a creative post Sam - love it all! Especially the collaged trees on your December page, and your journal is fab too x

Jamie said...

All of them are lovely - my favorite is the November calendar

Carmen said...

utterly gorgeous Sam. Love both your calendar pages and your JOY book! Love watching these come together!

LadyBug said...

The background for the december page is perfect!!! a beautiful wintery sky :) Loving your JOY so far! i'm so pleased the 1st is finally here and we can get started. Px

PaperPumpkin said...

Oh my! i just LOVE your calendars and your JOY journal art! Wow! Very inspiring... I too can not believe ow quickly November passed! I am preparing my December calendar in my mind today, to hopefully do today...! Busy days! Usy months! Hopefully always filled with beauty and joy. Kath

Sarah said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sam. I love your calender pages. And your JOY album is looking fantastic too. Looking forward to seeing how it grows through the month ;0) xx

Sarah said...

*lol* Just reread my comment.I clearly cannot spell Calendar!!What a wally ;0) xx

Terri Kahrs said...

Great calendar spreads, Sam!!! Love those that little row of houses with their sweet little lights glowing in November and that row of fun Christmas trees in December! Love your journal too!!! Happy December! ♥ Hugs, Terri

Siobhan Brignull said...

wowee those are great pages, loved November and December rocks .. Siobhan

Steph said...

Lovely pages Sam just love your backgrounds and images. The Joy book is great too x

McMGrad89 said...

Your calendars are great! I also am loving your JOY book.

laurie said...

i love your december page and all the symbolism it holds. i really hope you teach a JOY class some year with prompts and the wisdom of the season. (hint, hint) :-)

Lynette (NZ) said...

Wow - I am stunned by your Christmas page. Lovely imagery there...and your christmas album is lots of fun too. Have a very cool yule :-)

Anesha said...

Wow love your December pages. The drawings are just wonderful. :)

Marjie Kemper said...

I'm intrigued by your Joy album... the pages are so fantastic! Love the stamping on your calendar pages too... I must do that next year!

sandra de said...

Gorgeous pages you have created for the last two months. Love the idea of the Joy book.

Sandra Hall said...

Wonderful pages! Love the trees on December page and the images and the story behind the battling kings is great :) I like the way you've given you JOY book an art journal feel too.

Dianne said...

I do like your december page, it's so fresh, the trees are great. I like your joy journal as well. Dianne.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in awe of your daily calendar and love those December trees. I am so impressed with them, I may have to give the concept a twirl.

Astrid Maclean said...

LOVE what you did with November and December looks fantastic too. Great album also. Have a fab month!

patcrafts said...

Love both your Nov and Dec pages great idea all the little Xmas trees and love the 2 kings.

thekathrynwheel said...

Your calendar pages are awesome. I love the way you draw your daily squares - I really need to try that too. Thanks for joining the challenge and well done for keeping up all year! What an achievement! Didn't we do well? Maybe next year?! Kate x

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

Lovely December pages, love the trees.

Kimberly Gruber said...

holy cow! Your November calendar page is nothing short of amazing! The colors are just beautiful! All your work is awesome.