The Kathryn Wheel, Part 12 (and calendar review)

Art journal calendar pages inspired by The Kathryn Wheel (Marjie Kemper)Art Journal Calendar

Have you ever made an art journal calendar?  This post was initially shared in December 2012. These pages are all part of Kate Crane's calendar project.  I enjoyed finding different ways and shapes to create the tiny calendar pages for each month.


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As you know, I'm a huge Sizzix fan and I use a lot of their dies (with the Tim Holtz Vagabond machine) in my work. These aren't traditional December colors, but Kate has no rules (which suits me fine!) and I went wherever my spirit took me each month.

I've made this page with a combo of Dylusions Ink Sprays, stencils, inks, punches, the Sizzix Chip Block alphabet die, and Basic Grey papers.

Marjie Kemper 2012 art journal calendar - The Kathryn Wheel project

Here's how the rest of my year turned out:


I used the Sizzix Ticket Strip to cut tickets for my daily entries this month.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel projectOctober

The Sizzix 1.5″ Hexagon die and Tim Holtz's Word Play alphabet die are the features in October.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel projectSeptember

An old fashioned square punch  helped in July, August and September.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel projectAugust

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel project

JulyMarjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel project

Loads of stamping in June.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel projectMay

Tim Holtz's Sizzix Tattered Florals die along with some paper punches decorated the May page.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel projectApril

The discontinued Sizzix Square Frames Combo die gave me space for the days of the month in April.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel projectMarch

Circle punches for March along with chipboard letters.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel projectFebruary

Square punches and stamping.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel projectJanuary

Lots of stamping, more squares, and the Rat-a-Tat-Tat die set gave me the bold dies for the year.

Marjie Kemper 2012 calendar - The Kathryn Wheel project

It's a pleasure looking back at the completed pages. I encourage you to join next year… there's a ton of inspiration over on Kate's blog.

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  1. Julie Steed on October 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

    What a gorgeous calendar!! Every year I think I’m going to play along and somehow I get sidetracked. Maybe 2017 will be my year. :D

  2. Laura on October 22, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Hi Marjie how lovely. Great colours Laura

  3. Anne Rita Taylor on October 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I was looking for calendar ideas and yours is really inspiring & pretty. Especially like May for the portrait orientation – but love them all!

  4. Sara Jansen on October 19, 2016 at 12:44 am

    These are great — live October’s particularly. And I LOVED the article about your work in Journaling – it is just a great issue!

  5. Karen Bearse on October 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

    These are very dynamic and love the color choices! Great take on Kate’s calendar challenge.

    • Marjie Kemper on October 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Karen! It was a challenge for sure but one I’m very glad I took.

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  11. Janine Whitling on December 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I love these Marjie! What a terrific idea. Some of your designs are stunning. I have a particular fondness for August and December, although they are all wonderful. I might just head over to Kate’s blog and join you this year :)

  12. Lynne Moncrieff on December 30, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Always a wonderful sense of achievement to see something through to the very end.
    I so enjoyed looking back on the previous months. You most definitely have carved your own style Marjie as each and every page speaks so much of you.

  13. froebelsternchen on December 26, 2012 at 6:43 am

    what a fabulous calender this is?! AWESOME!
    xxx Susi

  14. chris on December 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Oooh! Glad I don’t have to choose a favourite page – they are all fantastic and so different! Happy Christmas, Chrisx

  15. Silvia on December 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Your pages are FANTASTIC, all of them. I’ll try to take part in 2013,too.
    A Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  16. kathy/NorthCarolina on December 24, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I’m so inspired by your discipline, Marjie. This calendar project is just amazing. Every single month is filled with beautiful art and thoughtful images. It is a treasure…and so are you. Merry Christmas!

  17. Brenda Brown on December 24, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Fabulous Marjie and so inspirational to see them altogether.
    Enjoy the festivities with your family, wishing you all a happy and joyous time.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  18. linda on December 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Wow! What a bright and beautiful calendar you’ve created! It really is amazing!

  19. Anita Houston on December 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    These calendar pages were truly your calling! They are the most gorgeous I’ve seen! Each one so unique and so full of amazing color and style! I wish you the merriest Christmas ever!!!

  20. Trece Wyman on December 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    These are just gorgeous!! And seeing them all displayed together is stunning!

  21. Julie Tucker-Wolek on December 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Wowwwwwwwwww!! These are amazing!! I absolutely loveeeeeeee the colors!!!

  22. Barbara K on December 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Great job! Love them all – though I must say October is my favorite!
    Have a nice Christmas!
    Barbara K

  23. butterfly on December 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Wow, how amazing they look all together! A wonderful variety but all with your inimitable style…
    Alison xx

  24. Carolyn Dube on December 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Congrats on getting a whole year done! Every one has something extra special! From March’s circles, April’s diamonds, June’s variety of boxes, the colors on December, the tickets of Nov. – oh I could go on and on! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  25. Alison on December 23, 2012 at 10:33 am

    A fabulous array of pages Marjie! You’ve every right to be proud of your achievement!
    Hope you have a magical Christmas!
    Alison xx

  26. Redanne on December 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Hi Marjie, I think the blue is perfect for December and I love the little lights across the top. Each month is beautiful and it is good to see them altogether. Well done for sticking with it, I am sure each page will give you plenty of inspiration next year. Have a wonderful Christmas. Hugs, Anne x

  27. Judy Shea on December 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Wow.. that’s commitment. I love August. Have a great holiday, Marjie.

  28. Susan on December 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Woohoo! You did the whole year! Way to stick with it!

  29. Teresa Jaye on December 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

    oooooo, love your Christmas bulb banner and dog tag shaped dates. My December calendar page is not done yet but I know what the plan is! I’m glad to have this record of 2012 but am not going to do 2013. Nice to see all of your pages together, my favs are March August and October.
    Have a blessed Christmas!