I didn’t think I’d ever get to the point where I was actually writing this post!!!! Last year, I got the brainwave to make my own calendar, and I created an Aurora Wings Sprite calendar…..I loved flipping the pages each month to see another adorable Sprite! So…….I decided to once again create my own calendar, using some of the exquisite mermaids by Mitzi of Aurora Wings. Apparently I forgot the work involved, because there was NO WAY this sucker was going to be finished in a week (I started just after Christmas), and I was in a bit of a panic about what to do. A good friend suggested I make it from February 2019 to January 2020, and that way I give myself a bit of leeway for next year if I forget to start early again! I finished on February 2, just in time for the midway reminder post for our first challenge of the year at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog. We started off with everyone’s favorite theme – ATG, and would love to see what your creativity produces!!!
Making a calendar has it’s own set of challenges….the biggest for me being to keep the weight down so it doesn’t tear off the wall when I hang it. This means that I have to use lightweight DP for the background, and minimal embellishments (which have to be flat!). Thank God I have a hoard of paper that I managed to find coordinating papers in the appropriate weight!! The embellishments are comprised of die cuts, Cricut cuts, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, and some hand cut shapes when needed. All images are colored completely with Copics, with accents of white gel pen – with the exception of January’s background, which is done with chalk. I downloaded a blank calendar grid, so I could use my choice of font.
I filled in holidays, seasonal changes and when the full moon lands each month (so when people say, “it must be a full moon” – I can either confirm or correct, lol). I had a bit of fun with the full moon icon, using a wolf howling at the moon 🙂 I bound the calendar with a spiral from a notebook that I purchased and dismantled, then hand wound it through the holes I made with a handy dandy American Crafts punch that I have 🙂
And here are the details by month 🙂 * Warning!!! * It’s a year long post!!!!
Siren – Found HERE in the Digi Shop, and HERE on Etsy
Whisper of the Sea – Full version found in Gardens and Goddesses 3 coloring book, watch for it to become available HERE on Etsy, Face only image found HERE at the Digi shop.
Journey Home – Available exclusively in the Digi Shop HERE
Mermaid on Crescent Moon – Found HERE in the Digi Shop, HERE on Etsy, and the full version (what I used) is found HERE in the Gardens and Goddesses 1 coloring book, and HERE in this PDF coloring page set
Fins and Pearls – Found HERE in the Digi Shop, HERE on Etsy, and in THIS set of PDF coloring pages.
The Ruby Slipper – Available HERE in the Digi Shop, HERE on Etsy, and the full version (what I used) is found in THIS set of PDF coloring pages, and in the Gardens and Goddesses 1 coloring book HERE
Starfish Mermaid – Head only version found HERE in the Digi Shop, and HERE on Etsy. Full version (what I used) is found in THIS set of PDF coloring pages, and in the Gardens and Goddesses 3 coloring book, watch for it to become available HERE
Mermaid’s Wish – Found HERE in the Digi Shop, and HERE on Etsy
Autumn Mermaid – Found HERE in the Digi Shop, and HERE on Etsy
A Dark Undercurrent – Full version available HERE in the Digi Shop, and HERE on Etsy. It can also be found in the Midnight Gardens coloring book – watch for it to become available HERE.
Lady of the Sea (Full Version) – Available HERE in the Digi Shop, in THIS set of PDF coloring pages, and in the Gardens and Goddesses 3 coloring book; watch for it to become available HERE
Christmas Mermaid – Found HERE in the Digi Shop, and HERE on Etsy
Wow!!! Looking at the time, I see that another 3 hours have passed!!! After the last month+, I’m not sure I’m going to know what to do with myself!!! I can bet that mermaids will NOT be involved in whatever I do, LOL. Here’s to a new year!
I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #2 February ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft – #2 February ATG
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Feb. ATG with Patterned Paper
Your Scrapbook Place – February ATG
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 5 ATG
A Gem of a Challenge – Week 2 ATG
Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 4 ATG
Crafter’s Cafe Challenge – #212 Fairytale (mermaids!) or I spy with my little Eye something beginning with F (February, Friday, Fish, Flowers…..a bunch of stuff 😉 )
Oh, Susan! I should have known that you’d actually manage to outdo yourself with this unbelievably gorgeous calendar! Adored your Sprites, but these glorious mermaids, with their intricate backgrounds, so perfectly colored and matched to the papers, with amazing embellies (flat, no less) is beyond my realm of appropriate praise. OMG, woman! All I can say is “Where’s MINE!” ;D xxxxD
OMG, Susan, I just about fell off my chair when I saw the slide show of your mermaid calendar! This one totally blows my mind both in concept and execution, not to mention the amount of time and energy the project required. I know you have grit to stick with an overwhelming project from what you’ve done before, but this calendar is on a different level! If you ask me, I think you deserve to take the rest of the year off from your DT duty. LOL I know a lot of people find those full-page images intimidating (I mean, so many of my images are loaded with so much detail…), but not you. I’m still amazed at your creative energy’s powerful flow. I totally LOVE this!! Thank you so much for an awesome inspiration for today’s mid-challenge post at AWCB. M xxx
Just perfect, what a package of fantastic work! Just perfect for the Challenge! Great project! Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy. Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx
Awesome calendar! Fabulous coloring! Wow! Thanks for joining us at A Gem of A Challenge!
Wowzer this is stunning so much work went into this such an amazing project Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
Michelle DT Owner/Admin for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/
I really like your project Thanks for joining us at Patterned Paper Challenge
DT Patterned Paper Challenge
Gorgeous project! Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
Maritza DT for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/…
A stunning project! Such a gorgeous collection of mermaids and all so perfectly coloured!