The blue and the ice textures symbolize winter and coldness and the book is a way to make the cold go away... immerse yourself in a good story and forget the world around you.
Again, for the calendar that's going to be the Christmas present for my parents. Both of them love books - my mum even works in a library.
and my own
By popular demand
The whispy stuff was done using Apophysis fractals (it's a free program) - here you can read up on how I incorporate them into my work [link]
If you need some things to get you started, you can find the books, some fractals and some Photoshop brushes created from fractals at my stock account =kuschelirmel-stock