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Final Greenville Planner Pages with video tour

February 3, 2021

Hello everyone, Annette Green here today with my final pages in my Greenville Planner which I’ve been sharing throughout 2020. I ended this planner/journal with some Fall pages, at which time my planner was filled to the brim. I decided it was a good place to stop, especially since I started a new planner in December for my Day-by-Day memories. (You can check that December DBD video out HERE if you like.)

As you can see, I’ve introduced the Phone Booth Special die set into my planner. I hope you follow along as I share how my pages came together. All products used for this final layout are shown at the end of this post.
I began by die-cutting my paper from the Rusty Weathered collection using the Planner Essentials 1 page die. From the Reminiscence paper collection, I fussy-cut three sunflowers and adhered them around the page. From the Reinforcement Pack 2, I die cut the leaf shapes and adhered them in place.
Next I used the tag die from Planner Essentials 4 to cut my photos, then matted around them with a deep red card stock. The tag shapes gives a little more interest than a simple rectangle. Finally, I stamped the list from the CS119 Reminders stamp set onto ivory card stock, colored in the arrow and inked the outer edges before adhering in place.
For the facing page, I cut the same paper using the Planner Essentials 4 page die, added the same leaf-shaped reinforcers and fussy cut one more sunflower. The large circles and scalloped circles were die-cut from the Pizza Box set and the “heart this” is die-cut from Planner Essentials 30 Wave Pocket die set which are then adhered to a stamped label from the CS133 Retro Labels stamp set.
After stamping the journaling block using the Sidekick 1 stamp set, I added my photos. If you’re curious how to cut circles from your photos, check out the video tour below.
Since I had more photos to feature, I decided to add the cute Phone Booth as an insert. What a fun die set to play with! I added the word Fall using the letters from the Butterfly Pocket Insert set and the pumpkins and leaves from Joset’s Pumpkins set, and all other elements are from the Phone Booth set.
The door to the Phone Booth opens out to this fun area for more photos and journaling. I used the Planner Filmstrip set to cut two photo frames for the right side of this page.
Small photos fit nicely inside here, and it’s a great place for a little hidden journaling.
For the back side of my Phone Booth insert I added more fun elements from the die set, as well as the photo mat/tag from the Wave Pocket set I used earlier, and of course one more fussy-cut sunflower and the leaf reinforcements.
Once I added my last photo, I finished off this page by stamping the word “Happy” from the Sidekick 1 stamp set. And my pages are done, my Greenville Planner is done, and I’m moving on to my 2021 planner and Nature Notebook Planner which you’ll see in future posts. If you’d like to check out my video tour of my entire Greenville Planner, I’ve provided it below. Thanks so much for stopping in today!
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2021 Planner Dashboard and January Divider Page

January 5, 2021

Hello again, it’s Annette Green here with a brand new Planner for 2021. I’ve created a simple dashboard page and my first monthly divider page to share with you today.

This is my actual planner/datebook for the year which I will use for appointments, to-do lists, and notes. Each month will have a divider and one photo mat reserved for my top photo of the month. All other memory keeping will be done in a separate planner.
To create my dashboard page, I die-cut pretty paper (Graphic 45’s Woodland Friends collection) using the Wave Pocket die which I will create a double pocket page with. I will adhere it to a plain page (blue) which I die-cut using Planner Essentials 4. As an accent piece, I die-cut the small piece using the Note Pieces set.
After folding the wave pocket piece, I adhered it to the blue page using adhesive on the left, right and bottom only to create a double pocket. These pockets will be used for things such as a list of goals for the year, memorabilia, or receipts for a few examples. I die-cut 2021 (pink) from the Retro Number Trio set as well as two hole reinforcers from the Reinforcement Variety Pack. The final touches are stickers from the paper collection.
Onto the back of my dashboard page I built a photo page by die-cutting two tag shapes, one inside the other, from floral pink paper using the Wave Pocket die set again. I’ll save the smaller tag for later. I also die-cut the outline pieces from green paper for decorating the tag top. Finally, I cut an ivory cardstock piece for my photo window.
After adhering the ivory card stock to the back of the larger tag, I adhered this unit to the page and added border strips and a pretty sticker across the top. To finish it off, I die-cut some hole reinforcers in two colors, blue and green, as well as the “Heart This” unit from the Wave Pocket die set.
The back side of my dashboard page is now complete and ready for my favorite photo of the month of January.
Next, I die-cut the tabbed page from Planner Essentials 1 (pink floral paper) and stamped the month using the CS116 “Months” stamp set. Then I die-cut January from the Planner Months die set and adhered it to patterned paper, then trimmed out a small calendar and also mounted it to blue patterned paper, and adhered all these elements to the page.
After adding a few more hole reinforcements to the page, it’s done! Next I’ll insert my actual planner pages I’ve created myself on my computer, which are also available for download (ruled or unruled) in my Etsy shop along with the mini calendars. They’ve been designed specifically for the ECD planner just for you ECD fans! I’m creating a video tutorial of this 2021 planner which will be finished this week, so stay tuned for that on my blog and YouTube channel. Thanks so much for visiting today! Below is a list of products with links.
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Quick and Easy December Day by Day Page Tips

December 3, 2020
Hello again, Annette Green here today with some helpful tips to make a December Day by Day album quickly and easily with some great new products from Elizabeth Craft Designs. My video below takes you through all the details.
As I describe in the video, Esther’s new paper collection is the key to making impressive and beautiful pages. These came together quickly and easily and make it look like so much more layered work than it actually was.

**Please note in the video that I incorrectly named the Sidekick Essentials die for the blank page. It should’ve been Sidekick Essentials 4 rather than 7. (Clearly, I have mixed up my die pieces!)**
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Fall in Greenville Planner Pages

November 4, 2020
Hello everyone, Annette Green here to welcome in Fall with a fun layout in my Greenville planner. Being a Florida girl most of my life, I’m really enjoying the change of season here in South Carolina and am snapping pictures all the time. I hope you join me as I share how these pages came together.
I began on the back page of my last page in my planner which is this fruity, earthy paper. The right page is from the Worn Wood collection and cut from the Planner Essentials 1 page die.
I die-cut these fun little reinforcers in two colors for each page from the Reinforcement Variety Pack. I love how they’re wavy and irregular.
October is die-cut from the Planner Months set, the truck (I love this die!) is from Planner Essentials 16, and the three pumpkins are from Joset’s Scarecrow die. To make the pumpkins a little smaller in scale, I simply trimmed off the outer edges.
To give them a little more dimension, I used a brown marker to mark the indentations in each pumpkin. A quick smudge with my finger along the drawn lines gives them a rough, natural look.
After adhering the truck, wheels and pumpkins onto my page, I die-cut the green stems from Joset’s Pumpkins set and adhered them in place.
Next I die-cut the large rectangles using the Planner Pocket 4 set and from the same set, I cut the downward arrow element for the right page. October is mounted to a green label, die-cut from the Planner Labels set, and finally I die-cut and watercolored some leaves from the Pumpkins set.
Here’s a closer look at some of those leaves.
Using the smaller frame from the Planner Essentials 1 set, I die-cut two green frames and also my photos. After adhering them together, I added them to my page.
I repeated the steps for my right page, switching up the frame color.
To finish off my pages, I die-cut two tag shapes from Planner Essentials 21 Note Pieces and added the woodgrain papers. From a scrap pieces of cardstock, I die-cut the notebook page (also from PE 21) and cut the dotted strip off the right edge.
After snipping the dotted strip in two, I added them to my tags and topped off the tag holes with a brown pearl gem. I’ll add journaling to my tags later, but for now my pages are done. I hoped you’ve enjoyed them and are also enjoying this beautiful Fall season. Thanks for following along.
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Fall Baking Planner Pages

October 7, 2020
Hello everyone, Annette Green here today with more pages from my Greenville Planner. I’ve been doing a lot of fancy Fall baking lately to challenge my skills as well as celebrate the beautiful, cool weather we’ve been having here in Greenville. My pages today are all about Fall baking, so let’s take a look at the steps to make these fun and easy pages. All supplies and links are listed at the end of this post.
I begin by working on the back of my last completed page in my planner. In this case, a dark green page. I die-cut the tabbed page (Planner Essentials 3) from a portion of my pattern paper since I’ll be covering the rest later. After adhering it down, I die-cut the whisk page (Planner Essentials 19) from woodgrain paper, then again from a lighter woodgrain and red cardstock for the handle, trimming out the pieces as shown.
After adding a piece of the same green cardstock behind the whisk only, I adhered all the elements to the page, then added my title “Fall Baking.” (Retro Alphabet Trio)
Because the word “Fall” overlaps several different backgrounds, I added a drop shadow to help set it off better.
Once I planned out my photos and sizing, I cut brown cardstock photo mats accordingly, adding the die-cut tabs to each for labeling later. The circled arrows soften the look and bring the elements together nicely. (Planner Essentials 11)
For the right hand page, I die-cut pattern paper using the plain page die (Planner Essentials 4) then added the dark green accent strip along the left and finished it off with the hole reinforcers. From wood cardstock, I die-cut the spatula and rolling pin, then the words SO Good from red cardstock.
Once again, I planned my photos and sizing, then created photo mats and tabs for each. Next I assembled my page elements.
I added another circled arrow using the same red cardstock.
Finally, it’s time to add photos and captions.
It’s been great fun experimenting with new, more challenging baking recipes this season. It has become my Sunday afternoon joy, and the family is loving it too!
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Greenville Planner – old friends and new

September 3, 2020

Hello again, Annette Green here today with more pages from my Greenville Planner. We’ve been here in Greenville several months now and starting to have our first Florida visitors and are making new friends too, so that’s what my planner pages are all about this month.

I began on the back side of the page (left) where I used Planner Pocket 4 to create a top loading pocket page. I used the “Reminiscence” paper collection throughout and Planner Pocket 2 to create the diagonal pocket and Planner Essentials 8 for the narrow page. What A Day was cut from Sidekick Essentials 5 and Today’s Notes was stamped from the Sidekick 1 stamp set. All edges were inked with brown ink for a vintage effect.

Next, I stamped several mushrooms from the “Autumn Surprise” stamp set using permanent black ink, colored them with markers and cut them out. Again, I inked the outer edges with brown ink.

After journaling my notes, I began adhering elements onto the lower pocket then adhered a double photo mat to the top of the page. To finish off this page, I added the hole reinforcers from Planner Essentials 7.

I sized my photo accordingly and adhered it in place, then inserted some keepsakes into the pocket. Items such as the State Park Guest Pass and the map of the hiking trail are great pieces of memorabilia to help remember the details of this fun day with our friends.

Next I prepared some pieces for the next few pages. I’ve used the photo frame from Planner Essentials 3 and the narrow tag and “clip” from Sidekick Essentials 5. (The paper on the right is the cut-away portion from the top-loading pocket page.)

For my narrow page, I simply adhered the photo frame to the center, slightly hanging off the right side and stamped the sentiment using the Pieces of Life 3 Quotes set. The Maple Street Biscuit Company piece is cut from a coffee sleeve after having a delicious breakfast with our friends before our hike. It’s always great to use these little freebies as embellishments.

Onto the back side of the narrow page, I added a black mat and my photo, then stamped the journaling block from the My Life set, Smile from the Months set, Little Moments Big Memories from the Family set, and finally the Notes circle from the Circle Labels set.

I cut my right hand page from green card stock using Planner Essentials 3 then began assembling my pieces. After sizing my photos, cutting some matts and adhering them down, I finished off this page with a stamped label from the Retro Labels set and “friends” cut from Planner Essentials 7. The mushrooms add a whimsical and colorful accent to my pages.

My pages are complete! I hope you’ve enjoyed the process. Below I’ve listed all the products used. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

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Mini Traveler’s Notebook featuring “Butterfly Pocket Insert”

August 5, 2020
Hello everyone, it’s Annette Green here today with a nature-themed journal using the new Mini Traveler’s Notebook and some of the newest dies, with a focus on the Butterfly Pocket Insert set.
The best way to share this project with you is through a video, so keep scrolling to the bottom and enjoy!
I’ve used all sorts of papers, vellum, digital downloaded images, and clear sticker paper to share some fun techniques in mixing and matching these types of media.
I also share a few different ways to use the new Butterfly Pocket Insert set at the end of the video. There’s so much you can do with all the dies in this generous se! Please enjoy the video and then check out the ECD shop for these great dies.
Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials

Happy Greenville Residents Planner Pages

July 8, 2020
Hello again everyone, it’s Annette Green here today to share some recent pages in my Greenville planner. We’ve been living here in Greenville, South Carolina a few weeks now, and it’s been great fun documenting our journey. I’ll show you how I created these pages using the new Reminiscence cardstock collection (a true favorite of mine) along with some other “found” materials.
With just a few sheets from the Reminiscence collection, a brochure of Greenville, a few paper bags from one of our favorite little stops along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, my photos and of course the fabulous Planner Essentials and Sidekick Essentials dies, I created my pages quickly and easily.
I started with my base page using the Planner Essentials 2 die and the collaged green page from the Reminiscence cardstock. I folded the smaller paper bag to my desired size, then reinforced the back with a piece from the larger paper bag. I added different reinforcements to the holes of each, then die-cut the tabs shown on the right.
After attaching the tabs to both sides of the bag, I stitched around the perimeter with black thread in my sewing machine. This is a great way to add a bit of outline and interest to a page. If you don’t sew, you can always hand-draw some stitching. I fussy-cut the other pieces shown from the collection, stitching on some of them. Finally, I fussy-cut a sunflower and added it to my paper bag.
Next I started laying my photo frames and other elements around the pages to get an idea of placement and balance. The frames shown here are from the new Sidekick Essentials 1 & 8.
Once I’m happy with placement, I print my photos and start adhering elements down. At this point, I can see where I need something more – like another fussy-cut sunflower in the lower right corner, for example.
Sometimes there’s not a lot of room left for journaling…
A great solution for this is to journal right in your photo editing software like I’ve done here with my caption for this bike photo.
I needed to add one more page to hold this great brochure/map of Greenville (I loved the fun illustration on the cover, and the colors coordinate with my theme nicely) so I created a see-through pocket using the Planner Essentials 22 Pocket 4 die (top loading) and lined it with a piece of vellum. For some smaller photos, I die-cut three frames from Planner Essentials 4.
Pocket-style dies provide more room for additional photos, journaling and memorabilia.
My pages are complete and ready to add to my Greenville Planner!
Thanks for stopping by today to check out my latest Greenville planner pages. There’s more to come next month as I continue on my journey. Below is the list and links to the products I’ve used today, in addition to the Reminiscence cardstock collection.
Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials

“Officially Moved” Greenville planner pages

June 10, 2020
Hello everyone, Annette Green here today with a continuation of the story of our move to Greenville, South Carolina. I’ve been documenting the process and today’s post is all about officially moving, so I thought I’d share the next couple of pages in my planner and how I created them. I hope you enjoy!
As in all my Greenville planner posts, I’ve used a color palette of greens, blacks, tans and oftentimes a pop of color. Today I started with two tabbed pages. (all products used are linked below.) To keep a cohesive look, I used a bit of the green print on both pages, then add smaller areas of tans and blacks.
After die-cutting three tags from various tan papers, I added the black topper tab and stamped two of the tags for journaling. The middle tag will serve nicely for journaling with on the horizontal stripes.
After adhering the “For The Record” tab at the top, I added the multi-slot pocket piece for my tags and added “Details” across the front. The pocket holds my three journaled tags.
Once I adhered the large Photo frame, I added the orange arrow (my pop of color) and a black enamel star, then stamped “This is Us.”
Since I have a lot of photos for this spread, a great way to extend the space is to add tag pages between the main pages. I’ve added hole reinforcers to the larger tag which fold over to the other side, then I stamped around the holes of the smaller tag.
After die-cutting some banners and pennants, I stamped “Hooray, It’s Today” onto individual card stock pieces and adhered them in place. Again, I’ve used that orange pop of color for small accents.
This is how it looks when the pages are stacked in order.
Once I’ve calculated how many photos I wish to feature, I then add photo mats to each page, plus any other accents or stamping.
See how much space you can gain for photos and journaling when you add these tag pages? This is the back side of each.
Finally, I add my photos and journaling. I realized after I already had things in place that the banner was going to cover up my husband’s face, so I simply adhered the photo on a tilt and was pleasantly surprised at how fun it looked!
This planner spread shares our story of selling the house, packing up, and moving to Greenville, SC. A big change, a lot of work, and a fun new chapter in life.
Our story continues as we get settled in here, explore our new area, and enjoy new experiences. I’ll be continuing with my Greenville planner in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping in today to check it out.
Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials

Masks, Moving and Mandalas

May 6, 2020
Hello everyone, Annette Green here today continuing in my Greenville Planner. The house is sold, the deal is done, and now we’re in the process of saying goodbye to friends and family before we move next week. All this while we continue to wear masks and abide by the social distancing orders we’re currently under. It’s interesting, to say the least.
I used the Mandala stencil to create a background element for my next page in my planner. It’s the perfect size. I swirled several colors of Distress Oxides through the stencil until I was happy with the outcome.
Next I stamped randomly using the two text stamps in Words and Layers set, then inked over the top with Antique Linen then around the edges with Vintage Photo. As you can see, this is the back side of my previous page from last month with the flip-out panel.
Here’s a closer look.
For the right hand page, I cut the tabbed page using Planner Essentials 3 twice; once from ivory card stock and the other from tan pattern paper. Before adhering the paper to the card stock, I die-cut the mandala from the tan, then again from some green pattern paper, then adhered everything together as shown. I swirled a bit of the same Oxide inks into the mandala’s spaces to coordinate with the left hand page.
Here’s a closer look at that.
For the edge of each page, I used Planner Essentials 8 and the Reinforcement Variety Pack for the holes. Next, I added my main photos but instead of adhering them down, I added them to the page using clear tape as a hinge to make room for a few more photos and some hidden journaling spots underneath.
Using the Planner Essentials 6 dies, I cut several journaling blocks and added some rules for writing. Some of the photo flaps have smaller, secondary photos.
Here I’ve added Enjoy This Moment and the heart die-cuts from Planner Essentials 8. I love this little photo of our dog Suki. It shows that while all the craziness is going on, our pets seem to carry on contentedly.
I added This Is My Life from Planner Essentials 6 to my left hand page. To add some visual interest and pop of color, I added the fold-over tabs and a star to each photo flap for easy lifting. These are from the Planner Pocket 3 – Tag and Topper set.
Finally, I wrote all my journaling in the available spaces under the photo flaps. This is a great way to maximize the space, while keeping your pages confined to a two-page spread.
Here’s another look at the finished layout. Although it’s a rough time right now, I’m happy to be documenting it for the future. Hopefully this pandemic will start to wane soon and we’ll all be getting back to our normal routines. I don’t know about you, but crafting has been my therapy during this time. Thanks for following along today. Have a wonderful day!

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