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Celebrate Card with New Flower Stamps

September 13, 2021
Hello again, Annette Green back again this month with a simple and elegant anniversary card I created for my parents who celebrated their 60th recently. Here’s how I made it…
First, I stamped some images from the Gratitude stamp set onto watercolor cardstock with archival black ink. Then I used my ECD watercolors to color them. The design of the images has stippled dots which are perfect little hints where the deepest shadows are, so I painted those areas a little darker.

Next, I used the compatible dies (coming soon!) to cut them out. This is such a great time saver!
After cutting a pretty paper for the front of my card, I selected a stencil that had a small, pretty repeating pattern. (Stencil to come soon too!)
Next, I spread some clear texture paste through the stencil onto my pattern paper. I gently lifted the stencil away and set it aside to dry completely.
You can see how this adds lovely texture and dimension to the paper once dry.
Onto some ivory cardstock, I stamped Celebrate and drew in the black drop shadow with a marker, then added some ink around the edges and some tiny dots in a compatible green color.
My ivory card base is 5″ x 7″. I layered some black paper first, then the pattern paper, and added a die-cut doily.
Next, I started layering elements flat onto the card.
To finish off the front, I added the final die-cut flower piece with dimensional foam tape to pop it up.
A little bit of stamping on the inside and the card is done! Super simple, but very elegant. Thanks for visiting today. Have a great day!
Inspiration from the Design Team Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Videos Watercolor

Summery Pages in my Nature Planner

September 2, 2021
Hello, it’s Annette Green today with some bright and cheery Summery plages in my Nature Planner. You may recall my Facebook Live I did for Elizabeth Craft Designs back in July where I showed how to create watercolored backgrounds using dies as stencils. If you missed it, you can view it here on the ECD YouTube channel. Today’s post includes a new video where I add photos to those pages and share some ideas and techniques.

My Nature Planner is a Sidekick size, so I’ve used mostly Sidekick dies as I mention in the video. The complete list is below with links to all products I’ve used.

Using the watercolors (yes, they’re back in stock!) allow you to customize your die-cut pieces and backgrounds perfectly to coordinate with your photos. I’ve used the Soft Finish White Cardstock for all of mine, which watercolors work very nicely on.

The Florals 13 die-set was perfect for these tropical, summery flowers on my pages as well. I love mixing and matching all the ECD dies into my projects.

I hope you take a moment to watch the video and follow along as I make up these pages. Thanks for stopping by today!

Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Scrapbooking

Garden-themed Mason Jar Junk Journal

July 14, 2021
Hello again everyone, Annette Green here to share my Garden-themed Mason Jar Junk Journal using the new Mason Jar Snow Globe special. The pages are a beautiful mix of papers, ephemera, sewing, fabric, vellum and kraft. I’ve created a Process Video (below) to share how it all came together along with some tips too, so I hope you have a moment to check it out.

The new set is SO much fun to create with. I’ve incorporated several stamp sets and a few additional dies in making this journal as well.

As I explain in the video, I’ve used both of the Reminiscence Books, with a few additional papers from Graphic 45. The big bee stamp is one I’ve had for years from Stampotique.

This is a nice thick album of about 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) before adding your photos or keepsakes.

The covers are made with a thick chipboard base and the rings I used are larger than the ones which come with the special. All the pages are cut from the Mason Jar die.

Some pages are cut from fabric like the one on the right (above). I’ve stitched around the edges on my sewing machine using a natural brown thread. Vellum seed packets slide under the band to hold seeds or keepsakes inside. I explain how I do all of this in the video.

Each page is unique in its style and texture. I’ve created a pocket for tags on this left page, and stamped the little girl for the right page.

To dress up some of the blank pages, I added various Journaling Cards from different Graphic 45 collections.

Watercolor paper sprayed with various Distress Sprays made the pine tress come to life on this page. I thoroughly enjoyed making this one-of-a-kind album and I hope you enjoy watching my process. All products I’ve used are listed below.

Scrapbooking Sidekick Essentials Videos

Springtime Nature Planner

July 1, 2021

Hello, it’s Annette Green here today with two spreads in my Nature Planner and a video walk-through of my process. Springtime in Greenville, SC is especially beautiful and since we are still new to the area, I’ve been in awe of this natural beauty and taking lots of photos.

Working in my Espresso Sidekick Planner, I have been documenting all sorts of nature. For my Spring photos, I chose to use the new Reminiscence The Book 2 papers with their bright and cheerful colors.
In the video, I share my method for beginning my pages, how I decide on the colors and then determine my photo sizes.
I am SO impressed with the beautiful macrame die-cut in this set! It cuts out perfectly and looks great on any page.
The stamps designed by Esther are fun to mix and match, especially these little girls in several of the sets.
I love how I don’t need a lot of embellishments to make a page look great. The paper collection has such a variety of cut-apart elements to choose from and layer together. I hope you take a moment to follow along in the video for a demo of how these pages came together. Thanks for stopping in today!
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Prepping photos for your planner pages

June 3, 2021
Hello again everyone, it’s Annette Green here today with some more planner pages and some tips on how to size and print your photos to fit your needs in your planner. I’ve created a video sharing how I accomplish this on my home computer, with a little “Craft With Me” as I work on my recent two pages, so I hope you take a moment to check that out.

I’ve been enjoying catching up in my planner from back in February when we had our one and only snow day here in Greenville, South Carolina. I’ve incorporated lots of blues from Reminiscence The Book 1 to match the color and feel of my photos and had some fun with the Washi Tape No. 1 set. A waterfall of photos helps to maximize the space for other embellishment. (You may notice a few dies that haven’t yet been released, so we won’t talk about those just yet. wink-wink)

On the next spread, I’ve featured a hiking weekend in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. I’ve mixed several Planner Essentials and Sidekick Essentials dies in these pages, as I explain in the video, along with the Paper Love stamp set for the journaling block. This is quickly becoming my go-to stamp set!

To maximize the space for more photos and journaling, a pocket with an insert is a great solution. I do this a lot in my planner. In the video, I explain why I make the choices I do when laying out my pages, and I share how to get your photos the exact size you need. It’s really easier than you might think, so I hope you take a look. Thanks for popping in today. Have a great day!

Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials Traveler's Notebook

An Elegant Journal and video tutorial

May 5, 2021
Hello again everyone, it’s Annette Green here today with a little different twist on the new square TN art journal. I’ve created an elegant book using paints, stencils, stamps and of course new dies from the Picture It art journal collection and I’ve provided a video tutorial taking you through all the steps below.
In the video, I share how I painted the cover of the new Chic Black TN, added ribbon and lace, buttons and wax seals, and so much more embellishment throughout this sweet little TN.
You’ll learn all kinds of little tips for using the new dies, how I choose my papers and plan out the process of building the album, and even some product suggestions you’ve been asking me for, such as what I use to store my dies.
I show how to add vellum to the pocket pages, different ways to use the decorative insert die, tips for adding silver metallic cardstock pieces, and so much more. I hope you can join me as I share the whole process in the video below. You’re sure to want to add the new square TN to your planner/art journal series!

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2021 Planner Making Basics and Tips Video

March 3, 2021
Hello again everyone, it’s Annette Green here today with brand new pages in a brand new planner for 2021. I’ve been getting a lot of requests to create a video for beginners at planner making, so I’ve created one with that purpose in mind. Even if you’re an experienced planner maker, you may find some of my process interesting.
My video takes you from learning about the different size planners, the differences between Planner Essentials and Sidekick Essentials dies, learning about paper thickness, how to begin your first few pages, and other tips like how I print my photos. It’s a “Craft With Me” style video, so I hope you take a moment to watch the process. I’ve listed all the supplies below that I’ve talked about in the video.
Planner Essentials Videos

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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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!)**
Planner Essentials

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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