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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 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!

Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Stamping

Marching Forward Toward Greenville Move

March 11, 2020

Hey there! It’s Annette Green here today with my Greenville Planner, as I continue marking the milestones as we prepare to move this Summer. March has already become a super busy month! Take a peek at my pages to see what’s been going on and the fun I had making them with several Planner Essentials dies. All products used are listed at the end of the post.

Our big milestone this month was our final garage sale and the selling of most of our furniture. (while still staying married. LOL!)

I began my left page on the back of the previous page which was the large tag shape cut from black cardstock. To give interest to the background, I trimmed the design papers just inside the shape of the page, and left the right edge blunt.

For the right page, I used the page die from the new Retro Number Trio set. The key to this page die, with the intricate scallops, is to cut heavy cardstock or layer two thinner sheets to ensure it doesn’t bend or tear.

The tag and topper are cut using the Planner Pocket 3 – Tag & Topper die. I love these numbers in this topper piece.

Before adhering the topper to the tag, I used it as a stencil at the bottom by simply rubbing some brown ink across it.

From Planner Essentials 5, I die cut the two frame pieces (twice, for the front and back) from coordinating design papers and sandwiched a scrap piece of lace-punched cardstock between the two layers.

I love this element because it allows you to add two more photos to a layout easily without crowding the pages.

When I design pages, I lay out the base elements and a few accents before planning the photos. Later I measure the spaces and size my photos accordingly in PhotoShop.

Once I add photos, then I begin layering more elements and embellishment. This photo shows how we had a bare piece of wood on the wall which we didn’t want to remove in fear of damaging the drywall, so I painted and stenciled it and added a vinyl phrase. A fun little memory to look back on.

I find that making some photos small and focusing more on the journaling gives a little more interest to the page. (Especially when my husband doesn’t think it’s a flattering photo of himself.)

It’s always great to include some humor in my planner, because these funny little moments are sometimes the best thing to remember during all the work and stress of moving. Here, my husband is spelling out a message to our daughter on her bedroom wall. I texted her this photo and she had a good laugh.

Through all the work, it’s good to document the happy times too. We were holding our final garage sale on this day and were so happy to finally be done!

Part of my reason for documenting our progress is to eventually share it with our daughter who has been away at college during all these changes to our house. Our dog Suki is always nearby as we work, probably wondering what in the world is going on.

To finish off this page, I used some small alphabet stickers to fill in the date.

Now we will continue on with a bit more painting, and then list our house on the market! It’s been fun documenting the process and making a special planner just for this. Watch for more pages in the coming months as our journey continues.

Annette

Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Soft Finish Cardstock

Greenville Planner Dashboard And Intro Pages

January 26, 2020

Hello! Annette Green here with my first Planner Essentials blog post!

2020 will be a year of big changes for my husband and I, since we’ll be moving to Downtown Greenville, South Carolina by the Summer. In our efforts to stay organized with all the tasks we’ll be faced with and to document the progress, I thought I’d create a separate planner just for this purpose. This will be a great place for photos, but also for lists, goals, accomplishments and all the details therein.

My dashboard features a hidden list of our favorite things about Greenville, tucked behind a large tag with our photo.

It’s interesting to see our photo through the vellum window. This protects the photo nicely on the front page, while also encouraging viewers to pull the tab to see more.

The intro pages start the story and show a few photos from our recent visit to Greenville.

Here are a few tips for using the Planner Essentials dies, stamps and other ECD products to make the job easier. When die-cutting letters and more intricate pieces, I use Clear Double-Sided Adhesive sheets on the back of my cardstock and paper.

Washi tape is great for holding small dies in place, especially when using a magnetic platform. I’ve used the Planner Essentials 23 Alphabet Trio set.

After cutting a tan cardstock page using the Planner Essentials 4 die, cut parchment paper 3 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ (9.525 cm x 16.51 cm) which is slightly larger than the window opening to come. Adhere title letters and make a list.

Die-cut a pattern paper pocket from Planner Essentials 22 Planner Pocket 4 – Top Loading then die-cut the opening with the stitched window die. (You’ll need to do a bit of planning for position so you can view your list through the window.) For the hole-reinforcers, die-cut two from coordinating cardstock and adhere.

Adhere either clear acrylic or vellum (like mine) onto the back of the pocket page.

Adhere the pocket page to the tan base page.

Die-cut more words and numbers. I’ve cut mine from green and black cardstock and layered them to create a drop shadow effect. Adhere small reinforcers on the page holes. I’ve used Planner Essentials 27 Retro Numbers Trio and the Reinforcement Variety Pack.

To create a tag for the pocket, die-cut black cardstock using the topper die as shown. My tag measures 3 7/8″ x 8 5/8″ (9.8425 cm x 21.9075 cm) after die-cutting.

Die-cut the fold-over piece from green cardstock and stamp “Pull•Pull•Pull” around the hole using Pieces of Life 1 – Numbers & More stamp set.

Cover the tag with pattern paper, then adhere the fold-over tab piece to the top.

Slide the tag into the pocket to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.

Adhere a photo with a green cardstock mat to the tag, again planing the positioning so it shows through the vellum window. I’ve stamped This is Us from the Circle Labels stamp set.

Insert the tag into the pocket page.

Onto the back of the dashboard page, adhere pattern paper and add hole reinforcements. Die-cut a notepad twice (tan and black) using Planner Essentials 21 Note Pieces. I’ve added Greenville again with two colors, and stamped a circle for the upper right corner.

I’ve adhered a chipboard tag from Graphic 45’s Life’s A Journey collection and added black reinforcement circles around the holes.

Die-cut another base page and stamp the background. I’ve used Background Stamps 2 with tan ink. Die cut the photo frame pieces using Planner Essentials 24 – Photo Frame Pages. I’ve cut the background portion from coordinating pattern paper and the front piece from black cardstock. Adhere this unit to the base page, add photos and captions.

Insert pages into your planner. I’ve used the Espresso Planner Cover which will go nicely with my Greenville documentation.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial! See you next time.

Annette

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