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February Monthly Planner Layout or BUJO Layout With Habit Trackers

Featuring Patterned Papers by Graphic 45 From the “Time to Flourish” Collection

February Planner Layout Made Using Graphic 45 Patterend Papers from the Time to Flourish Collection

February Planner Layout Made Using Graphic 45 Patterend Papers from the Time to Flourish Collection

Need to track a bunch of things like exercises you do, supplements or meds you take, projects you have in progress, etc? One possible way to track all these things is to use a habit tracker that gives you space to track a whole bunch of different things in the same place. I’ve been doing this using a pack of tracker stamps by P13 that offer a whole bunch of different tracker designs to try.

Last February, I made a planner layout using a couple of these stamped images, along with February themed papers. There’s a new and up-to-date paper collection that includes February papers similar to the ones pictured; it’s called “Flower Market” by Graphic 45. I made the project pictured here using last year’s version, which was called “Time to Flourish”. This collection is sold out at all the places I routinely shop, but you might be able to still find some of the papers from it on the secondary market or at a local craft store if you happen to have one.

I stamped the tracker images using the Black Soot colorway of Distress Oxide ink onto white cardstock. I fussy-cut them out and taped them onto the background paper using Cherry Tape.

For the background paper, I also used a page from the classic sized Happy Planner “Papillon” Calendar Extension Pack by Me and My Big Ideas (They also make a Big version of this extension pack, although the spacing on this planner layout would be a little different if you were to try to recreate this design in a big planner). This is supposed to be used as a daily planner, but I think it works beautifully for monthly planning if you do it this way.

Graphic 45’s “Flower Market” collection is simply stunning. It features themed papers for every month of the year. One of the themed papers has cut-aparts featuring the name of the month and graphics that go with that month. So it’s a no-brainer to use the February papers to create your February-themed planner layout and pages.

I’m using this page in my classic-sized Happy Planner, but if you are into bullet journaling, you could make a similar page for your bullet journal.

I hope you found this planner layout idea inspiring. Happy planning!

Best wishes,


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This page was last updated on 1-15-2024.

Posted by: Amy Solovay

A Crocheted Flower and Heart Design for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to You! Here’s wishing you a lovely, romantic day filled with friends, fun, flowers, candy and beautiful moments.

Abstract Crocheted Flower Motif Embellished With a Heart Pin

Abstract Crocheted Flower Motif Embellished With a Heart Pin

If you’re hoping to welcome more flowers into your life this Valentine’s Day, you can crochet this pretty flower and then embellish it with a heart pinback. The pinback is a quick way to add detail and visual interest to a flower or other crochet project without going to a lot of additional effort.

I’ve shared several more ideas for decorating crocheted flowers with pinbacks. I hope they’ll inspire you! Be sure to grab the free flower pattern too.

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“Love You” Valentine’s Day Card Featuring Heart Motif and Flowers

Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Love You Valentine’s Day Card With Hearts and Flowers Featuring Stamps by Hero Arts

Love You Valentine Card With Hearts and Flowers Featuring Stamps by Hero Arts

Love You Valentine Card With Hearts and Flowers Featuring Stamps by Hero Arts

Last year at this time, the lovely people at Hero Arts hosted a challenge with the theme of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Pictured above, you can see the card I entered in the challenge. It’s a Valentine’s Day card featuring stamped images I created using a couple of different Hero Arts stamp sets. I just took a look to see if the stamps and other supplies needed for making this card are still available — and they are, except you’ll probably have to substitute washi tape designs because I’m not sure if the ones that I used are still available. But the Hero Arts stamps are still current for Valentine’s Day 2024, and I highly recommend them; they are some of my most-used stamps.

Craft Supplies You’ll Need for Making a Similar Valentine Card:

  • The “Togetherness” Stamp Set by Hero Arts — This stamp set features a gorgeous floral bouquet stamp and 7 lovely sentiment stamps.
  • The Hero Greetings Christmas Messages Stamp Set by Hero Arts — No, this isn’t a Christmas card (although you could make it a Christmas card if you want to; simply change out the pinks for greens, and voila, it’s a Christmas card). The “Hero Greetings Christmas Messages” stamp set includes mostly Christmas-themed sentiments, but it also has other sentiments like “love you,” “you warm my heart,” “stay cozy” and “let’s party”. So you can use it for many occasions besides just Christmas. I think the “love you” stamp is just perfect for using on Valentine cards, birthday cards and everyday cards.
  • Pink Cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide Ink Pad by Tim Holtz for Ranger Industries
  • Love Letter Memento Ink Pad
  • Washi Tapes: I used 3 different washi tape designs to create this card. The one on the top is a glittery, sparkly white washi tape by Graphic 45. The one in the middle is a red floral design by Recollections. The one on the bottom is a lovely design from the Papillon collection by The Happy Planner / Me & My Big Ideas.
  • A Heart Die or Heart Stencil
  • Scalloped Scissors — I used Fiskars Paper Edgers in the Mini Scallop design to cut around my “love you” sentiment.
  • Pens & Markers — You’ll want to personalize your card on the inside, and you might also want to make some touch-ups to the embellishments on your card. I used a Tombow brush marker, color #847 to color in the scalloped edge around the “Love You” stamped image. I also used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen and a Marvy Uchida highlighter to personalize the inside of my card. No need to get these pens and markers specifically; you can use other coordinating pens and markers from your stash to do your personalizing. If you don’t have any pens that will work for this, I definitely recommend the Gelly Rolls; they are affordable and super pretty. I love the results I get from using them, and I think you will, too.
  • Scoring Board or Other Scoring Tool

Thanks so much for taking a look at my Valentine Card. I really appreciate your interest.

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Posted By: Amy Solovay

Crocheting Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Free Crochet Heart Patterns by Amy Solovay

Free Crochet Heart Patterns by Amy Solovay

I’m working on organizing my pages of Valentine’s Day crafts here at When I started the page, it was mostly just a list of crochet heart patterns. It has now grown way beyond that, but heart patterns are still one of the most popular mainstays on the list. Pictured above are a few options from the list, but there are bunches of others.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and happy crafting!


Amy Solovay

Floral Birthday Cards for Spring

Floral Birthday Cards Featuring Ink Blending and Bouquet Stamps by Hero Arts

Floral Birthday Cards Featuring Ink Blending and Bouquet Stamps by Hero Arts

I am looking forward to the first day of spring, which will arrive on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. In case you’re hoping to get a jump start on your spring crafting, I offer these spring card making ideas with floral motifs. I’ve initially styled all three of these designs as birthday cards, but you can easily change out the card sentiments if you’d like to make your own versions of them as Valentine’s Day cards, anniversary cards, wedding cards, or any other types of cards.

One thing these cards all have in common: I used the same floral bouquet stamp to stamp the focal images I used to create each of these cards. This bouquet design is from a stamp set called “Togetherness” by Hero Arts.

I LOVE these stamps! I think this stamp set offers you an outstanding value in exchange for the money you spend on it; it includes the gorgeous floral bouquet image plus a bunch of useful, versatile sentiments that work well for creating a variety of greeting cards. There’s a birthday greeting (pictured on the uppermost card) and multiple others. I’ve been getting a massive amount of use from this set; I’m really pleased with it.

In addition to the birthday cards pictured above, I also created an all-occasion greeting card using this stamp set. You can click here to check that out, if you’re interested.

If you want step-by-step instructions for how to make the birthday cards pictured above, you can find them at the following links:

If you are new to ink blending, and you want to find more information about how to do it, you’re invited to check out my article on ink blending techniques.

Thanks so much for dropping by! I hope you’re having a lovely and creative day today.

Posted By: Amy Solovay