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March Garden Journal Pages for Discbound Planners Like Happy Planner, Martha Stewart or Tul

March Garden Journal Pages for Discbound Planners Like the Happy Planner, Martha Stewart Planner, Arc or Tul

March Garden Journal Pages for Discbound Planners Like the Happy Planner, Martha Stewart Planner, Arc or Tul

By Amy Solovay

Happy March, Creative Friends!

Are you planting a garden this spring? If so, what are you planning to plant, and how are you preparing your property for the growing season? Are you starting your own seeds or relying on a nursery to supply starts?

To those of you who are busy gardening this spring, I wish you much success this growing season with whatever it is you have planned. I’m hoping to join in the gardening fun with a modest container garden this year.

Do you plan to maintain a garden journal for recording your gardening successes and failures? If you haven’t created a garden journal, now is the ideal time to get one started. You might want to map out any garden beds you’re building, make a note of the seeds you’re starting, and keep records of what you’re planting, when you’re planting it, and all the other details you want to keep on top of.

I’m gardening in a new-to-me location this year. However, this location’s weather and climate are similar to a place where I’ve gardened before. I kept a garden journal in those days. So, instead of spending hours plotting out companion plants for my planters, I’m simply going to re-use the ideas I worked out last time I was container gardening in that similar locale. That way, I feel as if I already have a head start on what I need to do.

I also have bunches of notes about what NOT to do, because I already tried things that ended up not working. Mind you, I don’t remember any of them because it has been a few years since I did any gardening of any kind. But I don’t need to remember; I took such careful notes that I can just follow them and pick up right where I left off.

If garden journaling is of interest to you, I invite you to check out more of my garden journal pages and read more about my process for making them.

If you maintain a garden journal, I’d love to know more about what you record in it and how it has helped you achieve your gardening goals. What do your garden journal pages look like? The floor is open for comments, so please feel free to ask questions or share insights in the comments area below.

Thanks so much for visiting! I truly appreciate your presence here.

By Amy Solovay

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a longtime paper journaler who started recording her thoughts on paper on a daily basis sometime when she was in middle school. She was born into a family of “green thumb” gardeners; her mom worked for the US Department of Agriculture, and her grandparents grew most of their own food on their expansive farm. Despite those experiences, Amy still has a lot to learn about gardening. She invites your comments on any topics related to gardening, journaling, garden journaling, knitting, crochet or crafts.

This page was last updated on 3-12-2024.

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