My Heidi Swapp Lightbox Storage Solution

Hello Lovelies!

I’ve been having so much fun with my Heidi Swapp Lightbox lately, but I desperately needed a storage solution for my collection of small inserts. I filmed a quick little vid to show you what I came up with.

The HS Lightbox is currently available at most of your brick and mortar craft stores as well as online from various retailers. I picked mine up at Michael’s with a %50 off coupon a couple of months back.

The alphas seem to be a bit harder to get as they keep selling out. When you spot them, you just may want to pick up an extra set. I also recently saw on Instagram that Heidi Swap has a few Halloween themed Lightbox accessories coming soon, so keep your eye out for them.

Thank for watching.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

xo,

Belen

 

 

Celebrating My Everday

All too often we celebrate the more significant things in life, the special occasions, and forget to celebrate the everyday.
Running errands, time spent reading, hanging out with our loved ones or even just time spent applying a dead sea mud mask. These moments are the bulk of our lives, the precious every day things that can all too easily slip by unnoticed until something big happens to shake us up.

For the month of July, I’ve made a personal commitment to #CelebrateMyEveryday. To stop and take notice of all the moments that make up my life.

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There are no rules. I may art on my page, I may not. I may jot down just a few lines or I may document enough to fill up a page or two. How much I write isn’t important. How pretty my art is, isn’t important. What’s important is to #CelebrateMyEverday and I’m so excited about this month.

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I’ll be documenting my everyday in this Compendium Write Now Journal and using my Polaroid Zip Printer to add some photos of my daily life, yes even something as mundane as me in a dead sea mud mask!

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You can follow my month-long journey on Instagram or jump in with a celebration of your own!

xo,

Belen

 

Create a Keepsake Tin, Perfect For Gift Giving

Happy Monday! I hope that you all had a nice weekend and got to spend some time doing something you love.

I recently enjoyed playing with a few wonderful products by Art-c and I’m going to share with you how I transformed a Tin with Accordion Book kit into a pretty keepsake holder, suitable for gift giving. It comes with a sturdy accordion style blank book inside, which makes this a great gift idea for the art lover in your life.

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To start with, you’ll need a tin. Art-c has these available in different shapes and sizes. I also recommend checking out their adhesive canvas. It’s super easy and fun to work with. That’s what I’ll be using here.

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First, measure your tin and cut your adhesive canvas to size.

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Next, using Ultra Chalk Paint in Turquoise Blue, I brushed a layer through one of their adhesive stencils. This paint has great body to it, so one coat is plenty.

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I set it aside to dry.

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While my canvas dried, I took a of the burlap flowers from one of their collage kits and brushed the edges of the petals with Metallic paint in Magenta.

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Once dry, I just peeled off the backing and pressed it down to adhere the canvas to my tin,

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Next, I measured and cut some burlap ribbon, also from one of their collage kits.

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I used a bit of adhesive to adhere it to my canvas.

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I then took a few wood letters and gave them a coat of Magenta.

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Using my Groove Tool, also by Art-c, I distressed the letters and dabbed on some Ultra Chalk Paint in black along the edges to give them a shabby chic effect.

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I added a bit of metallic thread, from their collage pack, then used a few drops of fabric adhesive to secure my wood letters and burlap flower to the lid of my tin.

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To finish off my keepsake tin, I added a sentiment tag and a cute little clothes pin.

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And there you have it. A handcrafted keepsake tin, perfect for giving. They’re so easy and fun to make that you just may want to make a couple extra so you can keep one for yourself!

Wishing you a colorful week.

xo,

Belen

Summer Art Bento Box – The Unboxing

I’m so excited to share an unboxing video with you today. I just received my Art Bento Box, the Summer edition, and It…Is…Awesome!

For more info, you can check them out at ArtBentoBox.com or go to their Etsy shop directly.

 

Side Note: I’m not affiliated with Art Bento Box. I paid for my box and have helped promote their product because it’s awesome, because Tori is a doll, crazy talented and puts so much attention to detail into her boxes and because I believe in helping when I can.

Enjoy!

xo,

Belen

Join Me In The Studio: Gelli Plate Play Time

Good morning & Happy Friday! I get quite a few questions on Instagram about the Gelli Plate so I thought I’d invite you guys into my studio for a little play time.

If you’re just getting to know your own gelli plate or still wondering what it’s all about, this video will give you an introduction into the wonderful world of monoprinting and show you the various things that you can create from your gelli prints.

I hope you enjoy the video. If it inspires you to give gelli printing a try, I’d love to see! Please tag me @ArtandWhimsy

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Show & Tell: How I Organize My Stencils

I recently took on the huge task of organizing all of my stencils into some semblance of order. For a couple of years now, I’ve kept them in 13 x 15 3-ring photo albums by We R Memory Keepers, like these here. Although the description says they’re 12×12, you’ll see in the “answered questions” section that they’re really 13×15. Inside of the albums I use clear page protectors to hold the stencils.

This worked pretty well for me at first, but because I never set up a system inside the albums it soon became a mess. I’d use a stencil and just stick it back into any available sleeve. After a while, I had no idea what stencils I even had anymore. I knew it was time to straighten things out.

The first step was making piles of the various categories that I wanted to use.

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Here’s just one small area in my studio, covered with stencils. The rest looked the same, there were stencils everywhere! I asked myself more than once Why I started this project, but I pushed on. I knew that when I was done it would all be worth it and it was!

 

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Once I had all stencils sorted by category I put them back into their photo sleeves then back into the albums they went. I pulled out my handy-dandy label maker to make labels for the different categories and whipped up cute little spine tags using a Frida Kahlo stamp from Rubber Moon.

Here’s a quick video showing one category so that you can get an idea of how I organized them. Stencils in each category are now grouped together, regardless of size. Small & mid-sized stencils are in 8.5 x 11 sleeves and larger stencils are in 12 x 12 sleeves.

I hope you’ve found this show & tell  helpful. Thanks for watching!

xo,

Belen

New Art Journal Page: A Thing Called Life…

… sometimes it’s messy as fuck.

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But most of the time it isn’t. We are imperfect, we make mistakes, sometimes we are less than our best selves. Apologize when you’re wrong, do better the next time, be a good human, grow from those days that are just plain messy and remember to cut yourself some slack. We don’t have to have it all figured out.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

xo,

Belen

A Learning Experience

5/28/2016 UPDATE: The Free Planner Printables page is back up, minus the versions of the insert in question. That one will remain unavailable until I learn more about the situation Thank you for your patience.

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Today I experienced my own ignorance on a subject come back and kick me in the pants and it feels pretty darn yucky.
A while back I designed a custom insert &
had a wonderful shop lay it out because I was lazy.
Then I wanted revisions so I just recreated it myself using that layout.
I explained all this on my blog when I first posted and gave that shop credit. Later I created other versions of that insert, based off my original design, & offered them all for free on the blog.

Today I was told that it was copyright infringement. I don’t know what to do…
don’t know if that shop is correct or not, or what constitutes copyright infringement. Ignorance on the subject isn’t an excuse, I should have looked into it first. I have some learning to do in this area.

In the meantime I’ve disabled the planner printables page until I can figure out what is correct.

Thank you for your patience while I learn and grow from this.

Belen

Tutorial: Let’s Pretty Up Those Paint Water Containers!

Happy Wednesday to all of you. I hope that your week is off to a wonderful start.

I have a fun and easy tutorial to share with you today, using some of the great products sent to me by the folks over at Art – C. I’m going to show you how I prettied up my clean-up water jar in just a couple of minutes.

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may know that I’ve taken a liking to watercolor and have participated in a couple challenges and most recently a watercolor class.

Each time I sit down to push some paint around I grab a fresh cup of clean water that I use to hydrate my pigments. My brush clean-up water, on the other-hand, is a whole other matter. Sometimes it’ll sit on my desk for a couple of days before I get around to changing it.

Since we have 2 kitties, and didn’t want them getting into the dirty water, I looked for a covered container. I chose a clear jar with a hinged lid that I picked up at my local craft store. So now that I had a functional container it was time to pretty it up a bit.

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I used a ruler, scissors, a pen or pencil and adhesive canvas by Art-C.

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I eyeballed the width of the flat area of my jar and drew a line right on the canvas with my pencil.

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Then I just cut along the line.

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Now comes the fun part, playing with paint! I used Luxe paints and adhesive stencils. I really enjoyed using these paints; they’re lush and creamy. And those adhesive stencils… oh my! They are perfect for using in a project like this. They have a temporary adhesive that clings to most surfaces and then just lifts right off. I’ve even used these with watercolors and the results are unbelievable!

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I gave my canvas a quick layer of gesso then a base layer of chalk paints, to create a little extra depth.

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I first brushed some of those yummy Luxe paints through one of the larger stencils.

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Then I used a smaller stencil for variation.

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The adhesive backed alphabet stencils were great for adding some quick lettering.

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I used a couple more adhesive stencils to add a bit more visual interest.

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A few doodles and marks to jazz it up a bit then I just peeled the backing off the adhesive and stuck it right onto my jar. It was That easy!

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Now my jar looks cheery and colorful sitting on my desk and offers me a nice reminder to “Get Messy!”

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial, I had fun sharing it with you.

As always, thank you for reading and I wish you a wonderful week!

xo,

Belen

Free Planner Insert For My Fellow Quote Lovers

Hi All, happy weekend! During the month of May I’ll be participating in the Onica Hanby #QuotedMay2016 challenge on Instagram. It’s a fun little challenge for quote lovers and really easy to follow along.

Some people will be using it to practice hand lettering, others are creating digital images, and still others are simply jotting quotes down in their journals or planners. Since I’ve also decided to do a watercolor challenge in May, I thought I’d keep the quote challenge really simple and incorporate it into my everyday planner.

So guess what… New Planner Insert!

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This is a Day on 2 pages with an area for writing your daily quote along with a place to track other daily items.

This insert can be found on the Free Printables page.

Enjoy!

xo,

Belen

 

 

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