A5 Vertical Christmas Planner Insert Now Available

Hello lovelies. Just a quick post to let you know that I spruced up my A5 vertical planner insert for the holidays and thought I’d share it with you.

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I know that there’s a lot of A5 planner lovers out there and this insert will give you another option.

It’s available for download on my Free Planner Printables page. Enjoy!

xo,

Belen

 

Free Christmas Planner Inserts Now Available

Hi Planner girls! The holiday season is fast approaching and I know most of us are already thinking about our December layouts. As a big thank you for all the love and follows on social media, I’ve made my Christmas planner inserts available to you again this year.

Hop on over to my Free Planner Printables page to download and print your own.

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There’s a personal week on 2 pages and a gift tracker insert to help keep all of your holiday season to do’s in order.

I would absolutely love to see my printables in action so if you post photos to social media please give me a shout out @ArtandWhimsy so I can show your post some love!

Wishing you a wonderful week!

xo,

Belen

 

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NaNoJouMo 2016


Hello and happy November! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on the blog. Hopefully you also follow me on Instagram, as I post there daily.

As we greet November it’s also time to kick off NaNoJouMo. I hope that some of you will consider joining me. If you’ve followed me for a while you may remember that I participated last year.

NaNoJouMo is a free, 30 Day art Journal challenge organized by Dawn Sokol as means to help us commit to opening our art journal every day and doing something artsy… drawing, painting, mixed media, etc. You can learn more about it on Dawn’s blog.

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If you decide to join in on the fun, be sure to use #NaNoJouMo2016 on Instagram & Twitter so we can all share in your month-long journey.

If you decide to do it in private, that’s okay too. All that’s important is that you commit to opening up that art journal for just 15 minutes. No rules, no expectations.

Whether you choose to follow the prompts that Dawn has provided or do your own thing altogether… it’s your space and your time. Enjoy it and have fun.

xo,

Belen

Soul Restoration

Hello beautiful people. Hope you all enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing weekend doing whatever it is that makes your heart happy and are ready to head into the week. I’ve been getting ready for a new project that I’m taking part in and I’d like to share with you today. It’s called Soul Restoration. It’s a class by Melody Ross, of The Brave Girls Club.

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Class begins online on September 7th, through Brave Girl University. If you’re already a subscriber, there’s no additional cost! If you’re not, I encourage you to check out their site and see all of the classes that you will have access to as a member.

What is Soul Restoration?

It’s a step by step process. It is not religious… Soul Restoration is a comprehensive online course comprised of videos, assignments, activities, and projects that are tools to help you remember and internalize all you will be learning. 

Why Take the Class?

Because the world needs ALL of us to be our strongest, healthiest, truest, bravest selves…and that’s what Soul Restoration is all about.

I’m a big proponent of personal growth and taking responsibility for creating the type of life I want to live. But boy, let me tell you, I’ve made mistakes along the way, pretty big ones and some more than once! I’ve shed a lot of tears and been tempted many times to shove all that baggage into a dark closet, shut the door and “just not think about it”. But you know what, that just doesn’t work. So I keep at it, I stay the course even when it isn’t easy, and little by little I’ve begun to make progress. You can too!

I’m excited about Soul Restoration because it’s another tool to add to our toolbox. Another way to help us restore our spirit and get back to that place of “before”. Before we were told we couldn’t, we shouldn’t or we weren’t worthy of. Back to a place before all that baggage weighed us down.

I hope you’ll join me in this journey with a restoration of your own, because you’re worth it and you deserve to be the happiest, healthiest, truest version of you that you can be.

xo

Belen

 

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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!

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