Transparent Valentine’s Day Dashboard

Hi and Happy Monday. We’re already half way through January and in the planner world that means that Valentine’s Day planner set-ups are likely under way. I’m not exception. Today I have a fast and fun Valentine’s Day dashboard tutorial to share with you.

For this project you’ll need a laminator, window clings from the dollar store, laminating pouches and of course a planner. I’m using my In The Moment planner from my My Prima Planner.

First thing you’ll want to do is turn your laminator on and let it warm up.

While that’s heating, grab a laminating pouch and one of the inserts from your planner. Your going to use the insert just as a guide for proper sizing.

Place the insert underneath your laminating pouch then just open your pouch and start placing your window clings inside. Use the insert to help you with placement. Your end product is going to be roughly the same size as your insert.

Once you have everything placed where you want it, close up your pouch and smooth out any air pockets, if there are any.

Run your pouch through the laminator. I like to do the sealed end first. If you’d like, flip it over and run it through your laminator again. Doing so is a matter of personal preference, but I always run it through twice

Next, using your insert again, line up your laminated to judge the size and trim accordingly with your trimmer.

Now take that insert, place it on top of your trimmed dashboard and use the holes as a guide to also punch holes into your dashboard.

Slip it into your planner and there you go, a whimsical Valentine’s Day dashboard to add a little extra pop of fun to your planner.

The Planner Kit shown here is “Heart Day”, available from Le Pink Sprinkles.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. For more inspiration, follow me on social media!

Wishing you a wonderful week & Happy Planning!

xo,

Belen

 

 

 

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Guest Designer on StencilGirl Talk

Hello & Happy Friday! I have some exciting news to share with you today! A while back I was asked by StencilGirl to be a Guest Designer on their blog and create something using their awesome stencils. I made a canvas Travelers Notebook! My post goes live today.

I invite you to head over to the StencilGirl Talk blog to see my step by step tutorial showing how you can create your own.

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Special thanks to my friend Angel for offering me the TN suggestion. What a great way to blend my two loves, mixed media and planners!

Thank you and Happy Stenciling!

xo,

Belen

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Happy New Year from Art & Whimsy

Hello lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. It’s been a while since I blogged but I wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank each and every one of you for your support and inspiration, both here and on social media.

It’s been quite a year with some fun opportunities presenting themselves to Art & Whimsy. I look forward to being able to share more about them at a later date, so stay tuned.

For 2017 I’ve decided to take part in the Joggles Art Journal Adventure, which is a prompt based, weekly art journal challenge. it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun and easy to keep up with.

You can  join the 2017 Joggles Art Journal Adventure Facebook group for more info and also check out the 2016 prompts on the Joggles blog.

A few of other things I’m excited about doing in 2017 is digging into these books that I received for Christmas from Patrick.

If you follow me on social media you probably know that I’m a huge fan of Flow Magazine. Well Flow came out with their first ever Mindfulness Workbook! it’s an activity book that revolves around different mindfulness questions and activities. And of course, in true Flow style, it’s full of pretty paper, stickers and gorgeous Flow artwork. You can find it at Barnes and Noble or directly from Flow.

The Flow Book for Paper Lovers is another book I’m eager to dig into. It’s basically an entire book filled with wonderfully illustrated paper, stickers and posters. It’s just perfect for us paper crafters and mixed media artists. This one you can sometimes find at your local Barnes and Noble but if you don’t come across it, they can order it for you. You can also order it from Flow.

The third book is 52 Lists for Happiness. It’s a book for “list lovers everywhere to discover the keys to their own unique happiness and bring more joy and balance into their lives.” . If 52 Lists for Happiness is anything like it’s precursor, The 52 Lists Project it’s sure to become a fun part of my year.

I’m excited to ring in 2017 and see what it has in store for me. I hope you’ll continue to follow along in my adventures and maybe even join in on a few!  I wish you the Happiest New Year ever. Let’s get out there and create new memories!

xoxo,

Belen

 

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

 

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