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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!





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!



Vashi Washi – The Ultimate Washi Dispenser + Discount Code

Hello beautiful people, happy weekend! I have something pretty awesome to share with you today. A few weeks ago I purchased a Vashi Washi tape dispenser from a shop on Etsy and it arrived yesterday. I couldn’t wait to load it up and take it for a “spin”.

And spin it Does… check this out!

Once loaded up with all of your tapes it spins wonderfully.

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I ordered the Vash Washi Deluxe edition which comes with a stainless steel blade for cutting your tape and is said to be able to hold 50 roles. In reality, that’s going to be a bit subjective depending on the types of rolls they are… skinny washi, standard or wide. In any case, it holds a lot!

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The Vashi Washi is smaller than I thought it would be, which was a really nice surprise since it’ll live on my desk. According to the item listing, the dimensions for the deluxe version are 160X150X160mm (6.3X5.9X6.3inches) LxWxH. If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking… mmmkay… 🙂  so here’s a photo of it next to my coffee mug, for reference..

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I love that not only does it make my washi tape easier to get to, therefore easier to use. But having in out on display where I can see and enjoy it is a nice bonus.

Michalis Noukaris, the creater of the Vashi Washi, was kind enough to offer Art & Whimsy followers a 5% discount when spending more than 27 euro. At $30.97 the Vashi Washi Deluxe should meet that spending requirement but he also has other items available including a longer version of this holder. >>The discount code is ARTANDWHIMSY<<

He runs his shop out of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, so allow adequate time for shipping. My order was a bit delayed because he was waiting on a shipment of parts, but it wasn’t too long of a wait once my vashi washi shipped.

Thank you for reading & I hope you found this info useful.



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