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Free Planner Printable: A5 2-page Vertical Insert

Hello planner lovelies. I created an A5 2-page vertical insert for myself. I thought I’d try it out this week, see if it’s a good fit for me in my personal home planner. Of course, you know that I had to share it with you too, so here it is, Enjoy!

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You can find this new insert and all of my free printables HERE. This particular insert the first one on the page.

As always, you don’t have to be a follower of my blog to download these printables, but I’d sure appreciate it. All I ask in return are a couple of things:

  • Please don’t sell them or try to profit from them in any way
  • Please help me spread kindness. If you come across a fellow planner addict that might benefit from their use, please tell them about my blog and where to find the printables.

Oh! Just one more thing… I would love, love, love it, if when you use the printables and post photos to social media, if you would give me a shout out so I can show your post some love and see my creations in action.

IG / twitter: @ArtandWhimsy

Facebook: ArtandWhimsy

Thank you and Happy Planning!

Also, if you enter your email on the home page you’ll get an email notification when I add new content for you to enjoy.

Enjoy & Happy Planning!



NanoJouMo – Week 2 In Review

Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable week with plenty of time to pursue your passions and spend time with loved ones.

Despite a busy work week, I managed to keep up with the NanoJouMo challenge and am finding that it has helped me feel much more relaxed and at home in my journal.

Here is week 2 in review.

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On a somber note, much of the world mourned the senseless, tragic events that took place in Paris last week. Many in the art community, myself included, turned to their art as a means of expressing their feelings and support.

I was soy touched to have received a couple of messages from IG followers in Paris that just wanted to say thank you for the support. So while our art was seemingly a small gesture, I think we managed to send a big message to not only each other, but hopefully to the people of Paris… “We Are With You”.

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“Paris, We Are With You” – Day 14

Wishing you a healthy & happy week.



NanoJouMo – Week 1 In Review

A couple of weeks ago I shared that during the month of November I’d be participating in NaNoJouMo, a free daily art journal challenge organized by Dawn Sokol. While the basis of NaNoJouMo is to challenge ourselves to spend 15 minutes each day creating an art journal page, Dawn also encourages everyone to make of the challenge what they wish. We can follow her daily prompts or not, we can limit the time spent to 15 minutes or choose to allow ourselves more time. The loose guidelines are really meant to just help get us creating.

With much of my focus on other projects and a general feeling of “meh” towards my art, I’d been really uninspired to play in my art journal for a while. Thanks to NaNoJouMo, the challenge has helped hold me accountable, if only to myself, for spending a few minutes each day getting my art on and I’m Loving it!

I’ve opted to not use the daily prompts, but I have embraced the 15 minute limit and have challenged myself to complete a page in that time frame. I’ll admit that I felt a bit awkward and rusty the first few days, but little by little I’ve started to feel like I’ve got my groove back. I also think it’s been a great way to warm me up in preparation of Wanderlust 2016.

Here is my first week in review.

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Thanks for looking.

Wishing you a week filled with color!

Pocket Letter Love

Hello all. I trust that you’re having a wonderful week and have been able to carve out some “me” time to spend doing something that fills you with Happy.

Me? I’m still enjoying the art high from last Saturday’s Dina Wakley class and all the fun I’ve been having playing in my planners. Yes, I’ve officially embraced the planner craze. Like I need another obsession, right?! 🙂 I haven’t blogged about them yet, but something is definitely in the works, promise!

Yesterday, as I was editing some images, I realized that there were a few Pocket Letters that I’ve created but not yet shared here on the blog. So. I thought I’d do that today. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen some of these already.


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I’ve really enjoyed being able to incorporate my love for mixed media into Pocket Letters. Using my gelli plate, favorite stamps, stencils and die cuts makes creating them all the more fun for me. As you can probably see, with the exception of the cat themed PL, my latest swaps have all been mixed media style. I really only accepted the themed swap because… CATS!

Thanks for looking & I wish you a Happy week!






Fun With Barcodes

Hi all! Hope you had a fun and safe holiday.

I spent this morning having some fun with my new Barcode stamps and wanted to share them with you. They were designed by France Papillon for Stampotique.

I can already tell that they’re going to be a fun element to add to my art journals, happy mail & pocket letters.

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The stamps are sold separately and there are currently 3 that make up the set.

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Barcode Text

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These are fun and different, and I like the tags that I made with them so far. Here’s one that I made for a pocket letters that’s going postal tomorrow.

IMG_20150705_091025This was a plain white pre-made tag that I used some gellatos on, for color. Then added a bit of Deli Paper Washi

One thing I will say is that I found a stamp positioner to be crucial to my being able to successfully align the text under the barcode. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig Stamp Positioner, which I’d seen around before and never thought I would have a need for. Well let me tell you, wow, it makes things SO much easier.

Here is a short tutorial, by France Papillon, that shows you how to use the Barcode stamps. You’ll see that she too uses a stamp positioner.


And here’s quick tutorial, from TheMadStamper, which explains how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig

If you’re not familiar with Stampotique you’re in for a treat. They have a great team of designers and the stamps are fun, fresh, and like nothing I’ve seen in the local stores. They are a home based business, based in Arizona, and their stamps are in high demand. This doesn’t quite make for the speediest of shipping times, but they’re well worth the wait. I already have my eye on a few more!

Thanks for looking and I wish you a wonderful week!

Happy Mail Art Envelopes

Who doesn’t LOVE happy mail, right? Well I’ve been having fun making a few of these Art Envelopes to offer in my Etsy Shop. They’re made from prints of my original artwork and are perfect for happy mail, letters, and greeting cards.

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Add a label and you’re ready to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter!

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Thanks for looking!

Tutorial: Create Your Own Deli Paper Washi Tape

Hello lovelies.

If you’re like me, you love your washi tape, have amassed quite a stash and use it any chance you get. It’s fun to add bits of it to art journal pages, happy mail, gifts, and various other art projects. Well today I’m going to show you two ways to make deli paper washi tape… with AND without a gelli plate.


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The first video shows how to create your own unique tape using your gelli plate.

If you don’t have a gelli plate, don’t worry, I got ya covered. The second video shows you how to make hand-painted deli paper washi tape, no gelli plate needed!

Once you’ve made your washi and are ready to use it, just peel off the backing and use it like you would any other washi tape.

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Products used in the Gelli Plate Deli Paper Washi Tape are: gelli plate, acrylic paint, Scor-Tape, Dylusions Bubbles stencil, and my favorite deli paper and Fude Ball pen


No Gelli Plate? this next video is for you.

Products used in the Hand-painted Deli Paper Washi Tape video are: acrylic paint, Scor-Tape, Dina Wakley paint brushes, Dylusions cling stamps, my favorite deli paper and StazOn ink pad in Jet Black.

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If you enjoy the videos, please show them some love by clicking on the thumbs up to “like”, in the upper right corner of each video.

Thanks so much for watching and I wish you a wonderful week!

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How To Create Fast & Easy Image Transfers



Hi again! Today I’m excited to share a product that has been around some time, but is new to me. It’s called a Chartpak Ad Marker Colorless Blender and with it I was able to create these fast and oh-so-easy image transfer tags.

There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when doing these image transfers:

  • This will only work with photo copier or laser jet printed images. This will not work with ink jet images.
  • Use in a well ventilated area.

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  • If the image you want to transfer has lettering that you want to be able to read, you’ll first need to flip it to create a mirror image in Photoshop or some other photo editing program. You can even ask them at your local copy place to flip it before printing.

Ok, so depending on the size of your image, cut it to size and select your substrate. For this demo I’ll be using a tag.

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I decided to first give my tag some color with some Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads.

2015-06-24 20.28.55I also added a strip of my own washi tape that I recently made to give my tag some visual texture.

Side note: I’ll have a video demo up on the blog this weekend showing you how you can create your own “washi” tape as well… Stay Tuned!

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I positioned my image, face down, onto my tag and secured it with a bit of tape.

2015-06-24 20.37.53Using long strokes, rather than a back and forth motion, I colored over the back of the image. You can see that the image will show through the paper, making it easy for you to make sure that you saturated all of it.

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The next step is very important. It’s time to burnish the back of the image, helping the saturated image to transfer onto your substrate. You can use something like the back of a spoon, a piece of slick paper, or a bone folder, which is what I used.

Burnish it a bit and check to see if your image has transferred. If so, remove the tape and image and you’re done, easy as that!

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To finish off my tag I added some stitching along one edge, pen marks along the others, a stamped sentiment, some sari ribbon and called it a success!

2015-06-25 08.36.04This image transfer was made with the gorgeous artwork of Therése Rosier. She is an amazing artist, just check out her Face Book Page. I just added some distressed inks, a stamped sentiment, some embellies and ribbon.

2015-06-25 08.36.30I included this one so you can see what it looks like if you don’t mirror the image before doing the transfer, if it has lettering.

Because the lettering isn’t the focal point here, It doesn’t bother me that it’s reversed. You can decide for yourself if it’s an issue. If it is, flipping it is really easy and it can even be done on PicMonkey, a free photo editing site.

Thanks for reading!


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How To Create A Mixed Media Pocket Letter

I’ve been asked numerous time how I create mixed media style Pocket Letters that look like one cohesive image spread across the 9 pockets.

It’s actually quite easy and I recently took some photos to show you how I do it.

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The base for this particular Pocket Letter was a Dyan Reaveley Diamond stencil placed on top of a 9.5 x 11 piece of white card stock and sprayed with various Dylusions Inks.

When it was dry, I brushed on some Media black gesso and let that dry.

Let me take a moment to mention a couple of important things.

Dylusions Inks reactivate with moisture, even looong after they’ve dried. If you’re going to add a wet medium over them, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve properly sealed the Dylusions layer first. I didn’t seal the first layer because I didn’t need to. Had I tried this with white gesso, I very likely would have had the reactivated inks seep through. Since I was working with black gesso, it wasn’t an issue.

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The other thing that I’d like to mention is about borders. If you want your PL to have a border, maybe something stamped or hand drawn, and are concerned about losing some of it when cutting, wait to add it until a bit later in the process.

Ok, so for this Pocket Letter I wanted to have one large main focal point. I used a stamp from Dyan Reaveley’s Survivor stamp set, some book paper and Hero Arts India Ink in black.

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After cutting out the stamped image I gave it some color with Sakura gel pens and Copic Spica glitter pens.

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I also added some additional dots and doodles to the base, then glued down my focal point.

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Next it was time to cut. This seems to be the part that trips people up, but once you get the sizing down, you’ll be able to do it easily.

The typical page protector used for Pocket Letters is a 3-ring, 9 pocket trading card protector. Each of the pockets measure 2.5 x 3.5, which is also the standard size for an ATC, or Artist Trading Card.

I’ve found that, for me, the easiest thing to do is to first trim my mixed media piece to size. Since I created my base with a 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock, I trimmed it down to 7.5 x 10.5. I lose a bit around the edges but I’m ok with that since I took that into consideration when placing my focal point. This is something that you’ll want to keep in mind when placing your own lettering or artwork so as to avoid having to cut through an area you didn’t want split.

Ok, remember how I mentioned earlier about waiting a bit if you wanted to add a border? Well now that your base has been trimmed it’s a great time to add it!

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With it trimmed to size, it was now time to cut it into 9 pockets. I began with cutting it into 3 equal horizontal pieces that measured 3.5 inches high.

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Next I cut it vertically, making each cut 2.5 inches wide. This cut is what produces the individual cards and is especially important because the pockets you’re slipping each piece into have very little give to them. You want to make sure that this measurement is accurate.

Once done, I inserted each card into its respective pocket, basically reassembling the image as a whole.

2015-06-13 12.02.39With the cutting done, it’s time to embellish and add goodies! I personally prefer do this one card at a time, and place each card back into its pocket before moving on to the next. I find that doing it this way works best for me as it helps me remain aware of placement relative to the overall look of the page.

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Once you have these measurements and basic technique down, you can create your own mixed media Pocket Letters in no time, making each one truly unique.

I should add that you can also use this same technique for cutting one large image or photo for your non mixed media Pocket Letters.

Here are a couple more that I recently sent out for swap.

This first one shows how you can achieve an even border by waiting to add it until after it’s been trimmed to size.

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For more info on Pocket Letters, please visit Janette Lane’s site HERE or look for the Pocket Letter Pals group on Facebook.

Thanks for looking and happy swapping!


Be Brave

Lately, it seems that I’ve been so focused on my Etsy shop, happy mail and swapping pocket letters that I haven’t made time to art just for me, so I sat down with my art journal and allowed myself time to collage and push some paint around.

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I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t art journaled in a while or what, but I really struggled with this spread.

It took me several days of working in short bursts, doubting myself every step of the way, to finally get it to a place that I liked.

But before that happened it went through several awkward stages that only served to fuel my inner critic. I was tempted to scrap the whole thing more than a few times until I decided to trust in the process and Be Brave.

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Through the process of creating this spread, I was reminded of the importance of taking time to art just for me. My art journals are an extension of myself, a form of self-expression. They are a place for me to release ideas, thoughts, experiences and emotions with the intention of gaining self awareness and a better understanding of the world around me.

It’s not always easy, sometimes you just have to Be Brave and allow yourself to go wherever the paint takes you.

Thank you for sharing this experience with me.



Supplies used in the Spread: Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamps and Spinners stencil. Prima Circular Lattice stencil, Daler-Rowney Acrylic Inks.

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