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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!







Hello March – Planner Layout

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any planner layouts so I thought that the February kit from TPS was as good a reason as any.

The pretty color palette begged to be paired with my nude Filofax, so I reluctantly put away the gorgeous red Kikki K that I carried in February and got busy making this one equally as yummy for March.

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As always, I used my handy dandy laminator to make a couple of dashboards and a scrap of that pretty paper made for a great washi card.

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In total I made a dashboard and 4 tabbed dividers from the gorgeous paper that came in the kit.

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I used some of the pretty stickers to decorate my daily inserts. There are a couple of versions of these in the free planner printables section of my blog. Be sure to check them out!

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I use my planner as a life tool, not only to track appointments and to-dos, but also to help foster my goal of continued personal growth.

You may have read in some of my prior posts that I’m a huge proponent of CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

If you’re unfamiliar with it, CBT focuses on techniques to help individuals challenge negative thinking patterns and beliefs and replace “errors in thinking such as overgeneralizing, magnifying negatives, minimizing positives and catastrophizing” with “more realistic and effective thoughts, thus decreasing emotional distress and self-defeating behavior”.2016-02-25 07.18.35

Because creating new thinking patterns is an ongoing process, I’ve dedicated a section in my daily planner to it. These are my custom CBT inserts made by Papier My Day on Etsy. I use them to address negative thinking and to work through whatever issue I may be grinding away on. I find it incredibly helpful to have a dedicated place to turn when I find myself struggling with an issue.

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And finally, here’s a little trick that I use to prettify that odd area in the back of some of the Filofax planners. If I don’t have a notebook to slip into the slits… Pretty paper to the rescue! I just measure, crease, and tuck it right in. Instant pretty!

As always, thank you for reading and I wish you a beautiful week.



My Week In Color – Hello Fall!

The October Planner Society Kit is the stuff my dreams are made of and I couldn’t wait to jump right in and decorate my A5 Fuchsia Filofax.

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I used a few Project Life cards from my stash to make laminated dashboards and a set of pretty ribbon paperclips, purchased from Rubies and Grace, that coordinated with the kit beautifully.


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I received my first planner tassel as part of the PSK and couldn’t wait to clip that baby in! I also used a couple of the resin bits that came in the kit and used them to make a flower planner clip.

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After prettifying my weekly A5, my daily Kate Spade needed some lovin’ too so I made a washi card, and used some of the felt flowers in the kit to make 2 rosebud clips (right side). I also added more of those ribbon clips by Grace and Rubies and a couple of cute clips from Peach Pom (left side, fuchsia pom & blue flower). Oh! after watching The Creative Planner, a workshop offered by Christy Tomlinson, I also made my first planner pocket using some of the gorgeous paper from the kit.

Thanks for looking and…

Happy Planning!



2016 Franken Planner Mashup Video – Uncoiling & Re-Housing My Plum Paper Planner + Discount Code

As the last couple months of 2015 get underway, many of us have already begun to give thought to next year’s planner set up. Are we staying in the same planner, trying something different, etc?

After researching the many different planners available, I decided to go with a Plum Paper for my business planner because of how customizable it is and the dedicated blog section add-on that they have available. I also wanted to be able to do some stamping in my planner and the paper quality will allow for that.

You can buy Plum Paper planners on their Website and on Etsy. The awesome folks at Plum Paper were kind enough to offer a 10% discount code to followers of Art & Whimsy, good through December 31, 2015. WHIMSY10

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I currently use an A5 Filofax for my personal home planner and really like the roominess of it so I decided to take the plunge and uncoil my Plum Paper and re-house it in an A5 or in this case, “Classic” sized binder style planner. Below is a video walk through of the finished planner.

After seeing the new Planner Love collaborative collection between Franklin Planner and My Mind’s Eye, I knew I’d found the perfect new home for my Plum Paper.


The first step was to uncoil my planner. If you decide to do this, I highly recommend using a good pair of wire cutters like these here to completely cut off the crimped ends of the coil. Believe me, it will make this So. Much. Easier.

Since the size of an A5 or Classic is perfect to hold a Plum Paper, the only trimming that needed to be done was to trim off the pre punched holes along the left side and punch new holes. For this particular set up I used a Franklin Covey Hole Punch that I got from Amazon.

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Using the My Store Line from My Minds Eye, I made dividers and dashboards and added some extra goodies. The planner goodies from the line are available on the Franklin Planner website and some of the other items, like coordinating paper, washi & journal cards are available thru

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*A quick note regarding size: This is my first Franklin Planner and you’ll hear me repeatedly refer it its size as A5 in the video. Franklin Covey has different names for their sizes and the correct term, when referring to comparably sized Franklin planner is “Classic”.

OK, and now for the video…

Thanks for watching…Enjoy!




Introducing Free Planner Printables by Art & Whimsy

Hello Planner Girls… I promised you a Big Announcement today and here it is! I’m So Excited to announce that I’ve added Free Planner Printables to the blog and they’re ready for you to download and enjoy!

Free Planner Printables

They are all located on their own page HERE and can also be found on the left side of the Home page.

I currently have several inserts available and will continue to add more as time allows and as I create them for my own use. I also share some handy info for printing and punching your inserts, so be sure to check that out.

These free planner printables are just my little way of saying thank you to all the wonderful people in the planner community that welcomed me so warmly. I’ve learned a lot from you ladies, thank you so much!

xo and Happy Planning,


Planner Set Up – On the Go In My Kate Spade

A few days ago I introduced you to my A5 Filofax Fuchsia Patent. I LOVE that planner; it’s a beauty and a great size for my home planner. What I found, however, is that it wasn’t really  working for me as a planner to track my dailys since I wasn’t carrying it around with me. I needed something smaller and little more portable. Something I could toss in my bag and carry around with me.

And suddenly there she was and it was love at first sight. Her name is Kate.


I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Kate Spade Wellesley planner at the outlet not too far from where I work. To be honest, I went in hoping for a rose gold, but got there minutes after the last one was sold and was a little bummed so I got the black. But now, oh my goodness, I could not be happier with the black one!

The black exterior and the pop of the hot pink interior really lend themselves beautifully to my fondness for bright, bold colors.

I’d never had a zip around closure planner but now, after carrying it around for the last couple of weeks, I find that I’m really loving it. This personal sized planner goes with me everywhere and I like knowing that its contents are safely secured inside.

Having a dedicated place to track all of this information has been a Huge help in my daily pursuit to a better me

I gave some serious though to how I wanted to use this agenda. I knew that I wanted to use it to track my dailys, such as nutrition, fitness, to-do lists, shopping lists and personal growth so I reformatted my custom A5 daily inserts to fit the personal size of this planner. Having a dedicated place to track all of this information has been a Huge help in my daily pursuit to a better me.

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My daily inserts are 2 pages, but I find that I really only use 1 page on the weekends as I don’t have as many errands and to-dos.

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While I do keep a monthly overview calendar in here for quick reference, I won’t be doing a lot of actual “planning” in this planner. I’ll be using it as more of a brain dump. A place to jot down notes, random thoughts, inspiration, and also a place to keep track of online purchases and things that pique my interest that I want to research in-depth when I have more time.

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Since we’re already well into October and Dia de Los Muertos is right around the corner, I immediately set about to prettify my Kate Spade with some inserts, a dashboard and a few planner clips. I’m drawn to the imagery and bright colors associated with this holiday and figured that the theme would go well with the hot pink interior color. Side Note:These Day of the Dead clips are currently available in my Etsy shop.

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I needed some stickers to spruce up my inserts so naturally I turned to Etsy and found these cuties by Inky Dinky Printing that coordinated perfectly with my clips… Score!

I’m so beyond pleased with this Kate Spade Wellesley planner and feel that I have finally achieved planner peace, at least for my dailys!

Thanks for reading and as always, I wish you Happy Planning!





Planner Clip Storage

Planner clips, I love them! Whether I make them myself or buy them from some of the amazing ladies on Etsy, I just can’t get enough of them. Not only are they functional for marking particular pages in my planner and keeping smaller bits securely attached, they’re also an easy and fun way to add some bling!

While my planner clip collection is still small, I continue to make and buy more. They’re like potato chips, you can’t have just one. Ok, who am I kidding, they’re like Planners… You Can’t Have Just One!

As my collection grows I’ve found myself in need of a way to store them so that I can easily see what I have and where I purchased them. Having that info comes in handy when posting to my blog and social media.

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This is what I came up with and it seems to working well for me. Using trading card sleeves and a 3 ring binder I’m able to keep my clips neat and organized. By adding in a pre-printed card that has space for me to write where I purchased the clip and from whom, I have the info that I need at the turn of a page.

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Planner Clips by Art & Whimsy (left), The Planner Society (top), myluckycharm_ & emileespeaks (bottom)

I’ve found that this even works with the chunkier polymer clay planner clips, I just clip them to the top of the card rather than push them into the pocket.

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To make your own, you’ll trading card sleeves, like these HERE, a binder and some pre-printed cards. I made mine using my Silhouette.

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Once your info cards are printed, trim them with your paper cutter to fit the pockets of your trading card sleeves. Standard size will be 2.5 x 3.5. I insert mine so that the info faces away from me so that when I open the binder I see my pretty clips and the info isn’t obstructed on the back, but you can see which works best for you.

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Planner Clips by Art & Whimsy

All that’s left to do is just stick your planner clip filled pockets into your binder and you’re done!

Thanks for reading & Happy Planning!



Fall Into Planning

Well it’s official, I’m a card-carrying planner addict and have fallen for the planner craze like a love struck teenager! With Fall upon us, a new Filofax Original A5 Patent Fuchsia waiting to be moved into and an unopened September Planner Society kit, I recently found time to play.

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The first order of business was to create some laminated dividers and a dashboard. I selected some pretty colors that would go with the patent fuchsia, but still carry me through Fall.

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Originally, this A5 was going to be my daily planner, a place for me to track my dailys, like To-do lists, shopping lists, fitness, etc so I created these custom inserts. I quickly found that since I wasn’t carrying this planner around with me, it wasn’t a system that was going to work for me. I’d find myself out in the world wondering what I was supposed to pick up at the grocery store, while the shopping list sat in my pretty planner at home!

Just last weekend I reformatted these inserts for a personal Kate Spade that I love and carry around with me everywhere, but I’ll blog about that at a later date.

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I used a few of my own planner clips, ones that I carry in my Etsy shop,  and some of the yummy items in the September Planner Society kit, including that awesome hand sketched planner girl card that I turned into a dashboard, to prettify my planner and give it that lived in feeling.

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“Why have 1 planner dashboard when you can have many” is what I say, so I made another using more of that ridiculously cute Planner Society paper and embellished it with stickers die cuts from the kit. I even cut out one of the sketched girls, gave it a splash of watercolor, laminated it and created a custom planner clip!

Thanks for reading and sharing in my original A5 set up.



My Week In Color + Exclusive Villa Beautifful Discount Code

Hello lovelies! As most of you know, as a serial obsessionist, when I take on a new obsession, I’m in it to win it. Well, the planer craze has been no different for me. I’m All. About. It. I research, I buy… I play, I buy… I buy, I BUY. You get the picture.

Last week I went on a sticker binge. Ok, technically I’m kinda sorta still on it, don’t judge me!I’m calling it an early Birthday splurge from me to me. 🙂

This week some of those lovely stickers started rolling in and among them was the most fantastic treat from Villa BeauTIFFul, stickers for me and a super sweet exclusive discount code for all of my Art & Whimsy followers!

I’ll provide the discount code towards the end of the post, but first.. oh my goodness… just look at some of the yummy stickers available in Tiffany’s shop and how I used them in my Day Designer for Blue Sky for next week’s layout.

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I used matte white stickers from the Girly Gold Set and clear stickers from the Girly Gold Clear Tape set. I then added some of my own pink and black washi, a couple of stickers from my stash and some sweet little paperclips that I created out of my own original artwork.

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I just love how all of the Villa BeauTIFFul stickers play well together. The pink, black and antique gold give my pages such a feminine, playful feel. They make me smile when I look at them.

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Here are some of the other pretties that I bought from this shop. They’re all so pretty, I can’t wait to use them!

I SO encourage you to stop by Tiffany’s shop for a browse. She has a gorgeous new website, lots of awesome stickers and tons of planner pics in her gallery that you’ll be drooling over.


As a special treat to all Art & Whimsy followers, Villa BeauTIFFul has generously provided an exclusive discount code: ARTWHIMSEY15 for your shopping pleasure, so have fun! Oh and be sure to include that “E” when spelling whimsy! 🙂

Thanks for following Art & Whimsy, I wish you a colorful week & Happy Planning!



The Planner Society – Kit Review & Planner Layouts

Happy Monday, friends! I mentioned in Saturday’s blog post that I had subscribed to The Planner Society’s monthly kit but it had not arrived yet. Well guess what, it arrived in Saturday’s mail!

Since I just found out about the Planner Society, and my official subscription doesn’t begin until September, I was lucky enough to snag one of the left over July kits, after the regular subscribers received theirs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can snag an August kit as well!

This kit is a beauty and I can’t wait to share it with you, so let’s dive right it.

How much does it cost?
The kit costs $30.90 a month in the US, that’s $24.95 for the kit + $5.95 shipping. International shipping will cost you a little more.

So what do you get in the July kit?
So. Much. Stuff. Let me show you…

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  • 3 sheets of double-sided, premium weight cardstock
  • 8 assorted Maggie Holmes paperclips
  • 1 sheet of washi flags
  • 1 sheet of assorted stickers
  • 1 pkg of Scarlet Lime tropical themed die cuts
  • 8 premium weight cardstock journal cards
  • 2 pads of sticky notes
  • 1 mini rubber stamp
  • 1 generous roll of Freckled Fawn washi tape
  • 1 mini paper punch
  • 2 tropical metal charms
  • 2 plastic tropical themed embellishments

Do you feel that you got your money’s worth?
You bet I do! Not only do I feel that the amount of items in the kit, and their individual value, outweigh the cost of the kit, but the kit itself is FABULOUS! The colors, the quality, the quantity… all thoughtfully put together into one amazing planner subscription kit. I should also add that Christy Tomlinson takes the time to carefully packaged everything in cute little bags. I would have no problem recommending this kit to anyone!

How do I subscribe?
There is more info available HERE.

Brief time out:
I’d like to take a quick moment to add that I’m not affiliated with the Planner Society in any way, nor do I receive anything for endorsing their products or any other products on my blog. If I like something I share it with you. if I don’t care for something, I’ll let you know that as well. It’s the least I can do for you, since you’re awesome enough to read my posts.

Ok, so with my fun new kit in hand, I just couldn’t wait to decorate my planner!

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I got to spend Sunday morning in my happy place, enjoying a yummy cup of coffee and playing in my Day Designer for Blue Sky planner.

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I decorated the entire week in advance and will fill in more to-do items as the week progresses.

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I used the tiny bow paper punch to make bullets for my weekly overview column.

Somehow, facing something difficult is just a wee bit easier when you’ve scheduled it with pretty stickers!

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I even scheduled in my personal commitment of tackling my fear of oil pastels on three different days. I had to sacrifice a couple of the adorable sticky notes for this, but it was so worth it! Somehow, facing something difficult is just a wee bit easier when you’ve scheduled it with pretty stickers!

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By Beloved’s sleep schedule has been a bit off the last couple of days, so he slept into the day. With all this free time on my hands I decided why stop there…keep on planning! So I decorated my Sparrow’s monthly layout as well.



Since my spiral bound, Day Designer for Blue Sky is my dedicated Art & Whimsy planner, my Sparrow has become where I keep track of all of my dailys. I designed custom inserts to help me do just that. You can read more about those HERE.

Also in my Sparrow is a 3rd Qtr calendar by Yellow paper House for The Reset Girl. At the start of each month it has a full month layout. Mine was just begging to be prettyfied, so I happily obliged it.

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I love the sticky notes in this kit so much that I stuck them onto my laminated page holder and tucked them right into my planner pouch that I carry my Sparrow in.

Regardless of which type of planner you have… or should I say planners… you’re sure to love The Planner Society kits. This is only my first kit, but I can already tell that I’m hooked!

Thanks so much for reading! I wish you a beautiful week.




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