Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Midwife of Venice...a good read.

Like last year one of my Goals was to read one book a month.
I only read 7...but that may have been 7 more than if I didn't have a goal :)
I am happy to share with you that I have completed my 1st book of the New Year!!!

But to be fair, I started reading this book before Ashley had Sawyer, but because of the content of this novel, I had to put it down.
I was only a few chapters into this book, but I couldn't read any further at that time.
It is about a Jewish midwife from 1575, who attends a noble woman...which at the time was forbidden.
I enjoyed this book and read it all today, so an easy read.
A bit predictable, but still a good read!
The back of the book

I hope you have a creative day

Tracy :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Christmas Gift Tags

I know I said one of my goals this year was to not play catch up, but....
It seems like that is what I am still doing, lol.
But I still want to share what I did with you all, even if it is past the Christmas season.

My friends and I wanted to do a Christmas gift tag swap.
It was actually my friend Lesli from "Vintage Scraps" that wanted us to do it.
Then she got busy, so I kind of took over....I tend to do that, lol.
So each of us had to make a set of 3 tags for everyone that was joining in on the tag swap, and there were 9 of us that were in the swap.
Here are my tags :)
Sorry for the bad pics, but I had to take screen caps of my video, because I forget to take photos, lol.

I made these banner tags with card stock I was gifted from
This paper was very heavy, so perfect for this, and you could do lots of layering without the paper buckling from the weight.
I picked up these K&Co. medallions from the dollar store and just backed them on the red cardstock.
I think these ones were my favourite.

Made these for the Coffee lovers in our group...which is most everyone besides me, lol.
But I think of them as Hot chocolate cups ;)
I cut them out with the Tim Holtz coffee die.
I cut 2 of the lids out for each tag, as I wanted the backs to be finished as well.

This one was fun.
I had a Stampin' Up get together last year and we did a card using one of their dies.
When the demonstrator was going to throw away the negative part of the die cut paper, I grabbed them all knowing one day I would use them.
A year later and I did!!!
I put some pattern paper (the green Merry Christmas) paper behind the negative image and voila another tag.
I did add some embellishments that I have had for over 15 yrs to the edge, inked it and called it done :)

I didn't have enough of the Stampin' Up die cut pieces, so I wanted to make a tag similar in style as that one.
So I used my punch of a deer head to punch out the shape and added the pattern paper behind it.

Lastly I made gift card holders to put all of the tags in.
I thought that once they use the tags, the gift card holders can be used as well....a gift with in a gift ;)
Everything I made, I made with my scraps :)
I even snuck some of my scraps out of the "to be donated" pile, lol.

I even made a video :)
If you would rather watch my video on my YouTube channel as it will give you the full width of the video...I need to learn how to fix that on my blog, lol.
Check it out here "Tracy's Treasures24"

I had a lot of fun making these with my friends and will share with you the ones that I had received in a later post :)

Hope you all have a very Creative Day

Tracy :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dashboard for my Recollections Spiral Planner.

I went to a class at Michaels.
I never usually take classes but my new Art Journal buddy Stephanie was teaching and I wanted to support her.
We made a dashboard for our planners :)
The class was free and we were to bring our own supplies.
There were 5 in the class and we all had different planners, so each dashboard was a different size and because we brought our own papers and such, they all looked different as well.
I really enjoyed it, thank you Stephanie :)

I am trying the Recollections spiral planner this year (I will share more on my planner in another post).
I usually use my DayTimer, but thought this looked like a fun one to try :)
So lets continue with the dashboard shall we?
I used a grey cardstock for the base (looks black in the picture) and then adhered some Heidi Swapp paper on top of it.
I didn't want to adhere the backs of the post its on the paper because if I wanted to change out the post its, it would rip the pretty paper, as I am using my ATG to adhere them.
So I used a clear sheet of sticky Avery paper on the Heidi Swapp paper.

I was thinking of using velum, but I didn't like that it muted the pink paper.
The quote on the top left corner is printed on velum, see how the paper is muted behind it...ya, thats what I didn't want ;)

Now for the back of the page.
I completed my dashboard at home.
If I remember correctly, there was suppose to be a pocket on the back of the dashboard.
So I mounted the pink paper on the grey cardstock and then adhered the 3 sides leaving the top side open.
I just added some washi in the pocket.
I didn't put the sticky paper on this side, as I'm not planning on adding the post its on this side.

Now because it is a spiral planner, you can't add pages....or can you ;)
I used the packaging paper as a template on where to punch the holes, you could also use the front cover for this.
Then I cut slits from the edge of the paper to the punched holes.
This way the dashboard (or anything you want) can be added to the binding.
It can be removed from the binding, as well as turning the pages easily.

Here is what our dashboards were suppose to look like if we used the supplies that they called for.
This is Stephanie's, pretty isn't it.

I thought I would share with you why I don't normally take classes, just so you know I'm not snobbish on them, lol.
I like to look at a project and figure it out myself.
I also don't follow directions very well and go my own way, and would feel like I might me insulting the teacher if I don't follow her instructions.
And lastly, while I am figuring out how to put the project together, I come up with different ways, or different ideas.
See, I'm not snobbish, just stubborn ;)

I hope you all had a very Creative Day

Tracy :)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Working on my December Daily

Is anyone else working on their December Daily?
I bought this 25 days of Christmas kit from the Crop & Create a few years ago.
I made this book May of 2015 to use for last December.
But if you remember, I lost all of my photos from December of 2015, so decided to save it for this year.
Guess what....I forgot all about it until last night, lol.
So I decided to work on it, all I have to do is print out the photos and add them to the already completed pages.

I have a Selphy printer...actually I have 2 of them.
My husband purchased the newer one (it is a wifi) and this is the first time I had used it, shhhhh.
I was pretty excited that I didn't have to put my photos on a jump drive to transfer them to the printer to print them out!!
But then my problem was how to print a 2 UP or a collage like this one.
I have a couple of apps on my phone that I use for other projects, but for some reason I couldn't get it to work how I wanted.
Finally realizing I had to play with the ratio, I am happy to say that it works!!!
Then I kept getting a watermark this the apps logo "PhotoGrid" on the bottom right corner.
After printing a few pictures and hiding the logo with embellishments, I found a button on the app to get rid of the watermark, lol.
It was a process, but I think I have finally figured it all out and am ready to complete this project.

There are so many photos of my grandson Sawyer, I should re-name it Sawyers December Daily, lol.

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

My Christmas Cards

Even though one of my goals this year is to not play catch up.
I haven't shared with you a couple of my Christmas projects :(
So I thought I would make an exception to this new goal of mine for my Christmas projects ;)

Another goal I have for this year (and the last couple of years) is to keep Christmas simple.
This means I am keeping my Christmas cards simple and making them all the same.
I figure I can go all out and be more detailed on my Birthday cards I send out :)
Any way.... I saw a tag on Pinterest by Julie Day and loved the simplicity of it.
So I recreated it with my supplies.
Honestly when I first made this card, I didn't like it at all.

But once I stamped the snowflakes (which were not on my inspirational piece) and added the sparkly stickles on the background I liked it a lot much so I was inspired to do an art journal page from my Christmas cards...but more on that in another post.

I also did a quick video sharing how I made these cards :)
If you would prefer to watch the video on my YouTube channel, just click on the link "Tracy's Treasures24"

I hope you all have a very Creative day :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017


My wish for you all, is to have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

I checked my goals list I set for myself last year and have to admit, I didn't accomplish them all.
But what I did do was work on them.

I wanted to read a book a month..
I didn't read all 12 books, but I did read 7.
I wanted to walk 10,000 steps a day...
I didn't do 10,000 everyday, but I did walk 20,000 or even 30,000 in the summer months.
I wanted to create an art journal page once a month....
I didn't do one a month, but I did make 4 and found a new art journal friend in the process.
I wanted to organize my whole home.
I didn't do the whole house, but the areas I did complete are still nice and organized.

I posted this as some may think that I failed at my goals.
I don't see it that way, I think of it as moving forward.
If I didn't have these goals I may have not accomplished as much as I did :)

So set goals, even if you don't achieve them the way you hoped to, you still have done more than if you didn't set these goals :)

As for setting goals or Resolutions for 2017.
I am adding to this list :)

I hope you all have a very creative day.

Tracy :)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Season's Greetings

Wishing you all a Very Happy Holiday

I hope you all enjoyed spending time with your family and friends.
Here I am reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to Sawyer like I did for my daughters so many years ago.

Season's Greetings from my grandson Sawyer and I :)
As my daughter was taping this message I saw my son in law walking up the I had to make it quick as I didn't want to have an audience, lol.

Tracy :)