Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Girls May Long 2017

Every year on the May Long Weekend, my daughters and I spend it at my SIL Sharon's camp.
Sharon and I usually go up a day or so early...the benefits of being retired :)















My daughter's came up the next day and brought laughter and Chinese food :)












One big change this year was we had a boy at the camp.
Sawyer...and we enjoyed every second with him.
I loved spending so much time with him.
He loves to snuggle in his blankie.






















Ashley taught Sawyer a new trick.
He is so clever, teehee.






















The girls enjoyed a few walks in between the rain.


















We also had a weekend full of junk food...and plenty of pop for me ;)















And we created a lot!!
Last year we started a paint day.
Kristy picked this image and we all did a great job in re-creating it :)

















The best was when Ashley would bring Sawyer to me when he woke up.
Nothing better then snuggling a happy baby when you first wake up :)
We also did scrapbooking!!!
I only completed 16 layouts in the 5 days we were there, but I think that was pretty good considering I wasn't feeling up to par for a day and a half.
But the layouts I did complete, I love how they turned out!!!

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Layouts Defunkified

I have finally got my loose layouts organized!!!!
I was a bit surprised that I had 44 layouts completed.
But I was even more surprised to see that I had 89 layouts semi-completed.
Meaning layouts without photos.
Then on Friday Night Scrapbooking, I did another 2 page spread without photos.






















So now to count I have 135 layouts done!!!
I organized my completed layouts (on the left) in order by date of when the photos were taken.
I organized my semi-completed layouts (on the right) in order by kit...if they were made from a kit.
As a lot of my layouts are made from kits I had purchased at Crop & Create or our Thank You Goodie Bags.

















My next task is to make a video on my completed layouts that I haven't shared yet and to also put photos on the semi-completed layouts.
My daughters were really giving me a hard time on not having photos on so many layouts...but I have been having so much fun just making layouts with or without photos.

I made a video on how I organized these :)
To watch this video on my YouTube channel, just click on the link "Tracy's Treasures24"


I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Mother's Day

Any day with these beautiful girls of mine is the best day :)
We celebrated Mother's day on the Saturday.
With Ashley being a mother now herself, we celebrated the day before so she could enjoy her 1st Mother's Day with her husband and son.
My girls and I enjoyed a nice walk around the neighbourhood.

















I enjoyed feeding Sawyer his first veggies.
His Grandma Karen fed it to him the day before and the poor little guy hated them...he actually cried and gagged the first time he ate them, lol.
He was better this time, but he still wasn't loving them.















Sunday morning I woke up to this sweet text from Ashley since we didn't see each other on Mother's Day.























Spending the day with my family was all I wanted, but as always they spoiled me :)
I received this beautiful card, a gift card for Michael's (this will help with my no spend on craft supplies challenge).
They bought me a Doxie photo scanner..which I received early.
And my grandson and son-in-law gave me this precious mug <3 p="">

















Later on we went out for ice-cream. banana strawberry...yum.
I usually get a kids size cone, but this time I got a small and ate it all, lol.






















How did you celebrate your Mother's Day?

Tracy :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Layout Organization and Face Time

I am still working on organizing my layouts.
I don't know why I had the urge to put these kits in order of when I bought them from the Crop & Create event...but I did, lol.
It took most of my day.....many may think it was a waste of time, but it is something I just had to do and am happy that I did.






















I also did a couple of videos of the pages I have done from the kits, but most of the pages don't have pictures on them, so I figured I will hold off on the videos until the layouts have the photos on them.

Yesterday I was at my daughter Ashley's house scanning our old photos to have digital copies.
That also took most of the day, but we are on my albums which are in order, so the scanning should go a lot quicker now.













But the great part is being able to see, play and snuggle with this little guy.
Oh my goodness he has my heart.
Oh yes, and of course seeing my daughter Ashley :)






















I miss this girl so much!!
Kristy is still in Italy and having a blast.
I am so happy she is enjoying herself as I know she would.
One thing that helps me miss her a little bit less, is that we have a family group text.
So she posts what she is doing during the day and we keep her up to date with shat is happening here.
But even better....we FaceTime at least once a day!!
I get to see her pretty little face and hear her happy voice and she will give us a tour of her hotel.
3 more days and she will be home!!!















I hope you all are having a Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy International Scrapbooking Day

Hope you all are having a great International Scrapbooking Day :)
I planned on scrapbooking all day, so told my friends to drop over if they wanted to play along.
My friend Lynne came by and we had some chuckles and instead of scrapbooking we organized, lol.
Lynne took her photos out of her sleeve albums and put them into photo boxes, and I moved from task to task, lol.

















After Lynne left I worked on my albums and layouts.
My daughters have mentioned that I haven't completed their baby scrapbooks..yup, sad but true.
My oldest is 27 and I still haven't completed them.
So the first thing I did was take out their albums and some of my finished layouts that I don't have photos in.

















I went through my daughter's albums and figured out what years or milestones that I had missed in these books and wrote them on sticky notes for each one.






















Then I gathered up all of my layouts that weren't in albums, or that don't have photos on them.
Yup, those are all (that I know of) layouts that I have completed.
Some are completed pages with photos on them, others need photos.
I am hoping that a lot of the layouts with no photos will work in my daughter's albums...that will make completing their albums so much quicker.

















I also did a quick video sharing my hopefully easy process with a couple of quick flips in their albums :)
If you would like to see the video on my YouTube Channel...just click the link "Tracy's Treasures24"


I hope you all have a very creative Scrapbooking Day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Organizing my Photos

Thought you would be seeing my tote organization....ya, me too, lol.
But I can't just have one task going at a time, I need many.

I have been worried about my photos in these sticky paged albums.
The adhesive they use (or used) on these albums are not archival safe.
Over the years the adhesive deteriorates your photos and makes them brittle
I have planned on taking them out of here for years.
Today was the day!






















Some of the albums were difficult to take the photos off, and other the photos practically fell off.
See how the adhesive effects the photos.
The top left one is so discoloured.
I was going to discard this one, but my daughter (Ashley who is a photographer) told me she could invert the colour (or something like that) so I kept it.
See the cute short haired girl on the bottom left...thats me ;)
There is a long story about that hair cut...but that is another story.






















Look how the pages have discoloured around the edges...that is what happens to paper over the years if the paper isn't acid free.






















I used these tools to pry and lift the photos off of the pages.
Some were stuck on there good...or should I say bad.
Most are not damaged from the front, but this one really didn't want to come off.
Plus I was so over this process, and may have lost my patience.






















If this wasn't enough of a challenge for me, I also asked my siblings for their albums of our childhood photos to scan them as well.
After taking off all of the photos, then came the tedious process of putting the photos in chronological order.
Which wasn't the easiest as my mom wasn't very organized ...... she had old black and white photos with more recent coloured photos. Also only a few photos had the year on them.
Plus my mom passed away years ago and all of our relatives have either passed away or live so far away, putting them in some kind of order was little like playing a detective.
This is where searching for details in the photos help a lot....."he is wearing a wedding ring, so this is after mom and dad were married"
Or even looking at the size of the photos or the background colour of the photo paper.
My daughter was really good at this.






















I purchased a photo album with sleeves to put the photos in so they wouldn't get out of order before scanning.
My daughter Heather had this job.
We did this while FaceTiming with my daughter Kristy, who is in Italy, and told us about her day :)
In between prying photos off of the album pages, I took many breaks with this little cutie.
I am so lucky that my family lives so close and that they actually enjoy spending time with me, teehee.
Making memories everyday :)






















We still have so much more to do and I will share with you more on our process when we are closer to being done.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day today.

Tracy :)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Organizing my creative totes

I have been putting off organizing these totes of mine for quite some time.
By the look of my living room floor, I should have put it off for a bit longer, lol.

If you know me you know I love planners, journals, notebooks and well, anything paper related.
I also craft all over.
I got to crops, to friends homes and anywhere around my house.
So I will grab another tote and fill it with the supplies I need for that project and move on...never to put away the supplies.
So I decided to go through everything.






















This one is my Craftsman Tool Tote.
I have been using this for my planners and journals.
Then I just started to put other things in here, and it just got to stuffed and I kind of stopped using it as it didn't work for me anymore.
















This one I bought from 31 Bags.
I use it to just throw stuff in.
Like when I am working on a project and tote my supplies to other areas in the house.
Truth Time: when I have to clean up and I don't feel like I have time to put my supplies in their proper places, I just dump them in this bag.






















As tiny as this tote is...I can sure fill it up nicely, lol.
I keep this little tote on my desk when I am scrapbooking.
It has my pens, scissors, bone folder and other supplies and embellishments that I need (or may need) right in front of me.
I like this little tote as it doesn't take up a lot of room on my desk or table.






















Now like everything when I organize...the first thing is to take everything out and see what I have.
I put things in a bit of an order.
Planner stickers, fauxbonichi stickers and stamps in the back.
Washi tape on the left.
Supplies that need to be put back in my craft room in the center.
Embellishments on the right.
Pens and inks in the front.
See a bit organized ;)
















I took my planners, notebooks and journals out and am going to figure out a better way to keep them.
The Create 365 planner holder holds my Christmas planner.
I left it in there as I have loose papers in there pertaining to this planner.






















Look at all of these empty totes.
I have to admit I do have more totes as I have a bit of an addiction to them.
I left the pens in my Craftsman tote as I have to go through them all as there are some that I don't like to write with, so they will get donated to friends.

















You thought I would be sharing my organized totes with you today?!?!
I wish, lol.
My living room looks a bit like a stationary store blew up in it.
Hoping to complete it tomorrow, but I can't make any promises as I have another project I am doing with my daughter.
So many projects not enough me, lol

I hope you all have a very Creative Day today :)

Tracy :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Book Review "Girlfriend in a Coma"

Keeping up with my goal of reading a book a month...here is the one I read for the month of April.
Yes, I completed it today...nothing like completing a goal at the last minute.
This book was given to me by my friend Tessie.
Now that everyone knows I want to read a book a month, everyone is giving me books...thanks friends :)






















Now before I give my review I want to say I am not a writer...I wish I was, I think I could be, but I am not, so my review is only my opinion as a reader.
With that being said here I go.

One of my favourite authors is Stephen King, so when I read this write up comparing the book to his writing, I got a bit excited.
I can see why they thought that...but the person who wrote that, I don't think has ever read a Stephen King book.
This book seemed to be all over the place and there were a few places I thought "what, I think he just contradicted himself in his writing"?!
I did enjoy parts of this book and it was an easy, quick read.
I did like the apocalyptic part of this book!






















Onto My Day:
Yesterday Kristy took off for her trip to Italy.
I drove them all to the airport and snapped a quick picture.
Kristy has been texting us and even Face-Timed with me twice :)
Needless to say with the 6 hour time difference I have been bringing my cell phone in my bedroom at night.















My daughter Ashley and this cool little dude came for a visit today :)
I can't get enough of him...but I am sure most of you know that.






















I should actually go down in my library of books and pick out one for tomorrow so I can get a jump on it before the end of the May.

I hope you all have a ver Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Birthday Balloons

I had mentioned in this post "Its a Mouse Thing" about this fun kit I had purchased from Crop & Create last year.
I tried to use up as much as the kit as I could, so with the extra's I put together some cards.
The papers came with some cut a-parts, I cut them up and used them as focal points on my cards.
Check out this post "Say Cheese" for another one of my cards from these cut aparts.
I don't do Project Life so these are a great way to use up these types of elements.
One thing I did with every project with this kit was to back the papers on black cardstock.
I just love the how the colours pop off of the black!!
I also backed the tags with the black.






















Here is the inside of this card.
I usually add an index card or a grid card to the inside of my cards to stamp or write my note on, but with this light yellow polk a dot paper I may just write directly on the paper.























Onto My Day:
My youngest daughter is going on a trip to Italy tomorrow!
We all wanted to spend time with her today, so Ashley, Tyler and Sawyer spent the day with us.
I ran to Applebees to pick us all up supper as we wanted to have a nice quiet dinner at home, just the 6 of us.

Kristy is traveling with her boyfriend and his family.
I am so excited for her, but also nervous.
She will be gone for 14 days...14 days!!!
I have never not seen any of my girls for this long.
Because this is her first trip without us, I have come up with every possible thing that can go wrong.
I have even thought of things that could probably never happen, but in my mind they could.
I guess you never stop worrying about your children no matter their age.
I know she is going to have a great time and will be happy when I stop sending her videos of how to not get mugged when traveling, lol.

I hope you have a very Creative day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Say Cheese!

Remember from this last post "It's a Mouse Thing" that I had shared that I had picked up the Disney Magic Layouts kit from Crop & Create event.
Well here is another card I had made with some of the left over papers.
I am sure the background paper is from some of my scrap from another collection, but I wanted to use as much from this kit as I could.
I punched the banner on the top right with some mini punches I just think are so cute.
I also punched out a red heart and popped it on the lens of the camera.






















The inside of the card.
just some bits and pieces left over from the front of the card :)






















Onto My Day:
We are in the middle of a major ice storm.
Kristy wasn't confident driving to work, so I drove her.
It took the both of us over 25 minutes to scrape the ice off of my windows of my jeep.
I even had to get hot water to melt the ice a bit before I could scrape it off.
The rest of the jeep was still covered in a thick layer of ice.






















The ice was an inch thick in places.
























Even though it wasn't a nice day, it sure was beautiful.
























Even though the weather hasn't been the nicest, it sure was fun seeing others skating on the roads and skiing along the sidewalks today.
Put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart to see this today.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's a Mouse Thing

I had purchased this fun kit from Crop & Create last year called Disney Magic Layouts.
The kit was designed by Virginia Nebel.
Even though I have never been to Disney and probably never will, I loved the colours in this kit.
I am pretty sure the papers are from Eco Park called Magical Adventure.
So after bantering with myself, I grabbed it!
Even though the kit is Disney themed, I think I did a good job in not having the layouts look Disneyish.
The kit makes 7 layouts.
I made 10 layouts and 4 cards with this kit.
I love to stretch my kits.
Now, because I don't have any photos on these finished layouts I can't show them (as my daughter Kristy has mentioned more times than not, that it isn't completed until the pictures are on it),
I will share with you one of the 4 cards I made with my left over papers.

Out of all my projects with this kit, this card is the only one that looks like it would look to be Disneyish.
The reason....this is going to a friend of mine, that not only loves everything Disney, she also visits the Happiest Place on Earth a lot, and is actually heading there again soon.






















Here is the inside of Schell's card.
To bad those tickets didn't give her free access to the park and the rides.
Everything on my cards were left overs from the kit.
When I was done with all the bits and pieces I was going to use, I passed the rest onto my friends.






















See how fun and happy these papers are!!!
Not my usual colour palette, but so much fun.
What is your usual colour palette when creating cards?

Onto My Day
I visited my daughter Ashley and my grand baby Sawyer.
I held Sawyer most of the day and then played with him on the floor...I can't get enough of this little sweetheart.
My daughter needed my help in hanging a shelf in Sawyer's room.
I should have snapped a photo of it as it is a wood shelf, shaped like the letter "S" with dividers in it for some mini trinkets, it is really cute.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)