Saturday, February 6, 2021

Week #3..Defunkifying my Journal/Pocket cards

I had a bit of a busy week, so thought I would tackle organizing my journal and pocket cards.
They weren't as organized as I had thought, lol. 
I had done these years they weren't as bad as they could have been either.

I cut the collections backs off, so I have easy reference to any cards that I own.
I put the names of the collections on the backs with my lable maker....I Love my lable maker

I picked up a few of these containers from Ikea (a few years ago) and they fit the pocket cards perfectly!!

I have my off brand cards organized in colours.
I had these files and just printed up the colour names on with my lable maker.

These files I made myself and again, added the collection names one with my lable maker.
These are the 4x6 cards.

Here are the 3x4 sized cards.

Now they are all nicely organized agaim.

Then I got to thinking...they nicely fit into my desk.....I love the look of them in my drawer.
Only thing is that these would take up 2 of my drawers and I'm not sure I use them enough to warrant using up valuable drawer space....but then I may use them more if I do?!?
My room is always a work in progress.

Another area down...and many more to go!

I hope you all have a very safe and creative day 💕
Tracy ❤️❤️❤️

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Week #2...Defunkifying my paper scraps

 We all have them, we all love them and we can't part with them...yup, I'm taking about our paper scraps.

I have a few ways of dealing with my scraps and how I store them.
First off I share them!
When I have my Friday Night Scrapbooking nights...I would encourage my friends to use my scraps. I would even keep pieces of white and black cardstock on my large table for my friends to grab easily.
But sadly we haven't been able to get together since last March, so my scraps have been accumulating.

My scraps are actually spilling out of my holder.
I use coloured  hanging file folders, each colour of paper has its own file.

Once I took out the file folders the bottom of the holder was also full of papers.  
While I was on our virtual Friday Night Scrapbooking, I asked my friends if they wanted my scraps. My friend Lynne was up to taking bonus, here comes a curbside drop off to you soon Lynne, teehee.

Now how pretty and organized does this look 💕

I have a few other ways I keep my scraps organized.
I like to keep the scraps with the paper pads if possible.
So I keep them in a bag with the paper pack...both 6x6 and 12x12 papers.

I have also added envelopes on the back of the paper pads to put the scraps in there.

I also do this with my 12x12 paper packs.
But now that I have a lot of the bigger clear bags, I like the bags even more so than the envelope method.

I just had to share my nicely organized files just makes me happy.
I have been storing my scraps like this for many years and it works perfectly for me.
I do go through them at the beginning of each year and give away or recycle my older scraps.

But the best way to organize our scraps is by using them up 😁

I will post a video I did a few years ago on organizing my scraps for more detail...just click on the link.

I hope you all have a very safe and creative day.


Friday, January 22, 2021

Defunkifying the Desks

I am doing a total room organization again.
I am running out of space in my small craft room, so figured since we are in Lockdown with a stay at home order, now is the perfect time to do it.
I am going slow and steady and will post my progress and would love if you joined in!!

I am starting with my desks. 
The reason being that I we will need a nice area to organize and tackle all of our other supplies on.
Plus the desk is the first thing you see in my room and a clean desk screams "Lets create!"

I have 2 desks in my room and even though my room is tiny, I wouldn't have it any other way. Each desk serves its own purpose.
If the desks were cleared off, you would be able to see them both in this photo, lol.

This is my stand up desk.
I made this desk out of 3 bookcases and a large piece of melamine board for the top.
I like to stand up when I craft, so this desk is used for  when I scrapbook, art journal or make mini albums.
I have too much on this desk...not only do I need to put my supplies away but I also want to only have things I need at hand on here.
So I had to find another place to store all of my journals that I don't use daily.

I also have this tool holder that I picked up from Ikea a couple of years ago when I was in Winnipeg (sadly we don't have an Ikea here and the closest one, is 8 hours away).
I pulled everything out, and boy did I have a lot of pens and pencils. I took out the extras and reorganized the tools that I am keeping.

I had also added black foam core "X's" to the bottom cubbies so the tools wouldn't fall over and get lost. (I did his when I bought it... if it looks familiar).

Now look how clean and inviting this is!!
It's just screaming "come and create on me!!"
Plus a perfect area to organize my other supplies when I get to them.

Now onto my second desk.
This is an old teacher's desk. I love this desk as I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up 😁
Plus this desk is perfect for when I work on my writing journals or when I colour, as I like to sit down when I do these things. 
Again I had to move my journals to another area in my home as they were taking up to much space on this desk.

Look how great it looks!!
I love colour and love to be surrounded by it.
So I kept out all of my colouring mediums because they just make me happy💗

Now here are both of my desks side by side.
How inviting!!!

I have created a few projects since I have cleared and re-organized my desks and they look just as great now as when I did this last week....go me, teehee.

If you would love to follow along and share your progress, let me know on here, or come over to my FB group "Tracys Treasures Shares"! 

I hope you all have a safe and creative day
Tracy 💗💗💗

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Happy Holidays

 I hope you all have had wonderful Christmas.

Like many around the world the Holidays have been a little more quiet.
We are in lockdown here in my province as of today.
Luckily I was able to celebrate Christmas with my immediate family. 
We were only to have 10 people in our house during Christmas, but as of today, we can now only have  those that live in our household. 
I am sure going to miss my daughter, son in law and my grandbabies....but so far it is only for 14 days.

Now onto some fun things.
Christmas cards!!!

I wanted to do something new this year for my cards.
I wanted to play with some water colours!
I drew my images and then coloured and shaded them with my Inktense water-colour coloured pencils.
I have been trying to play more with my em, use em...right?!?

Funny as I am looking at the card fronts, I am thinking I should have added some shadows to the babbles and maybe some more colour to the background.
Always a critic to my own work, lol.

I hope you are all safe and have a creative day. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Sawyer's 4th Birthday and his Spiderman card

My oldest grandson turned 4 in Sept.
He is so cute, such a sweetie and so so smart.
He loves his cars and heavy machinery (like his grandpa). 

He also loves Superheroes.
So I wanted to make him a card similar to his little brother's Hulk card.
I found an image of Spiderman off of the internet and printed 2 up on my photo printer.
I also grabbed this halloween paper as it was perfect with this spider web on it!

I fussy cut the image out, and then cut out the head and the hand from the second image.
I then popped up Spider mans head and double popped up the the hand.

I enjoyed doing some virtual scrapbooking with my friend not the same, but its the next best thing!!

I hope you all had a creative day.


Monday, November 16, 2020

Dawson's 2nd Birthday

It was my youngest grandson Dawson's 2nd Birthday this fall.
Isn't he just the cutest 2 yr old!!!
He is such a smart active little guy, who loves to copy everything his big brother does ❤️

We celebrated his birthday at the cottage this year. So I had to make a card with what I had there.
I had some paper and my photo printer.
I found this image on the internet (I think it was a car decal) I saved it and then printed 2 images up on my photo printer.
I then fussy cut out the face and hand of the HULK (who happens to be Dawson's favourite super hero).
I stamped these letters and then fussy cut them out as well.

I popped Hulk's face up on top of the back image.
Double popped up the Hulk's fist, so it looks more like he is coming out of the card.

One thing I really enjoy about crafting up at the cottage is having to use what I becomes a fun challenge!

I hope you all have a very creative day



Friday, October 16, 2020

Hey Jack!

I can't believe I haven't done a blog post since May!!!

I have been hiding out at our cottage away from all things Covid.
Our daughters come up every weekend, so I get to see them, or I don't think I could stay out here this long without seeing them and my grandsons ❤️

I have been creating while I am here though...that is just part of who I am.
Also part of who I am is making pretty things out of discards.
My latest one is this Jack-o-lantern made from our old propane tank that was destined for the dump.
Isn't he so cute!???!

First thing I did (well, first thing my husband Wayne did) was lightly sand the tank and then spray paint it with this Rust-o-leum spray paint,

Then I added some splatters.
I used some yellow ochre, white and black.
I was so so happy with how the splatters looked!!
I then drew on a face and painted it black and then used the yellow ochre around the edges of the features to look like the inside part of the pumpkin.
I have seen others do with where they actually cut the features out....but because there was propane in this, you have to be very instead, I just painted on his features.

I love how this turned out so much so that Wayne and I went to the dump to pick up another on this same size so Jack can have a friend.
Thinking of grabbing a few more and making some ghosts....oh Wayne!!!!

Thank you all so much if you are still checking out my blog and I plan on blogging more since we are heading home for the season in a while where I have much better wifi.

Hope you all have a very creative day