Sunday, April 11, 2021

Scrapbook Cottage Challenge #1

 I attended a Free virtual event this weekend.

A local scrapbooking store from Manitoba called The Scrapbook Cottage put on an awesome event.
Before Covid they held the event in person but times are changing.....I have to say I was so thankful they did it virtually or else I couldn't have attended.
This event was spectacular!!!
If you were local to the store you could purchase the materials for the classes in kit form, if not local you could purchase the kits and have them shipped to you.
I am not local to them and it was to late to get them shipped to I have so much product I wanted to use my supplies.

They also put up sketches and we had a certain time line to get them completed.
If we completed our layout in time, posted it on sketch album on their Facebook album, then we were put in a draw to win a prize!

Here is my layout for the first sketch of the day!

The sketch they showed had strips of paper on a diagonal from the top corner of the first page and the bottom corner of the second page.
I decided to change it to strips of paper on the top of my 1st page and bottom of my 2 page layout 

I am trying to catch up on my past layouts. I'm started with 2020, so here are some of my Christmas photos.
They also had card sketches.
I actually used my scraps for the cards....well actually these gorgeous papers were from a friend named Julie. She was going to discard them at a crop (a few years ago) as they weren't big enough for the project she was working on. I kind of freaked she gave them to me, lol.

Here are the sketches that they gave us to work with.

Thank you Scrapbook Cottage!!!
I was so excited to join this event and they did not disappoint...actually they went above and beyond what I expected.

I hope you all save and have a very creative day 

Tracy ❤️❤️❤️

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 💗💗💗