Sunday, March 26, 2017

My 14 hour Scrapbooking Crop

I love to have my friends over to create with me.
So a few times a year I like to host a big crop.
Yes, I still have Friday Night Scrapbooking at my house every week, but I like to host a big get together a few times a year :)

I also love to decorate for these crops :)
This wood backdrop I made for Ashley's wedding.
I have seemed to claim it for my use now, teehee.
I set this up at the bottom of the stairs before entering the rec room where we craft.






















Sending out invites is a must so everyone remembers when it is.
So I made an event on Facebook and used this photo of one of the insides of my cards I had made a few years ago.
I just put it in picmonkey and added the wording..easy.




















I had these tissue medallions from a previous crop I held, but I wanted to change them up a bit.
I just added some large paper doilies behind them and voila, I gave them new life ;)
















I have so much old scrapbooking paper that I decided to make some of these large and small medallions out of some of it.
Even ugly paper looks pretty this way :)
Oh and note to self...when they keep falling off and you need to add stronger tape, don't use duct tape as when it is time to take them down....you pull off your wall paint as well, lol.
Good thing I was planning on painting this room soon anyway.

















These letters as well as the "artists" were left over from banners I had made for my daughter Ashley's bridal shower.
No, I never get rid of anything, lol.
Anyone need a couple of huge bags full of pink tissue paper flowers ;)
















Here are some of the ladies that attended.
2 of my friends weren't able to make it..but my friend Lesli came by the night before :)
1 of the ladies had to leave early, so she missed the group photo.
















I like to do giveaways as the day goes along.
Here is my friend Denise with her winning...a smashbook.
I gave away Smashbooks, large collapsable totes, a scrapbook with a co-ordinating kit and a scrapbook storage binder.
I also put out a "take what you want" box.
I think next time I might set up a table so everyone can set out their products that they don't want anymore.























Oh look we had a cute little visitor as well :)
My grandson Sawyer came to check out the ladies.
So happy he didn't make strange with anyone :)






















Everyone had a chance to hold him...at least once ;)






















My friend Lynne, kept losing her stuff.
I don't know how long she searched for her letter "A".
I offered her the one from my kit, but she found it, lol.






















As much as we chat and laugh....we do actually get some crafting done.
The last few crops I have hosted, I have set up another table beside this one, so we would have more room...but no one wants to move from this table.
We are a close bunch.
So the table I set up, we put out our dishes. As it was pot luck and everyone brought something yummy to share.

















Donna gave me this beautiful plant, I was so happy when it bloomed :)
And Denise made me this sweet card.






















I can't not express how much I love to host these.
Not only do I love to see my friends and create with them, but it is so much fun having them in my home.
Love these ladies.

Tracy :)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life update

My sister in law reminded me that I haven't posted since my daughter's Birthday last month.
Yes almost a month ago!!!
Hard to believe I used to blog daily.
So I figured I had better get my butt in gear and put up a post.
Here is a bit of a life update...and a lame excuse  as to why I haven't been posting.

I have a new Cardiologist, as mine retired.
The new guy wants me to add another type of heart medicine to what I am already taking.
I am a bit stubborn and won't take anything unless I 100% do my research.
So I went back to him to ask him another 110 questions, lol.
Well, I started taking them a few weeks ago and don't like them as they make me tired...which has also hindered my motivation.

I also had to wear this heart monitor for 14 days!!
Yes 14.
One good thing about this (besides how great technology in health is) is that it is a lot smaller than the one I had to wear years ago...mind you that one, I only had to wear for 48 hours.
I also was able to put it on myself, so I didn't have to go to the hospital to get it put on.
I had to carry this black berry around as it sent the results back to the lab.
But it would go into sleep mode on me all the time, unless it was plugged in. So I had to stay 30 ft from an outlet, lol.

















I did get an irritation from the sticky electrodes though.
Didn't help when I bent over and the machine unclipped from my pants band and ripped the sticky thing right off with some of my skin attached, lol.






















The day I got to take this off, my husband came home during his lunch to give me a huge cup of hot chocolate from Tim Hortons :)
I love my hot chocolate...and my honey ;)






















I have been spending so much time with this little cutie.
I just can't get enough of him.














My husband Wayne hurt himself the other day.
He has had a weak ankle for many years, and lately he has been rolling it quite a bit.
The other week he slipped on some ice and sprained it real bad.
The other day he was washing the dishes (which he does about 3 times a year) and his ankle gave out and then he fell against the counter and thought he cracked a rib.
Turned out that he just bruised his ribs and that his ankle is badly sprained and he has to go for physiotherapy to strengthen it as this keeps happening.
He has to take 7 days off of work, so I get to play Nurse Tracy....and no, I am not dressing up ;)






















Luna loves Wayne's office chair.
When she was a kitten, she would run up the back of it.
Now she sleeps on here while Heather is playing her video games or on her laptop.
It is always full of her fur and very hard to get off of this material, so I bought a cat mat for her to lay on.
Turns out she does not like this on her chair, lol
I have to laugh as she will not sit or even touch this mat. We even washed it and I rubbed it on the chair to get her fur on it.
But nope, she refuses to touch it, lol.






















I enjoyed lots of Sawyer snuggles.
Here he had just woke from his nap and when he saw me he had the biggest, cutest smile on his face.
This little guy just melts my heart.






















I even cleaned off my craft desk!!
Well it was clean, teehee.
Time to tackle it again.






















I also hosted a crop last weekend, but I will share that in another post as this one is getting a bit long and kind of depressing...besides the photos of my adorable grandson :)

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Heather's 26th Birthday

Today is my daughter Heather's 26th birthday.
We celebrated her birthday with dinner out with the family.
Heather usually chooses sushi for dinner. We then all came back home for some cake.
She loves New York style strawberry cheese cake, as well as Strawberry custard cake. She can never decide which one she wants, so I get both :)

Heather loves the Gorguss Girl images.
She has loved them before they even had made them as stamps.
So every year I make her a card with one of these girls.
This is this years card :)





















It seems like forever since I have coloured.
I pulled out my Copics and coloured this one up..I really need to do more colouring, I am a little rusty.






















I like this little cluster I made.
I used a wood heart and coloured it up with my Copic, I also coloured up the birthday banner with a Copic marker...oh yes, and even the twine I coloured up.
Sure got some use out of my Copics this day :)






















Here is the inside of the card, as well as the envelope.






















Here are the colours that I used for colouring her up.






















I decided to follow a sketch and picked this one from Freshly Made Sketches


















Again, here is my finished card.
Kristy was questioning the paper choices I made as Heather is not a girly girl.
But once I had the whole card put together, I got Kristy's approval, teehee.





















I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February layout from SCT planner sketch

Another layout!!!
Another layout where I used Scrapbook & Cards Today sketch from my planner.
It is the sketch from February.
If you had noticed all of my layouts from these sketches have been not only Christmas themed layouts, but they have all been on my grandson Sawyer ;)






















I started a tradition with Sawyer, where I read him "Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Christmas Eve.
When my daughter's were young, we would read from this Christmas book all during the holiday season, then when they were old enough to read, they would read the stories to me.
So I love that I could continue this with my grandson :)

I knew I wanted to scrapbook this tradition, but when I found this paper with the whole story written on it from Graphic 45's "Christmas Past" collection...I just knew I needed to use this paper...how perfect!!!!
For the title I used my label maker with gold backing and backed it with papers from Recollections "Joyful Christmas" collection.













I love this little cluster I created in the corner.
I cut the tag with my Stampin' Up tag punch from the Recollections paper.
The doily was inked with Distress ink and the ornament piece was from a Christmas gift tag that I kept as I thought it was to pretty to get rid of ;)
If you look closely, you can see a bit of sparkly  thin thread. I purchased a whole collection of different colours from the dollar store before Christmas.






















Here is the sketch provided by Scrapbook & Cards Today in my Creative Planner I purchased from them.
Just to show that being it was a sketch for February and was mainly a heart themed layout, I took it in a whole new way.
I used a square shape instead of the heart, and my cluster was in the opposite corner of the layout
Mind you I would love to do a heart layout as well ;)






















I actually made my layout in December, before I even made the January layout.
But I wanted a double page layout for this one, and February's sketch fit perfectly for this page.
Here are both of the pages side by side...February and December's.
To see a closer look at December's layout check out This post











Because both of these have photos on the layouts...I can count them as complete...right Kristy?!

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Book Review....The Illegal

I completed my second book of the year!!
Another 427 pages read :)
I know that may not sound like a a big accomplishment to a lot of you, and it wouldn't have sounded like a big accomplishment to me years ago either.
I used to be an avid reader...I would stay up all night to finish a book, I would read while walking, or just sitting outside or when we would go for a drive. I used to read many books a month.
But in the last few years, my reading has really slowed down.
So for the last couple of years I have challenged myself to read 12 books a year...one a month.






















This particular book was given to me by my friend Debbie as a Christmas gift.
Debbie is always giving me books to read :)
And now that I have mentioned to my friends my goal, they are giving me books left and right...but you won't hear me complaining ;)
This was a pretty good book.
I don't want to say to much as I don't want to ruin it for anyone else who would like to read it.
It is basically about a boy, Keita, who is a runner.
He lived a good life with his family in a nice but poor little town, until the government changed hands and all was not well.
I escaped to Freedom State, which the majority of the people who lived there were not happy with how many illegal immigrants were coming into "their" land.
It is a good book and from what I am reading about what is happening in the US at this time...one to read to give many a different perspective on this issue.
The author is Canadian and actually is from the same province as me.
I was chuckling about the use of Tim Horton's as a coffee shop in the novel as it takes place far from Canada.

Here is the write up from the back of the book.






















The photos are pretty dark as I stayed up quite late reading and then took that photos.
Not good lighting at 2:00am

Tracy :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

January's layout from SCT planner sketch

I had mentioned in this post HERE, that to help me do more scrapbooking pages and to keep me motivated, I have been following the Scrapbook & Cards Today sketches in my creative planner.
Here is my layout for January.






















I used my antique typewriter that my daughters and husband bought me for Mother's day a couple of years ago, check out this post if you would like to see it
I think I may need a new ribbon for it though.
I love these sparkle letters...so fun!!!!






















And here is a closer look at the star of the layouts...my grandbaby.
I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of layouts on him this year and for all my years to follow :)



















Here is the sketch that I used.
There is a sketch a month posted in their creative planner Scrapbook & Cards Today.





















Again, the completed layout.
It has photos on it, so in my daughter's eyes.....it's complete, teehee.






















I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Family Day

Today is Family Day!!
It is a day to celebrate families.
And we did :)






















We had a family brunch. Everyone contributed in one way or another and it was so good!!!
After our brunch everyone was full and tired....even Sawyer went for a couple of naps...one of them in my arms :)

On a side note, it is pouring rain outside.
We would usually be getting snow, but the weather has been unusually warm the last couple of days.
This will help the snow piles to shrink.

So if you were able to celebrate Family Day what did you do?

Tracy