Monday, May 2, 2016

Baby Shower for Janus

My daughter Ashley and her friend Brea put on a baby shower for their friend Janus.
It was such a sweet event.
Ashley hosted it in her home and the decor was so pretty.
Ashley has this large chalkboard at her front entrance and loves to decorate it for the season or special occasions.
I love how she decorated it for the baby shower :)






















Brea is the young lady on the left, my daughter Ashley is on the right and mama to be Janus is in the middle.
Such sweet girls.






















A few weeks ago, Ashley and Brea came over to my place to make the shower decor.
Knowing that I had all of the supplies that they needed..we had such a fun time.
Ashley made this onesie banner.
Isn't it adorable…she hand cut the onesies and punched the hearts.
As you can tell it was hanging on her front door…so don't pay attention to my hands, at least I cropped out my face in the reflection ;)









Both Ashley and Brea made these cute circle banners.
Brea got a lesson in how to use the Cuttlebug :)
Brea kept wondering where Ashley and I would disappear to, then come out of my craft room with tools or supplies.
She asked if there was a room back there.
Ashley said, yes its my mom's craft room..come and check it out.
When she saw it she said "its like a mini Michael's".
Then said that she is definitely coming to Friday Night Scrapbooking, lol.






















Ashley asked me to make a Banner with baby Mason's name on it. Not only to display for the shower, but also so Janus can hang it up in his nursery.
I was instructed to keep it simple…I so wanted to embellish this up, lol.

















Now we can't forget about the food :)
Yummy food at that.
I love that they incorporated the colour blue into what they were serving.
Blue Jello with whip cream on top. Blue icing for the cupcakes and blue coloured punch :)
















Ashely being a perfectionist that she is, put the fruit on the skewers in colour order .






















And here is Mommy to Be :)
Ashley also asked me to make a "mom to be" badge for Janus.






















It was a lovely baby shower and we enjoyed playing many games, even though I didn't win one of them.

I hope you all have a very creative day and I will be back to organizing my craft room :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Crop for Autism

I was so excited to attend the Scrapbooking event for Autism!!!
This is another crop that I enjoy every year and I think this is the 4th year of the event and my 4th year attending.
Here is my gang :)
There was a Red Carpet photo wall..I am admiring my friend Lesli's (Vintage Scraps) huge rock of a diamond :)















My friend/SIL Sharon :)
We have been crafting together before my daughter's were even born.
















I think us 3 here (Lesli, Lynne and I) are the loudest of the bunch.
Mind you our table was pretty tame this year…even Dena (one of the ladies that puts this event on every year) came over and asked us why we were so quiet, lol.

















2 other of my silly friends Verna, Denise and I.

















When I saw these rabbit teeth candy, I just had to put them in the gift bags I gave out to my friends.
I knew we would have some fun with these, teehee.
My friend Debbie and I doing just that :)















I was happy to have won a pretty cool prize :)
I was so excited to see that there was a gift card to the Painted Turtle art shop!!






















Oh and I even got some work done :)
I of course brought way too much supplies with me.
I brought 3 scrapbooking kits, my Copics with images and papers to make a few cards and Ashley's wedding album.
I ended up completing 5 layouts and a card.
I was using up the last of the scraps in a kit I had. These are not the colours I would normally scrap with, it was a challenge but fun.
















Here are the gift bags I put together for my friends :)
I added a stamped image to the front of the bags so they could use them on a project if they chose.

















We all had a blast at the crop…but then again my friends and I have a blast where ever we go or what ever we do :)

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 2016 Tag

Be prepared for a picture heavy post.
Look at me go 2 days until month end and I have my tag done for the month…go me, teehee.
I'm thinking I like how this one turned out :)






















So here we go…
What I liked about the techniques for this month, is that I had never tried them before…its always fun to try new things :)
I liked the resist technique with the distress paints and stains…I also really liked the look of the wood grain.
I used Vintage photo and by using the dabber on the bottle, I could paint directly onto my wood grain stamp.






















After it was dry, I then used Tea Dye stain to colour in the rest of the tag.
I then watered down some Black Soot paint and flicked it on the tag with my handy dandy false teeth tooth brush.
No, I don't have false teeth, but this tooth brush works great for this…I can't even tell you how long I have had this…I'm thinking I purchased it specifically for crafting, lol.






















Now for the main focus on this tag.
I purchased a few of the Tim Holtz butterfly and dragonfly dies and have yet to use them…I know, right!
So grabbed them all and decided to go with the large butterfly.
I cut it out of chipboard and used Black Soot paint to colour it up.






















The next technique was to do a faux mosaic.
I tried just cutting some papers up and putting them haphazard on the butterfly…but was looking a bit messy.
So I used the embossing folder that came with the butterfly die. I embossed my papers and then cut the shapes out ….I liked that look even less.











I tried a few different dies and such, but nope.
Lastly I looked through my punches and used this border punch from Martha Stewart.
But I used the pieces that are to be discarded when punched.
I was much happier with that look.






















To make the mosaic look, we were to add Glossy Accents to the pieces.
I haven't used mine in a while and then remembered why…the tip of mine was plugged a long time ago and to unclog it, I stuck something in the end and split the tip...oops.
I ended up picking the glue up from the backing paper with a plastic tool and applying it to my design.






















I like the contrast of the colour against the black background.






















Here is my completed tag :)
Early for me isn't it ;)






















Here is Tim's Tag.
I am off to check out everyone else's tags..I never check out the other tags until mine is complete.
But I do check them out as I love to see all of the different ways these tags turn out, all so different but all using the same techniques :)













I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Punches….Defunkified!!!

When I go in my room, I am really starting to like what I see.
I have so much to share with you :)
I have gone way past organizing my punches, but one area at a time :)
I have this shelving unit that I have had for many years.
It has housed many of my supplies..flowers, ribbon, sequins even my mists.
But I had moved many of these supplies to other areas and it became a bit of a mess.
I like to keep my "like" supplies together and since I have some of my punches on those towel racks attached to the wall, right beside this unit…I thought I should use my this to hold some of my punches I had on the floor.






















Here is how I have been storing my punches ever since I made my room years ago.
I like to see my supplies….but in a way that is pleasing to the eye.
Which for me this is :)
Not only do I like to see these on my wall, it is also easy for my friends to find a punch if they need one.
When the door to my room is open, these punches are behind it.






















I also keep my bigger punches in this over the door shoe organizer.
The pockets are big enough for those very large punches.
Like the punches on the wall on the towel racks, these are also hidden when the door is open.






















At first I had these Stampin' Up punches stacked on top of each other.
But the images on the stickers were upside down….considering how messy my room was, you would think that this wouldn't bother me…but it really did.
So I decided to put them on their sides…this helped, lol.

















Putting them on their sides also helps not to scratch the shiny images on the tops of the punches when sliding them off of one another.
Win win :)
















Tips on how I defunkify my space:
1. Remove-Take everything out or off and gather it in one space.
2. Clean-Use some cleaner and wipe the area down.
3. Sort-Put all like items together.
4. Purge- Get rid of any punches that you no longer use or want…I actually kept all of my punches.
5. Organize- Put away and organize the remaining items.

I am documenting my Defunkifying process on my YouTube channel as well.
I can share more in the videos then I do with just the photos I can share on here.
If you would rather watch the video on my YouTube channel, then just click the link "Tracy's Treasures24" to go to my YouTube channel…and hey if you do that, you might as well give me a thumbs up :)
I can't wait to show you what else I have been working on.
Just takes time to edit and upload the videos.
Are you Defunkifying your space?
If you are, I would love to hear what you are working on and how it is going :)

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Taking a Break from Defunkifying….Time to Clean

I need to take a bit of a break from Defunkifying my room.
As much as I am loving how it is coming together….I needed to clean it up a bit.
It was getting a bit dangerous in there…plus I seem to make an even bigger mess as I organize…odd, I know, but that is how I roll, l

















Whenever I need to do a good room tidy, I always start with my desk.
I do this for a few of reasons..
1. It is the biggest area I seem to pile things on.
2. It gives the biggest impact when looking at it.
3. Where else would I put the floor stuff I need to tidy up, if not on the desk ;)













There, now doesn't that look a lot better…..maybe don't look under my desk anytime soon though;)
Just kidding, I cleaned under there as well.
I did a short video on this.
If you have noticed, I have been documenting this whole Defunkifying my Craft room, on both my blog here and my YouTube channel.
If you would rather watch this video on my YouTube channel, just click on the link "Tracy's Treasures24"

I am hoping to complete my room before summer and cottage weather hits us :)
Because once summer is here…that is it for staying inside :)

I hope you all have a very creative Day :)

Tracy :)








Monday, April 18, 2016

Stickers….Defunkified!!!

This one was a task.
I knew it would be so I put it off….until now.



















You know they didn't look like this to begin with.
I had stashed most of them under my desk.
I knew one day I would eventually have to sort them out, so I just kept stashing them under here.
I notice that this is a pattern for me, lol.

















You know the 1st step to defunkifying is to round up all of the stickers in one place and go through them all.
I even grabbed my sticker binder and went through them as well.

















Next step is to put them into categories.
The categories I chose that I think will work best for me were…
Letter stickers
Word stickers
Nature stickers
All others.






















These are the left over supplies that were under the desk.
Funny thing was….I did this on a Friday and my friends were coming over that evening for Friday Night Scrapbooking.
So I stashed this back under my table and forgot about it until I edited this video.
The sad thing was, I had organized these areas already, so had to go back and re-do some, lol.














Here are my categories in more detail.
Letters- consist of Thicker type letters and chipboard letters.
Words- consist of anything with word on them, I also added rub on words. resin pieces with words.
Nature- consists of flowers, animals, fairies, outdoor theme, trees, fishing..again anything to do with outdoors or nature.
All Others- Birthday, baby, wedding, heritage, sister, family, travel….anything that doesn't fit in the first 3 categories goes into this bin.



















I am not so nieve to think that I don't have more stickers hidden here and there amongst my other supplies that I haven't gone through yet.
But now that they are in order and all have a home, it will be easier to put the stray ones in their proper place.

My tips on Defunkifying my Supplies
1. Remove- Gather all of your stickers and put them in one area
2. Clean- Wipe down the area where you are going to store your stickers and where you kept them.
3. Sort- Sort your stickers into categories that work for you.
4. Purge- Donate any stickers that you don't think you will use in the future.
5. Organize- Put away and organize the remaining items.
I hope you are following me with defunkifying my scrap/craft room.
If you are, I would love to hear what you are working on :)

Well you guessed it…I did a video on Defunkifying my Stickers.
If you would rather watch it on my YouTube channel, click on the link, subscribe and maybe give me a thumbs up :)
"Tracy's Treasures24"
I hope you all have a very Creative and Defunkified day :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Scrapbooking Kits…Defunkified!!

This one was an easy one to tackle :)
Mostly because I don't have a ton of scrapbooking page kits (I do have my fair share) but not a ton.
I don't belong to any type of scrapbooking kit club, I purchased most of these from when the Crop & Create event came to our city.
I think I bought every one they sold over the last 3 years, lol.












My kits were all in a few tote bags, so they were more or less all together.
And being as they are kits, they are all contained in bags already, so no tedious organizing :)
I put them in a bit of order, such as:
Paper kits I put together,
Christmas kits,
mini album kits,
Fall kits,
and lastly….Pocket Page kits.
which I found odd that I purchased these, and I don't even do pocket pages, lol.














My Tips on Defunkifying:
1. Remove or Gather- Collect all of your page kits and put them all in the same area.
2. Clean- wipe down the area where you plan to store your kits.
3. Sort- Put all like items together…in this case, they are already contained in their own bags…so easy :)
4. Purge- I know…bite my tongue. I didn't purge any of my kits as they are all projects I am planning on completing..one day ;)
5. Organize- Put away in a place that works for you :)

Now I better get to work putting these Kits together….Crop & Create will be here in October ;)

I put together a video in more detail on Defunkifying my Scrapbooking Kits
If you would rather watch it on my YouTube channel, click the link and maybe leave me a comment and a thumbs up :)  "Tracy's Treasures24"

I hope you are all have a wonderful and creative weekend :)
We actually have beautiful weather here and I got to go out for a nice walk….the snow is almost gone…if this weather keeps up, it should be all gone in a couple of weeks :)

Tracy :)