Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project 365…The Beginning

I am doing Project 365 again this year.
You can check out my 2011 HERE.

If you are unfamiliar with Project 365 (P365), it is where I take a photo every day and then journal about the photo or about the day.
I am pretty sure it was started by photographers to help improve on their photography skills.

I have been asked which page protectors I use.
Actually I don't use any page protectors.
This is just your ordinary photo album…remember those, teehee.
I print my photos in 1/2 size which is 2x3. I can fit 2 photos per sheet.
I then adhere them to a journal block.
I use all different types of journal blocks as well as my recipe/index cards.
I then slip them in the photo pocket :)

I am a bit behind…oops.
As you can see here I am sharing my January pages.
As a matter of fact, I have only completed the month of January.
I put a photo on every day.
Don't look to closely as I had my date stamp wrong and have 2013 instead of 2014…I'll have to change that.

As you can see, I take photos of everything.
It seems odd now, but in 20+ years it will be neat to see the mundane everyday goings on in our family.
One thing I do notice is that there is a lot of food photos, lol.

The other year when I did this, I didn't do any embellishing. This year I am trying to embellish more, but still trying to keep it pretty flat, as I only want one book per year.

For the last few years Heather has looked forward to getting a Cream Egg McFlurry from McDonalds.
Every year we just miss it.
So after grocery shopping today, I took her for one.
She isn't following our healthy eating….except for the meals I serve ;)
I have to admit that I did try a bit of hers. It was good :)

Because of the holiday being on a Friday, I have asked my friends and decided to switch Friday Night Scrapbooking to Thursday.
I think we will have our turkey dinner on Friday so we can enjoy it all weekend, and I don't have to cook all weekend ;)

I hope you all had a wonderful and creative Wednesday :)

Tracy :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Smash booking this past weekend

Here is a page I completed in my Smash book, during the 12 hour crop from last weekend's Scrap for Autism.
I use this Smash book for all the little trips I take with my family and friends.
Once this book is full, I'm not sure if I will do another one in this theme, as we seem to do and go to the same places every year.
I will do other Smash Books, but they will be on other themes instead.

I have mentioned before that I don't really like most of the images on the pages in my book.
I am not complaining as I was gifted it in a RAK.
But how I am rectifying this problem is to add my own papers over the images I don't care for.
This is what I did on these two pages.
I like my pages to have a cohesive look to them, so if I cover one side, I usually cover the other side.

For some reason when I was working on this page, I kind of just sat and looked at if for a half hour or so.
I am not sure if it was because this is the last thing I was working on at the crop for the evening, or I was just stumped.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to span these photos between the two pages, or just make a one page layout.
Well as you can see, I choose for the one page layout.
The photos on the left, I made into a pocket to add my journaling in.
That is one thing I do like about these Smash pages, because they are not in page protectors I can add interactive elements or more bulky item to the pages.

Today was a bit of a sad day…I picked up our income tax from the accountant…the government is going to be  very happy to get our return this year, lol.

I hope you all had a very creative Tuesday :)

Tracy :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Take Out Treat Boxes

Every time I go to a crop with my friends, it gives me an excuse to make some type of treat boxes :)
I have always enjoyed making treat boxes and goodies for my girls classmates, but since my girls are all out of school and I have no one else to make them for.
So this way it is a win win…I have fun creating these and my friends enjoy the goodies inside ;)

I picked up these little take out boxes from the dollar store. I think they are meant for baby showers, but does it really matter…nope.
I used this stamp from Stampin' Up and coloured the cute little bunnies with my Copics.
I then punched out the circle and then used a scallop punch with a spring colour card stock.
I added a banner label on each box and a matching ribbon on the handle.
Lastly put some chocolate mini eggs inside :)
I did a very quick video on these cuties.
If you want to watch it on my YouTube channel, just click on "Tracy's Treasures24"

I hope you all had a very creative Monday :)

Tracy :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Winner, Winner, I'm a winner ;)

At the crop yesterday, I won a prize.
They drew a prize every hour and I was lucky enough to win the first one :)
My table was pretty lucky as out of the 4 of us, 3 of us won :)
There were 9 of us at the crop, but the tables were only set for 4 scrappers per table.
But we did get to all sit close. Well all except Lesli, they had her at the other side of the hall, all by herself…but we fixed that :)

Here is what was in my big blue basket of winnings :)
A little bit of everything….hair products, health products (Kristy claimed the water bottle), candy, make up and of course crafty goodies :)

The candy is from a company called Sugar Bees, so I thought it was cute that they had candy bees hidden in the candy jar :)

Today was a really lazy day….I mean really lazy. I didn't even unpack from the crop.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a creative Sunday :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Scrap for Autism Cropping Event

I had a great time at the Crop for Autism event tonight.
It was a 12 hour event and as usual my friends and I had a blast!
Here is my Scrappin' Gang :)
And no, I am not taller than Lesli (Vintage Scraps), she is squatting so Lynne and Barb can be seen behind her ;)

And just like kids, I had to get them to take a nice photo before the silly one, teehee.
I am the one in the pink…just in case you wanted to know ;)

Lots of laughs were had.
I noticed the lady sitting behind me had some Copics,  so you know I had to go and chat ;)
Only to find out that she is a fellow blogger (Danderella) and we knew of each other's blogs. How fun was that :)

My friend Lynne (who seems to make an appearance in my blog quite a bit), finally finished her Massachusetts album. She has been working on this album for longer than I have known her…about 5 years.
She finally completed it tonight….2 minutes before 10:00pm.
We celebrated by blowing noise blowers, throwing streamers (which were  empty ATG refill strips) and Denise presented her with a mini bottle of champagne, lol.
Congrats Lynne :)

They drew prizes every hour at this crop and I was lucky enough to win the first one :)
I haven't had a chance to take photos, so more on that tomorrow.
But I did get a lot completed.
I finished the month of January in my Project 365.
I finished a page in my Smash book.
I also coloured an image and completed a challenge card :)
I got everything completed that I had planned on doing :)

I hope you all had a very creative Saturday.
Now off to dreamland for me :)

Tracy :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Packing for a crop and an Epic craft fail.

I am pretty excited!!
Tomorrow is Crop for Autism and my friends and I are attending it.
We love our crops :)
Mind you packing up for them…not so fun.

I knew I wanted to work on my P365, my Smash book, and a few card challenges I am in.
Also if I have time, maybe do some colouring just for fun.
So I just kept piling things, I thought I would need, on the table and see how I was going to fit them all in one container.
After seeing how much I had, I was thinking of just bringing my markers and colouring some images…now that would have been much easier ;)

Whenever I go to a crop I always bring the ladies at my table a treat.
This time I thought I would make some of those enamel dots out of the Perler beads and give them to my friends.

So I checked out a couple of videos and went to work.
I preheated my oven.
Put the beads on some parchment paper and put them carefully in the oven so they wouldn't tip over.
I started at 15 mins.
The first 5 minutes I saw some action…after that, not to much.
So after the time was done, I added 5 more minutes, then 5 more, then 5 more.

Then I had to bite the bullet and realize this is as good as they are going to melt.
Yup, it didn't work for me :(
Plus Wayne started to sneeze and they gave off a bit of an odour, even with the kitchen window opened.
I will try again when Wayne is at work. I don't want to give him an asthma attack or something.

I narrowed my packing down to 3 totes.
I put my journal tray away. I just took some journal cards and tags that I thought I would use…one less trip to make ;)

I enjoyed my Friday Night Scrapbooking. Not all of the ladies came as they still packing ;)
I hope you all had a very creative Friday.
I will be posting from the crop tomorrow evening :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More Copic Combinations and a video

I thought I would share another page in my Copic Journal.

I have had a few requests for more colour combinations.
So here are two more brown combinations, a medium and a light brown.
I have posted and used 5 colours for their hair, but honestly I usually only use 3 colours.
I have also been asked to do some Copic colouring tutorials, but I'm still not sure on that one.
I honestly just wing it when I colour.
I don't really pay attention to where the light source is coming from.
And when I have watched other tutorials, I think to myself, "Man, I'm doing it all wrong", lol.
But I never say never, so we will see about that.

I did do a video today.
Just a short one sharing Blake's Birthday Card I had made on the weekend.
If you want to watch it on my Youtube channel click on my link "Tracy's Treasures24"
I hope you all had a very creative Thursday :)

Tracy :)