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Believe Tracing Book: The Tracing Co.

Back in September, I had the awesome opportunity to team up with The Tracing Co. and review their Bloom Tracing BookKnowing that they had a Christmas edition too, I promised I’d treat myself and would give this version a go as well. Currently, they have three books to choose from: WildlifeBloom & Believe. So fast-forward a couple of months and here we are with getting all Christmassy with Believe.

The Tracing Co. are a husband and wife pair whose books are designed with the busy person in mind. You create thoughtfully layered images, doing as much or as little as you have time for. Tracing is both therapeutic and cognitively beneficial. The book says: While you relax and trace the elaborate lines, your mind is recognizing patterns and memorizing shapes, which increases your ability to recall information. 

You will need: The Tracing Co. book, tracing paper, two different thickness pens, a pencil and felt-tips.

The book suggests to use two black pens: a thick pen for the first image and a thin pen to trace the remaining images in the set. For the first image, I used a 0.8 line marker and for the other pages, I used 0.3. I found my Derwent Graphik Line Marker Drawing Pens were perfect for the job.

Tracing is such a calming thing to do, you don’t need to stress about being able to draw, just follow the lines and chill. I didn’t have to think about what to do next, the detailed patterns and lines meant I could just switch off and relax into the moment. 

Check out Santa and his fancy beard!

I absolutely love colouring, it is one of my favourite things. As the patterns are so detailed in these festive drawings, I found that my Staedtler Triplus Colour Fibre-Tip Pens were best suited for the intricate designs. I picked the traditional red, green and yellow theme and got colouring!

As this is a tracing book, you can re-trace the picture again and experiment with different colours.

It is such a therapeutic activity – just pop your favourite festive music on and feel the stress melting away.

You could even cut these out and stick them onto cardboard to make your own creative Christmas cards. 

I loved experimenting with different colour combinations to bring my drawings to life.

Once you have finished with the book, you can even give it to a friend as it will always be as good as new.

It was really fun to get creative with The Tracing Co. again and I knew the Believe Tracing Book would be the perfect activity for December. Don’t forget to check out Wildlife and Bloom if you are a fan of elephants and flowers. Have you ever tried a tracing book? What’s your favourite creative hobby at Christmas? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. December 24, 2018 / 8:50 am

    Oh my goodness I love this!! I had no idea tracing also helped with recall memory; that’s amazing. I’m 100% saving this post as I so want to get this; I find colouring therapeutic, and the added benefit of brain stimulus makes me want this even more xx

    • December 24, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Macey! I never knew either, it’s great that such a fun activity has such a positive impact on the brain. I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  2. December 24, 2018 / 8:56 am

    I am so rubbish at drawing so this is such a good idea! You could use these to make Christmas cards or if you’re making your own wrapping paper. very clever.

    • December 24, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      Thank you Rachael! Wrapping paper is such a great idea and really adds that personal touch! <3 xx

  3. Gemma
    December 24, 2018 / 9:47 am

    I love this! I used to adore tracing, it was soo relaxing. It was like you had drawn it yourself! I didn’t know you could get books for this. That’s great! I’m definitely going to check them out. Santa is looking good Bexa! Very colourful and bright, just Santa himself.

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

    • December 24, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment Gemma, you are so kind! It was such a relaxing activity and very festive too he he. I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  4. December 24, 2018 / 11:06 am

    This looks like it could be very calming and therapeutic. I love adult coloring books, and the tracing seems to be a nice added element. Very cool!

    • December 24, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much! I love that you create the picture before you colour it, it’s so enjoyable! I’m glad you enjoyed the post <3 xx

  5. December 24, 2018 / 11:25 am

    I love the sound of this! When I was younger I used to love tracing things, and I can imagine it being so relaxing now! I love the idea of this because as you said, we can just keep re-using the images and trying out different designs/colours. I do have quite a few adult colouring books which I love doing, it is so calming so I think it would be fab to try this out!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • December 24, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Chloe! It’s such a cool idea, especially as the book is always good as new. It’s definitely very relaxing and calming thing to do. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try too! <3 xx

  6. December 24, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    These look like so much fun! I have some coloring books, but I had not seen these tracing books before! If I can get them in the US without too much expense I sure will. Then the trick is finding time to spend on them without my toddlers trying to take over. These are much more interesting than their coloring books!

    Merry Christmas lovely lady!

    • December 24, 2018 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Nicole! Ooh fingers crossed you can get them sent to the US, they are really calming and relaxing to do. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and hope you have a wonderful Christmas too lovely! <3 xx

    • Jason
      December 28, 2018 / 11:43 pm

      Hey Nicole! This is Jason with The Tracing Co.! We are actually based in the US, so Amazon should have no trouble shipping your way! Thanks for your interest. We hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to leave a review for us on Amazon 🙂

      • December 30, 2018 / 5:55 pm

        Thanks Jason!

  7. December 26, 2018 / 10:16 am

    so pretty ❤

    • December 30, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much Kinga! <3 xx

  8. Melissa Kacar
    December 28, 2018 / 5:47 am

    I’ve never tried a tracing book before, but it looks like such a fun activity! My mom and I always color in the adult coloring books with similar designs to this, it’s so therapeutic! I’m gonna have to check these books out! Thanks for sharing, Bexa! Great post, as always! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

    • December 30, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Melissa! I agree, colouring is so therapeutic, I’d definitely recommend tracing books too! Hope you had a nice Christmas <3 xx

  9. December 28, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    This seems like a really fun and calm activity! It would let you be creative without any pressure to actually draw it all on your own!

    • December 30, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much Kristin, I agree, it’s really calming and you don’t have to think too much. I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  10. Mashibaby
    December 28, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    These tracings are beautiful!! What a marvellous idea to spend the time!

    • December 30, 2018 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! <3 xx

  11. December 29, 2018 / 4:29 am

    Pretty cool that The Tracing Co has a Christmas edition released. I love how the coloring turned out. This gives you a great experience with outlining the drawings and it’s a great opportunity to frame something! Glad you enjoyed this!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • December 30, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy! Framing them is such a great idea, I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely! <3 xx

  12. December 29, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Sounds so relaxing to use! This surely makes drawing easier! Your drawing looks so beautiful, that makes me look for it! So festive, we can make most of it by using them at this time of the year!

    Xoxo Babita
    http://travelhues.com/

    • December 30, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Babita! It really was such a relaxing activity <3 xx

  13. December 29, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    Love this idea and tracing is so retro! Really fun by the look of it. The designs are so cute and I love how you’ve brought them to life with your colour choices, very festive too! So good to find out about these interesting brands you feature Bexa. x

    Samantha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • December 30, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment Samantha! This book definitely made me feel all nostalgic! Aww, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post lovely! <3 xx

  14. December 30, 2018 / 9:09 am

    This is so cool! I’ve never heard of a tracing book before! What a cool concept! I’ve tried adult colouring books before and found them very calming and relaxing. I feel like I’d really benefit from a tracing book too. I love how your illustrations turned out! Thanks so much for sharing Bexa!

    • December 30, 2018 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Annie! It really is a cool idea and so unique too! I’d definitely recommend if you want a calming and relaxing activity <3 xx

  15. December 30, 2018 / 9:11 am

    I haven’t tried tracing before but I love this idea. I find doodling and sketching zentangles very relaxing so this is right up my street. Thanks for sharing =)

    • December 30, 2018 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment Hayley! Ooh I’ve never tried zentangles, I’d love to give it a go sometime. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! <3 xx

    • December 30, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you so much Chloe! <3 xx

  16. December 30, 2018 / 9:39 am

    These look amazing my daughter and I love the colouring books and I loved tracing as a kid thanks for the great recommendations xx

    • December 30, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle! I hope you enjoy, I’d definitely recommend them! <3 xx

  17. December 30, 2018 / 10:45 am

    I’ve never been good at drawing although I always wished I was so this looks absolutely perfect for me! All of your designs look so beautiful and I’ll definitely look into getting one of these! Thanks for sharing this!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • December 30, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      Aww thank you so much Jess, you are so sweet! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I’d defo recommend the book, it is so relaxing! <3 xx

  18. December 30, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    The next big art therapy trend, for sure! 😉

    • December 30, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Thanks lovely, it is so calming <3 xx

  19. December 30, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Tracing sounds like an artistic activity that even art-impaired people like me can enjoy! I’m excited to know that it can help with brain health and recall, too – I need all the help I can get. Time to break out the markers! Thanks as always for inspiring me to try something new.
    Have a Happy New Year Bexa!
    Joan
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

    • December 30, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment Joan, I am so happy it has inspired you to try something new. Hope you have a wonderful 2019 lovely! <3 xx

  20. Michelle Blackadar
    December 30, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    this is so incredible! i love the idea of using this to make handmade christmas cards. it’s also a great way to make thoughtful christmas presents if you are short on money, just pop it into a frame and you got a christmas decoration you can use for years to come! i love all the colors that you chose they are all so bright and vibrant which looks beautiful. great post bexa 💕

    mich / simplymich.com

    • December 30, 2018 / 5:17 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Mich! I agree, it is such a great book that you can use over and over again, I will defo bear those ideas in mind for next year. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post lovely! <3 xx

  21. December 30, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Love this! I can see how tracing would be therapeutic. Cutting them out and using them as decorations is a wonderful idea as well. Thank you for sharing! Definitely going to be checking this company out. ☺️

    • December 30, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you so much lovely, I’d defo recommend! <3 xx

  22. December 30, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    THIS IS SO CUTE! I can’t get over it!

    • December 30, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      Aww, thanks so much Morgie! <3 xx

  23. December 30, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Such a good idea to kill the stress bubble. I thought tracing is only for kids and I’m grown up now 😀 But your post is proving me that I’m wrong 😉 can’t wait for to get them and start tracing 🙂

    Hackytips.com

    • December 30, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s the perfect way to reduce stress, hope you enjoy! <3 xx

  24. Mrs D Bags
    December 30, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Brilliant post Bexa 🙂 love the Santa!

    Lovely new logo too <3

    xxx

    • December 30, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you Mrs D Bags! He he, glad you like the logo! <3 xx

  25. December 30, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    Aww this looks like such a good idea and definitely therapeutic. I’m not very artistic but I’m sure even I could manage this!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • January 3, 2019 / 10:48 am

      Thanks so much Nicola! It’s such a great way to relax and chill out <3 xx

  26. December 30, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    This looks like a fun, no-brainer, no stress activity! And the designs are really cute. Drawing is not a strength of mine, so the tracing would be fun. I just recently started doing some coloring for relaxation and I enjoyed it. I think I would like this too. I did do some rock painting this past month which was fun too!

    • January 3, 2019 / 10:56 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Julie! It really is a no stress activity! Ooh I like the sound of rock painting, sounds like fun! <3 xx

  27. December 30, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Ooh I haven’t traced anything for years and years but this looks like such a fun way to spend a few hours! I love how festive this edition is and how you’ve coloured all of these pictures- those pens look fab! I’m definitely going to be looking into the Tracing Co now so thank you for the recommendation!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • January 3, 2019 / 11:03 am

      Thank you so much Soph! It really is such a nostalgic activity! I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  28. December 31, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Omg I love this, it’s such a great idea! I love the colour combinations you’ve used, it’s so pretty! I’m definitely going to check them out, thanks for sharing! x

    http://new-lune.com

    • January 3, 2019 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much!! I am so glad you enjoyed the post <3 xx

  29. December 31, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    Adult colouring books are sooooo relaxing. I love them!
    The Christmas theme is super cute too 🙂

    Happy new years, Bexa!

    Cheers,
    Stef
    forkandveg.com

    • January 3, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much Stef! They really are great for chilling out with. Happy new year to you too lovely! <3 xx

    • January 3, 2019 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much!! <3 xx

  30. January 1, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I really need to get on board with the adult colouring thing. I was just thinking it sounded really therapeutic then I read the part where you said it was 😂. It sounds like the perfect activity to wind down. The Christmas theme is really cute too x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • January 3, 2019 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie! It’s such a relaxing thing to do, I’d defo recommend! I’m glad you liked the Christmas theme too! <3 xx

  31. January 1, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    I’ve never had a tracing book before! This looks like fun Bexa! Lovely review <3 xxx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

    • January 3, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you so much Alys! <3 xx

  32. January 2, 2019 / 1:12 pm

    I love these! So Christmassy! I love how colourful you have made the designs look! I enjoy reading all your stationery posts! I love tracing always reminds me of my childhood! Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year to you Bexa, I hope 2019 is full of light, love and laughter xxx

    • January 3, 2019 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lauren! Tracing really is so nostalgic, I love it! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and hope 2019 is an awesome one for you too! <3 xxx

  33. January 4, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    I love these! I used to enjoy tracing when I was a child and think I’d enjoy it as an adult too. The Christmas-y designs are lovely and I like how the books can be reused again and again.

    • January 6, 2019 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you so much Kim! I love that the book can be used over and over again! <3 xx

  34. January 4, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    The Bloom Tracing Book from The Tracing Co. is lovely. I love to trace because it makes me look like an expert. Whenever I have to draw something, I like to trace it. Tracing is fun and therapeutic for me. I love flowers and Bloom sounds perfect.

    • January 6, 2019 / 3:16 pm

      Thank you so much Deb! It is such a therapeutic activity and the flowers are so pretty! <3 xx

  35. January 8, 2019 / 10:44 pm

    I always enjoyed tracing when I was doing art in school so I might look into getting one of these – it seems really relaxing and definitely therapeutic. I think my Mum might enjoy it too. I love that they have different themes of books too! 💛 xxx

    • January 10, 2019 / 11:18 am

      Thanks Jenny! I’d defo recommend, it is such a calming and relaxing thing to do! <3 xxx

  36. March 31, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Wow, I really love your blog! I have been going back through posts looking at some of the stuff and really love it. I remember when I was younger I always loved drawing and tracing and I remember spending hours with tracing books for kids and colouring.

    You inspired me to go buy myself some markers and a new colouring book and pick it back up again. I used to colour a lot at work because I worked in a call center and found it soothing. I will be looking online for more books and see if maybe I can find some tracing books as well.

    • Bexa
      Author
      April 10, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      Aww, thank you so much for the wonderful comment Kirsten, that is so nice of you to say. I am so happy you feel inspired to colour again, it really is soothing and relaxing. Hope you enjoy! <3 xx

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