Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes)

Altenew is turning SEVEN and we are celebrating with a fun blog hop! There is a ton of creative inspiration and over $1400 in prizes! Check it out!

Special Offer

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY7TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV21 at checkout. Offer valid from 4/8/2021 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/11/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop here: https://altenew.com/ Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. 

Giveaway Prizes

Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!” 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.

Check out the project I created using the Build A Flower Hawaiian Coral Stamp Set*!

Altenew layering stamps and coordinating die sets make it super easy to create stunning projects!
Each element can be layered to create a unique design.

Hop Along – Check Out These Designers

Be sure to check out the featured designers for this hop. Links are provided below! Thanks so much for joining us today and don’t forget to play along for a chance to win fun prizes! Enjoy!

Day 1: April 8th, 9:00 AM EDT

Altenew Blog

Laura Bassen

Vicky Papaioannou

Kathy Racoosin

Emily Midgett

Amanda Baldwin

Erum Tasneem

Scrapbook.com

Nathalie DeSousa

Simon Says Stamp

Svitlana Shayevich

Jenny Colacicco

Mindy Eggen

Yoonsun Hur

CiLi in Papers

Isha Gupta

Caly Person

Victoria Calvin

LauraJane

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*Disclaimer: Affiliate links are provided in this post and are completely FREE for you to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used for purchase. Thank you for your support!

FREE Class: 10 Designers Create 10 Cards for Kindness™ from Scrapbook.com!

Looking for something creative to do this weekend? Why not take a FREE class! Join me and my fellow instructors for 10 Designers Create 10 Cards for Kindness™, an online course hosted by Scrapbook.com!

In this ten-part series, you will get an insider look into the creative process of 10 celebrated designers who are joining Scrapbook.com to create handmade cards for Cards for Kindness™. Each designer will share their favorite card making tips and techniques.

For this course, I am teaching a lesson called Quick and Easy Cards! In this lesson, I demonstrate how to make a stunning card using just a few supplies: stamping ink, glitter paste, and a die cut sentiment. This card design is super easy to mass produce and is the perfect weekend project!

Come join us! Click HERE to learn more and to enroll!

Registration is Now Open! Mixed Media Madness Online Virtual Crop!

Come join us for a weekend of fun and creative inspiration! The Mixed Media Madness Online Virtual Crop will begin on March 26 – March 28, 2021!

This event features:

  • Mixed Media themed scrapbook challenges!
  • A LIVE Zoom Mini Class – Geli Plate Adventures!
  • LIVE Zoom Bonus Challenges and Scrap-N-Chat Sessions
  • Prizes and Giveaways!
  • Only $7.99 USD per person!

Date: Friday, March 26th – Sunday, March 28th

Time: Our Friday Night Zoom Scrap and Chat Kickoff will begin at 6:00 pm CST and features a fun Bonus Challenge! The crop will begin at 10:00 am CST on Saturday with our first scrapbook challenge.

Where: This event is hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network!

Price: $7.99 USD per person

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST

Schedule of Events: To view the Schedule of Events for this crop, click HERE!

REGISTER TODAY! To learn more about this event and to register, click HERE!

Save the Date! March Mixed Media Madness Online Virtual Crop!

Save the Date! The Mixed Media Madness Online Virtual Crop will begin on March 26 – March 28, 2021! Stay tuned for full details and registration information to come on Friday, March 19th! Woo hoo!!!

This event features:

  • Mixed Media themed scrapbook challenges!
  • A LIVE Zoom Mini Class – Geli Plate Adventures!
  • LIVE Zoom Bonus Challenges and Scrap-N-Chat Sessions
  • Prizes and Giveaways!
  • Only $7.99 USD per person!

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information! This is going to be a great event…don’t miss out!

Registration is Now OPEN! The Scrapper Bowl Online Virtual Crop!

Come join me for The Scrapper Bowl Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Marie Network! This sports-theme scrapbooking event features scrapbook challenges, prizes, giveaways, and Live Zoom Scrap and Chat sessions! You don’t have to be a sports fan to participate…there’s a little something for everyone!

To learn more and to register, click HERE or select Online Virtual Crops at the top of the homepage.

When: This crop will begin on Friday, February 26th – Sunday, February 28th

Where: Victoria Marie Mighty Network

Price: $7.99 USD

Deadline to Register: Sunday, February 28, 2021

Come join us for a weekend filled with creative inspiration, fun challenges, Zoom Scrap and Chats and more! I hope to see you there!

SAVE the DATE! The Scrapper Bowl Online Virtual Crop!

Calling all sports fans and everyone in between! Come join us for The Scrapper Bowl Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the NEW Victoria Marie Mighty Network!

This online scrapbooking event will take place on February 26-28, 2021! Full details and a link to register will be available on February 17th here on the Victoria Marie Blog! Mark your calendars and stay tuned!

To view the 2021 Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Calendar of Events, click HERE!

Revisiting Project Life | Taking a Simple Approach in 2021

A few years ago, I started my very first Project Life album. Needless to say, that album remains unfinished, along with other Project Life albums and layouts. At some point during the Project Life process, I would completely tucker out and lose steam. Also, I would overthink the process, try to use too many products, and attempt to use ALL the photos.

I quit before I even got started.

Over the past two years, the number of layouts that I make that document my everyday life (i.e. family, work, random shenanigans), has decreased significantly. These stories are very important to me so I began thinking about the idea of revisiting Project Life. Additionally, this year I am working on implementing a daily creative practice. I figured that part of this daily practice should include working on my Project Life album.

So, I decided to revisit Project Life.

If you are not sure what Project Life is, I recommend watching the following video. This video was filmed 5 years ago but it explains the Project Life process. Also, you can find a full range of Project Life physical products and albums HERE . To learn more about Digital Project Life, click HERE, and for the Project Life App, click HERE.

In short, Project Life is a simplified storytelling system using pocket page protects and 3×4 and 4×6 pocket cards. The focus on this format is to document life’s everyday moments. Listen to Becky Higgins, founder and owner of Project Life, as she explains her popular storytelling system.

Despite the fact that I have not been consistent with Project Life in the past, I still love this storytelling approach and I am willing to give it another try. However, this time I am simplifying my process.

PLANNING AHEAD

I have found that I am most successful when I plan my projects a head of time. For me, this means printing my photos throughout the week that I want to include in my weekly spread, journaling throughout the week as well so I don’t forget the details that I want to document, and making a sketch of my overall project design. These are tasks that I can complete during my morning creative block or when I am relaxing and watching Netflix! Also, planning ahead saves so much time when I sit down to finish a weekly layout. I don’t have to take the time to decide what photos I’m going to use or what I want to say…all of that work will be done before hand.

NOTE: I have elected to create weekly Project Life spreads. However, please know that you can approach this project in many different ways (i.e. monthly, seasonally, every other week). The point is to document your everyday stories in someway on a consistent basis.

CURATE A KIT OF PROJECT LIFE SUPPLIES

In addition to making scrapbooking kits, I also plan to make several Project Life kits. These kits will feature a variety materials from my stash and newly acquired products. Having a kit prepared and ready to go eliminates the stress of picking out materials when the time comes to work on a spread.

BATCH AND BLOCK EACH TASK

I strongly believe in the power of batching and blocking as many tasks as I possibly can! To simplify my Project Life process, I have scheduled one day per week (Sunday) to work on my weekly spreads. Working on this project on Sunday mornings has been super helpful and it gives me something to look forward to when the weekend comes. Also, on Saturday mornings, I print my photos and type the journaling for my spreads. This is a fairly easy process if I’m consistent with printing photos throughout the week. But, I recognize that there will be some weeks when this doesn’t happen, so a Saturday morning printing and journaling block will be really helpful.

KEEP THE DESIGN SIMPLE

I love a clean and simple scrapbook layout design. I also love to layer and to add texture and dimension to my scrapbook projects. However, for Project Life, my focus is on words and photos. I have found that I am most interested in simple designs with minimal embellishing and stamping. However, I am giving myself the freedom to explore a variety of design options as I continue with this project in 2021.

Being flexible is key!

MOST OF ALL…ENJOY THE PROCESS!

This year, I want to enjoy the Project Life process! Becky Higgins did not intend for this project to be overly complicated, in fact, her intentions were quite the opposite. So far I have completed Weeks 1 and 2 from January and have Weeks 3 and 4 prepped and ready to go. I very much enjoy the process of reflecting on the week’s adventures, the ebb and flow of my family life, my random thoughts and musings, and everything in between. But most of all, I enjoy the simplicity of this project…just photos and words.

To see Week 2 of my Project Life album, click on the video below. And tell me in the comments section, do you enjoy creating Project Life spreads? Are you revisiting this project after a long break or reevaluating your process? I would love to know!

Enjoy!

Scrapbook Process Video | Using a Simple Silhouette Cut File!

Hello friends! Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing a 12 x 12 layout featuring an electronic cut file called “I Love Your Smile” by Lori Whitlock for Silhouette. I love using cut files on a scrapbook project and this design was the perfect choice for this layout.

Recently, my daughter got her very first set of braces to correct an overbite. Getting braces almost seems like a rite of passage for some kiddos. She was nervous at first (and so was I), but she handled it like a champ and of course, I had to scrapbook the adventure!

To see this layout come together, click on the video below!

Products Used: January 2021 Hip Kit Club Scrapbook Kit and Scrapbook Embellishment Add-On, “I Love Your Smile” by Lori Whitlock for Silhouette, PicFrame Photo Collage App (iOS and Android).

I love the floral cluster that frames the bottom of the title! (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)
All of the bright colors are perfect and work well with the photos. (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)
Using an electronic cut file makes designing scrapbook pages super easy! (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)

Friday LIVE on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Hey friends! Join me LIVE today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. During this week’s livestream, I will be working on a couple of layouts in my Hot Springs Vacation Mini Album.

The livestream starts at 2:00 pm CST every Friday! Be sure to subscribe to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, and when you do, click the bell icon, that way you will be notified each and every time I go LIVE on the channel. See you soon!

Registration is Open! January 2021 Scrap Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Registration is now OPEN for the January 2021 Scrap Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!  This event is all about using items from your stash to create stunning scrapbook projects!

Deadline to Register: Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST

Date: Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24, 2021

Where: Hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network

Time: Challenges begin at 10:00 am CST on Saturday, January 23rd. 

Price: $7.99 USD per person

Friday Kickoff! We will kickoff the weekend of scrappy festivities with a Live Zoom Scrap and Chat and Bonus Challenge on Friday, January 22nd at 6:00 pm CST. 

This crop includes:

  • Fun scrapbook challenges all focused on using items from your stash!
  • Prizes and giveaways!
  • LIVE Zoom Scrap and Chats 
  • LIVE Zoom Creative Mini Workshop – 3 Creative Stash Busting Techniques!

Come hang with us, meet new friends, and create lovely scrapbook layouts using items from your stash! 

Register TODAY and get immediate access to the Scrap Your Stash Online Virtual Crop Group, hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network! 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

To see the Schedule of Events for this crop, click HERE! Challenge Descriptions are provided once you are registered for this event. 

For full details and to register, click HERE or click on ONLINE VIRTUAL CROP at the top of the page.

Come join us for a super fun weekend!!! I hope to see you there!