My First Layout for the Hip Kit Club Design Team!

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I am happy to announce that I am on the design team for the Hip Kit Club!  I have been a long time fan of this subscription kit club and I welcome the opportunity to inspire scrapbookers with my HKC projects! The products offered in the Hip Kit Club kits are amazing! Be sure to stop by the website for more details.

For this layout, I used the August 2018 Main Kit and Embellishment Kit. Every single element in this kit is absolutely stunning! To begin, I created a layered background using the Three Sides pattern paper from the Shine On Collection by Amy Tangerine (12×12 inches), the Flutter pattern paper from the Willow Lane Collection by Maggie Holmes (9×12 inches), and a piece of white Bazzill card stock (8×12 inches). Next, I added two photos (cut into circles using a circle punch) and a Maggie Holmes frame from the Willow Lane Collection.

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Next, I created textured circle embellishments using modeling paste and items from the Hip Kit Club August 2018 Color Kit to include:  Shimmerz Coloringz Well Blue Me Down Mist, Inklingz Miner, Miner 49er Shimmering Watercolor and a stencil from the Pack Your Bags Collection by Carta Bella. To begin, using a scrap piece of paper, I applied modeling paste over the Pack Your Bags stencil. Once the modeling paste was dry, I covered the texture areas with the Well Blue Me Down mist and the Miner, Miner 49erwatercolor paint. Lastly, I punched circles from the textured paper and layered them around the photos and the frame.

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And because I like taking things up a notch, I stitched around the photos and the textured circle embellishments with black sewing floss. Wow, so much texture…I love it!

To complete the layout, I added die cuts, chipboard embellishments, and puffy shapes from the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane and the Amy Tangerine Shine On collections. Finally, I used the Miner, Miner 49er Shimming Watercolor paint to add a few sprinkles around the layout.

I hope you are inspired to stitch and use mixed media products on your next layout! Thanks so much for stopping by! Now you go and be creative!

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RG Studio 360 Blog Hop! Foxy Fall Digital

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Hello Scrap Bosses! I am back with a fun project for the RG Studio 360 Blog Hop, featuring the RG Studio 360 Design Team! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I am so glad to have you!

In celebration of the new RG Studio 360 website, we are hosting a fun blog hop! Each member of the RG Studio 360 Design Team is participating in this hop.  And you get to play along as well!  Each design team member has a fun project to share on our individual blogs using a RG Studio digital. A complete list of the design team blogs are listed at the end of this post.

WIN A FREE RG STUDIO 360 DIGITAL!

What to win a free RG Studio 360 digital? Be sure to leave a comment in the comment section of this blog post for a chance to win my favorite digital, “Blooming Mugs”! A winner will be selected at the conclusion of this blog hop!

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Foxy Fall Digital

For this blog hop, I want to share two adorable cards that I made using the new Foxy Fall Digitals Collection.

Foxy Fall 1 (Victoria C)

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This digital collection includes a set of 17 images – foxes, a bear, leaves, greetings, and sentiments – perfect for fall and holiday card making and scrapbooking!

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RG Studio digitals come in a variety of formats to include JPEG, SVG, and PDF. After printing and fussy cutting these images, I used Tombo Dual Brush pens to color all of the elements. For this card, I layered the digital elements on top of a pattern paper and velum background. A glitter leaf from my stash was layered behind the little bear along with feathers from the Foxy Fall Digital.

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For this card, I created a colorful background using a leaf stencil and distress ink. For an added touch, I layered glitter leaves from my stash behind the digital elements. And jute was added to both cards for texture and dimension.

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Thanks so much for hopping along with us and celebrating the new website!!! Be sure to subscribe to the RG Studio 360 newsletter to keep up with RG & the Team and remember to comment on each blog for the chance of winning a free download from each designer. If you get lost please return to the https://rgshares.com/.

BLOG HOP LINKS:

RG Studio 360 

Tenia Nelsonhttps://jazzypaper.blogspot.com/2018/08/rg-studio-360-blog-hop.html

Victoria Calvinhttps://victoriamarieblog.com/2018/08/24/rg-studio-360-blog-hop-foxy-fall-digital  *YOU ARE HERE*

Nikki Turnourhttps://nikkiscreativenook.blogspot.com/2018/08/rg-studio-360-create-and-capture-blog.html

Eva Bussomhttp://evascardsandthings.evabussom.com/2018/08/rg-studio-360-blog-hop-foxy-fall.html

Rose Curtishttps://loverosiesworld.blogspot.com/2018/08/foxy-fall.html

Misty Knotthttps://baystampingwithmisty.blogspot.com/2018/08/rg-studio-360-digital-download-foxy-fall.html

Michelle Saddler Arrue – YouTube Video

Linda Gormanhttps://dabblesbylinda.blogspot.com/2018/08/celebrate-with-rg-studio-360-make.html

Melinda Beltranhttp://www.mypapercrafting.com/2018/08/rg-studio-blog-hop.html

 

 

Registration Now Open! 2019 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreats!

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Registration for the 2019 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat is now open! Click HERE for more info!

Hey friends! Come join me next year at one of 4 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreats! For full details, pricing, and to register, click HERE!

2019 Retreat Locations:

  • Sacramento, CA (Spring) – Location TBA
  • Charleston, SC (Summer)
  • Weatherford, TX (Summer)
  • Weatherford, TX (Fall)

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot! Spaces are limited so be sure to register today! I hope to see you in 2019! 

How to Overcome Scrapbook Project Overwhelm!

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Project #15068372 – Putting my finished scrapbook layouts away. Ugh!

We have all been there…too many scrapbook projects and not enough (insert your reason here) to complete them. We look over at those piles of photos, boxes of supplies, and unfinished albums and panic rushes in!  “When will I ever finish these projects?” we say to ourselves. The whole process can be downright overwhelming.

So, what causes scrapbook project overwhelm? A few things come to mind:

  • Taking on too many creative projects and setting unrealistic expectations for completing them.
  • Lack of time – personal or professional commitments often take priority over our creative hobbies.
  • Lack of creative mojo – not sure what to create, how to create it, and what materials to use.
  • Difficulty finding a starting point – “Should I start with my older photos first or with my most current photos? Chronological order or by event?”
  • Availability of supplies may be hindered by limited space, relocation, etc.
  • Too many photos and memorabilia to organize; trouble making decisions about what photos to use on a scrapbook layout versus the photos that will live in a photo album.
  • And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo! (A little Sly and the Family Stone anyone? 🙂 )

But have no fear my friends! I am here to solve all of your problems (yet again)! Well, at least this one scrappy problem. 🙂

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Need time to finish a project? Attend a scrapbook retreat or crop!

If you want to overcome scrapbook overwhelm, give these tips a try:

TIP #1: STOP taking on too many scrapbooking projects! Prioritize your storytelling projects throughout the year, committing to a reasonable and realistic number of projects to complete. For example, setting a goal to finish 3 major scrapbook projects in a 12 month period is a lot more doable than trying to finish 3 major projects in one month! Or, consider working on smaller projects to get the ball rolling – complete an unfinished mini album, put completed scrapbook layouts in an album, etc.

TIP #2: Make the time to work on your scrapbook projects. Set aside 15-30 minutes a couple nights a week or devote a block of time on the weekend to work on a project. Also, make sure that your scrapbook project is visible. Keep your layout and a few scrapbooking supplies in a place where you will see them everyday. For example, when you have a spare minute, take a little time to add embellishments or position a title on your layout . Working in chucks is a great way to get projects done!

TIP #3: Find a starting point. If you have a ton of scrapbooking projects, consider working simultaneously on an older project along with a newer project. This process gives you the freedom to catch up on older scrappy projects while scrapbooking current stories.

TIP #4: Take the time to organize and purge your photos and scrapbook memorabilia. NOTE: This does not have to be done in one organization session. Pick a stack (box, digital folder) of photos and memorabilia and get to work! Schedule short blocks of time for this task – you will be amazed how quickly you can work through your photo and memorabilia backlog!

TIP #5: Lost your creative mojo? Work on a project that is not related to scrapbooking. Mixed media, planning, art journaling, sewing, knitting, watercoloring, and hand lettering are fantastic creative options that can inspire and inform potential scrapbook design. Sometimes we need to allow ourselves to step away from scrapbooking in order to find our creative scrappy mojo! And to get projects done!

There you have it!  A few practical ways to bust through scrapbook project overwhelm. If you have experienced and overcome scrapbook project overwhelm, be sure to share your story and tips in the comments section!

Now, let’s dig into this creative thing we call scrapbooking and get some projects done!

Registration Now Open! 2019 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreats!

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I am so excited to announce the Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat dates for 2019! Next year we are hosting 4 retreats! Yay!

Registration is now open for RETURNING GUESTS starting Monday, August 13th. 

New Guests can register starting Thursday, August 16th. 

For more information, click on the RETREATS tab in the menu bar above or on the links listed below!

We are headed to:

Spaces are limited so be sure to reserve your spot TODAY! I look forward to seeing you in 2019!

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Scale It Down! A Travelers Notebook Collaboration

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I am so excited to be the guest designer for a fun collaboration called Scale It Down with two super talented scrap bosses, Simone Schermann and Suzanna Lee! According to Suzanna, Scale It Down is all about “helping scrapbookers incorporate travelers notebooks into their memory keeping”.

GRAB 5 CHALLENGE! This week we are focusing on using five items to create a TN spread.

The Grab 5 Includes:

  1. Pattern papers
  2. Sticker fonts
  3. Stamps
  4. Tabs
  5. Chipboard (or card stock) die cuts

Suzanna and Simone Title Card

For this spread, I used elements from the Felicity Jane Jeana Kit.

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To begin, I trimmed two pieces of pattern paper to 4×8 inches. To the right panel, I layered a 3×4 photo with a 3×4 pocket card. To the photo I added a chipboard heart for dimension and interest. Above the photo, I positioned a small journaling card that reads “details”. To the card I added journaling strips that I printed on velum paper. Next, I ran each strip through a Xyron Sticker Maker and adhered the strips to the card.

To finish the right panel, I attached a tab that I created using a We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch and stamped the sentiment “Just What I Needed” from the Jeana Stamp Set by Felicity Jane. To the left of the journaling card, I adhered a cute plant die cut.

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To the left panel, I layered another 3×4 photo on a 3×4 journaling card.

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To the photo I added two chipboard hearts. Under the photo I stamped the sentiment “My Favorite Place” and adhere my title using two Felicity Jane sticker fonts.

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Thanks so much to Simone and Suzanna for inviting me to be the guest designer for the Scale It Down Collaboration! I hope you are inspired to create a travelers notebook spread!

To see the process video for this project, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! Also, swing by Suzanna’s and Simone’s YouTube Channels to see their take on this fun challenge!