The Cut File Challenge Week Six – Elle’s Studio

Welcome to Week 6 of The Cut File Challenge! This week I am using this cute pie chart cut file from Elle’s Studio.¬†There are five images in this set for only $1.99!


And here’s my layout:


This layout features a photo of me, holding Baby Pattie, my six-year old’s baby doll who I often babysit.ūüôā On this day, Pattie is very fussy and apparently wants fish sticks, which I am unaware of since her little mommy neglected to give me that information! I was also given a phone so the little mommy can check in from time to time to make sure I was doing a good job. Sadly, I was scolded for not giving Pattie some fish sticks!

I have so much to learn.ūüôā

I began this layout by  positioning the cut file toward the center bottom of the layout. I backed the cut image with pattern papers from the new Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life Collection. This was such an easy process and the colors from the papers added a lot of interest to the overall design of the layout!


I made each part of the pie chart a description of things I had to do while babysitting Pattie. I think was rather successful!


I created a cluster of embellishments around the photo and used two Thickers fonts for the title Рboth by Amy Tangerine. I used a flower and feather stamp from the collection to add a bit of movement to the page. I love this stamp set!!!

The entire layout is mounted on another piece of pattern paper from the collection. I used an orange branding strip at the bottom of the layout to serve as an anchor. I finished the layout with Heidi Swapp mist (Black Velvet). This was such a fun layout make!

And for your viewing pleasure, here’s the process video for this layout! Be sure to check out the digital cut files from Elle’s Studio and have a great scrappy weekend!



The Cut File Challenge – Week 5: Silhouette “Back to School Apple”

Welcome to week #5 of The Cut File Challenge! This week I am using this cute cut file from the Silhouette Studio called “Back to School Apple” by Sarah Bailey.


Design ID #64855


And here’s how I used this cut file on a recent layout…


I challenged myself to use an image that was a bit more themed (not my typical style). And to my surprise, I really like it! I created this layout to commemorate my family’s first year of homeschooling. We are very excited for this new adventure and equally nervous! As with any layout that I do about my daughter, I wanted this one to be fun and whimsical.


I started by cutting the image with my Silhouette Cameo. I used red and green cardstock because I wanted to layer the green stem on the red apple. I’m in no way a “cut file layering pro” so this was a stretch for me! I’m still unsure how I feel about it!

NOTE: You don’t need to purchase this specific cut file to create a similar look. You can find “back to school cut files” by doing a simple Google search.


Since the apple served as my title, I added the word “not” so¬†the title now reads “Not Back to School”. This is homeschool lingo to refer to the fact that homeschool children will not¬†technically go back to school in the traditional sense. However, many homeschool families have back to school rituals to celebrate the start of their homeschool year. (I’m learning as I go!)


For this layout I used a custom kit that I made for my new class, Make the Kit – A Mini Course. I layered several patterned papers behind my photos. To the layers I added twine, a wood veneer number and star, enamel dots, and a tab.

Next, I created an embellishment cluster toward the bottom left of the layout to include washi tape, frames, the Back to School Apple cut file, die cuts, a wood veneer star and arrow, as well as enamel dots.



  • Pattern Paper – Pink Paislee Memorandum Paper Pack
  • White Cardstock – Neena Bright White Cardstock
  • Washi Tape – Target Dollar Spot
  • Frames – (from my stash)
  • Wood Veneer Stars – Studio Calico
  • Wood Veneer Arrow – Studio Calico
  • Wood Veneer Number 1 – Scraptastic Club Exclusive
  • Tab – Scraptastic Club Exclusive
  • Enamel Dots – Simple Stories Rad Collection
  • Phrase Labels “Beginnings” and “Childhood” – McIntosh Little Bits by Bella Blvd
  • Red and White Twine – American Crafts

And here’s the process video for this layout! I hope you are pulling out your electronic cutting machines and trying out a few of these cut files! I’ll see you next week for Week 6 of the Cut File Challenge! Thanks for stopping by!




New Class! Make the Kit – A Mini Course

Make the Kit Intro

Yay! The day is finally here! I am please to announce the start of my latest class, Make the Kit РA Mini Course! 

Price: $10.00 (starting Aug. 19th ‚Äď Aug. 26th); $12.00 after August 26th

You can purchase the course HERE!

Make the Kit ‚Äď A Mini Course is a self-paced course that will inspire you to use your stash to make functional and beautiful scrapbooking kits. The course will begin with a brief overview that will cover general information about scrapbooking kits, how to shop your stash for items to include in your kit, how to make, organize, and store your kits, and tips on how to use your kits.

This course includes:

– 4 Lessons with Instructional Videos and full color PDF Study Guides
-5 Exclusive Process Videos that will inspire you!
-A Tour of Victoria Marie’s Scrappy Stash! See what Victoria Marie uses to make awesome     scrapbooking kits!
-Full Color PDF of the layouts completed in this course
-Full Color PDF Plan the Kit Checklist
-Full Color PDF Shop Your Stash Checklist
-Access to the private Make the Kit Facebook Group!

Experience Level: Beginners and Intermediate scrappers; refresher for Experienced scrappers

To purchase this course, click HERE!!!

Enjoy and thanks for your support!

Scraptastic Kit Club – Cookie Thief

What do you do when a little six-year old eats your precious Milano cookies? You tickle them of course!


I was working late one night and decided to take a break and have snack. I went to the kitchen in search of my delicious Pepperidge Farm Milk Chocolate Milano cookies. Upon entering the pantry, I noticed an open package! My cookies had been compromised! At first I thought my spouse had eaten my cookies…nope not her. Well, there are only three of us in this family…it must have been my little moppet.

The following day, I asked my kiddo if she had eaten my cookies. She immediately smiled and folded like a cheap suit! Mystery solved, bring on the tickles and the kissy attack! Of course I had to take a picture of the “little suspect” for her 6-year old scrapbook album!


For this layout I used two exclusive kits from the Scraptastic Kit Club – My, Myself, and I (July) and Sweet Jane (June). Sadly, this will be the last scrapbook layout that I make for Scraptastic as the owner is discontinuing her scrapbook kit subscriptions. However, Scraptastic will continue to offer their planner kits (POI) and pocket scrapbook kit (This Life Noted). I have agreed to stay on to work with the planner kits.ūüôā Look for more to come! ¬†For details about these changes go to¬† Scraptastic is clearing out their remaining kits at discounted prices so be sure to check that out as well.


I wanted to create a light and whimsical layout.  I used 2 inch and 1-1/2 inch circle punches to cut circles out of several pattern papers from the kit and layered the circles behind my two photos. I embellished the layered circles with die cuts, stickers, and enamel dots. To the bottom and top right of the layout I added two more circles for interest. I used an exclusive sticker font set to create the title and finished everything with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Black Velvet.


This was such a fun layout to make! Check out the process video on my YouTube channel! Enjoy!

The Cut File Challenge – Week 4 Daniela Dobson


Welcome to week 4 of The Cut File Challenge! I am so excited to share with you an amazing cut file from my friend and Scraptastic design team buddy, Daniela Dobson! When Daniela heard that I was hosting this challenge on my YouTube Channel, she offered to create a cut file just for my subscribers. Daniela is amazingly talented and has been a creative dynamo in the scrapbooking industry for over 15 years. Check out her lengthy creative resume! Additionally, Daniela offers free cut files on her blog.

Here is the Silhouette cut file that Daniela created:


To get this FREE cut file, click HERE.

And here’s my layout using the cut file. You can also check out Daniela’s layout on her blog.¬†IMG_6920

These doilies are amazing! There are five doilies in this set and they are formatted to cut. All you have to do is import the cut files into the Silhouette Studio, resize the image for your desired design, and cut. This is a very intricate cut file so Daniela provided a few tips on cutting these doilies:

Be sure to…

  1. Set the Ratchet Blade to “2” and the Thickness to 33.
  2. Next, under Line Segment Overcut, select “ON”.
  3. Now you are ready to cut your file!


For this layout I used leftover goodies from the Felicity Jane Happy Day and Next Stop kits. I wanted all of the layering to be focused in the center of the layout with the doilies framing the photo.



After positioning the layers of pattern paper strips and doilies, I embellished this layout with stickers, flare, sequin, and wood veneer.


I absolutely love this cut file because I can use it multiple times whenever I need a doily, or two, or three…ūüôā.


I hope you are playing along with this challenge! Be sure to check out the process video for this layout and don’t forget to stop by Daniela’s blog!

Happy scrappin’!

Product Review: Michaels Recollections Traveler’s Notebook


Hello friends! I am back with a quick product review of the Michaels Recollections Traveler’s Notebook. I am completely late to the party with regard to traveler’s notebooks! After seeing so many gorgeous photos of traveler’s journals on Instagram, I had to give this a try. I purchased this pink notebook at my local Michaels store about a week ago…on sale…for only $5.00!!! Wowza!


For those who are not familiar, a traveler’s journal (or notebook) is a simple notebook with a leather cover, used to jot down notes, ideas, quotes, discoveries, details from one’s travels, etc. Traveler’s notebooks have been around for decades! A popular brand, the Midori Traveler’s Journal, has taken off like wildfire! Notebook enthusiasts are using these journals¬†for a variety of reasons to include planning, memory keeping, and art journaling, just to name a few. ¬†I plan to use my notebook to jot down my business ideas, random thoughts and musings, and for memory keeping.

Here’s the cover of my notebook – it’s a faux leather cover lined with thin felt material. This journal comes in several colors but at the time I purchased my journal, the only colors that were left were¬†pink and cream. The cool thing about traveler’s notebooks is that over time, the covers will look worn…and that is exactly the purpose!


This journal comes with two inserts – one is white and the other is craft, a black string, and a bumble bee charm. I purchased additional charms from the jewelry section at Michaels – I wanted to add more flare to my cover!

I thought a good place to start was to decorate the cover of the white insert. I used a number of items from my stash – two pocket scrapbook cards, washi tape, enamels dots, stickers, font stamps by Amy Tangerine, and a roller date stamp by Heidi Swapp. I didn’t have a plan for the design of my cover or my first page. I just went with the flow and experimented. I like the results!



I am so excited that I finally gave this a try! I look forward to filling my journal with tons of random and fun things!

Check out the product review video for this journal on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! Thanks for stopping by!

The Cut File Challenge Week 3: 17turles

Hello everyone! Are you ready for another fun cut file? I am so excited to share this cool cut file with you from 17turtles called Happy Times.


Isn’t this awesome!!! The cut file was designed by Juliana Michaels, owner of 17turtles. Juliana is widely known in the scrapbooking industry and offers FREE digital cut files on her website. Here’s how I used this week’s cut file.

I love using cut file phrases for titles!


This is a photo of my spouse and our daughter during yet another one of my picture taking attempts. They think it is so funny to cover their faces when I am trying to take a quick picture of them. There is never a dull moment with these two!


I cut this file on a sheet of Neenah¬†Bright¬†White cardstock. I only wanted to use the phrase “Good Times” and the heart trio that is positioned at the bottom of the layout. I created a dipped effect on the heart trio by using Dew Drops Fade Resistant Die Ink (Pear Tart); masking the image with washi tape then applying the ink at the bottom of the hearts. I did the same technique on the wood veneer stars (Dandelion and Bahama Blue) and the phrase “#besties” (Rose Bud).


I layered the titled over the photo. I was careful not to cover the main focal point. I like how the title pops out and draws the eye to the picture!


I used exclusive papers and embellishments from the Sweet Jane and Me, Myself, and I kits by Scraptastic Kit Club. Both of these kits are summer inspired with bright bold colors and fun accents! I also used a few items from my stash such as the pink clip on the top right side of the photo, the star wood veneers, and the acrylic plus sign.

Okay folks, I hope you enjoy this week’s cut file! And I hope you are playing along with this challenge! Be sure to check out 17turtles for more FREE cut files! Here’s the process video for your viewing pleasure!!! Happy scrappin’!