NEW! Scrapbook Layering Series – Layout Study: Why This Works!

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m kicking off my Scrapbook Layering Series! In this series, I will be addressing some of your questions about scrapbook layering techniques, from creating a balanced composition, recommended products, layering techniques and more!

We will begin this series with a layout study, which is essentially studying a layout and taking note of what makes the layout composition work. A layout study is a great place to start if you struggle with layering or want to refine your layering skills.

Be sure to head over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to check out the first video in this series. Also, the projects featured in today’s video are provided below. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section of this blog post or in the comments section of this video!

Layout Study – Why This Work

Layout #1: Happy and Gray (8.5×11 inch Layout)

Why This Work: This layout features a torn distressed background composition that adds lots of interest without overwhelming the entire layout. The layered clusters are composed of a variety of elements to include die cuts, fabric butterflies, and wood veneer elements. Additionally, the elements have a different size and scale which helps to create a balanced composition. Lastly, the diagonal positioning of the layered clusters draws the eye directly to the photo.

Layout #2: Journey – Let’s Go (12×12 inch Layout)

Why This Works: This layout features a visual triangle which draws the eye from the top right of the layout, to the center left by the photo, and ending at the bottom right with a small layered cluster. Notice how each cluster has similar elements -die cuts, foam stickers, and enamel dots. This helps to balance the overlook of the layout while adding a bit of cohesion. Also, each cluster is a different size, from the mid-size title cluster to the smaller cluster at the bottom – all working together to balance the total composition of the layout.

Layout #3: Squeeze the Day (12×12 inch Layout)

Why This Works? This is a perfect example of an asymmetrical layered scrapbook composition! The bottom 2/3 of the layout features a dynamic title, flanked by two clusters of embellishments. Most of the interest rests in the lower part of the layout, however, it is balanced by the smaller cluster at the top of the page. Each layered cluster features similar elements – chipboard elements, a butterfly, and flat-back brads. The variety of elements used adds a ton of texture and interest to this layered scrapbook page.

Layout #4: She Calls Me Momski (12×12 inch Layout)

Why This This Works: This layout features a stunning collection of layered fabric pockets that are positioned on the right side of the page, which is complimented by a small layered cluster on the left side of the layout. The positioning and design of these elements draws the eye from the left to the right side of the layout. Each of the four pockets on the right side feature layered die cuts, wood veneer and chipboard elements. The pockets appear to be self-contained but they work together to create a stunning design. To balance the layout, a smaller layered cluster was added to the bottom left of the photo using chipboard and die cut elements.

I hope this layout study gave you a little more insight into the concept of layering. Of course, we are only scratching the surface! We will continue to explore more layering concepts through this series in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, be sure to post them in the comments section! Stay tuned for more to come!

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EASY Scrapbook Tutorial! Creating Subtle Texture Using a Basic Shape, Cardstock and a Distress Tool!

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, we are going to explore a super simple technique that you can do TODAY that will add a subtle touch of texture to your scrapbook layout using a basic shape, cardstock, and a distress tool!

Adding a bit of texture to a scrapbook layout doesn’t have to take away from the composition of the design. For this project, I created a circular element that features textured strips of solid white cardstock. I was going for a subtle monochromatic look with high impact texture for this design.

To begin, I trimmed two circles (7 inches and 7.5 inches) from American Crafts Textured White Cardstock and solid pink cardstock from Felicity Jane using a circle cutter. TIP: You do not need a fancy tool to create circles on your scrapbook layouts! Any circular item can be used to trace a circle for a scrapbook project – a bowl, cup, or a circular container will do the trick!

Next, I trimmed several 1×12 inch strips of solid white textured cardstock and distressed one edge of each strip with a Tim Holtz Distress Tool. Of course, you can use scissors to create distressed edges as well.

To finish this element, I layered strips of the distressed paper on the 7 inch circle and trimmed the excess paper. The 7 inch circle was then adhered to the 7.5 inch pink circle – this provided a bit of framing to the 7 inch circle and allows it to stand out a bit more on the layout. Lastly, the distressed circle element was adhered to the middle of the layout. To complete this project, I added photos, a title, journaling, and embellishing.

I absolutely LOVE how this design came out! The monochromatic color of the circular element coupled with the high impact texture from the distress strips adds a subtle bit of texture and interest to this project. I highly encourage you to give this simple and quick technique a try!

To see this layout come together, click on the video! Links to available products featured in this video are provided below! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Registration is Now Open! August 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Registration is now open for the August 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop, scheduled for August 19-21, 2022!

The theme for the August 2022 crop is: Mixed Media. All of the scrapbook challenges for this crop are based on using your mixed media stash to create scrapbook projects.

The August 2022 Online Virtual Crop includes:

  • Fun Scrapbook Challenges based on the crop theme, Mixed Media!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Fun Giveaways!
  • 5 Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, one session includes a 45-minute Mini Workshop!
  • The crop is hosted in a private Facebook Group!
  • Only $9.99 USD!
  • And the best part? You will have 3 WEEKS to finish the challenges in order to be eligible for prizes! So there is NO RUSH for you to finish the challenges during the crop weekend!

August Crop Schedule of Events: To see the Schedule of Events for this crop, click HERE!

REGISTER TODAY! For full details and to register for this crop event, click HERE!

Challenge descriptions are provided upon registration! The deadline to register for this crop event is August 20, 2022 at 11:30 pm CST.

So, grab your mixed media stash and come join us…I hope to see you there!

Creating an 8.5×11 Inch Scrapbook Layout Using Goodies From My Stash!

During this week’s Wednesday Livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I created an 8.5×11 inch scrapbook layout featuring goodies from my stash! As much as I love using new scrapbooking goodies, there are times when I want to deep dive into my scrapbook stash and challenge myself to create a layout using nothing but my older scrapbook supplies.

I am a firm believer in breathing new life into older scrapbooking products! There are some designs and color palettes that never go out of style. For example, for this project, I used pattern paper from a Becky Higgins paper collection from 2012. The colors in this collection feature grays, orange-red hues, tan, and green. I isolated the colors that worked well for my project (blue, red, and gray) and searched my embellishment stash for items with a similar color palette.

The result? A clean and simple layout composition that was fun to create and easy to replicate for future projects. And I enjoyed the added benefit of using goodies from my stash!

This layout features a story about my daughter’s love of Manga and Anime! She has recently developed a strong interest in Cosplay, dressing up as her favorite Anime characters, and hanging out with likeminded Cosplay fans. And of course, I have to scrapbook her new adventures!

I wanted to make sure that the design of this layout did not take away from the story. I also had to think of ways to stretch my stash since I do not have Anime-themed embellishments or paper (not sure if that exist). But, I was ready for the challenge!

Since I was going for a clean and simple composition, I kept the layered embellishment clusters small yet high impact by incorporating a bit of texture via a puffy stitcher label and a flat-back brad. Also, two tabs were added at the top of the layout to fill in a bit of white-space, and I created a title using two letter stickers designs for added interest and dimension.

Overall, I love the look of this 8.5×11 inch layout…clean, simple, and story-driven!

To see this project come together, click on the video below. I hope you are inspired to reach deep into your stash and to use your older scrapbook goodies to make an awesome layout!

Easy Typed Journaling Hack For Scrapbookers!

Do you like the look of typed journaling on a scrapbook layout? Do you want to learn an easy hack for adding seamless typed journaling without use Photoshop or complicated design software? Well my friend, be sure to check out my latest tutorial, Easy Typed Journaling Hack for Scrapbookers, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

In this video, I demonstrate how to use MS Word to create a text box and journaling strips that can be printed on vellum or cardstock and used on a scrapbook project to create seamless journaling. This technique is the perfect alternative for adding typed journaling to a scrapbook layout without using Photoshop or needing a large format printer.

Click on the video below and check out this tutorial. A list of featured tools is provided below!

Also, this video was picked by the members of the Victoria Marie Patreon Community! Victoria Marie Patrons get the opportunity to select some of my YouTube video content along with enjoying access to exclusive bonus videos, scrapbook sketches, workshops and more! To learn more about this awesome community, click HERE!

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Creative Inspiration! Sharing Some of My Favorite Layouts!

If you are looking for scrapbook inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m sharing a few of my recent scrapbook projects to include 8.5×11 inch and 12×12 inch scrapbook layouts. A link to this video along with photos of each layout in this project share is provided below!

Project #1: Simply The Best Moments – 8.5×11 inch layout

This layout is a great example of a clean and simple composition. I created a grid design using two 3×4 inch pockets and two 3×4 inch photos. Next, I added a title using a stamped phrase and foam letter stickers by Thickers. To complete the layout, I adhered small embellishments to accent the pocket cards and the photos to include tabs, die cuts, and wood veneer elements.

Project #2: Grateful For This Tween – 8.5×11 inch layout

I created this layout using goodies from a recent Hip Kit Club kit. The wood veneer circle elements were cut and position to appear as though they are coming off the side of the layout. Next, I created layered clusters using die cut flowers from the kit. For an added touch, I created heat embossed velum butterflies for a bit of movement and whimsy! The black and white photos pop off the page and are balanced by the color palette of the layout.

Project #3: She Calls Me Momski – 12×12 inch layout

This layout was created in honor of Mother’s Day! Using a Hip Kit Club kit, I created a semi-grid layout using fabric pockets! Each pocket was embellished with die cut flowers, butterfly stickers, and wood veneer buttons! I love the composition of this spread!

Project #4: Art Life – 12×12 inch layout

Using my FAVORITE collection of 2022, Simple Stories Simply Vintage Lemon Twist, I created a quick and simple scrapbook layout using 6×8 pattern papers for the background. I took advantage of the graphic element featured on the pattern paper that is positioned on the left side of the layout by cutting around the black doily and positioning a 4×6 inch photo in the opening of the doily, thus creating a really fun layered look!

Project #5: Beautiful Live In the Moment – 12×12 inch layout

This project is a departure from my usual style! I love shabby chic mixed media layouts and recently had the opportunity to review a kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club. This club offers monthly kits that include fantastic materials based on shabby chic mixed media designs. Putting this layout together was so much fun and I am super excited to support an up and coming shop!

Project #6: Create – 12×12 inch layout

This layout was created to celebrate my second year on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Design Team and features a cut file and products by Paige Evans. I love using cut files, so when I saw this design, I knew it would be perfect for this project! To add a bit of interest to the title, I used Distress Oxide Ink to create a dipped effect. The ink only overs the bottom portion of the word CREATE. To complete this project, I used floral die cuts, vellum butterflies, and puffy stickers to frame the photo.

To see this layout come together, check out the recorded replay of the Let’s Make a Layout National Scrapbook Day Livestream Event, available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Project #7: Home Sweet Home – 12×12 inch layout

I am a sucker for grid designs, especially when I have a lot of photos that I want to use. For this layout, I’m telling the story of when my family and I moved into our new home in 2018. I kept the design simple by adding a statement cluster at the top right of the layout, supported by a smaller cluster at the bottom of the page. The pattern paper adds so much interest and warmth to the project, along with a hand stitched border.

Project #8: Cheers! Year 41 – 12×12 inch layout

In celebration of my birthday, I like to create a scrapbook layout to commemorate the occasion! Using goodies from a recent Hip Kit Club kit, I created a band of pattern paper, positioned in the center of the layout, and added a hand stitched border for interest and texture. Next, I created small clusters that flank the right and left-side of the photos using a chipboard frame, die cut flowers, and wood veneer hearts. To check out this process video for this project, click HERE!

I hope you enjoyed this fun layout share! And if you are inspired scraplift any of these featured projects, feel free to share your layout with the Victoria Marie Designs Facebook Community! Happy scrappin’!

Easy Card Design Using A Spellbinders Embroidery Stitch Die!

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m sharing an awesome card project using the Spellbinders Stitch Petal Frame Die. I am completely obsessed with all things embroidery and stitching, so when I learned that companies like Spellbinders offer a full line of stitch dies, I had to “add to cart” and get my hands of some of these awesome products!

Stitching on a card or a scrapbook layout is a great way to add tons of texture and interest to a project. For this card, all you need is the Petal Stitch Frame Die, a die cutting machine, your favorite floss, and a needle. I highly recommend grabbing a nice cup coffee or tea as you enjoy the relaxing process of stitching this beauty design.

For this project, I had a lot of fun making a set of cards that feature warm and cool tones using DMC floss. You can stitched the entire panel, but you can certainly opt to stitch only part of the panel or not at all. The panel looks great on it’s own and can add a lot of texture to a card project!

To see how this card came together and how to stitch this panel, click on the following video! A list of products featured in this video are provided below. I hope you are inspired to stitch on your next card project!

Products Featured (subject to availability, no affiliate links provided)

Spellbinders Petal Frame Stitch Die
Link
: https://bit.ly/3znBOQe

Spellbinders Yana’s Special Sentiments Hot Foil Plates and Cutting Dies
Link
: https://bit.ly/3Pq8i1M

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine
Link
: https://bit.ly/3IRsoj1

Spellbinders Glimmer Foil Machine
Link
: https://bit.ly/3uZCTLi

DMC Floss No. 162, 3771, 168
Link
: https://bit.ly/3Ooz3Cv

Cardstock Warehouse
Link
: https://www.cardstock-warehouse.com/

Revisiting Project Life – Because Memory Planning Is NOT My Jam!

So, a few months ago during one of my YouTube Livestream sessions, I share that I was attempting to try memory planning, which is essentially scrapbooking in a planner. I was intrigued by this format of storytelling, mainly because I wanted to find an easier way to document my everyday stories.

Armed with tons of ideas and creative inspiration, I created two spreads in my memory planner. But, after making those two pages, I quickly realized: MEMORY PLANNING IS NOT MY JAM!

What I discovered is that I need more space for documenting my stories and I really enjoy the Project Life format of pocket pages and simple embellishing. So, I ditched my memory planner and decided to use a 9×12 inch pocket format instead.

In the past, I’ve used a 12×12 inch format for my Project Life spreads. I have found this size to be too big for my everyday scrapbooking. However, I also found that the 6×8 inch format is too small. After making a few 9×12 inch pocket layouts, I am happy to report that I have found Project Life peace!

I also decided to adopt a very flexible approach to documenting my everyday stories. First, I am not putting pressure on myself to do weekly spreads. If I feel like documenting my weekly activities, I will make a page. If not, then I won’t…it’s that simple.

Second, I want my Project Life pages to be simple – photos, words, and a few embellishments. My focus is to get my stories told…period. In my opinion, scrapbooking should not be stressful. It’s okay to adopt processes that make storytelling easy, simple, but most of all…FUN!

To check out the process video for this spread, click on the video below. A list of products featured in this video are posted below. Enjoy!

Products Featured (subject to availability, no affiliate links provided):

Ali Edwards 9×12 Gray Linen Album
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: https://bit.ly/3ISmH4a

Ali Edwards Page Protectors
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: https://bit.ly/3IVf2SP

Elle’s Studio Everyday Tabs Stamp Set
LINK
: https://bit.ly/3cwxgh9

Citrus Twist Stamp Sets
LINK
: https://citrustwistkits.com/collections/stamps

Citrus Twist Die Cuts and Ephemera
LINK
: https://citrustwistkits.com/collections/embellishments

Paper Person Shop
LINK
: https://paperperson.shop/

Registration is Now OPEN! July 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop

Registration is now open for the July 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop: Use Your Stamps, scheduled for July 22-24, 2022!

The theme for the July 2022 crop is: Use Your Stamps. All of the scrapbook challenges for this crop are based on using stamps from your stash to create scrapbook projects.

The July 2022 Online Virtual Crop includes:

  • Fun Scrapbook Challenges!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Fun Giveaways!
  • 5 Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, one session includes a 45-minute Mini Workshop: High Impact Background Stamping
  • The crop is hosted in a private Facebook Group!
  • Only $9.99 USD!

And the best part? You will have 3 WEEKS to finish the challenges in order to be eligible for prizes! So there is NO RUSH for you to finish the challenges during the crop weekend!

July Crop Schedule of Events: To see the schedule of events for this crop, click HERE!

REGISTER TODAY! For full details and to register for this crop event, click HERE!

Challenge descriptions are provided upon registration! The deadline to register for this crop event is July 23, 2022 at 11:30 pm CST.

So, grab your stamps and come join us…I hope to see you there!