Winners of the Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Crop!

The Victoria Marie 2018 iNSD Online Crop was a fantastic success! Thank you to everyone who played along! Now, time to announce the winners! NOTE: All winners were chosen by Random.com.

Here we go!!!

The winners of the Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Crop are:

 

Patricia Flores – Sketch Challenge

Patricia Flores Sketch Challenge
Janice Daquila-Pardo – Scrap Boss Bingo Challenge

Janice Daquila-Pardo Scrapboss Bingo Challenge
Nicole Gallagher – The Color Challenge

Nicole Gallagher The Color Challenge
Julie Pfund – Scrap and Stitch Challenge

Julie Pfund Scrap and Stitch Challenge
Carol Ashman – Scraplift Challenge

Carol Ashman Scraplift Challenge Winner

Congratulations to all of our winners! And thanks for participating and sharing your awesome layouts!

NOTE: All winners were selected by Random.com.

Let’s Begin! Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Blog Crop Starts…NOW!

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Welcome to the Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Crop! I’m your host, Victoria Marie and I am so glad that you are taking time to celebrate International Scrapbook Day with me! This is an online blog crop – all of the challenges and prize information are listed below. This crop is super informal and self-paced.

There are 5 challenges for this online blog crop. You are welcome to do 1 challenge or do them all – that is totally up to you. Each challenge will have a fun prize – you must play to win!

To begin, read the following instructions very carefully. If you have any questions, be sure to post them in the comments section of THIS blog post.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Below is a listing of five (5) challenges. Each challenge is self-contained; you can complete one (1) or all of the challenges, that is totally up to you. However, you must participate in a challenge in order to win the challenge prize.
  2. Be sure to read the description of each challenge very carefully. Every effort has been made to ensure that each challenge is simple, easy to follow, and fun!
  3. When you finish a challenge, in order to be eligible for a prize, you are required to share a picture of your layout on one of the following social media platforms: Victoria Marie Facebook Group, tag me on Instagram @victoriamariescraps – use the hashtag #vmonlineblogcrop, or leave a link to your project in the comments section of THIS blog post.
  4. You have until May 13th at 11:59 pm (CST) to complete the challenges. The winners of the challenges will be announced on Thursday, May 17th!

Throughout iNSD weekend, I will be posting videos on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and photos of my iNSD projects on Instagram and Facebook.

Be sure to subscribe to the Victoria Marie Blog, follow me on Instagram, “like” Victoria Marie Designs on Facebook, subscribe to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, and join the Victoria Marie Facebook Group!

Okay, ready to have fun? Here we go!

 THE CHALLENGES:

Challenge #1: The Scrap Boss Sketch Challenge       

Prize: $10.00 eGift Card to Scrapbook.com

Details:  I love using sketches as a jumping off point for a scrapbook layout! For this challenge, use the sketch below to create a stunning scrapbook page. You can create a layout based on a literal interpretation of the sketch or alter the sketch as you wish.

When you are done, share your layout on one of the following social media platforms: Victoria Marie Facebook Group, tag me on Instagram @victoriamariescraps – use the hashtag #vmonlineblogcrop, or leave a link to your project in the comments section of THIS blog post.

In your post state: “This layout was made for the Scrap Boss Sketch Challenge – Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Blog Crop.”

Facebook Posting Directions:  If you are posting to the Victoria Marie Facebook Group, you will need to upload the photo of your layout to the corresponding challenge photo album.  Post your layout for this challenge to this album: “iNSD 2018 Sketch Challenge”.

NOTE: You must be a member of the group to post your layout. Not a member? Submit a request on the group page!

THE SKETCH:

iNSD Sketch 2018

Sketch by Victoria Marie Designs


Challenge #2: Super Scrappy Bingo Challenge

Prize: $15.00 eGift Card to Scrapbook.com

Details:  For this challenge, use the provided scrapbook bingo board (see below) to select elements to use on your scrapbook page. Remember, you must use a row of five items – vertical, horizontal, or diagonal, on your scrapbook layout. The middle square is the Free Space – if you play this square, you are free to select any element of your choice to use on your scrapbook page.

When you are done,  share your layout on one of the following social media platforms: Victoria Marie Facebook Group, tag me on Instagram @victoriamariescraps – use the hashtag #vmonlineblogcrop, or leave a link to your project in the comments section of THIS blog post.

In your post state: “This layout was made for the Super Scrappy Bingo Challenge – Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Blog Crop.” 

Facebook Posting Directions:  If you are posting to the Victoria Marie Facebook Group, you will need to upload the photo of your layout to the corresponding challenge photo album.  Post your layout for this challenge to this album: “iNSD 2018 Scrap Boss Bingo Challenge”.

NOTE: You must be a member of the group to post your layout. Not a member? Submit a request on the group page!

Slide1Source: Craft Direct – http://www.craftdirect.com


Challenge #3: The Color Challenge

Prize: FREE Elle’s Studio Kit

Details:  I love color and I especially love drawing inspiration from mood boards. Select one (1) of the following mood boards as inspiration for your scrapbook page. Like them all? No worries! You can draw inspiration from all of the boards. Be sure to use at least three (3) colors from one of the mood boards on your scrapbook layout! Don’t be afraid to have fun with color!

When you are done, share your layout on one of the following social media platforms: Victoria Marie Facebook Group, tag me on Instagram @victoriamariescraps – use the hashtag #vmonlineblogcrop, or leave a link to your project in the comments section of THIS blog post.

In your post state: “This layout was made for The Color Challenge – Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Blog Crop.”

Facebook Posting Directions:  If you are posting to the Victoria Marie Facebook Group, you will need to upload the photo of your layout to the corresponding challenge photo album.  Post your layout for this challenge in this album: “iNSD 2018 The Color Challenge”.

NOTE: You must be a member of the group to post your layout. Not a member? Submit a request on the group page!

 


Challenge #4: Scrap & Stitch Challenge

Prize: FREE Felicity Jane Kit

Details:  Do you like to stitch on your scrapbook layouts? Are you a little hesitant to give stitching a try? Whether you stitch or not, this challenge is for you! For this challenge, you will need to incorporate stitching in some way on your scrapbook layout – stitch around or on an element, create a stitched title, draw stitched lines or sew around the border of your layout…anything goes!

Stitching Suggestions: Hand stitching with a needle and thread, use a sewing machine, create faux stitching (hand drawn stitching) or use a stitch stamp, tool, or mask).

You can stitch a lot or a little – it’s completely up to you!

When you are done, share your layout on one of the following social media platforms: Victoria Marie Facebook Group, tag me on Instagram @victoriamariescraps – use the hashtag #vmonlineblogcrop, or leave a link to your project in the comments section of THIS blog post.

In your post state: “This layout was made for the Scrap and Stitch Challenge – Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Blog Crop.”

Facebook Posting Directions:  If you are posting to the Victoria Marie Facebook Group, you will need to upload the photo of your layout to the corresponding challenge photo album.  Post your layout for this challenge in this album: “iNSD 2018 Scrap and Stitch Challenge”.

NOTE: You must be a member of the group to post your layout. Not a member? Submit a request on the group page!

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Hand Stitched Clouds – Victoria Marie Designs (2017)


Challenge #5: The Scraplift Challenge

Prize: FREE Victoria Marie Online Class Enrollment

Details:  I think scraplifting is the ultimate form of flattery in the scrapbooking community! For this challenge, select a layout that you would like to scraplift. This can be your own layout, a friend’s, a cute layout you saw online, or a layout created by one of your favorite scrapbook artists. Using your inspiration layout, create a scrapbook page of your own. You can create a literal interpretation of the inspiration layout, or modified the inspiration layout based on your design esthetic.

NOTE: Be sure to give credit where credit is due! If you scraplift another scrapper’s work, don’t forget to mention that scrapper in your post.

When you are done, share your layout on one of the following social media platforms: Victoria Marie Facebook Group, tag me on Instagram @victoriamariescraps – use the hashtag #vmonlineblogcrop, or leave a link to your project in the comments section of THIS blog post.

In your post state: “This layout was made for The Scraplift Challenge – Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Blog Crop. Inspiration Credit: (insert artist’s name, link to work if possible.)

Facebook Posting Directions:  If you are posting to the Victoria Marie Facebook Group, you will need to upload the photo of your layout to the corresponding challenge photo album. Post your layout for this challenge in this album: “iNSD 2018 Scraplift Challenge”.

NOTE: You must be a member of the group to post your layout. Not a member? Submit a request on the group page!

Scraplift Challenge


 

FINAL REMINDER! 

Remember…you have until May 13th at 11:59 pm (CST) to complete the challenges. The winners of the challenges will be announced on Thursday, May 17th! 

Have fun! I can’t wait to see what you create! 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Blog Crop!

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iNational Scrapbook Day coming this weekend! If you are looking for a relaxed way to participate, get super crafty, and make gorgeous layouts, then the Victoria Marie iNSD 2018 Online Blog Crop is the event for you!

Starting on Friday, May 4th at 10:00 am (CST), there will be a set of 5 challenges posted to the Victoria Marie Blog with details and prize information. You are welcome to complete one or all of the challenges at your leisure between Friday, May 4th to Sunday, May 13th. The winners of the challenges will be announced on Thursday, May 17th!

DETAILS:

  1. Select 1 or more of the posted challenges. All of the challenges will be posted on the Victoria Marie Blog.
  2. After you create your challenge layout, post a picture of your project to one of the following: Victoria Marie Facebook Group, tag me on Instagram @victoriamariescraps, or leave a link to your project in the comments section of the challenge blog post.
  3. You have until May 13th at 11:59 pm (CST) to complete the challenges!

THE CHALLENGES:

You are welcome to complete 1 or all of the challenges, but you must play to win! All of the challenges will be posted on Friday, May 4th at 10:00 am (CST)! Remember, you are welcome to work at your own pace – just relax and have fun!

  • Challenge #1: The Scrap Boss Sketch Challenge
  • Challenge #2: Super Scrappy Bingo Challenge
  • Challenge #3: The Color Challenge
  • Challenge #4: Scrap & Stitch Challenge
  • Challenge #5: The Scraplift Challenge

THE PRIZES:

The prizes for this event include…

  • $10.00 eGift Card to Scrapbook.com
  • $15.00 eGift Card to Scrapbook.com
  • FREE Elle’s Studio Kit
  • FREE Felicity Jane Kit
  • FREE Victoria Marie Online Class Registration

Throughout iNSD weekend, I will be posting videos on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and photos of my iNSD projects on Instagram and Facebook.

Be sure to subscribe to the Victoria Marie Blog, follow me on Instagram, “like” Victoria Marie Designs on Facebook, subscribe to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, and join the Victoria Marie Facebook Group!

This event will begin on Friday, May 4th 10:00 am CST here on the Victoria Marie Blog!

Let’s get ready for a fun and relaxing weekend!

 

Project Life Week 1 (Starting at the end of March!)

Yeah, you read that right…I am starting Project Life at the end of March. I mean, why the heck not!

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I have never been what some would call a “conventional scrapbooker”. I complete my December Daily albums during the summer (because I am lazy), I mix all of my layouts together regardless of size and orientation, and yes, I sprinkle in a bit of Project Life style layouts as well.

The thing is…I am super busy right now…and that’s putting it mildly. I began to notice that I haven’t taken the time to document my everyday life. I make layouts for design team projects and contract work but my personal projects have gone to the wayside. After a recent spring break vacation to Disney World, I began to think about my lack of personal scrapbooking and I made the commitment to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour most days of the week to getting my memories document.

That’s where Project Life comes in.

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At its core, Project Life is about capturing life’s everyday moments. I am all for documenting major events, holidays, birthday, etc. But I also want a record of my every day life; the daily adventures of my family, our routines, random musings and so forth. I decided that I would use Project Life in a way that fuses my love of traditional scrapbooking with the simplicity of pocket scrapbooking.

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My approach to Project Life is pretty straight forward: stories first, photos second, and embellishing last. It’s all about documenting my thoughts and the details of the day. Nothing fancy or time consuming. To keep track of the stories I want to document, I am using a traveler’s notebook – mainly for journaling purposes. At the end of the week, I print my photos, grab my notes and a few embellishments, and complete my spread.

That’s pretty much the process.

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I don’t want to think to hard about this…I just want a mechanism that allows me to be creative and to capture my memories when I am short on time.

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To see this spread come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And thanks for stopping by!

Materials: Elle’s Studio Journal Cards (stash) | Freckled Fawn Kit – March 2018 | Freckled Fawn Kit January 2018 | Felicity Jane Stamp | Stampabilities Stamp

Victoria Marie 2018 Summer Scrapbook Retreat – Spaces are Still Available!

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Hey friends! If you are looking to get away this summer, come join me and a few of my scrappy friends at the Victoria Marie 2018 Scrapbook Retreat, held at the Covered Bridge Inn in Weatherford, TX on June 28th – July 1st!

There are still spots remaining! For full details and pricing, click HERE!

There is a 4-Day ($285) and a 3-Day ($235) option – price includes:

  • Lodging – shared sleeping quarters with twin beds – nicely appointed
  • Meals – lovingly prepared by the owners of the Covered Bridge Inn!
  • 24-7 Access to the crop room
  • Swag Bag
  • 2018 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat t-shirt!

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required at registration to hold your spot!

To learn more and to register, click HERE!

I hope to see you there!

Documenting Magic! My Disney Scrapbooking Travel Bag Setup

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I am so happy to report that in a few hours my family and I will be entering the happiest place on Earth…Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL! If you have followed me on Instagram  (@victoriamareiscraps) and on Facebook, then you know that this vacation has been 18-months in the making for my family! And to document this epic adventure, I started a new series on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel called Documenting Magic. To learn more, check out this blog post and video!

At this point in the series (Part II), I am in the process of preparing a Disney traveler’s notebook and a small Disney scrapbooking travel kit to take with me to Disney World. My intention is to spend a bit of time on each day of my trip to document my thoughts and experiences. I am also using this traveler’s notebook as a reference tool that I will later use to recall important facts and details as I am putting my Disney scrapbook together (Part III of the series…stay tuned).

This week I spent just a few minutes gathering the tools and scrapbooking materials I need for my Disney traveler’s notebook. My intention is to only take a small amount of tools and supplies.

So, what am I taking? Inquiring minds want to know! Take a look!

  1. Thirty-One Tote: I am using a small Thirty-One tote to hold all of my scrappy goodies! There is enough room for my tool kits, TN notebook, small paper pads, a portable printer, and embellishments.

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Everything fits so nicely inside!

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There are small pockets on all sides of the tote, perfect for tools, stamps, and cords.

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2. Tool and Embellishment Kit: Using two storage containers from my stash, I created a kit that houses my small tools – hole punch, roller date stamps, scissors, pens, small ink pads, and adhesives.

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I created another kit that holds a variety of embellishments – die cuts, tags, clips, and washi tape.

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3. Tech and More Tools: I’m taking my Canon Selphy Photo Printer and my Polaroid Zinc Mini Printer (2×3 photos). It is important to me that I am able to print photos on demand. These two devices travel well without taking up too much space.

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Of course I can’t forget my trusty adhesives and small craft stapler!

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I am also brining a few acrylic blocks and stamp pads.

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4. Stamps, Stickers and Such: I pulled a variety of travel themed stamps for this project in addition to 2 letter font stamps – perfect of title work in my TN!

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And then there are stickers because…why not! I am also taking a 6×6 paper pad by Echo Park.

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5. Travelers Notebook: And last but not least, I am taking my Disney traveler’s notebook, complete with homemade inserts that are embellished with items from my Disney Scrapbook Kit. To see the unboxing of my Disney Scrapbook Kit and a review of my Disney TN cover, click HERE and HERE!

Well, there you have it! I am so excited for this epic experience and all of the documenting opportunities it has to offer! If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@victoriamariescraps) as I will be posting photos of my TN spreads on my Instagram feed!

Have a magical day! Thanks for stopping by!

5 Ways to Discover Your Inner Creative Peace

When I first started scrapbooking, I knew absolutely nothing about scrapbooking design or techniques. My only concern was buying ALL of the stickers and pretty pattern paper. Then one day I stumbled upon YouTube scrapbook videos and scrapbooking magazines and my scrappy world exploded! I began to learn about the likes of Debbie Hodge, Becky Higgins, Ali Edwards, Amy Tangerine, and many others who have inspired what I like to call “modern scrapbooking”. Of course, there are many who paved the way before them.

Through my years of scrapbooking, I have struggled with find my unique style. I spent many years modeling my style after other scrapbookers, only to find myself creatively tortured. If my layouts didn’t look exactly like (insert famous scrapbooker), I would get frustrated. I worked on layouts for days, even weeks, trying to mimic other scrapbookers.

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After finding creative peace…”Those Sailor Boys” by Victoria Marie Designs

Then one day, I decided that this hobby was too much fun to be stressful! I put away my magazines, I stopped watching YouTube process videos for a while, and I spent time creating scrapbook layouts based on my design esthetic.

It took me a while to figure out what worked – I made a lot of lovely scrapbook pages and I made a lot of really bad scrapbook pages! I also challenged myself to use new products and techniques. I kept what worked and let the rest go.

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Ultimately, I found my inner creative peace. I made peace with the fact that I am an eclectic scrapbooker – I love simple layouts, super embellished layouts and everything in between. I tend to lean toward layered designs with lots of texture and dimension. I made peace with the fact that I love color! I made peace with the fact that I will probably always be a true 12×12 scrapbooker. I made peace with the fact that sometimes it will take me 15-30 minutes to complete a scrapbook page and other times it may take me longer.

I made peace with my unique creative style and I stopped comparing myself to others. Talk about creative freedom! 

So, how do YOU find your inner creative peace? Try these 5 tips:

  1. Let go of the comparison trap! You are a unique individual with your own style. Own it! It’s okay to model your designs after a fellow scrapbooker, but spend some time investigating your own creative style and don’t compare your beautiful layouts to others.
  2. Make time for scrapbooking: The only way you will find inner creative peace is to scrapbook as much as you can. Even if you can only retreat to your creative space on the weekend or early in the morning before starting your day, find time to work your creative muscle as often as you can. You have to be in the consistent practice of scrapbooking in order to hone your creative style and to feel good about it.
  3. Use products that you love! I cannot stress this enough! I truly believe that scrapbooking products do not go out of style…no matter how old they are! If you are still down with Mrs. Grossman, DO YOU! If you like tons of florals , DO YOU! If you like to grunge it up a bit (i.e., Tim Holtz)…DO YOU! When you are using products that you love, you will be more likely to scrapbook.
  4. Rely on what works for you: Do you find yourself using the same design or techniques across multiple scrapbook pages? Guess what? It’s okay to have a default design that you use from time to time. If the object is to get layouts done or if you are feeling creatively stuck, your default design comes in handy.
  5. Draw inspiration from non-scrapbooking resources: Inspiration is truly everywhere – art, billboards, fabric patterns, paint samples, even magazine design! Sometimes our best creative ideas come from things or places that we least expect.
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“Grandma Training” Pie chart inspiration from an academic article I was reading one day!

So, there you have it…five tips to help you find your inner creative peace! Please note that this process does not happen overnight. The main thing to remember is to 1) scrapbook often and 2) do what feels good and what truly feeds your creative soul!

Now you go and be creative!