NEW! Sharing My One Little Word Project: Prep and Album Setup

The 2023 One Little Word project is in full swing and today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m sharing my OLW prep process and album setup! I have been participating in OLW since 2019 and it has become one of my favorite scrapbooking projects every year.

OLW as a concept has been around for many years. However, scrapbook industry expert, Ali Edwards, introduced OLW to the storytelling community over 12 years ago. The idea is to select a word that you can live through and reflect on throughout the year.

This year, I have selected the word SLOW to guide my life and my intentions in 2023. This word is timely and very much needed as I tend to go at warp speed and often underestimate the importance of slowing down. Throughout the year, I plan to share my OLW journey with you. To be honest, I’m a little scared but also very excited for this word. It is very difficult for me to slow down. I have a strong feeling that SLOW will teach me a thing or two – a lot life lessons are ahead of me and I am thankful for that!

So far, SLOW as taught me to be still, to embrace being quiet, to take a break, to read, to study, to think, and to relax. I am opening my heart and my mind to intentionally practicing the art of going slow. In some ways this is very easy, in others ways it is extremely hard. Going fast has greatly impacted my personal and professional life. I have learned that I need to pump the breaks a bit and enjoy my life…one day, one moment at a time.

Be sure to head to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see my OLW prep process and album setup. Click on the video below to check it out!

Products Used: This year, I am using a combination of current and older OLW products. Click HERE to view available products. To learn more about One Little Word by Ali Edwards, click HERE!

Let’s Get Together! January 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crop

Registration is now open for the January 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Scrapbooking Crop! The theme for this month’s crop is: MAKE THE CUT!

Make the Cut: Grab your punches, die cutting tools, electronic die cutting machines, metal dies, anything that cuts! All of the challenges for this crop will focus on using cutting tools to make stunning layout designs.

Event Date: January 20-22, 2023

The January 2023 online virtual crop includes:

  • Fun Scrapbook Challenges based on using cutting tools from your stash!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Awesome Giveaways!
  • Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions
  • One 45-minute Mini WorkshopMake the Cut – Creative Inspiration!
  • The crop is hosted in a private Facebook Group!
  • Only $12.99 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!

Register Today! For full details and to register for this crop event, click HERE!

Crop Schedule of Events: To view the Schedule of Events for this crop, click HERE! Crop challenge descriptions are available upon registration.

Deadline: The deadline to register for this event is January 19th at 11:30 pm CST.

Come join us for an awesome weekend of scrapbooking and relaxing! I hope to see you there!

My 2023 New Year’s Scrapbook Layout!

At the beginning of each year, I make an annual New Year’s scrapbook layout. I started this tradition several years ago and consider it to be an important part of my scrapbooking journey. This project serves as a jumping off point for my storytelling adventures and a declaration of what I hope for in the coming year.

This year, I used the Document 365 January Digital Kit by The Cut Shoppe along with the December 2022 Hip Kit Club Kit to create this 12×12 inch scrapbook layout.

I started this project by taking a selfie! I have found that if I don’t take photos of myself, no one else will (unless I ask)! The photos for this project were resized to 3×4 inches.

Next, I looked for New Year’s themed products in my stash…of which I had NONE! So, I grabbed a digital kit from The Cut Shoppe and paired that with pattern papers and embellishments from the December 2022 Hip Kit Club main kit and embellishment kit. The color story in both collections coordinate perfectly to create a cohesive spread!

I kept the journaling for this project super simple. In the past, I have documented self-improvement resolutions on my New Year’s layouts. However, I have recently found that I prefer to make a list of realistic intensions based on enjoying my life versus self-improvement. For this project, I used a 3×4 pocket card from the Document 365 Collection to journal my plans and thoughts for 2023.

Want to See This Layout Come Together? Be sure to check out my latest livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see how I created this layout.

I hope you are inspired to create your own layout that features your hopes and dreams for the New Year!

New Year 2023! Craft Studio Cleaning Motivation – Let’s Reset and Refresh!

Happy New Year my friends! I’m back with a fun New Year 2023 Craft Studio Cleaning Motivation video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Now that 2023 is here, I am taking some time to clean and refresh my craft studio after a very busy holiday season.

I am not productive in a messy space so I make sure to commit a couple of hours to focus on a few cleaning tasks in my craft room to include:

  • Dusting and wiping down surfaces and devices (i.e. cutting machines, printers). It’s amazing how much glitter and dust collects on our surfaces during the holiday season!
  • Storing all of my holiday crafting and card making supplies. I will also purge any supplies that I no longer need.
  • Putting away any remaining scrapbooking kits and collections that I used for contract and freelance projects.
  • Packing up and storing all of my holiday decor – including my craft studio Christmas tree!
  • Vacuuming the carpet and cleaning the baseboards.
  • Cleaning my craft island desktop and shelves.

I share the craft island with my daughter and together, we make sure that our work stations stay cleaned and organized! Truth be told, I cannot start a craft project unless I have a clean surface to work on!

All of my devices are dusted and ready to go! I also use this time to refill my printer ink (if needed), restock my photo paper, and clean my cutting machines and other devices.

I also like to wipe down the front of my craft storage furniture. I sometimes leave inky fingerprints on my furniture when I’m in the process of creating!

I love that all of my supplies and devices have a specific “home” in my craft studio…even my coffee maker! Everything is nice, cleaned, organized, and ready for another year of crafty fun!

Cleaning Motiviation!

If you need a bit of cleaning motivation, check out my latest video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! Let’s make time to refresh and reset our crafty spaces!

YouTube Live Replay – Nothing But Stash…Holiday Edition!

Did you miss this week’s livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel? No worries! Be sure to check out the replay to see me create this 12×12 inch scrapbook layout using products from my holiday stash!

To be honest, I need more holiday scrapbooking supplies like I need a hole in my head! In fact, this year I decided to use my holiday scrappy stash for my Christmas projects, both single page layouts and my December Daily album, instead of buying new holiday supplies. For this project, I used a lot of goodies from the Simple Stories Make It Merry Collection along with a few items from older collections by American Crafts. I love to challenge myself to use some of my older products for my current projects.

For this project, I documented a past trip to the Gaylord Texan with my daughter to see their lovely Christmas displays. This is a special holiday activity we enjoy almost every year. I focused on creating layered clusters with tons of dimension, along with a bit of distressing via torn edges on three sides of the layout. I truly believe that tearing edges of pattern paper will never go out of style!

During the livestream, I struggled to find a spot for my title and journaling. So, I decided to use the “Good Cheer” foam stickers for my title, positioned under my 3×4 inch photos. And I created a hidden journaling pocket on the back of my layout for my journaling. There is a solution for most problems!

I LOVE creating holiday scrapbook layouts and this project was so much fun to make! To see this layout come together, be sure to catch this week’s livestream replay, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! I will be back on December 28th with more awesome projects LIVE on my channel!

Products: Most of the products used for this project may not be available. However, Simple Stories has a stunning new holiday collection that you will want to check out! Click HERE to learn more!*

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*An affiliate link is provided in this post – which is free for you to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime affiliate links are used for purchase. Thanks for your support!

Let’s Begin! December Daily 2022: Stories 1-4

It is officially December Daily time and I am excited for another year of documenting my holiday memories. To be honest, it has been a while since I’ve completed a full December Daily project. In fact, the last album I completed was in 2017! A lot has happened since 2018 which resulted in half finished (or never started) December Daily projects.

For 2022, I decided to repurpose my unused 2018 December Daily album and stash, mainly because I could not justify buying new products this year (I have plenty). My plan is to document a variety of stories this month – current, past, my holiday favorites, life-course transitions, and everything in between. This process allows me to be flexible and fluid with my storytelling versus worrying about finding a story to document on a specific day.

During a recent livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I talked about my December Daily prep, my project plans, and I set up my holiday scrapbooking cart. To see the replay of this livestream, click on the video below!

After watching the December Daily Prep livestream replay, be sure to check out today’s process video (posted below) that features the first four stories in my album. To make things easy, I am designing a lot of clean and simple layouts with a few interactive pages. As I mentioned, everything I’m using is from past December Daily kits, along with a few items from Elle’s Studio and Felicity Jane. Unfortunately, most of the materials I’m using are no longer sold. However, I have provided links to available collections below.

Below are a few photos of layouts 1-4. I love focusing primarily on the story and using simple embellishments to make my pages pop!

Story #1: Noelle Tradition – To kick off the holiday season, my daughter and I like to watch Noelle on Disney Plus while eating waffles and bacon and drinking hot cocoa. This has been our post-Thanksgiving tradition since 2019. This year, I wasn’t entirely sure if she would be interested in continuing our tradition. Tweens can be so unpredictable. To my surprise, she still loves our little tradition!

Story #2: Decorating the Tree – Decorating the Christmas tree is always an eventful task when my spouse and kid are involved! For this layout, I created an interactive element using acetate. The acetate cover flips up to reveal a 6×8 inch photo of my spouse and daughter hiding behind and under our Christmas tree as I say, “Hey, let’s take a photo.” They are jerks!

I created a 6×8 inch journaling page on the back of the interactive page, documenting the story of my crazy family and their silly antics. We always find joy and laughter in the simple things.

Story #3: Sleepy Tween – It is not often that my tween falls asleep on me. But when it does happen, I make sure to snap a photo!

Story #4: My Holiday Tees – I am that person who loves graphic holiday t-shirts! This year, I received a new shirt from my spouse that features Peter Billingsley from the movie A Christmas Story. There will be several layouts in this album devoted to my holiday gear!

For this spread, I created an interactive flip-up which allows me to add more photos to this 6×8 inch album.

Well friends, this project is well underway! I will be documenting and adding more stories to this album and taking you along for the ride. Look for more December Daily process videos to come on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Black Friday Sale! Save 35% Off ALL Victoria Marie Merch, Grab the Project DONE 12-Week Intensive Scrapbooking Online Class for only $79.99!

Today is the day! Black Friday is here and I am so excited to share 2 awesome offers. Grab some Victoria Marie Merch and check out my newly revised online course, Project DONE: A 12-Week Intensive Scrapbooking Journey. Scroll down to learn more!

48-Hour Sale! Enroll in Project DONE: A 12-Week Intensive Scrapbooking Journey for only $79.99!

Can You Relate?

  • Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of unfinished scrapbooking projects you have yet to finish?
  • Do you need a realistic plan to help you complete your unfinished scrapbook layouts and achieve storytelling freedom?
  • Is writer’s block standing in the way of completing your scrapbook layouts?
  • Are there some scrapbooking projects you are ready to let go of in order to make room for more important stories?
  • Are you finally ready to get your most important stories documented once and for all?

If you answered YES to some or all of the questions listed above, perhaps it is time to begin a journey toward scrapbooking productivity!

Project DONE: A 12-Week Intensive Scrapbooking Journey, is a online scrapbooking course designed to help scrapbookers will learn how to develop a plan of action to increase creative productivity and finish a carefully selected number of scrapbooking projects in a 12-week session! If you are looking to hyper-focus and get some of your scrapbook projects DONE, this course is for you!

Take Advantage of the Black Friday Project DONE 48-Hour Sale!

For 48-hours ONLY, grab this online course for a one-time payment of $79.99 USD and get INSTANT ACCESS to the Project DONE Online Classroom and the Project DONE Pre-Work Activities. This course begins on February 1, 2023.

After November 26, 2022, the course price will be $120.00 USD (a payment plan option will be available at the time).

ENROLL TODAY! For full details about the Project DONE 12-Week Intensive Scrapbooking Journey and to enroll, click HERE! This sale ends in 48-hours!

We begin our journey on February 1, 2023! I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

Black Friday Sale – ONE DAY ONLY: Save 35% OFF All Victoria Marie Designs Merch!

For Black Friday ONLY, save 35% off ALL Victoria Marie Designs Merch! This is a great time to grab a t-shirt, apron, coffee mug, tumbler, and more. All of my designs are available in a variety of sizes (unisex, women, and men), colors, and styles! Plus, 4 NEW DESIGNS have been added to the shop!

Be sure to grab your favorite designs during this awesome sale and save 35% off your order (no coupon code needed). This sale is only available on Black Friday (11/25/2022). Click HERE to grab your Victoria Marie Merch TODAY!

Psst! And don’t forget to tag me @victoriamariescraps when you share your cool Victoria Marie Merch!

Thanks so very much for your continued support of Victoria Marie Designs and for shopping small business!

Quick Layout Share – Lots of Creative Inspiration!

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m sharing five 12×12 inch single page scrapbook layouts that will inspire you to get crafty! Photos of the featured layouts along with product information is provided below.

To check out this layout share, click on the following video or head to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel.

Layout 1: Amazing Smile, Products by the Hip Kit Club

Layout #2: Fall Flavors, FREE Fall Flavors Cut File by The Cut Shoppe, Products by the Hip Kit Club

Layout #3: Today’s Good Mood, Coffee Shop Collection by Catherine Pooler. Be sure to check out my recent livestream featuring a demonstration of this fun collection! Click HERE to watch the replay.

Layout #4: Today’s Good Mood, Coffee Shop Collection by Catherine Pooler

Layout #5: Let The Good Times Roll, Products by the Hip Kit Club

Thanks so much for stopping by! And be sure to stay tuned for more awesome layout shares to come on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and Blog!

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NOTE: Affiliate links are provided above and are free for you to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used for purchase. Thanks for your support!

Registration is Now Open! November 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop – Texture, Dimension, and Fibers!

Registration is now open for the November 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop: Texture, Dimension, and Fibers! During this crop, we are going to focus on creating scrapbook projects (any format) using textured, dimensional, and fiber elements from our scrapbook stash!

Examples of Materials Include: Wood veneer, cork, puffy stickers, chipboard, glitter elements, twine, jute, acrylic, leatherette elements, clips, brads, and much more! Use what you have in your stash to create fun scrapbook projects of your choice!

Event Date: November 18-20, 2022

The November 2022 Online Virtual Crop Includes:

  • Fun Scrapbook Challenges based on the crop theme!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Awesome Giveaways!
  • 5 Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions
  • One 45-minute Mini Workshop: Playing with Texture and Dimension!
  • 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!

Schedule of Events: To view a Schedule of Events for this crop, click HERE! Challenge descriptions are available upon registration.

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

Registration will end on Saturday, November 19th at 11:30 pm CST. I hope to see you there!

NOW AVAILABLE! 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crop Bundle

The new year will be here before we know it and now is the time to get ready for another year of fun Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crops! I started hosting online crops in 2020 during the pandemic and these semi-monthly crops have become a crowd favorite and offer an opportunity for scrapbookers from all over the world to participate in a scrapbooking crop right from the comfort of their home!

No need to lug your scrapbook supplies around or pay for costly transportation to attend an in-person crop! Enjoy a variety of fun scrapbooking challenges, LIVE Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, educational mini workshops, prizes, and giveaways without leaving your house!

To kick off another year of crops, I am offering a limited-time opportunity to grab all ten (10) of the 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crops for only $99.90 USD! That’s a savings of $3.00 USD per crop! More on that in a second!

What is an Online Virtual Crop?

An online crop is like an in-person crop, however, all of the challenges, prizes, giveaways, and opportunities for engagement are hosted on an online platform! This event will be hosted in a private group on Facebook. Participants are welcome to engage in real-time or at their own leisure.

What Does Each Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crop Include?

All of the 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crops include:

  1. Fun Scrapbook Challenges – All of the challenges are designed to focus on specific scrapbooking topics, techniques, products, and tools. The challenges are very flexible, and perfect for all skill levels and scrapbooking formats.
  2. Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions where you can hangout via Zoom with like minded scrapbookers!
  3. Live 45-minute Mini Workshop that is based on the monthly crop theme. For example, the January 2023 theme is Make the Cut – all of the challenges for this crop will focus on using a cutting tool (e.g., die cutting machine, punches, etc.) to create a scrapbook project.
  4. Fun Prizes and Giveaways!
  5. All crop activities are hosted in a private Facebook Group!

No Rush to Participate! You are welcome to participate in each crop when they are scheduled, come and go as you please, or access the crop content at another time if you are not available during the crop weekend!

All of the crop content including the challenges and the recordings of the Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions will be available for 3 weeks after the scheduled crop weekend! After this three week period, the crop Facebook group for the scheduled event will be archived and the recorded Zoom links will expire.

And the BEST part? Each crop is hosted 100% online in a private Facebook Group! You can enjoy the crops from the comfort of your home!

BUNDLE AND SAVE!

Get access to ten (10) Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crops for a one-time payment of $99.90 USD and save $3.00 per crop event! (The regular price for an individual crop is $12.99 USD.) This offer is only available for a limited time!

PURCHASE TODAY! For full details and to purchase the bundle, click HERE!

What Does the Bundle Include?

This bundle offer includes access to ten (10) Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crops, hosted monthly starting in January 2023 – May 2023, and in July 2023 – November 2023 (no crops will be hosted in June and December).

Calendar and Crop Descriptions – 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crops: To view the 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crop Calendar and Crop Descriptions, click HERE!

Sample Schedule of Events: To view a SAMPLE 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crop Schedule of Events, click HERE! The sample schedule will give you an idea of when the crop content will be posted throughout a crop event.

DEADLINE: The 2023 Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crop Bundle offer will end on January 6, 2023 at 11:30 pm CST!

Not interested in the bundle?

No worries! You can always register for individual Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crops throughout 2023 at $12.99 USD per crop! Registration for the January 2023 Crop will open on 1/7/2022. Look for registration details to come!

Let’s get ready for a new year of fun online virtual crops! If you have any questions, be sure to email me at victoria@victoriamariescraps.com. I look forward to seeing you in 2023!