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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Everything fits so nicely inside!


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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!


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


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.


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.


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.

“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!



7 More Spots! Victoria Marie 2018 Summer Scrapbook Retreat

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Do you want to hang with a group of like-minded, fun scrappers? Come join me for the 2018 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Summer Retreat!

There are currently 7 more spots left that will need to be filled ASAP!

The 2018 Summer Retreat will be held on June 28th – July 1st at the Covered Bridge Inn in Weatherford, TX. For complete retreat details, click HERE or click on the “retreat” tab at the top of the blog page.

All you need to do is:

  1. Complete the 2018 Victoria Marie Summer Retreat registration form and…
  2. Remit a $50.00 non-refundable deposit via PayPal to hold your spot!

If interested, be sure to sign up by April 1st! A waitlist is available if this event fills up!

Click HERE for registration details!

This is going to be an epic retreat! I can’t wait to see you there!

“Capture” Scrapbook Layout Using the Felicity Jane Alexis Kit

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Hey friends! I am back with another Felicity Jane Creative Team layout using the stunning Alexis Kit. For this layout, I wanted to keep my design simple and clean – which is easy to do when working with a Felicity Jane Kit!
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To start, I created a fun background using the Diamonds and Waves pattern paper from the Alexis Paper Pack, trimmed to 8.5×11. Next, I trimmed a piece of solid white card stock a bit smaller than 8.5×11 to mount on the Diamonds and Waves pattern paper. Before adhering, I punched three half circles into the white card stock; one at the top, bottom and left side of the layout. I backed the punched half circles with pattern paper from the Alexis Paper Pack. I used a pair of scissors to distress the edges of the half circles for a bit of texture and dimension.
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Next, I layered two 3×3 photos to the right side of the layout. The photos are mounted on pattern papers from the Alexis Paper Pack. To the photo clusters, I tucked in bits of scrap paper from the kit, a label with the Alexis Stamp phrase “Favorite Photo”, and the top portion of an Alexis Journaling Card that reads “things to note”. It’s always fun to customize your Felicity Jane elements based on your design aesthetic!
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To the left of the photos, I added the “Capture” die cut from the Alexis Die Cut Shapes pack. On the top of the Capture die cut, I stamped “Living My Best Life” from the Alexis Stamp Set. To complete the layout, I added a few die cuts pieces and sequin to each half circle.
To see this layout come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Thanks for stopping by!

NEW Series! Documenting Magic: Scrapbooking Disney!

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Where is the most magical place on Earth? Well, Disney World of course! In roughly 10 days my family and I will be heading to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the most epic vacation EVER! We have been planning our Disney World vacation for 18 months and we cannot wait to be in the House of the Mouse!

As I began to plan our Disney vacation, I spent a bit of time thinking about how I want to document this experience. I watched hours of Disney World scrapbook process videos and poured through Disney scrapbooking blogs looking for creative inspiration. There are so many ways to document a Disney trip, from creating a traditional scrapbook to using a traveler’s notebook. After much I thought, I came up with a Disney documenting plan and my next YouTube series…Documenting Magic!

(That sounds so official!)


Part 1: Prep for the Magic – I first began by purchasing Disney inspired scrapbooking products. It is important that I prep all of my supplies before I start on this massive project! Because a Disney vacation is very busy and filled with magical memories, I knew that I needed a way to record my “in the moment” experiences.  So, I decided to use a traveler’s notebook to document my experiences while I’m at Disney World. When I return from my vacation, I will begin work on my 12×12 Disney scrapbook album.

I splurged and purchased a ton of Disney inspired scrapbooking goodies from Most of the items I purchased for this project are from the Simple Stories Say Cheese II and III Collections, Carpe Diem Collection, and few of the items were gifted to me or I purchased at my local craft and hobby store. I also purchased a super cute Disney traveler’s notebook cover from The Inky Bluebird shop on Etsy…more on that in a moment!

All of my Disney products are organized in a Iris container for easy retrieval. Since I plan to use my traveler’s notebook during my vacation, I am packing a small Disney scrapbook kit and a few tools to take with me. I will share my mini Disney scrapbook kit in a few days!

In addition to curating a large stash of Disney scrappy goodies, I spent some time thinking about how I want to document my Disney World experience. It is important that I not only include my voice, but the point of view of my daughter and spouse as well. I made a small list of the experiences I want to make sure I document – special attractions, our Disney resort hotel, character meet and greets and so forth.


Iris Container – Michaels and Traveler’s Notebook Cover from Etsy


Iris Insert – Sold on

Part 2: Experience the Magic – As I mentioned above, I wanted a way to document my “in the moment” experiences during my Disney World vacation. Here’s where my Disney traveler’s notebook comes in!

My plan is to use my traveler’s notebook to journal my thoughts, feelings, and special moments as I am experiencing them. I will carry my notebook in my park bag while touring the various Disney World parks and attractions. I also want to set aside time in the evening once we return to our resort to reflect and journal about my day.

My goal is to keep the documenting process simple, using only a few supplies and tools. And because I want to include photos in my traveler’s notebook, I also plan to take my mini Polaroid Zinc photo printer to print a few pictures throughout the trip. The Zinc printer is small enough to carry in my park bag and connects wirelessly to my iPhone. I love technology!

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Etsy Shop – Inky Bluebird Customs (Vera Bradley remnant)


Can you find the hidden Mickey’s?

Part 3: Document the Magic – When I return home from my Disney vacation (that makes me sad to say that), I plan to immediately get to work on my Disney scrapbook album – uploading, printing, and sorting photos, creating page kits, and putting my layouts together. As I begin work on my Disney scrapbook album, I will refer to my Disney traveler’s notebook to recall important details, order of events, thoughts, feelings, etc. I love the idea of being able to use my traveler’s notebook as a tool to help me recall the most important memories from my Disney World vacation!

For my Disney scrapbook, I am using a We R Memory Keepers 3-ring black leather album. And because I love to mix things up, the album will include a variety of layout orientations and sizes (i.e. 12×12, 8.5×11, 9×12, 6×12, and pocket layouts).

Part 4: Magical Review – When my Disney World scrapbook project is complete, I will share a full review of my process and my albums here on the Victoria Marie Blog and on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel.


Here are some of the fun products I am using for my Disney traveler’s notebook and scrapbook album. If I purchase more products, I will be sure to share those with you as well! A full product review is now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Say Cheese II and III Collections” by Simple Stories


Say Cheese II and III Collections” by Simple Stories

6×6 Paper Pad by Echo Park “Magic and Wonder

Say Cheese II and III Collections” by Simple Stories, “Say Cheese III ” Washi Tape, Clips, and Stamp by Carpe Diem

I am so excited to share this magical journey with you! Be sure to check and subscribe to the Victoria Marie Blog and YouTube Channel for more Documenting Magic! I hope this process helps to inspire your own Disney storytelling journey!