Hello and welcome to Friday! Let’s kick off the weekend with another fun YouTube Livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Grab a project and let’s make a layout!
I am so excited to share that A Cherry On Top Crafts, an online craft and hobby store, is the featured sponsor for today’s livestream! I love supporting small businesses and I know that many of you shop ACOT for your scrapbooking and crafting needs (myself included)!
ACOT has been an industry leader for over 20 years and carries thousands of name brand products to include paper crafts, general crafts, needle arts, sewing & quilting supplies, art supplies, and so much more. ACOT also offers a monthly subscription box called The Cherry Box that is filled with awesome crafting goodies! To learn more, click HERE or on the video below!
In addition to their online products, ACOT has a blog with loads of creative inspiration and FREE weekly sketches. During today’s livestream, I will be using this week’s ACOT sketch from the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge (Page Maps). To learn more, click HERE!
Altenew is turning SEVEN and we are celebrating with a fun blog hop! There is a ton of creative inspiration and over $1400 in prizes! Check it out!
Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY7TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV21 at checkout. Offer valid from 4/8/2021 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/11/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop here: https://altenew.com/ Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.
Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:
Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!” 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.
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Looking for something creative to do this weekend? Why not take a FREE class! Join me and my fellow instructors for 10 Designers Create 10 Cards for Kindness™, an online course hosted by Scrapbook.com!
In this ten-part series, you will get an insider look into the creative process of 10 celebrated designers who are joining Scrapbook.com to create handmade cards for Cards for Kindness™. Each designer will share their favorite card making tips and techniques.
For this course, I am teaching a lesson called Quick and Easy Cards! In this lesson, I demonstrate how to make a stunning card using just a few supplies: stamping ink, glitter paste, and a die cut sentiment. This card design is super easy to mass produce and is the perfect weekend project!
Come join us! ClickHERE to learn more and to enroll!
Come join me for The Scrapper Bowl Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Marie Network! This sports-theme scrapbooking event features scrapbook challenges, prizes, giveaways, and Live Zoom Scrap and Chat sessions! You don’t have to be a sports fan to participate…there’s a little something for everyone!
To learn more and to register, click HERE or select OnlineVirtual Crops at the top of the homepage.
When: This crop will begin on Friday, February 26th – Sunday, February 28th
Where: Victoria Marie Mighty Network
Price: $7.99 USD
Deadline to Register: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Come join us for a weekend filled with creative inspiration, fun challenges, Zoom Scrap and Chats and more! I hope to see you there!
Calling all sports fans and everyone in between! Come join us for The Scrapper Bowl Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the NEW Victoria Marie Mighty Network!
This online scrapbooking event will take place on February 26-28, 2021! Full details and a link to register will be available on February 17th here on the Victoria Marie Blog! Mark your calendars and stay tuned!
To view the 2021 Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Calendar of Events, click HERE!
A few years ago, I started my very first Project Life album. Needless to say, that album remains unfinished, along with other Project Life albums and layouts. At some point during the Project Life process, I would completely tucker out and lose steam. Also, I would overthink the process, try to use too many products, and attempt to use ALL the photos.
I quit before I even got started.
Over the past two years, the number of layouts that I make that document my everyday life (i.e. family, work, random shenanigans), has decreased significantly. These stories are very important to me so I began thinking about the idea of revisiting Project Life. Additionally, this year I am working on implementing a daily creative practice. I figured that part of this daily practice should include working on my Project Life album.
So, I decided to revisit Project Life.
If you are not sure what Project Life is, I recommend watching the following video. This video was filmed 5 years ago but it explains the Project Life process. Also, you can find a full range of Project Life physical products and albums HERE . To learn more about Digital Project Life, click HERE, and for the Project Life App, click HERE.
In short, Project Life is a simplified storytelling system using pocket page protects and 3×4 and 4×6 pocket cards. The focus on this format is to document life’s everyday moments. Listen to Becky Higgins, founder and owner of Project Life, as she explains her popular storytelling system.
Despite the fact that I have not been consistent with Project Life in the past, I still love this storytelling approach and I am willing to give it another try. However, this time I am simplifying my process.
I have found that I am most successful when I plan my projects a head of time. For me, this means printing my photos throughout the week that I want to include in my weekly spread, journaling throughout the week as well so I don’t forget the details that I want to document, and making a sketch of my overall project design. These are tasks that I can complete during my morning creative block or when I am relaxing and watching Netflix! Also, planning ahead saves so much time when I sit down to finish a weekly layout. I don’t have to take the time to decide what photos I’m going to use or what I want to say…all of that work will be done before hand.
NOTE: I have elected to create weekly Project Life spreads. However, please know that you can approach this project in many different ways (i.e. monthly, seasonally, every other week). The point is to document your everyday stories in someway on a consistent basis.
CURATE A KIT OF PROJECT LIFE SUPPLIES
In addition to making scrapbooking kits, I also plan to make several Project Life kits. These kits will feature a variety materials from my stash and newly acquired products. Having a kit prepared and ready to go eliminates the stress of picking out materials when the time comes to work on a spread.
BATCH AND BLOCK EACH TASK
I strongly believe in the power of batching and blocking as many tasks as I possibly can! To simplify my Project Life process, I have scheduled one day per week (Sunday) to work on my weekly spreads. Working on this project on Sunday mornings has been super helpful and it gives me something to look forward to when the weekend comes. Also, on Saturday mornings, I print my photos and type the journaling for my spreads. This is a fairly easy process if I’m consistent with printing photos throughout the week. But, I recognize that there will be some weeks when this doesn’t happen, so a Saturday morning printing and journaling block will be really helpful.
KEEP THE DESIGN SIMPLE
I love a clean and simple scrapbook layout design. I also love to layer and to add texture and dimension to my scrapbook projects. However, for Project Life, my focus is on words and photos. I have found that I am most interested in simple designs with minimal embellishing and stamping. However, I am giving myself the freedom to explore a variety of design options as I continue with this project in 2021.
Being flexible is key!
MOST OF ALL…ENJOY THE PROCESS!
This year, I want to enjoy the Project Life process! Becky Higgins did not intend for this project to be overly complicated, in fact, her intentions were quite the opposite. So far I have completed Weeks 1 and 2 from January and have Weeks 3 and 4 prepped and ready to go. I very much enjoy the process of reflecting on the week’s adventures, the ebb and flow of my family life, my random thoughts and musings, and everything in between. But most of all, I enjoy the simplicity of this project…just photos and words.
To see Week 2 of my Project Life album, click on the video below. And tell me in the comments section, do you enjoy creating Project Life spreads? Are you revisiting this project after a long break or reevaluating your process? I would love to know!
Hello friends! Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing a 12 x 12 layout featuring an electronic cut file called “I Love Your Smile” by Lori Whitlock for Silhouette. I love using cut files on a scrapbook project and this design was the perfect choice for this layout.
Recently, my daughter got her very first set of braces to correct an overbite. Getting braces almost seems like a rite of passage for some kiddos. She was nervous at first (and so was I), but she handled it like a champ and of course, I had to scrapbook the adventure!
To see this layout come together, click on the video below!
Hey friends! Join me LIVE today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. During this week’s livestream, I will be working on a couple of layouts in my Hot Springs Vacation Mini Album.
The livestream starts at 2:00 pm CST every Friday! Be sure to subscribe to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, and when you do, click the bell icon, that way you will be notified each and every time I go LIVE on the channel. See you soon!