Layout Share – Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat

2nd Annual Scrapbook Retreat

In October 2017, I hosted the 2nd Annual Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat in Weatherford, TX. During the retreat, I created 10 layouts…which was 5 more than I created at last year’s retreat! The job of being a host can be a bit busy so I consider making 10 layouts an accomplishment.

Go me!

Prior to the retreat, I made several scrapbooking kits, using items from my stash and previous kit club materials. Preparing kits in advance takes the guess work out of trying to decide what elements to use on a layout and maximizes creative time during crops and retreats. I was so impressed with myself for being super prepared!

Below are photos of the layouts that I created. To see an overview of these pages, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Here’s a closer look:

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Materials: Maggie Holmes

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Materials: Elle’s Studio

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Materials: Hip Kit Club

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Materials: Elle’s Studio

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Materials: Pink Fresh Studio

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Materials: Elle’s Studio

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Materials: Hip Kit Club

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Materials: Felicity Jane

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Materials: Pink Fresh Studio

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Materials: Paige Evans

Thanks for stopping by!

Make a Mega Kit! Felicity Jane Creative Media Team

Hey peeps! I am back with another Felicity Jane Creative Media Team layout share using a variety of materials from several FJ kits that I have pulled together into one mega kit!

If you are like me, then you probably have a bunch of old kits hanging around. Why not take those kits and make one big kit? Not only will you save money but you will also fall in love again with your kits.

Here’s what I pulled together…

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The cool thing about Felicity Jane kits is that all of the colors and designs coordinate so well together. You can literally pull together a stylish kit without much fuss. I started by pulling all of the 12×12 papers together (along with paper scraps) and organized the leftover embellishments packs, letter stickers, die cuts, stamps, and accents (i.e. metal, cork, and acrylic). All of these elements were placed in 2-gallon plastic bags and stored by my craft desks.

From this mega kit, I created this layout:

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This one layout features items from 6 Felicity Jane kits! Talk about getting mileage out of leftover supplies! Notice how each element is perfectly coordinated to create one cohesive look. And the best thing – I am not wasting supplies!

So, look around your craft space and grab those leftover (or unopened) kits and challenge yourself to make one mega kit! Try mixing manufacturers or if you don’t belong to a kit club, make your own mega kit from items out your stash.

To learn more about this layout, visit the Felicity Jane Blog! Happy kit making!

Recap – 2nd Annual Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat

2nd Annual Scrapbook Retreat

Did you know that I host an annual scrapbook retreat? In fact, this past October I hosted the 2nd Annual Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat. This sold out event welcomed 19 lovely scrappers for a weekend of fun, laughter, and of course…scrapbooking! I wanted to share a few highlights from the retreat. I will be posting more information about upcoming retreats soon so stay tuned! And be sure to check out the Victoria Marie Retreat Vlog on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel.

THE VENUE

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This year’s retreat was held at the Covered Bridge Inn in Weatherford, TX. This is my second time hosting a retreat at this venue and I absolutely love it! This venue is nestled in a stunning country setting, complete with a two-story house, a large crop room, comfortable sleeping quarters, a deck with hot tub, massage therapy services (by appointment only), and fuzzy chickens! Yep, you read right…fuzzy chickens!

Owners Sandra and Jim Campbell provide the ultimate in guest service and hospitality. Since opening their doors in 2015, their business has grown! Guests feel incredibly welcomed and receive nothing short of 5-star treatment!

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Sandra and Jim Campbell, Owners and Innkeepers of the Covered Bridge Inn

THE CROP ROOM

The crop room features large spacious tables, perfect for working on a variety of crafting projects, comfy chairs, a large flat screen TV with streaming services, free WiFi, and easy access to restrooms, the kitchen/dining area, ice machine, soda/water station and patio deck.

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THE RETREAT GUESTS

This year I welcomed 19 scrappy friends from the U.S. and one scrappy friend from the UK – many of whom I have become friends with via the internet over the past 2-3 years. There is nothing better than getting together with like-minded crafty ladies and having a great time!

Retreat guests were greeted with awesome swag, thanks to our 2017 sponsors:

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I am so thankful for our sponsors!!!

As everyone settled in, we all enjoyed three awesome evenings of scrapbooking, laughing, and more laughing! I laughed and talked so much that by the end of the retreat, I nearly lost my voice!

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A beautiful stamp from Angie Rushlow!

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Julia and her stunning layouts!

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Karman, Laurie, and Julene working away…

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Heidi is relaxing and creating!

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My beautiful mess!

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Yummy food prepared by Sandra and Jim!

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Scrapbooking…it’s what we do!

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Alyssa was the first to finish a layout!

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On Friday of the retreat, we headed to the Mesquite Pit, a local BBQ joint, for a group lunch. Afterward, some of the guests decided it was worth blowing their life savings and headed over the Tuesday Morning for a shopping spree! One can never have enough scrappy stuff, right?

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Lunch at the Mesquite Pit – Weatherford, TX

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1, 2, 3…SHOP!! Tuesday Morning flow. 

Later on Friday heading into Saturday, scrappers participated in three fun scrapbooking challenges, most notably the Iron Scrapbooker Challenge where guests were given a set of scrapbooking ingredients and a limited time to create a layout. While some welcomed the challenge, others felt the pressure! In the end, Sarah Swann, a fellow scrappy YouTuber, won the title of Iron Scrapbooker!

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Completing the Iron Scrapper Challenge!

Throughout Saturday, guest enjoyed massages and a few more trips to local craft and hobby stores for a bit of shopping. As the day ended, some of us decided to stay up super late, dubbing ourselves “The 3:00 am Crew”.

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The 3:00 am Crew! We go hard!

Yeah, I felt it the next day. 🙂

UNION SCANDAL

This is Angie…she was named the Union President at the first Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat, a title she holds near and dear to her heart. Unfortunately, due to her stringent “keep your scrapbook area clean policy”, she was nearly dethroned by Sarah Stanley! A noticed was left on Sarah’s table, demanding that she keep scrappy space clean.

We are working on bridging the gap…this could get messy! LOL!

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Union President Angie Rushlow

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The infamous note…scandalous! 

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Angie confronting Sarah about her mess…Sarah planning her takeover! They hugged shortly after yet there is still work to do! Of course we everyone cracked up! LOL!

FUN TIMES, GREAT FRIENDS

Hosting the 2nd Annual Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat was so much fun! This is truly the best part of what I do – bringing together scrappers from all over the world in a space where we can just be who we are, enjoying this amazing hobby, and having a ball!

Check out the Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat Vlog on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And stay tuned for information about future retreats!

 

A great big THANK YOU to all of my scrappy peeps who attend this year’s retreat, to Sandra and Jim Campbell for being excellent hosts, and to our fantastic sponsors!

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I love these ladies with all of my heart! 

November Featured Artist – Simple Scrapper!

 

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Hello friends! I am back with an awesome project to share with you. Recently, I was invited to be the featured artist for Simple Scrapper, an online subscription based site specifically focusing on simple scrapbooking design and techniques. Jennifer Wilson, owner of Simple Scrapper, wanted an online venue for scrapbookers who were looking for ways to simplify the scrapbooking process and to focus more on storytelling.

For the month of November, I was given an opportunity to feature a few of my layouts in the Simple Scrapper members-only online magazine called SPARK. Additionally, designer Melanie Ritchie created four stunning scrapbook sketches based on my layout designs. Members of the Simple Scrapper Design Team used these sketches as inspiration for their own layouts.

As a member of Simple Scrapper, you will receive access to SPARK, online classes, creative inspiration and much more! For more information, go to http://www.simplescrapper.com to become a member!

A big THANK YOU to Jennifer and her wonderful team…I am so honored to be a part of this awesome publication!

 

New Class! Extended Pre-Sale and New Start Date! Writer’s Block – Robust Journaling Techniques for Scrapbookers

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NEW START DATE! Class Begins on September 30, 2017!

Early Bird Pre-Sale Event!

Save $5.00 off the regular class price of $30.00 during the Early Bird Pre-Sale Event! 

Bonus Offer!

Be one of the first 100 students to sign up for this class and receive instant access to an exclusive 20% off coupon, good toward another Victoria Marie Online Class!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my latest class, Writer’s Block – Robust Journaling Techniques for Scrapbookers!

Writer’s Block is an online self-paced course that focuses on robust journaling and storytelling techniques. Based on the feedback of my online students and my YouTube subscribers, many of you are looking for a class that focuses on robust journaling techniques that will help you go beyond basic storytelling. If this is something you are interested in, then Writer’s Block is the class for you!

In this course we will cover journal writing barriers, how to capture your audience, finding your storytelling voice, and simple journaling tips and techniques that you can use immediately to enhance your storytelling skills.

This course includes:

  • 5 Instructional Videos with Interactive Journaling Exercises
  • Full Color Writer’s Block Course Instructional Guide PDF
  • 5 Extensive Instructional Process Videos
  • 1 Bonus Instructional Process Video
  • Story Prompts PDF
  • Immediate Access to the Exclusive Victoria Marie Online Classes Facebook Group
  • Email access to the course instructor
  • Sign up during the Early Bird Pre-Sale Event and receive $5.00 off the regular course price of $30.00!
  • BONUS Offer – The first 100 students who sign up for this class will receive instant access to a 20% off coupon, good toward another Victoria Marie Online Class!

Sign Up Today! To purchase this class, go to http://www.victoria-marie.thinkific.com.

Price: $25.00 – Save $5.00 off the regular price of $30.00!

EXTENDED! The Early Bird Pre-Sale Event will end on October 7, 2017. The class will open on September 30, 2017 at 10:00 am CST.  Remember, this is an online self-paced course. This class will always be available for purchase and you can start and resume the class at anytime!

I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

 

Guest Designer – Maya Road “My Girl”

I am so excited to be the Maya Road guest designer for July 2017! I have purchased products from Maya Road for years and I am very proud to support an awesome Texas business! There will be two of my projects featured on the Maya Road blog this month so head on over and check them out!

Click here to see more details about this layout on the Maya Road blog! Enjoy!

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Scrapbook Process and FREE Sketch – “Hustle Everyday”

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Have you ever had to make a really tough decision? One that really tested your ability to “adult” and to be responsible? Well, I recently had to make a really hard decision…

I made the decision to go back to work outside of the home.

In a recent blog post about my first year as an entrepreneur, I talked about the difficult decision I made to return back to work after a series of  unplanned and unforeseen financial issues struck my family. The stress was mounting and something needed to be done.

As luck would have it, I was offered a semi full-time job with my daughter’s school that really checked all of the boxes: supplemental income, reasonable hours (I only work 6 hours a day, 30 hours per week for 10 months out of the year), reduced tuition for my kid, and peace of mind knowing that I can stop worrying about my cash flow and pour my energies into growing my business at a steady pace.  Returning to work was met with a lot of hesitation on my part. Honestly, there is nothing worse than doing a totally amazing thing like starting a business and struggling to make ends meet.

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I decided to document this moment in my journey as an entrepreneur because one day I am going to look back and say that the sacrifices were worth it. My first year in business proved to be a lesson in humility and I acknowledge that I have so much more to learn about running a business and being my own boss. I am glad that I have the time and the opportunity to take a few steps back, reevaluate, and create a plan that is focused on growth and success.

Always keep your head up!

For this challenge I used a Victoria Marie Designs sketch and materials from the June 2017 Hip Kit Club kit. This FREE sketch was featured on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group as a scrappy challenge. To download this sketch, click HERE!

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To begin, I selected a diagonal design patten paper by Pink Paislee. You can replicate this design by using two coordinating pieces of pattern paper. I printed two (2) 4×6 photos in black and white so that the colors from the paper and embellishments would stand out prominently on the layout.

As a layering element behind my photos, I created two (2) tabbed layers of pattern paper using my We-R-Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board. This neat little tool was so fun to use!

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Once the photos were in place, I created embellishment clusters using die cuts from the Vicki Boutin Collection, chipboard phrase stickers by Thickers, enamel dots by Shimelle Laine, and exclusive wood framed flare by the Hip Kit Club. The title “Hustle Everyday” was created using two Thickers fonts (“Chipboard Phrase Stickers” and “Bright”) and exclusive orange letter stickers by the Hip Kit Club. To finish the layout I added two phrase stickers from the Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic Word Jumbles Collection (from my stash) on the top and bottom punched tabs and journaling strips under the title.

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While it is great to scrapbook about happy memories, I am a firm believer in documenting the ebbs and flows of life. Things aren’t always perfect and as humans we are constantly growing and changing. It’s good to have evidence of this in our storytelling.

Check out the process video for this layout on the Victoria Marie YouTube channel! And don’t forget to give the FREE Victoria Marie Designs sketch a try!