New Kit + Stash Tutorial: How to Coordinate Your New Supplies with Your Stash

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There is nothing better than buying new scrapbooking supplies! New items can spark lots of creative inspiration, plus…it’s just fun to shop for scrapbooking goodies! Then there is the joy of amassing a sizable scrapbook stash – this takes time and effort (and money). There are some elements that we cannot part with or we refuse to touch because “it’s just too pretty”!

I totally get that!

While it is fun to shop for new stuff and horde favorite items, scrapbookers often seek tips on how to coordinate new scrapbooking supplies with their stash. If you are one of these scrapbookers, look no further! I’ve got you covered.

New + Stash is a new “series” (if you will) on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel where I will show you how to create kits by pairing your new scrapbooking goodies with your stash.

My formula is very simple:

TIP #1: Find a Starting Point – Your starting point can be inspiration drawn from your newly acquired goodies in terms of style, design, color, etc., or from items in your stash (a particular element or theme).  For example, your starting point could be the pattern papers that you select for your kit or perhaps your embellishments.

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Starting Point: New + Stash

TIP #2: Look for Product Inspiration – Figuring out which items to pair together can be a bit challenging. To make the process simple, evaluate your new items and your stash. Look for commonalities between the products such as color, texture, dimension, theme, purpose, style, and design. NOTE: The products that you select do not have to match.  You should focus on coordinating your elements; play around and see what works. This also goes for mixing brands and designers.

Tip #3: Add Missing Items – Once you have found a starting point and product inspiration, you can now begin to round out your product selection based on the items you have available from your new supplies and your stash. For example, maybe your starting point was a grouping of new and old embellishments – you can now consider papers, fibers, textured elements, mixed media supplies and so forth. What are the items that will complete your New + Stash Kit?

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The Layout “My Loves” using my New + Stash Kit.

The number of elements that you include in your kit is up to you. You might elect to make a full scrapbooking kit or a page kit. The important thing is to focusing on pairing your new items with items from your stash.

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Now that you are armed with a few quick tips, I encourage you to take a look at your new products and begin to pair them with items from your stash! Not only are you getting the joy of using new and old scrapbooking supplies, but you will effectively maximize your scrappy supply usage and save money – a total win-win!

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Head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to view the New Kit + Stash tutorial. I will continue to post more New + Stash videos throughout the year! If you have any questions, be sure to post them in the comments section!

Products Used: 

Stash – American Crafts White Textured Card Stock, Paige Evans (Pink Paislee) 01 Turn the Page Pattern Paper, Thickers “Trinket” font, Thickers “Fresh Start” chipboard die cuts, Kelly Purkey (Basic Grey) 6×6 Pattern Papers – Mon Ami Collection, Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Sweet Mint

New – Freckled Fawn January 2018 Embellishment Kit to include: Cork Arrow Stickers, Velum Phrase Labels, Metal Heart Accents

 

 

Felicity Jane Creative Media Team “Capture This”

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Hello friends! I am back with another scrapbook layout for the Felicity Jane Creative Media Team using the Alexis Digital Kit and few goodies from other FJ kits.

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To be honest, I am not a digital scrapbooker. However, I love using digital elements on my scrapbook layouts! To start, I downloaded the Alexis Digital Kit and printed my selected images on solid white card stock. Once printed, I fussy cut a few images for my layout. This is a great way to turn digital elements into die cuts, and cost effective as well since you can print digital images as many time as you want.

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Next, I mounted white solid cardstock onto a piece of Lines and Trees pattern paper from the Reagan kit. After adding my photo strip, I created a cluster to the left of the photo that includes a tag, a black and white striped heart, and a yellow and pink heart – all digital elements from the Alexis Digital Kit. To accent the pink and yellow heart, I added a rubber charm from the Caroline collection that reads “love”.

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To the right side of the photo strip, I added a label and another heart (both from the Alexis Digital Kit), and a black and white button from the Autumn collection. To the bottom of the embellishment cluster, I created a title using the Felicity Jane Love Note Stamp Set, and two digital elements from the Alexis Digital Kit.

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Lastly, to finish the layout, I used two heart stamps from the FJ Love Note Stamp Set to create a fun and whimsical stamped background.

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Thanks for hanging out with me today! Don’t forget to check out the Alexis Digital Kit, now available in the Felicity Jane shop. You will love it! And be sure to check out the process video for this layout, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Summer 2018 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat!

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How would you like to spend a weekend with some of the most awesome scrapbook bosses in the world?! Come join me at the Summer 2018 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat, June 28 – July 1, 2018 at the Covered Bridge Inn in Weatherford, TX!

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Covered Bridge Inn

Due to the popularity of the Fall Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat, I decided to add a second retreat this year! (Sorry folks…the fall retreat is SOLD OUT.)

Space for the Summer 2018 retreat is EXTREMELY LIMITED – there are only 17 spots available!

A RETREAT page has been added to this site with full details and information about all Victoria Marie Retreats. Registration is first come first serve.

 

Cost: (Includes meals and taxes) PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE!

OPTION 1: Early Arrival 4-Day (Thursday-Sunday) — $285.00
OPTION 2: 3-Day (Friday-Sunday) — $235.00
*A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. Early Arrival 4-Day fee of $50.00 is included in the $285.00 price.

FULL DETAILS: To learn more and to register for the Summer 2018 Victoria Marie Scrapbook retreat, click HERE!

RETREAT VLOG and PICS! Want to take a closer look at a Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat? Check out the 2017 Victoria Marie Retreat Vlog on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and check out the retreat pics HERE!

I look forward to seeing at the retreat!

 

Scrapbook Process Video “Always Order the Dessert”

Hello friends! I am back with my second layout using the January Reagan Kit for the Felicity Jane Creative Media Team. To learn more about Felicity Jane products, click here! Also, we just launched the digital version of the Reagan kit…click it out here!

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Recently, my daughter and I had dinner at a local Italian restaurant. After finishing a healthy portion of pasta, our waiter asked if we would like some dessert. My daughter looked up at me with her big brown eyes and before she could begin her plea for dessert, I asked our waiter if they served cannolis. My daughter squealed “YES” and I finally caved in! While enjoying our dessert, I thought about all of the times my spouse and I have declined our daughter’s request for dessert when we are dinning out; sometimes without reason. But on this particular day, I took my daughter’s advice, “Always order the dessert mama!”

And so we did.

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For this layout, I wanted to create a loose grid design with space in between the elements and bit of layering added for interest. I cut and adhered two strips from the Hearts and Strips pattern paper to serve as an anchor for my photo. Next, I added two 3×4 photos, one printed in black and white and the other in color. This is a great way to draw attention to photos on a layout! To the top of the photos, I adhere a small tag from the Reagan die cut pack. Additionally, to the photo on the left, I added a small rose gold Felicity Jane clip for a bit of texture and dimension.

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Next, I created a large title using the Mila and Reagan font stickers. To the top of the title, I created a stamped die cut using the sentiment, “for the record” from the Reagan stamp set and white card stock from my stash. I then added a journaling block at the bottom of the title.

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Under the black and white photo, I layered a die cut flower and label. To the label, I stamped the sentiment “take the next step”, again from the Reagan stamp set. Under the label rest a tiny tag for added interest. To finish this layout, I sprinkled four rubber charm hearts from the Caroline kit around the layout.

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Materials Used from the Reagan Kit. Click HERE to learn more!
– FJ Reagan Pattern Paper “Hearts and Stripes”
– FJ Reagan Font
– FJ Reagan Die Cut Tag, Label, and Flower
– FJ Caroline Rubber Charms – Hearts*
– FJ Rose Gold Clip*
– FJ Mila Font*

* Elements used from other FJ kits.

To see the process video for this layout, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And while you are there, don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks for stopping by! Now you go and be creative!

Scrapbook Process Video and Layout Share – “This and More”

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I am so happy to share with you my first scrapbook layout of 2018! Oh it feels so good to finally sit down and create something awesome. I have been in a bit of a creative slump coming out of 2017. But, 2018 brings a fresh new beginning and tons of possibilities!

For this layout, I used:

  • FREE Happy 2018 printable from Elle’s Studio…click HERE!
  • Elle’s Studio Family Fun Collection and Stamps
  • Elle’s Studio Sketch to Finish Vol. 3 Exclusive Stamp Set
  • Theresa Collins Signature Essentials Enamel Shapes
  • American Crafts 12×12 White Textured Card Stock

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This was a super fun layout to create! Using the free Happy 2018 printable from Elle’s Studio, I layered two 3×4 cards (“Happy New Year” and “Celebrate”) on top of two large circles that I punched from leftover pattern paper from the Elle’s Studio Family Fun Collection. The Happy 2018 printable also features 5 circles with printed text – I punched those out with a small circle punch along with additional circles from the Family Fun pattern paper. I clustered the punched circles around the 3×4 cards to create a layered design. For a bit of dimension, I sprinkled a few of the Theresa Collins enamel shapes throughout the layered cluster.

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Next, I positioned my photo to the left of the layered circle cluster and added a small tab to the left side of the photo. Using the Sketch to Finish Vol. 3 Exclusive Stamp set, I created the title “This and more” with StazOn black ink and Ridding Hood Red ink by Stampin’ Up. The title is probably my favorite part of this layout!

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Lastly, I created a smaller cluster at the bottom of the layout which mimics the larger cluster to the right of the photo. A 2-inch strip of pattern paper from the Family Fun collection serves as anchor for the entire layout. To finish this spread, I added three journaling strips under the title.

To see this layout come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And be sure to check out the FREE Happy 2018 printable, now available in the Elle’s Studio shop!

5 Creative Actions for 2018

Happy New Year! Wow, 2018 got here super fast and if you are like other scrapbookers, you are probably thinking about what your creative goals for this year. It is so easy to get bogged down by the enormity of unfinished projects, interest in new projects, attempts at finishing scrapbooking classes, and finally (FINALLY) organizing our creative spaces.

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If you are starting to feel a little overwhelmed…never fear! I have 5 Creative Actions that you can immediately do to jumpstart a successful creative year!

5 CREATIVE ACTIONS…Let’s Go!

#1 – Let go of what you did not accomplish in 2017!

Okay, so we all have been there…those unfinished projects, classes, and creative goals that linger (they are probably judging us); feelings of frustration appear and failure seems to be a familiar foe. As my good friend Elsa recommends, “LET IT GO”!

Seriously, let it go.

(Now you are singing the song…cheeky!)

While it makes us feel good when we are able to finish a task or a project, we must remember that there isn’t a race to do so. The stories that you want to document are not going away. Scrapbooking and crafting should be FUN, not stressful. Focus on what you can reasonably accomplish and let the other stuff go (for now)!

#2 – Make time to create!

It seems like this topic comes up a lot in the scrapbooking community. I am amazed by the number of scrappers (including myself) who struggle to make creative time a priority. Taking time for our creative hobbies is so good for our health and wellbeing! Psychological and health research has examined the connection between art and positive health outcomes for years.  For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published an extensive (but not exhaustive) study in 2010 regarding the connection between art and positive health outcomes. In short, creative pursuits (i.e. music, visual arts, expressive movement, and writing) are all shown to have positive effects on our health and well-being (i.e. less stress, increased mood regulation, and decreased anxiety).  If you nerd-out over stuff like this, check out the article here!

If we know that taking time for our creative pursuits is beneficial to our health and well-being, why don’t we do more of it? The truth is…we are in control (for the most part) of how we spend our time. Making the commitment to spend more time creating beautiful things is truly a practice in being intentional with how we spend our time. And it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you only have 15 minutes to spare, great! Own that 15 minutes and give yourself that time to become immersed in a creative task that fills you soul!

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#3 – Set up a creative space that works for you!

If you are a long time scrapbooker, chances are that you have rearranged and reconfigured your creative space a gajillion times! I have found that what worked for me 10 years ago does not work for me now. Take some time to examine your space and consider how to set up your space based on how you create. This will not be an overnight endeavor so take your time.

Are you someone who likes all of your tools at hand or would you prefer to have all of your supplies tucked away? Do you need a large space to create or will your kitchen table do? Do you need a new organization system? Is it time to purge and organize your space? Take time to examine how you work in relation to your space and set up your creative space accordingly. Having a scrappy space that you love will certainly inspire you to work on your creative projects more!

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#4 – Learn something new – challenge your creative skills.

There are so many fun scrapbooking techniques, tools, and products to explore! This year challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zone and try something new. For example, learn how to use that die cutting machine you bought with good intention or start and finish that online scrapbooking class you committed to! Likewise, consider learning a completely different creative hobby apart from scrapbooking – sewing, print making, mixed media, watercoloring, just to name a few. Don’t be afraid to push your creative limits. You will happy that you did!

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#5 – Set Realistic Creative Goals

I am sorry to announce that you cannot do all of the things all of the time. (Gasp!) It is so tempting to commit to a million and one scrapbooking and creative projects only to end up frustrated when we don’t have the time or energy to complete said projects. This year, try setting realistic creative goals and consider the amount of time needed to achieve those goals.

For example, I have committed to purging and organizing over 10,000 digital photos this year. It is unrealistic for me to expect to complete this project over the course of a weekend or even in a week. However, I can work on this project for a couple of hours each week over the course of 3-4 months. This is certainly realistic and fits within the time I have allotted in my schedule.

So…Get moving! 

There you have it…5 Creative Actions that you can start TODAY as you begin to work on your creative projects in 2018! Remember, scrapbooking should be fun, not stressful. Give yourself permission to make your creative time a priority and enjoy the process!