Registration Now Open! 2019 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreats!

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Registration for the 2019 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat is now open! Click HERE for more info!

Hey friends! Come join me next year at one of 4 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreats! For full details, pricing, and to register, click HERE!

2019 Retreat Locations:

  • Sacramento, CA (Spring) – Location TBA
  • Charleston, SC (Summer)
  • Weatherford, TX (Summer)
  • Weatherford, TX (Fall)

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot! Spaces are limited so be sure to register today! I hope to see you in 2019! 

How to Overcome Scrapbook Project Overwhelm!

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We have all been there…too many scrapbook projects and not enough (insert your reason here) to complete them. We look over at those piles of photos, boxes of supplies, and unfinished albums and panic rushes in!  “When will I ever finish these projects?” we say to ourselves. The whole process can be downright overwhelming.

So, what causes scrapbook project overwhelm? A few things come to mind:

  • Taking on too many creative projects and setting unrealistic expectations for completing them.
  • Lack of time – personal or professional commitments often take priority over our creative hobbies.
  • Lack of creative mojo – not sure what to create, how to create it, and what materials to use.
  • Difficulty finding a starting point – “Should I start with my older photos first or with my most current photos? Chronological order or by event?”
  • Availability of supplies may be hindered by limited space, relocation, etc.
  • Too many photos and memorabilia to organize; trouble making decisions about what photos to use on a scrapbook layout versus the photos that will live in a photo album.
  • And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo! (A little Sly and the Family Stone anyone? 🙂 )

But have no fear my friends! I am here to solve all of your problems (yet again)! Well, at least this one scrappy problem. 🙂

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Need time to finish a project? Attend a scrapbook retreat or crop!

If you want to overcome scrapbook overwhelm, give these tips a try:

TIP #1: STOP taking on too many scrapbooking projects! Prioritize your storytelling projects throughout the year, committing to a reasonable and realistic number of projects to complete. For example, setting a goal to finish 3 major scrapbook projects in a 12 month period is a lot more doable than trying to finish 3 major projects in one month! Or, consider working on smaller projects to get the ball rolling – complete an unfinished mini album, put completed scrapbook layouts in an album, etc.

TIP #2: Make the time to work on your scrapbook projects. Set aside 15-30 minutes a couple nights a week or devote a block of time on the weekend to work on a project. Also, make sure that your scrapbook project is visible. Keep your layout and a few scrapbooking supplies in a place where you will see them everyday. For example, when you have a spare minute, take a little time to add embellishments or position a title on your layout . Working in chucks is a great way to get projects done!

TIP #3: Find a starting point. If you have a ton of scrapbooking projects, consider working simultaneously on an older project along with a newer project. This process gives you the freedom to catch up on older scrappy projects while scrapbooking current stories.

TIP #4: Take the time to organize and purge your photos and scrapbook memorabilia. NOTE: This does not have to be done in one organization session. Pick a stack (box, digital folder) of photos and memorabilia and get to work! Schedule short blocks of time for this task – you will be amazed how quickly you can work through your photo and memorabilia backlog!

TIP #5: Lost your creative mojo? Work on a project that is not related to scrapbooking. Mixed media, planning, art journaling, sewing, knitting, watercoloring, and hand lettering are fantastic creative options that can inspire and inform potential scrapbook design. Sometimes we need to allow ourselves to step away from scrapbooking in order to find our creative scrappy mojo! And to get projects done!

There you have it!  A few practical ways to bust through scrapbook project overwhelm. If you have experienced and overcome scrapbook project overwhelm, be sure to share your story and tips in the comments section!

Now, let’s dig into this creative thing we call scrapbooking and get some projects done!

Registration Now Open! 2019 Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreats!

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I am so excited to announce the Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat dates for 2019! Next year we are hosting 4 retreats! Yay!

Registration is now open for RETURNING GUESTS starting Monday, August 13th. 

New Guests can register starting Thursday, August 16th. 

For more information, click on the RETREATS tab in the menu bar above or on the links listed below!

We are headed to:

Spaces are limited so be sure to reserve your spot TODAY! I look forward to seeing you in 2019!

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Scale It Down! A Travelers Notebook Collaboration

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I am so excited to be the guest designer for a fun collaboration called Scale It Down with two super talented scrap bosses, Simone Schermann and Suzanna Lee! According to Suzanna, Scale It Down is all about “helping scrapbookers incorporate travelers notebooks into their memory keeping”.

GRAB 5 CHALLENGE! This week we are focusing on using five items to create a TN spread.

The Grab 5 Includes:

  1. Pattern papers
  2. Sticker fonts
  3. Stamps
  4. Tabs
  5. Chipboard (or card stock) die cuts

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For this spread, I used elements from the Felicity Jane Jeana Kit.

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To begin, I trimmed two pieces of pattern paper to 4×8 inches. To the right panel, I layered a 3×4 photo with a 3×4 pocket card. To the photo I added a chipboard heart for dimension and interest. Above the photo, I positioned a small journaling card that reads “details”. To the card I added journaling strips that I printed on velum paper. Next, I ran each strip through a Xyron Sticker Maker and adhered the strips to the card.

To finish the right panel, I attached a tab that I created using a We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch and stamped the sentiment “Just What I Needed” from the Jeana Stamp Set by Felicity Jane. To the left of the journaling card, I adhered a cute plant die cut.

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To the left panel, I layered another 3×4 photo on a 3×4 journaling card.

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To the photo I added two chipboard hearts. Under the photo I stamped the sentiment “My Favorite Place” and adhere my title using two Felicity Jane sticker fonts.

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Thanks so much to Simone and Suzanna for inviting me to be the guest designer for the Scale It Down Collaboration! I hope you are inspired to create a travelers notebook spread!

To see the process video for this project, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! Also, swing by Suzanna’s and Simone’s YouTube Channels to see their take on this fun challenge!

Product Review – Finders Keepers Libris Scrapbooking Kit

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Finders Keepers, an online scrapbooking store, is owned by Rachel and Sarah who started Finder Keepers to help struggling scrapbookers and to be a source of inspiration through their handmade scrapbook products.

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Finders Keepers offers a variety of products, including their beautifully designed scrapbooking kits! A few months ago, I received the Libris Papercrafting Kit to review. I immediately fell in love with the theme of the kit (books), the quality, and the design of their products! Due to competing demands, I wasn’t able to review this kit right away. But alas! The time has come and I am excited to share these products with you!

 

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Libris Papercrafting Kit – $56.00

The kit contains:

  • 2-12×12 sheets each of 6 designs
  • 2 6×12 stickers sheets
  • 3 rolls of washi in a Finders Keepers dispenser box with protective sleeve
  • 2 coordinating 4×6 stamp sets

Each item in this kit is super high quality – from the papers to the stamps. To take a closer look at each item and to purchase this kit, click HERE!

Here is a scrapbook layout I made using some of the elements from this kit. All of the images are spectacularly whimsical, with nods to literary greats, famous book titles, and quotes. The colors are rich and well coordinated and the overall design is perfect for any paper crafting project.

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The little book stickers are my favorite element in this kit!

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This is the perfect kit for documenting anything related to books!

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To see the full review of  this kit, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And be sure to stop by Finders Keepers to learn more about the owners and their products. Thank you Rachel and Sarah for your patience and for sending me this awesome kit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documenting Magic – Trip Stats! Disney Vacation Album

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Hello friends! I am back with another layout for Documenting Magic, a Victoria Marie YouTube series all about Disney scrapbooking!

Documenting significant details is an important aspect of my storytelling journey. With this in mind, I created a pocket page documenting my trip stats. Some of these stats include:

  • Length of the vacation planning process
  • How many miles we drove from Fort Worth to Florida (too long – I’m never doing that again)!
  • Our Disney resort hotel
  • How many steps we walked
  • Total trip cost
  • Number of Minnie Mouse ears worn

For this layout, I used elements from the Say Cheese I and II collections by Simple Stories, along with elements from my stash to include Thickers fonts (red and black), Jenny Bowlin red sticker fonts, and enamel dots.

Each journaling card contains pre-designed accents – I added additional embellishments for interest. This made the scrapbooking process quick and easy…I did not have to waste time trying to figure out the design of each pocket card.

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I selected photos that best represent the documented details. Some of these photos will appear again in my album with expanded stories.

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I adhered stickers and die cuts to some of the photos for added interest. Overall, I love the way this layout came together!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Before you go, check out the process video for this page on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! Have a magical day!