Scrapbook Process Video – This is My Summer Body!

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Hello friends! I am back with another layout and process video. In honor of my upcoming class, Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle, I wanted to create a layout that featured a stamped title. Creating stamped titles is one of many techniques that I cover in my new course and can be an easy point of entry for those who are hesitant about stamping on a scrapbook page.

This layout features a simple stamped title using the Stanley Alphabet Set by Elle’s Studio and Distress Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz (Ranger).

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To begin, I used a piece of textured black card stock for my background. Using the Stanley Alpha Set and the Distress Oxide inks, I stamped the title This is My Summer Body on the left side of the background. Next, I colored each of the letters with the oxide ink – activating the ink with a little bit of water. Once the water hits the oxide ink, it will oxidize, creating a chalky finish. Distress Oxide inks are perfect to use with dark card stock!

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Next, I layered two 3×4 photos to the right of the title and created embellishments clusters using elements from the June and July Hip Kit Club kits. Also, I created a third cluster at the bottom of the layout using a die cut frame, flower cluster, and a butterfly from the July Hip Kit Club kit, and a chip board bathing suit from the Pick-Me-Up collection by Thickers (from my stash).

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Journaling strips were added to the bottom of the layout.

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To balance out the overall design of the layout, I added a strip of pattern paper, black and white stripe washi tape, and a tab to the left side of the page.

Be sure to check out the process video for this layout on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And for more information about my new class, Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle, click HERE and HERE! Thanks for stopping by!

My Stamp Storage!

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Many years ago, I was an avid stamp collector. At one point I owned over 100 acrylic and wood mount stamps! One day, I realized that I wasn’t using my stamps on a regular basis (not the case anymore) and I needed to make some hard decisions about my stamp collection. So, I did a brutal purge and donated a majority of my stamps to my daughter’s school and a local woman’s shelter. I only kept the stamps that I loved and wanted to use on a regular basis. And those stamps had to fit into 1 container.

Off to the Container Store I went in search of storage solutions! I found this super cute basket along with a set of storage envelopes – the perfect storage option for my small stamp collection.

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I kept most of my acrylic stamps in their original packaging. However, some of my stamps were removed from their packing, so I placed those stamps in clear storage pockets and categorized the stamps by theme: celebration, birthday, letters, numbers, etc.  Clear pockets allow me to see the stamps for easy referencing and use.

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After my brutal purge, I maintained a small collection of wood mount stamps. I only kept the stamps that I absolutely love and could not live without. These stamps are housed on my embellishment center above my craft desk. I am a strong believer in storing your most used scrapbooking tools and materials close to your workspace…this increases the likelihood that you will use them!

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My wood mount stamps are not only functional, but they serve as a great decorative element in my creative space!

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Now, this will come as no surprise, but since I adopted this storage system, I have acquired more stamps! My new stamps do not fit into my current storage container, so I organized them by manufacture or designer and use loose leaf rings to keep the stamps together, like the Elle’s Studio stamps that are pictured here.  Eventually, these stamps will be placed in a storage container.

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So there you have it…my stamp storage in a nutshell! If you have any questions about my storage system or the products that are featured in this blog post, be sure to do so in the comments section.

Also, check out My Stamp Storage video on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!  And in case you missed it, I have a new class called Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle starting on July 27th. You can take advantage of the Pre-Sale Event happening NOW until July 27th – save 20% off the regular course price of $50.00. Use code stamp20 during check out. For more information and to purchase this course, click HERE!

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I hope you have been inspired to organize your stamp stash! Thanks for stopping by!

On Sale NOW! Save 20% During the Stamping Like a Boss Pre-Sale Event!

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To purchase this course, click HERE!

The Stamping Like a Boss Pre-Sale Event begins TODAY!

Save 20% off the regular course price until July 27th! Use coupon code STAMP20 during check out.

Do you struggle with stamping on your scrapbook pages? Are you looking for easy scrapbook stamping techniques that you can to use immediately on your next project? Look no further! Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle by Victoria Marie Designs is a fun and interactive self-paced online course that focuses on quick and simple techniques for stamping on scrapbook pages.

This course bundle includes 5 individual 1-hour mini courses with a focus on: stamped backgrounds, embellishments, masking, stamped titles and journaling, and mixed media stamping.

Each 1-hour mini class within the bundle includes a 20-minute instructional video, 40-minute interactive project video with a project assignment (learn while you create) and full color PDF instructional guides that are specific to each mini course topic and much, much more!

Check out the Victoria Marie Online Classes site for more details about this mini course bundle!

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Also, check out the class promo on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

 

 

 

5 Signs You are Overthinking this Scrapbooking Thing

Scrapbooking is supposed to be a relaxing hobby – just grab some photos, a few supplies, maybe a snack, and create a layout, right? But how many times do we labor in the land of overthinking every single detail of every single layout, comparing our work to others, or allowing the lack of time to affect the creative process?

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Oh the madness!

If you are a fellow solider in the overthinker’s war, then you may relate to the following.

5 Reasons You are Overthinking this Scrapbooking Thing (More or Less)

#1 – “P” is for Perfection (and a trap): Do you find yourself pining over every single detail on your layout? Does it take you a long time to make product or design decisions because each element must “perfect”? Have you reprinted photos multiple times in hopes of settling on the “one photo” that will perfectly document your story? Do the colors of your elements and paper have to “match”? Have you recreated a layout multiple times until you “got it right”? Well my friend. Congrats! You are a victim of the perfectionist trap!

#2 – The Comparison Trap (so many traps): Do you compare your creative work to other scrapbookers? Have you set the bar so high (for yourself) that you become discourage about scrapbooking or don’t think that you measure up? Oh boy…you may have fallen into the comparison trap.

#3 – Your Scrapbook Space is Messy = “I cannot scrapbook today!”  Your scrappy space is a hot mess (and the rest of the house is too) and you cannot possibly scrapbook unless your space is neat and tidy. But what if I told you that you can be creative even when your space is blown up? WHAAATTT??!!!!

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#4 – You Don’t Have the Right Products/Supplies: Do you feel that you need the latest “on trend” products in order to make stunning scrapbook pages? Spoiler alert: You don’t need all of the cool stuff to be a scrappy boss!

#5 – You Don’t Have Enough Time to Scrapbook: Life has an interesting way of filling up our schedules with stupid stuff like…adulting (ugh). Wouldn’t it be nice to have endless creative time? Guess what friend? Most of us don’t and many scrapbookers have allowed the lack of time to affect their creative output. For some scrapbookers, not having enough creative time is an all or nothing situation. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Okay, so at this point, you are probably waiting to hear my “break the internet” solutions.

Well here goes…

STOP OVERTHINKING! STOP! STOP! STOP!

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Scrapbooking is a super fun hobby! It’s relaxing and therapeutic (for some). It is a form of creative expression. Scrapbooking is the vehicle by which we tell our most cherished stories and preserve our memories. Overthinking this wonderful hobby is a waste of creative energy!

Ready for a few solutions? Here goes!

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Break Free of the Traps: There is a saying that goes, “Strive for progress, not perfection”. Your layouts are not going to be perfect. Embrace this and you will be set free! The creative process ebbs and flows – some of our layouts will be stunning, others not so much. Do not waste your creative energy on using the perfect elements on your layouts or comparing your work to other scrapbookers. You are a unique scrappy boss!

Own your style, embrace imperfection, and appreciate your creative output. Move toward creative progress…the more you create, the better scrapbooker (or card maker, or painter) you will become. Also, you do not need all of the fancy tools, and gadgets, and on trend products to make a great layout. Trendy products are great, but certainly not necessary. Use and enjoy your scrappy stash!

Embrace the Mess! Admittedly, I am the type of scrapper who must have a “clean space” or a “clean house” in order to create. But, when the creative juices are flowing, I force myself to embrace the mess! I challenge you to clear a space on your craft table or desk (don’t go crazy), grab a few supplies, and make something. Give yourself the opportunity to indulge without feeling guilty about the stacks of pattern paper in the corner of your room, the dirty dishes in the sink, or the piles of laundry on the floor (it’s just going to pile up again anyway). 🙂 Give your creative soul the attention that it needs!

You Have Time to Create: I am a big proponent of owning my creative time. It’s just as important as brushing my teeth, exercising, and getting sleep. It’s okay to give yourself permission to take time out to fuel your creative soul. This can be accomplished by simply scheduling (and prioritizing) your creative sessions – it doesn’t have to be long…15 minutes here, 30 minutes there. Don’t make this complicated. You don’t need endless hours of creative time to make a great layout.

Also, consider how you use your time and make adjustments accordingly. For example, I have reduced the amount of time I spend on social media in order to have more creative time. This is hard given that my business relies on my social media presence. But it’s necessary to unplug and fill my time with creative activities. You have the time…go find it and own it!

(Okay, I have solved all of your problems. You are welcome. 🙂 )

Friend, I encourage you to let go and enjoy this wonderful hobby. Break away from overthinking and let the creative process do what it is meant to do. Sometimes it will be clean, other times it will be messy. And that’s okay. Free yourself from the “overthinking shackles” and find joy in the creative journey without conditions and limitations. You will be glad that you did. 🙂

 

New Class! Stamping Like a Boss – Pre Sale Begins July 15th!

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PRE-SALE BEGINS ON JULY 15TH – SAVE 20%!

CLASS BEGINS ON JULY 27TH! 

Do you struggle with stamping on your scrapbook pages? Are you looking for easy scrapbook stamping techniques that you can to use immediately on your next project? Look no further! Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle by Victoria Marie Designs is a fun and interactive self-paced online course that focuses on quick and simple techniques for stamping on scrapbook pages.

This course bundle includes five individual 1-hour mini courses with a focus on:

  • Stamped backgrounds
  • Embellishments
  • Masking
  • Stamped titles and journaling
  • Mixed media stamping

Short on time? The mini courses are designed to deliver robust content without taking too much of your time – learn the content, practice the techniques, and finish each course with a completed project!

Each self-paced mini course bundle will be offered over the course of 5-weeks starting July 27, 2018. And don’t worry! You will always have 24-7 access to the online course content indefinitely, so you can start and stop each course at your leisure. When you have an hour to spare, simply select one of the five courses offered in the bundle and relax while learning and practicing fun scrapbook stamping techniques!

Each 1-hour mini class within the bundle includes a 20-minute instructional video, 40-minute interactive project video with a project assignment (learn while you create) and full color PDF instructional guides that are specific to each mini course topic.

Included in this Course: With the purchase of this online self-paced mini course bundle you will receive:

  • 6 Instructional Videos (20 minutes each) to include Stamping 101 Tools and Products video!
  • 5 Instructional Project Videos (40 minutes each) with student project assignments and supply lists
  • Full Color PDF Instructional Project Guide (1 per mini course)
  • Full Color PDF Stamping 101 Product Guide
  • 24-7 Access to the online classroom – start and stop the class at any time. The class will always be there when you are ready!
  • Access to the Victoria Marie Online Classes Facebook Group where you can share your class projects, chat with other VM Online Classes students, ask questions, and much more!
  • Access to the course instructor to through email, online office hours, and Facebook Live!

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For a limited time, receive 20% off the regular course price of $50.00 during the Stamping Like a Boss Pre-Sale Event, starting July 15th – 26th! That’s a $10.00 savings! Use coupon code STAMP20 during checkout. The course goes to regular price on July 27, 2018.

Are you ready to Stamp Like a Boss? What are you waiting for? Be sure to take advantage of the Pre-Sale offer! I can’t wait to see you in the class room!

Felicity Jane Creative Media Team – Pretty Girl Layout and Process Video

Hey scrappy bosses! How about another Felicity Jane scrapbook layout? This week on the Felicity Jane Blog, we are continuing to focus on using florals as part of our layout designs.Pretty Girl Thumbnail

Felicity Jane kits are packed with floral elements! From pattern papers to die cuts and stamps, there are plenty of floral icons that can be used to create a stunning layout. For this page, I used the floral die cuts from the Brie Kit as a layered anchor for my photos.

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To being, I created a background using the a piece of white card stock and a strip of the Floral and Swiss Dot pattern paper. Next, I positioned two 3×4 photos in the center of my layout and flanked each side with a puffy frame. To the top left, I added a die cut pom pom banner for interest and whimsy!

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Underneath the photos, I layered several floral die cuts from the Brie Kit, leaving a bit of space for my title. I added three puffy hearts to the left and right side of the floral cluster.

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To the bottom center of my photos, I created a title using the Brie die cut word “pretty”, a puffy sticker that reads “favorite” and I spelled the word “girl” using the Felicity Jane Essentials Puffy Alphabet letters (gold). To finish the layout, I added a label to the top left photo that says “remember” and I stamped the sentiment “dream big” from the Brie Stamp Set under the title.

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I hope you are inspired to use floral elements on your next scrapbook page or project!

Check out the the process video for this layout on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Thanks for stopping by!

Materials: Brie Kit | Brie Paper Pack | Brie Die Cut Shapes | Brie Stamp Set | Brie Puffy Shapes | Felicity Jane Essentials Puffy Alphabet (Gold)

Felicity Jane Creative Media Team – “Happy Boss”

Hey friends! I am back with a travelers notebook spread using floral stamps from the Felicity Jane Henley, This Is, and London stamp sets.

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This week the Felicity Jane Creative Media Team was challenged to use flowers as a central design element for our projects. Since several Felicity Jane stamp sets include flowers, I decided to use those floral stamps to create die cuts. Using white card stock and black pigment stamping ink, I stamped several flower and leaf elements on heavy white card stock.

Next, I fussy cut all of the stamped flowers and leaves – a process best enjoyed while watching a good movie!

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Once all of the flowers and leaves were cut, I layered the elements to the right and left side of the spread starting with the larger flowers first, then the leaves, and finishing with the small flowers for added interest. I added dimension to some of the smaller flowers with foam squares.

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To complete the layout, I created a small cluster of layered die cuts (Brooke Kit) and chipboard flare (Brie Kit) and I added the title “Happy Boss” using the chipboard word “happy” from the London Kit and Felicity Jane Essentials Puffy Alphas (Black). Lastly, I stamped the sentiment “Spread your wings and fly” from the Brie Stamp Set.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! To see the process video for this layout, head to the the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. See ya next time!

Materials: Henley Stamp Set | This Is Stamp Set | London Stamp Set | Brie Stamp Set | Brie Kit | Brooke Kit | London Kit | Felicity Jane 6×6 Paper Pack | Felicity Jane Essentials Puffy Alphabet