Registration is Now OPEN! The Scrapper Bowl Online Virtual Crop!

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 Online Virtual 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!

SAVE the DATE! The Scrapper Bowl Online Virtual Crop!

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!

Revisiting Project Life | Taking a Simple Approach in 2021

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.

PLANNING AHEAD

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!

Enjoy!

Scrapbook Process Video | Using a Simple Silhouette Cut File!

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!

Products Used: January 2021 Hip Kit Club Scrapbook Kit and Scrapbook Embellishment Add-On, “I Love Your Smile” by Lori Whitlock for Silhouette, PicFrame Photo Collage App (iOS and Android).

I love the floral cluster that frames the bottom of the title! (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)
All of the bright colors are perfect and work well with the photos. (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)
Using an electronic cut file makes designing scrapbook pages super easy! (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)

Friday LIVE on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

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!

Registration is Open! January 2021 Scrap Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Registration is now OPEN for the January 2021 Scrap Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!  This event is all about using items from your stash to create stunning scrapbook projects!

Deadline to Register: Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST

Date: Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24, 2021

Where: Hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network

Time: Challenges begin at 10:00 am CST on Saturday, January 23rd. 

Price: $7.99 USD per person

Friday Kickoff! We will kickoff the weekend of scrappy festivities with a Live Zoom Scrap and Chat and Bonus Challenge on Friday, January 22nd at 6:00 pm CST. 

This crop includes:

  • Fun scrapbook challenges all focused on using items from your stash!
  • Prizes and giveaways!
  • LIVE Zoom Scrap and Chats 
  • LIVE Zoom Creative Mini Workshop – 3 Creative Stash Busting Techniques!

Come hang with us, meet new friends, and create lovely scrapbook layouts using items from your stash! 

Register TODAY and get immediate access to the Scrap Your Stash Online Virtual Crop Group, hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network! 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

To see the Schedule of Events for this crop, click HERE! Challenge Descriptions are provided once you are registered for this event. 

For full details and to register, click HERE or click on ONLINE VIRTUAL CROP at the top of the page.

Come join us for a super fun weekend!!! I hope to see you there!

Supporting Small Business! Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits Wood Veneers!

As an entrepreneur and a consumer, I love supporting small businesses! Today, I am sharing an Etsy shop that I absolutely adore, Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits!

Shadnee Breeden is the owner of Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits, a growing Etsy Shop that features custom wood veneer embellishments, epoxy stickers, wood buttons, printables and custom design requests. These high quality products are designed and manufactured by Shadnee in her home studio!

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing a few of the items that I received from Shadnee…check it out!

NOTE: In the video, I misstated the name of Shadnee’s shop. The shop is “Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits“, not “shiny bits”. My apologies for the oversight!

FREE SHIPPING OFFER! As a special offer to the Victoria Marie Designs Community, when you purchase $35.00 or more from Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits, you will receive FREE SHIPPING! Use the link provided below to shop. The discount will be automatically adjusted during checkout. This offer is good now until January 31, 2021.

LINK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Shadnee?coupon=VMFREESHIPPING

Shadnee has a variety of designs to choose from. My favorite are the Harry Potter themed wood veneer embellishments!

Each piece is handcrafted and ready to use on a variety crafting projects! I am going to use the Disney themed pieces in my Disney World Holiday Vacation album!

Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits also offers custom designs! If you see a design that you like and it’s no longer in stock, simply send Shadnee a message through Etsy to request a custom order.

Be sure to visit Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits Etsy Shop TODAY and take advantage of the FREE shipping offer, now until January 31, 2021 using the following link. The free shipping offer applies to purchases that are $35.00 or more. Using the link will automatically apply the shipping discount.

LINK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Shadnee?coupon=VMFREESHIPPING

Thanks so much for stopping by and for supporting small business!

Early Enrollment Price Ends January 4th! Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking Journey Online Class

Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking Journey, is a 12-month, self-paced online scrapbooking journey where scrapbookers will learn how to develop a plan of action to increase creative productivity and finish a carefully selected number of scrapbooking projects throughout the year. 

Are You Ready for the Journey?

  • You are ready for this journey if you want to begin working on and finishing scrapbooking projects that have been put on the back burner.
  • You are ready for this journey if you are want to learn scrapbook project management techniqueshow to create time in your week for storytelling, how to let go of scrapbook projects that no longer serve you, and how to simplify your scrapbooking style to increase scrapbooking productivity!
  • You are ready for this journey if you want to overcome barriers to scrapbooking productivity (i.e. writer’s block, lack of photo organization, etc.).

If this sounds like you, then you are ready for the Project DONE Scrapbooking Journey!  This is your official invitation to join other like-minded scrapbookers who have similar creative goals.  Let’s get to work!

At-a-Glance

The Project DONE journey is jammed packed with robust scrapbook project management content, techniques, tips, and support. The journey spans a 12-month period, with each month focused on a different theme. 

When you embark on this journey, you will receive:

  • 24-7 Access to the Project DONE Online Classroom on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network
  • Monthly online content to include instructional videos, printable Project DONE Instructional PDF Workbookscreative project challenges, and opportunities to build a community of scrapbookers who are working on finishing incomplete scrapbooking projects.  
  • Monthly Zoom Group Coaching Sessions, including a Mid-Year and End-Year LIVE Zoom Check-In Scrap and Chats with the course instructor, Victoria Calvin, owner of Victoria Marie Designs!
  • Creative Goal Setting content to help you identify what projects you can realistically finish in a 12-month period.
  • Continued support and guidance from the course instructor and your fellow classmates!

Example: Monthly Themes

  • Setting Intentions and Realistic Creative Goals
  • Let it Go: Releasing Projects that No Longer Serve You
  • Simplicity: Scaling Your Layout Design to Maximize Productivity
  • Overcoming Writer’s Block – Get Your Stories Told

Early Bird Enrollment- Ends January 4, 2021!

The Early-Bird Price for this course is $49.99 USD, regularly $59.99 USD!

The Early Bird price will end on January 4th!

This is an amazing value and will give you access to a TONS of creative inspiration, top notch online course content to include video content, monthly LIVE Zoom sessions, full-color PDF instructional materials, a private online chat and activity feed feature for engagement with other students, hosted all on one platform!

And the best part…YOU CAN REGISTER AT ANYTIME! Enrollment in this course is ONGOING for 2021. You are welcome to join us at anytime and get access to ALL of the previous and current course content no matter when you register!


Get INSTANT ACCESS TODAY! Class Begins on January 4, 2021!

When you join the Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking Journey, you will get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the Pre-Course Materials and you can begin engaging with other students as well! The class will begin on January 4, 2021 with a LIVE Zoom Session: Getting Ready and Navigating the Project DONE Online Classroom. Full details are available in the Project DONE Online Class and are accessible when you join the class.

Enroll TODAY!

If you are ready for this exciting journey, click on the link below to enroll and take advantage of the Early Bird Price!!!

Project DONE Linkhttps://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/plans/108722

Early Bird Price: $49.99 USD – good until January 4, 2021!

Price After January 42021: $59.99 USD

Apple iOS Users – READ THIS! If you are using the Mighty Networks App on an iPhone or iPad to register for this course, read the Notice to Apple Users at the end of this post.

Are you a Victoria Marie Mighty Networks Member? If you are a member of the Victoria Marie Mighty Network, simply log into the network, click on COURSES located under the Navigation Bar, and select Project DONE to purchase the class.


How to Purchase the Class:

  • Go to https://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/plans/108722 to enroll in Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking Journey.
  • Register and remit payment for the course.
  • During the registration process, you will be asked to join the Victoria Marie Mighty Network. This is required in order to access content on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network. Joining the network is FREE and you will get access to not only to the online classroom, but to the general Victoria Marie Mighty Network where you can engage with the Victoria Marie Scrap Boss community and get access to more scrapbooking content!
  • Once you are signed up for the class, in the Navigation Bar on the left side of your screen, click COURSES, then select Project DONE. Going forward, to access the class, sign into the Victoria Marie Mighty Network using your username and password. From there, click COURSES to access the class.

NOTICE TO APPLY iOS USERS – iPhone and iPad:

If you are an iOS user (iPhone or iPad), please be aware that the option to purchase content (i.e. classes, virtual crops, etc.) on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network using the Mighty Networks App is disabled. Apple charges a $30.00 in-app fee if iOS users purchase premium content using the Mighty Networks App. I apologize for the inconvenience.

To avoid this cost, please consider the following options for using your iPhone or iPad to register for this course:

Option 1: Use the web browser on your iPhone or iPad to register for this course. Open the web browser on your phone (i.e. Google, Safari, etc.) and go to https://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/plans/108722 to register for the course.

Option 2: Use a desktop (PC or Mac) to register for this course. Go to https://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/plans/108722 to enroll.


I am so excited for you to join me on this awesome journey as we work together to go from unfinished scrapbook projects to Project DONE! Come join us!

NEW Close to My Heart VIP Customer Program + Scrapbook Process Video Using the CTMH Jingle Joy Collection!

Calling all Close to My Heart fans!

Did you know that Close to My Heart now offers a new VIP Customer Program?

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing information about the Close to My Heart VIP Customer Program in addition to a 12×12 layout using the Close to My Heart Jingle Joy Collection and scrapbook stamp set!

The VIP Customer Program gives customers a chance to earn shopping credits toward CTMH purchases while getting access to exclusive product and perks!

The program is $35.00 US annually and if you join before December 31, 2020, you will receive a sign-up credit of $25.00, good toward a future CTMH purchase.

Also, VIP Program members will

  • Earn 15% shopping credit of retail amount paid
  • Get a free Stamp of the Month with qualifying purchase
  • Access to exclusive specials throughout the year
  • Get $15 $25.00 VIP Credit when you sign up! (Regularly $15.00 credit)

Full details including Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE!

Be sure to contact your local CTMH Maker TODAY to learn more and to sign up? Don’t have a Maker? No problem! Head to the CTMH website and click on Find a Maker at the top left of the website.

Here is the project I created using the CTMH Jingle Joy Collection and Scrapbooking Stamp Set! Links to available products are provided at the end of this post. To see this layout come together, click on the video posted above! Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the NEW Close to My Heart VIP Customer Program TODAY!

SUPPLIES:

CTMH VIP Program
https://www.closetomyheart.com/ctmh/vip.aspx

*PRODUCTS USED IN THIS VIDEO:

CTMH Jingle Joy Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cut Dies
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/KcDjOD7j

CTMH Jingle Joy Scrapbooking Stamp Set
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/gghSxw4s

CTMH Jingle Joy Holiday Workshop
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/cMCqHtmk

CTMH Jingle Joy Holiday Paper Packet + Stickers
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/wLTPfmgJ

CTMH Jingle Joy Coordinating Cardstock
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/nwcB8Rdx

CTMH Candy Apple Dye Ink
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/Q9FJd6gW

CTMH Avocado Dye Ink
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/lZObGtd9

CTMH Flamingo Dye Ink
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/nCtLxS4C

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*Disclaimer: This is paid promotion for Close to My Heart VIP Program. Victoria Calvin, owner of Victoria Marie Designs, is an affiliate and ambassador for CTMH. Victoria is not a CTMH Maker nor does she sell CTMH products. Be sure to contact your local CTMH Maker for information and to purchase CTMH products. The product links provided are affiliate links, FREE for your to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime affiliate links are used for purchase. All opinions in this video are that of Victoria Calvin. Thank you!

New Scrapbook Process Video – Merry Everything!

Merry Christmas Scrap Bosses!

I hope you are having a fabulous holiday! Today, I am sharing a holiday themed layout on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel called Merry Everything, using the November Hip Kit Club scrapbooking kit and scrapbooking kit add-on (sold out).

Every year during the holidays, my family and I enjoy what we like to call fancy hot cocoa. Our fancy cocoa always includes whipped cream, sprinkles, marshmallows, and candy canes. I love setting up our hot cocoa station complete with all of our favorite fixings. It’s our yearly winter tradition that we look forward to!

See this layout come together on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Photos of this project are provided below.

The photos in this layout were taken almost five years ago when my daughter was in kindergarten. After a particularly long day of work and school, we stopped at Target to buy fancy hot cocoa fixings. I remember how excited she was to find marshmallows that were shaped like tiny Christmas trees!

I love the layered look of the page! All of the products used are exclusive from the Hip Kit Club. Unfortunately, this particular kit is sold out. But, be sure to stop by the Hip Kit Club Shop to see their latest kits!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Look for more scrapbook inspiration to come!