REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Broadway Lights Online Virtual Crop!


Calling all Broadway fans and everyone in between! Registration is now OPEN for the Broadway Lights Online Virtual Crop, scheduled for Friday, August 13 – Sunday, August 15, 2021!

This fun online virtual crop features:

  • Broadway themed (and non-Broadway themed) Scrapbook Challenges!
  • Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions with a Broadway Trivia Night!
  • Prizes and Giveaways!
  • Just $7.99 USD!

To learn more and to register, click HERE! The deadline to register is Sunday, August 15th by 11:59 pm CST!

I hope you will join us! And be sure to tell a friend!

Introducing The New Tim Holtz Distress Ink Color – Prize Ribbon!

Hello friends! Today, Tim Holtz (Ranger) released a new Distress Ink Color, Prize Ribbon! This new color is the perfect addition to your Distress Ink collection.

Scrapbook.com sent me the Prize Ribbon Distress collection to share with all of you and let me just say…it’s amazing! Prize Ribbon is available as a Distress Ink, Distress Oxide, Distress Paint, Distress Embossing Glaze, and as a Distress and Oxide Spray.

To shop the complete collection, click HERE!

And of course I had to make a few projects using this stunning release…check it out!

Created by Victoria Marie Designs 2021

First up, I created a subtle background using the Tim Holtz Honeycomb Stencil and the Blue Ribbon Distress Ink. This particular shade of Distress Ink coordinates well with yellow, black, and white.

Created by Victoria Marie Designs 2021

And of course I had to make a card using the Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide Ink along with the Tim Holtz Die Cut Ephemera. For this project, I added the Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide Ink to a honeycomb embossing folder to create this really cool design. I will be sharing this technique in an upcoming video on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel so stay tuned!

Created by Victoria Marie Designs 2021

And for my last project, I made a fun slimline card featuring the Prize Ribbon Distress Ink, applied with a blending tool over a Tim Holtz stencil to create an ombre effect. To complete the card, I adhered floral die cuts from a Tim Holtz ephemera pack.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out this new release at Scrapbook.com! Click here to shop this new collection! And don’t forget to head over to the Tim Holtz YouTube Channel to learn more and to see this new release in action!

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Disclaimer: Affiliate links are provided in this post and are free for you to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used for purchase. Thank you for your support!

Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Hello friends! I am so excited to be participating in the Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway! Come play along with the hop for a chance to win $200.00 in prizes!

Make a huge statement with this 8″ x 11″ stamp set! 

This is Altenew’s first-ever stamp set in their largest stamp size category. We hope it inspires you to create projects that are bigger, bolder, and drop-dead gorgeous!

The set features two beautiful layering flowers illustrated in a loosely painted style, plus a collection of leaves. The matching flowers and leaves from the Majestic Bloom 3D Embossing Folder perfectly coordinate in size and will allow you to take your gorgeous flower to the next level by giving it extra dimension! 

This is a 8″ x 11″ clear stamp set containing 41 stamps made in the USA from high-quality photopolymer.

I had so much fun creating this stunning A2 card using Majestic Bouquet Stamp and Die set. Pair this set with your favorite stamping inks to create beautiful projects, from cards to scrapbook layouts!
The set is perfect for creating layered stamped designs. For my project, I used three different shades of coral for the floral images, and two shades of green for the leaves.

Also, this large stamp set can be easily stored in an 8.5×11 binder!

Blog Hop Details!

New products will go live in the Altenew store on 05/11/2021 at 12:01 am EDT. Below are the product links:

The blog hop will be hosted on the Altenew Blog. Click on the link to learn more! LINK: https://wp.me/p6Dps1-dFn

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 5/16/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 5/19/2021.

Blog Hop Order

Come hop along with us! Click on the links provided to see some awesome creative inspiration! And don’t forget to leave a comment in order to be eligible to win a prize! Thanks so much for playing along and good luck!

Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar 

LauraJane

Erum Tasneem 

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Jenny Colacicco

Norine Borys 

Anna Mahtani

Agnieszka Małyszek

Victoria Calvin <—-YOU ARE HERE!

Linda Westfall <—– NEXT!

Emily Midgett 

Sandhya Iyer

Laurie Willison

Preeti Chandran

Seeka

Mindy Eggen

Verity Biddlecombe

Carol Hintermeier

Erin Thompson

Helen Kalb

Joylita Dsouza

Keren Baker

Teresa Litchfield

Bridget Casey

Kelly Griglione

Nandini Karmarkar

Terri Koszler

Karen Brown

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Disclaimer: Affiliate links are provided in this post and are free for you to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used for purchases. Thank you for your continued support!

The Victoria Marie YouTube Livestream is Moving to Wednesdays!

Hello Scrap Bosses!

Heads up…the Victoria Marie Weekly YouTube Livestream is moving to Wednesdays at 2:00 pm CST. If you didn’t know, I go live weekly on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel where I make scrapbook layouts, share product unboxings, tutorials, and more!

Be sure to head over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and subscribe. When you do, click the bell icon so you can be notified whenever I go live on the channel!

I will go live on Wednesday, May 12th at 2:00 pm CST…see ya there!

Altenew Wildflower Paper Crafting Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello friends! And welcome to the Altenew Wildflower Blog Hop! Thanks so much for hopping along with us today. Altenew has an exciting new product release and I am super excited to share it with you!

If you love stunning pattern paper and die cuts, then the new Wildflower Collection is for you! Today, I am sharing an 8.5×11 layout featuring the Wildflower 6×6 Paper Pad and Die Cut Packs. This collection is perfect for making stunning floral layouts!

But first, don’t forget to play along with today’s hop! There are a ton of fantastic giveaways, check it out!

Giveaway Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/05/2021 for a chance to win.

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/07/2021.

Wildflower Collection

Here are the products that I used for my project!

Altenew Wildflower 6×6 Paper Pad
Altenew Wildflower Pink Posy Ephemera
Altenew Bitty Bits Ephemera

Here is the project I created using this new release!

Using pattern paper from the Wildflower 6×6 Paper Pad, I made two banners that serve as an anchor of my photos (3×4 inches). I also used small strips of pattern paper to frame out the top and bottom of the layout.

Next, I added clusters of die cuts from the Wildflower Pink Posy Ephemera Pack and the Bitty Bits Ephemera Pack to both sides of my photos. I adhered foam squares to the back of the die cuts for added dimension and interest. To finish the layout, I created a title by adhering two phrase die cuts, “Perfect Day” and “Memories” to the bottom of the layout.

Continue the Hop!

Be sure to stop by and check out the fantastic projects created by our fellow designers! Thanks so much for joining us today!

Altenew Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Patricia Roebuck

Virginia Lu

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Amanda Baldwin

Karen Brown

Lilith Eeckels

Verity Biddlecombe 

Maryam Perez

Jaycee Gaspar

Jenny Colacicco

Raquel Bowman

Erum Tasneem

Audrey Yeager

Kymona Tracey

Kelly Griglione

Kim Jeffress

Seeka

Zinia Redo

Bridget Casey

Victoria Calvin <—– YOU ARE HERE!

Carol Hintermeier <—–NEXT UP….

Joylita Dsouza

Linda Westfall

Nandini Karmarkar

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler

Helen Kalb

Friday LIVE on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel – Sponsored by A Cherry On Top Crafts!

Hello and welcome to Friday! Let’s kick off the weekend with another fun YouTube Livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Grab a project and let’s make a layout!

I am so excited to share that A Cherry On Top Crafts, an online craft and hobby store, is the featured sponsor for today’s livestream! I love supporting small businesses and I know that many of you shop ACOT for your scrapbooking and crafting needs (myself included)!

ACOT has been an industry leader for over 20 years and carries thousands of name brand products to include paper crafts, general crafts, needle arts, sewing & quilting supplies, art supplies, and so much more. ACOT also offers a monthly subscription box called The Cherry Box that is filled with awesome crafting goodies! To learn more, click HERE or on the video below!

In addition to their online products, ACOT has a blog with loads of creative inspiration and FREE weekly sketches. During today’s livestream, I will be using this week’s ACOT sketch from the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge (Page Maps). To learn more, click HERE!

For today’s project, I will be using the Garden Party Collection by Maggie Holmes (American Crafts), now available at A Cherry On Top!

Be sure to join us today at 2:00 pm CST (3:00 pm EST) for a fun livestream! And don’t forget to shop A Cherry On Top Crafts for your next scrapbook and crafting supply order. Support small business!

THANK YOU A Cherry On Top for supporting today’s livestream!

LINKS:

A Cherry On Top Crafts: http://shrsl.com/2x0hz

Supplies:
Garden Party by Maggie Holmes (American Crafts)
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https://shrsl.com/2x0iu

Save the Date! March Mixed Media Madness Online Virtual Crop!

Save the Date! The Mixed Media Madness Online Virtual Crop will begin on March 26 – March 28, 2021! Stay tuned for full details and registration information to come on Friday, March 19th! Woo hoo!!!

This event features:

  • Mixed Media themed scrapbook challenges!
  • A LIVE Zoom Mini Class – Geli Plate Adventures!
  • LIVE Zoom Bonus Challenges and Scrap-N-Chat Sessions
  • Prizes and Giveaways!
  • Only $7.99 USD per person!

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information! This is going to be a great event…don’t miss out!

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!