Guest Designer – Maya Road “My Girl”

I am so excited to be the Maya Road guest designer for July 2017! I have purchased products from Maya Road for years and I am very proud to support an awesome Texas business! There will be two of my projects featured on the Maya Road blog this month so head on over and check them out!

Click here to see more details about this layout on the Maya Road blog! Enjoy!

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My Love Photo #4

 

 

 

Scrapbook Process and FREE Sketch – “Hustle Everyday”

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Have you ever had to make a really tough decision? One that really tested your ability to “adult” and to be responsible? Well, I recently had to make a really hard decision…

I made the decision to go back to work outside of the home.

In a recent blog post about my first year as an entrepreneur, I talked about the difficult decision I made to return back to work after a series of  unplanned and unforeseen financial issues struck my family. The stress was mounting and something needed to be done.

As luck would have it, I was offered a semi full-time job with my daughter’s school that really checked all of the boxes: supplemental income, reasonable hours (I only work 6 hours a day, 30 hours per week for 10 months out of the year), reduced tuition for my kid, and peace of mind knowing that I can stop worrying about my cash flow and pour my energies into growing my business at a steady pace.  Returning to work was met with a lot of hesitation on my part. Honestly, there is nothing worse than doing a totally amazing thing like starting a business and struggling to make ends meet.

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I decided to document this moment in my journey as an entrepreneur because one day I am going to look back and say that the sacrifices were worth it. My first year in business proved to be a lesson in humility and I acknowledge that I have so much more to learn about running a business and being my own boss. I am glad that I have the time and the opportunity to take a few steps back, reevaluate, and create a plan that is focused on growth and success.

Always keep your head up!

For this challenge I used a Victoria Marie Designs sketch and materials from the June 2017 Hip Kit Club kit. This FREE sketch was featured on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group as a scrappy challenge. To download this sketch, click HERE!

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To begin, I selected a diagonal design patten paper by Pink Paislee. You can replicate this design by using two coordinating pieces of pattern paper. I printed two (2) 4×6 photos in black and white so that the colors from the paper and embellishments would stand out prominently on the layout.

As a layering element behind my photos, I created two (2) tabbed layers of pattern paper using my We-R-Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board. This neat little tool was so fun to use!

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Once the photos were in place, I created embellishment clusters using die cuts from the Vicki Boutin Collection, chipboard phrase stickers by Thickers, enamel dots by Shimelle Laine, and exclusive wood framed flare by the Hip Kit Club. The title “Hustle Everyday” was created using two Thickers fonts (“Chipboard Phrase Stickers” and “Bright”) and exclusive orange letter stickers by the Hip Kit Club. To finish the layout I added two phrase stickers from the Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic Word Jumbles Collection (from my stash) on the top and bottom punched tabs and journaling strips under the title.

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While it is great to scrapbook about happy memories, I am a firm believer in documenting the ebbs and flows of life. Things aren’t always perfect and as humans we are constantly growing and changing. It’s good to have evidence of this in our storytelling.

Check out the process video for this layout on the Victoria Marie YouTube channel! And don’t forget to give the FREE Victoria Marie Designs sketch a try!

 

 

 

 

 

Cool for the Summer Sale! Save 30% Off All Victoria Marie Online Classes!

Cool for the Summer Sale

COOL FOR THE SUMMER SALE!

Save 30% off all Victoria Marie Online Classes until July 16th!

Use Coupon Code = SUN17

Hey Scrappers! Looking for creative inspiration? Check out Victoria Marie Online Classes!! VM Online Classes are fun, interactive, and filled with tons of creative content!

The classes are self-paced so you can take your time, start, stop, and retake the classes as much as you want!

Go to http://www.victoria-marie.thinkific.com for more information and to purchase a class!

Sale ends July 16th!

Enjoy!

Last Day to Save! Take 20% off Multiphoto Love Online Class

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Do you like making multiphoto scrapbook layouts? Check out my latest class, Multiphoto Love – Fresh Techniques for Creating Multiple Photo Scrapbook Layouts!

Purchase today and save 20% off the class price ($35.00, sale price $28.00) and get:

+ Immediate access to the FREE Multiphoto Love Project Pages and Sketches PDF!

+ Immediate access to a 10% off discount code good toward another Victoria Marie Online Class!

After the 4th, the class goes to regular price at $35.00!

Go to http://www.victoria-marie.thinkific.com for more information and to purchase this class!

Check out the promo video for this class on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!!!

 

 

Guest Designer – Cocoa Daisy “Girl You Are Fierce!”

Summer time is here which means fresh new layouts about fun in the sun, swimming, BBQs, and vacations! I am kicking off summer with this layout I created as the June 2017 guest designer for Cocoa Daisy! I am a little delayed in sharing this one with the Victoria Marie community as I was busy getting my latest class off the ground. (Glad that is over!) If you would like to see this layout and the other projects I created for Cocoa Daisy, click HERE.

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This layout features goodies from the Cocoa Daisy June 2017 “Under the Sea” scrapbook kit. Due to manufacturer delays, I was sent just a few items to work with. But that was okay with me – I love the challenge of using fewer items to create an awesome layout!

I began by creating a background using a piece of watercolor acetate paper and layered strips of pattern paper by Pink Paislee diagonally across the page.

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Next, I mounted a photo of my daughter and I on a piece of white cardstock and adhered the photo using fun foam.

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To the layout I added a tag by Vicki Boutin, a vanilla tag from my stash, cut apart elements from the kit, and a title using a combination of Thickers and mini alphas by Pretty Little Studio.

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The entire layout was mounted on a piece of yellow ombre pattern paper and I added enamel dots from my stash for a bit of texture and dimension.

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Check out the process video for this layout on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! See ya next time!

 

Fun with Paper Piecing and Stitching – Trying New Things!

I must admit…I am OBSESSED with paper piecing and stitching! For the past four months I have watched video after video on YouTube about paper piecing and stitching on scrapbook layouts. Finally, I decided to give it a shot. So off to Michaels I went to purchase sewing floss and needles. I was bound and determined to give this try!

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Not bad for my first try! It’s not perfect, but I am glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone a bit. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

This layout features a photo of my baby girl that I captured on a lazy Saturday afternoon while she was napping. I think I have about 10 layouts of her sleeping, because she is so stinkin’ precious! I had a vision of creating clusters of floating clouds around the photo, as if to suggest that she was sleeping among them.

From the Silhouette Design Store, I uploaded a cloud cut file (there are several designs so it was a bit difficult to narrow my choices). I cut the clouds from American Crafts White Textured cardstock. (An alternative is to cut the clouds out of pattern paper.) At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use pattern paper for some of the clouds, but it became clear to me that using pattern paper would add more interest to the layout. I simply used some of the extra cloud cuts as a template, traced the cloud on a piece pattern paper, and cut them out by hand.

Once all of the clouds were cut, I used my We R Memory Keepers Paper Piercer and Piercing Mat to poke stitching holes around the perimeter of the clouds. Next, using white sewing floss, I sewed a backstitch on each cloud. To be honest, this process took me quite a while. I began this layout about 2 weeks ago, starting and stopping in between projects. Not my usual process!

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After all of the clouds were stitched, I positioned them in clusters around the layout. I added Fun Foam and foam squares behind the clouds for added dimension.

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To finishing the layout, I added a few die cuts and stickers to the cloud clusters, a title, and a bit of journaling. Overall, I really like this layout! I am glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried something new!

Page Ingredients: Elements used to create this layout are from the May 2017 Hip Kit Club Main Scrapbooking Kit.

Want to see how this layout came together? Head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see the process video for this spread. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – New Start Date and Extended Pre-Sale

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

New Start Date and Extended Pre-Sale!!!

Multiphoto Love – Fresh Techniques for Creating Multiphoto Scrapbook Layouts
A Self-Paced Online Class

New Launch Date: JUNE 28, 2017

Due to a few course production and technical delays, the launch of Multiphoto Love has been changed.

The class content will be available on: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

For those who have already signed up for this course, please continue to take advantage of the FREE course deliverables, available for immediate access in the Multiphoto Love online class room! The full course content will be available on June 28th.

Remember, this is a self-paced online course. Once the content is loaded in the online classroom on June 28th, you will have access 24/7 and you can start, resume and/or retake the course anytime you want. The class will always be available to you. 🙂

EXTENDED PRE-SALE – 20% OFF!

To purchase this class go to http://www.victoria-marie.thinkific.com.

As a token of my appreciate for your patience, I am extending the Multiphoto Love Pre-Sale offer to July 4, 2017!!!

This offer includes:

+ 20% discount off the regular price of the class ($35.00 – now $28.00)

+ 10% Discount Code! Early Birds will receive an additional 10% discount code good toward another Victoria Marie Online Class. This code is available for immediate access once the class is purchased.

+ FREE Multiphoto Love Project Pages Sketches for Early Bird Enrollees – available for immediate download!

As always, thank you so much for your support and for your patience as I work out the “kinks” in this course. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at victoria@victoriamariescraps.com.

I look forward to seeing you in the classroom on June 28th!!!