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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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!

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!