Altenew Geometry & Nature Stencils Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hey friends! I am so excited to be a guest designer for the Altenew Geometry & Nature Stencils Release Blog Hop + Giveaway! There are so many awesome products available for this release, you do not want to miss!

Special Offer

To celebrate this release, Altenew is offering a free gift for a limited time!

Receive a FREE Gift (worth $5.99, brand new Geometry & Nature Stencil Release Inspiration Guide) with every order of the Geometry & Nature Stencil Release Bundle from 9/18/2020 at 12:01 am EDT until 9/20/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Shop herehttps://altenew.com/products/geometry-nature-stencil-release-bundle. The free gift will be added to cart automatically while supplies last.

Geometry and Nature Stencils

Giveaway Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 09/23/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/26/2020.

Projects

Check out the projects I created using some these awesome stencils!

Hop Along!!! Tons of Creative Inspiration

Be sure to check out projects by my fellow guest designers during this blog hop! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a prize! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Altenew Card Blog

Therese Calvird

Laura Bassen

Amber Rain Davis


Victoria Calvin (YOU ARE HERE!)

Nicole Watt (NEXT STOP!)

Jenny Colacicco

Lilith Eeckels

LauraJane

Virginia Lu

Vicky Papaioannou

Nathalie DeSousa

Tenia Nelson

Laurie Willison

Lydia Fiedler

Norine Borys

Cheiron Brandon 

Erum Tasneem

Justine Hovey

Reiko Tsuchida

Laurel Beard

Tania Ahmed

Svitlana Shayevich

Altenew Beauty of the Season Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

I am so excited to be a guest designer for the Altenew Beauty of the Season Blog Hop! Get ready for a ton of holiday creative inspiration!

Today, I am sharing the projects I made for this blog hop, how you can enter to win fantastic FREEBIES, and the new Altenew 2020 Fall Release!

Check out the Altenew Card Blog HERE!

To see the September 2020 Beauty of the Season Collection, click HERE!

Be sure to follow along and check out the projects from my fellow guest designers. A list of designers is provided below!

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GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 9/15/2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/18/2020.

I had so much fun creating fall inspired cards using the new Beauty of the Season Release! Altenew stamps, stencils, and dies make it so easy to create stunning projects!

The new release features a variety of stamps, dies, embossing folders, and stencils, perfect for all of your holiday cards and scrapbook layouts!

SPECIAL OFFER!

Altenew is running a FREE gift promotion to celebrate this release! Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! 

  • Get a FREE brand new Beauty of the Season Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Booklet (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Summer Nights Release Bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Online Cardmaking Class with every order from the new Beauty of the Season Stamp & Die Release collection from 9/10/2020 through 9/13/2020. Shop HERE!
  • Get a FREE brand new Beauty of the Season Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Booklet with every order from 9/10/2020 through 9/12/2020. Shop HERE!

HOP ALONG!!!!

Ready for some more creative inspiration? Check out my follow guest designers listed below! And don’t forget to add some of the amazing products from this release to your card making and scrapbooking collection! Thanks for stopping by!

Altenew Card Blog

Amber Rain Davis

Terri Koszler

Therese Calvird

Laura Bassen

Erum Tasneem

Tenia Nelson

Virginia Lu

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Svitlana Shayevich

Vicky Papaioannou

Nicole Watt

Victoria Calvin <—–YOU ARE HERE!

Maryam Perez <—–NEXT!

Tania Ahmed

Keisha Charles

Kelly Griglione

Lilith Eeckels

Vicki Finger

Norine Borys

Nenette S. Madero

Jaycee Gaspar

Fun Projects Using the We R Memory Keepers Button Press!

Hey Scrap Bosses! I am so excited to share my first project with We R Memory Keepers (American Crafts), using the new Button Press! If you enjoy making buttons, then this tool is a must have!

We R Memory Keepers Button Press

The We R Memory Keepers Button Press is the perfect tool for all of your button making projects – from embellishments for scrapbook layouts to creating buttons for special occasions (i.e. birthdays).

Today, I am sharing three cards that feature custom button embellishments made with pattern paper from the new Vicki Boutin Storyteller Collection and the WRMK Button Press. I had a blast making these fun embellishments for my projects!

The first card features three small buttons, all created using a variety of pattern papers from the Storyteller Collection. Using the circle die tool that is included with the Button Press, I was able to isolate the pattern paper images that I wanted to be prominent on the buttons. I positioned the three buttons in a row on the left side of my card.

Note: Since the buttons used on all of my projects will not be worn, I opted to remove the pin element and replace it with foam circles (provided with the Button Press tool). That way, I can easily adhere buttons to any project!

For the second card, I used the Button Press to make a medium size button that serves as the middle element of a die cut flower. Using coordinating pattern paper from the Storyteller Collection made this element the focal point of this card.

For the third card, I created a large button that features a precious little bird from the Storyteller Songbird pattern paper. The die tool included with the Button Press made it easy cut this image! This large button was adhered to the right side of the card and layered on top of die cuts from the Storyteller Collection.

I had so much fun using the WRMK Button Press! And I hope you are inspired to create fun projects using this button maker as well.

Stay tuned for more projects coming soon to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and Blog! Thanks for stopping by!

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3 Days Left to Register! It’s Fall Y’all Online Virtual Crop!

Hey folks! The It’s Fall Y’all Online Virtual Crop, hosted by Victoria Marie Designs, will begin on Saturday, September 5th – 6th!

There are 3 days left to register!

Don’t miss out on this awesome weekend of fun, scrapbooking, prizes, and creative inspiration!

INFORMATION and REGISTRATION: To learn more, view a schedule of events, and to register for this crop, click HERE!

Q & A: To see a Quick Q & A for this event, click HERE!

DETAILS

When: Saturday, September 5-6, 2020

Challenges Begin: 10:00 am CST – Use a Time Converter to see what time this is in your area!

Includes: Scrapbooking challenges, prizes, giveaways, LIVE Zoom Sessions, and much more!

Platform: The NEW Victoria Marie Mighty Network

Cost: $7.99 USD per person (All sales are FINAL. No refunds)

Sign up TODAY and get INSTANT ACCESS to the online virtual crop group on the new Victoria Marie Mighty Network!

To learn more and to register, click HERE!

Registration ends on Friday, September 4th at 11:59 pm CST!

Can’t Make It? No Worries! Sign up today, get instant access to the online virtual crop group, and play along at your leisure!

Let’s have some fun! I hope to see you there!

Answering Your Questions: Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crop!

Hello Friends! Are you interested in the Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crop but are still on the fence? Today, I am answering a few questions about my online crop events. If you have questions beyond what is provided in this post, be sure to leave them in the comments section or send an email to victoria@victoriamariescraps.com!

Question: Where can I find more information about the It’s Fall Y’all Online Virtual Crop?

Answer: You can find complete details about this crop HERE. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Victoria Marie eNewsletter for the latest information about the Victoria Marie Designs crops and events. To subscribe click HERE!

Question: How much is the online crop?

Answer: Each Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop is $7.99 USD per person. (All sales are final, no refunds.)

Question: When is the deadline to register for the It’s Fall Y’all Online Virtual Crop?

Answer: The deadline to register for this event is Friday, September 4th at 11:59 pm CST.

Question: Where is the online virtual crop hosted?

Answer: All Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crops will now be hosted on the NEW Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network. Once you become a member of the network (completely FREE), you will be able to access the crop group. When you have registered and paid for the crop, you will have INSTANT ACCESS to the online crop group. All of this is done on the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network!

Question: I am not able to participate in the crop during the scheduled time. Can I still sign up for the crop and get access to the content?

Answer: YES! You can always sign up for the online crop and jump in whenever you are available. All of the content and videos will be available to members of the online crop group indefinitely. However, if you are interested in participating in the crop challenges to be eligible to win prizes, you will need to submit your completed projects by the specified due date for each online crop event. Members will have 3 weeks to complete the challenges.

Questions: Where do I sign up and pay for the It’s Fall Y’all Online Virtual Crop?

Answer: For full registration details, click HERE!

Question: Is there a schedule of events for the It’s Fall Y’all Online Virtual Crop?

Answer: Yes! To see a Schedule of Events, click HERE!

If you have additional questions, be sure to post them in the comments section or send an email to victoria@victoriamariescraps.com.

Hope you will join us for a fun filled weekend of scrapbooking and creative inspiration!

Registration is now OPEN! It’s Fall Y’all Online Virtual Crop!

Registration for the It’s Fall Y’all Online Virtual Crop, hosted by Victoria Marie Designs, is now available! Going forward, all Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crops will be hosted on the brand new Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network!

INFORMATION

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: The deadline to register for this event is Friday, September 4th at 11:59 pm CST!

When: Saturday, September 5-6, 2020

Challenges Begin: 10:00 am CST (What time is this in your area? Use a Time Converter to find out!

Online Platform: Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network

Cost: $7.99 USD per person (No refunds. All sales are final.)

Includes: Challenges, giveaways, prizes, discussion groups, LIVE Zoom Sessions, and more!

Registration: To learn how to register for this event, click HERE!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

It’s Fall Y’all Crop Kickoff!
Date: Friday, September 4th
Time: 5:00 pm CST

We will begin our weekend of fun with a Friday Crop Kickoff! Guests will have access to a fun Ingredients Challenge, giveaways, and prizes! All challenges are due on September 27, 2020 at 11:59pm CST!

Crop Day #1 – Saturday, September 5th

  • 10:00 am CST – Challenge #1: Seasons of Change
  • 12:00 pm CST – Challenge #2: Fall Into Quotes
  • 01:00 pm CST – LIVE Zoom Session: Chat and Scrap!
  • 02:00 pm CST – Challenge #3 – Keeping It Real
  • 04:00 pm CST – Challenge #4 – Fall Bucket List
  • 07:00 pm CST – LIVE Zoom Session Tutorial – Alternative Fall Colors

Crop Day #2 – Sunday, September 6th

  • 10:00 am CST – Challenge #1: Not Your Typical Fall Colors
  • 12:00 pm CST – Challenge #2: Sketch Challenge – Leaves, Pumpkins, and Such!
  • 01:00 pm CST – LIVE Zoom Session: Chat and Scrap!
  • 02:00 pm CST – Challenge #3 – Shape It Up
  • 04:00 pm CST – Challenge #4 – Bobbin’ for Stash
  • 07:00 pm CST – LIVE Zoom Session: Chat and Scrap!

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS!

Starting September 2020, all Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crops will be hosted on the new Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network. This platform offers a more streamlined user experience and is accessible to all guests (no Facebook account required). DEADLINE TO REGISTER: The deadline to register for this event is Friday, September 4th at 11:59 pm CST!

DOWNLOAD the How to Join and Registration Information HERE!

In order to participate in the crops, guests will need to join the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network. Joining the network is completely FREE and as a member, you will get access to the Victoria Marie Designs Scrap Boss community! The new platform features discussion groups, featured posts, events, topics, and coming soon – classes, workshops, and events!

Once you become a member of the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network, you will be able to access, register, and pay for the online virtual crops on the network site! The crops are set up as GROUPS on the new platform.

When you pay to join the online virtual crop group, you will get immediate access to the crop!

All of the crop challenges and activities will be hosted in the crop group! And as a member of the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network, you will continue to have access to the crop group that you paid for! Woo hoo!

REGISTER TODAY!

To register for this event and to join the network:

  • Go to: https://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/
  • Click the JOIN button to join the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network. Joining the network community is completely FREE!
  • Follow the instructions for setting up a user name and password.
  • Once on the site, take a look around, read the introductory posts, create your profile, and introduce yourself!
  • Register for the Crop: On the left side of the screen, click GROUPS. You will see a group called “It’s Fall Y’all Virtual Crop“. From there you will be able to register and pay for the crop.
  • Once you have remitted payment, you will have INSTANT access to the group!
  • DEADLINE TO REGISTER: The deadline to register for this event is Friday, September 4th at 11:59 pm CST!

To download the How to Join and Registration Information PDF, click HERE!


Mighty Networks App and Apple In-App Purchases Notice

Attention Apple iOS Users (iPhone, iPad):

Mighty Networks currently partners with Apple to offer an iOS Mighty Networks App to members and users (for both Apple and Android).

Members can access the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network through the Mighty Networks App or on the network website.

However, if you are an Apple iOS user, keep in mind that Apple charges a 30% In-App Purchase fee if you use the Mighty Networks App to purchase any premium content (ex: classes, workshops, premium groups).

Because I feel that this is an outrageous amount, I have disabled the in-app purchase option for iOS devices on the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network platform.

OPTION: If you are an iOS user (iPhone, iPad), you will need to use the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network website (not the iOS Mighty Networks App) to purchase premium content (i.e. crops, class). You will not be able to purchase the crop using the Mighty Networks App on our Apple iOS device.

This does not apply to In-App Purchases on Android devices.


Thank you so much for your continued support! I cannot wait to hang out with you on September 5th and 6th! If you have any questions, email victoria@victoriamariescraps.com.

My Favorite Digital Photo Organization Tools!

I recently took inventory of my digital photo collection and discovered that I have over 100,000 digital photos stored between my iPhone, my computer, and various external hard drives and flash disks!

Yep, you read that right…over 100,000 digital photos!

I decided that now is the time to tame the beast and get my photo collection under control. (Lord, help me!)

Coming soon to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and Blog, I will be sharing my process for managing digital photos and why I made the decision to take less photos than in previous years.

Spoiler Alert: This was not an easy decision! For now, here are a few of my favorite digital photo organization tools. I will come back to these tools in more detail in September.

Photo Editing: PicTapGo (Apple iOS and Android)

PicTapGo is a photo editing app available for Apple iOS and Android. This app features a variety of filters, basic editing tools, and social share features, perfect for novice photo editors and hobbyist. To learn more, click HERE for iOS or HERE for Android. Cost: $2.99

Digital Photo Cloud Storage: Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage platform that allows users to store a variety of digital files, from photos to documents. Dropbox has both a web-based platform and an app that you can download to your mobile device. To learn more, click HERE! (Subscription prices vary.)

External Hard Drive: G Drive by USB

In addition to cloud storage, I also store my photos on an external hard drive. My pick: The G Drive External Hard Drive by USB. This device plugs directly into your computer and features 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB of storage. To learn more, click HERE! This device is sold online and at a variety of retail office and electronic stores.

Printing Service: Persnickety Prints

When I am ready to print my digital photos, I use Persnickety Prints! Persnickety Prints offers online photo printing services to include single prints, enlargements (and small sizes), photo books, and more. The print quality is fantastic and they have the best customer support. To learn more, click HERE!

Starting in September, I will continue to share more about my digital photo organization process. I am determined to get my photos under control and I am excited to take you along on the journey!

Stay tuned for more!

Back to Basics! NEW – Kingston Crafts Essentials – Available on HSN! Shop TODAY!

I am excited to share a new product offering, available on HSN! Kingston Crafts is launching Kingston Crafts Essentials, a line of “back to basics” scrapbooking and crafting products! This is the premier product line for the one and only Beth Kingston, Craft Expert with HSN!

Beth Kingston, Owner of Kingston Crafts, HSN Craft Expert

Not only am I excited about Kingston Crafts Essentials, I am also proud to announce that I am on the Kingston Crafts Design Team! My fellow DT friends and I are busy creating awesome crafting inspiration for the masses, using a variety of Kingston Crafts products!

Don’t forget to follow these talented ladies on Instagram to see more of their beautiful craft projects!

Mitsyana Wright – @mitsyana

Shemaine Smith – @shemainesmith

Sonja Bakonyi – @sugarbeancards_srbakonyi

ME! Victoria Marie – @victoriamariescraps

Me, Sonja, Shemaine, and Mitsyana!

Be sure to check out Beth Kingston on HSN starting today at 10:00 am CST (11:00 am EST) and again at 4:00 pm CST (5:00 pm EST) to see the premier of these awesome new products and to shop!

HSN – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hsntv/videos

HSN – Website: https://www.hsn.com/

Kingston Crafts on Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kingstoncrafts/

Kingston at Home on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekingstonhome/

Here’s a quick look at some of the available products!

12 x 12 Pattern Paper Pack

Kingston Crafts Essentials 12 x 12 Double Sided Pattern Paper Pack: DON’T WAIT! Please note that the 12 x 12 inch Kingston Crafts Essentials Pattern Paper Pack is likely to SELL OUT fast!

If you are interested in purchasing this product, be sure to grab it quick! This pack features large (A-side) and small (B-side) patterns that are perfect for a variety of crafting projects (i.e. scrapbook layouts, cards, 3D projects).

Square Stamps and Chipboard Frames

Kingston Crafts Essentials Square Stamps and Chipboard Frames and Kingston Crafts Essentials Circular Stamps and Chipboard Frames: Super versatile chipboard frames, can be paired/layered with coordinating stamps for an awesome design! The stamps can be directly applied to the chipboard frames!

Circular Stamps and Chipboard Frames

BONUS! All of these products are designed to work with your existing stash of crafting items! Get more bang for your buck!

1,080 Piece Mega Pack

Kingston Crafts Essentials 1,080 Piece Chipboard Mega Pack: Stars, butterflies, hearts…oh my!!! This incredible box of chipboard embellishments is jammed back with basic shapes – perfect for a variety of crafty projects! Plus, they come in a high quality craft box with dividers (and a lid) for easy storage!

Quantities are limited and these products are expected to sell out FAST! Be sure to grab these goodies before they are gone!

PROJECTS – A Little Inspiration

Here are a few projects I created using the NEW Kingston Crafts Essentials products.

A 12 x 12 layout featuring chipboard embellishments (frames and butterflies) from Kingston Crafts, paired with pattern paper from my stash!

Two fun 4.25 x 5.5 inch cards featuring pattern paper from the Kingston Crafts Essentials Pattern Paper Pack and Chipboard Shapes.

Another 12 x 12 inch layout featuring pattern paper from the Kingston Crafts Essentials Paper Pack.

A 3D tea pot and tea bag project using the Kingston Craft Essentials Pattern Paper Pack!

Be sure to check out the NEW Kingston Crafts Essentials Collection, available exclusively on HSN!!!


PRODUCT LINKS – Kingston Crafts Essentials


Disclaimer: Victoria Marie Designs is an affiliate for HSN. 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!

Scrapbook Process Video | Killin’ It! | Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog

I was recently featured as a guest contributor on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog. Today, I am sharing the project featured on the SCT blog along with a brand new process video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

To see this layout come together, click on the following video. Photos of this project along with links to available products are listed below.

This 12 x 12 inch layout features a story about my daughter, who in 2018, participated in a summer fashion show at a tween clothing store called Justice for Girls. She was so excited to get dressed up and walk the runway!

I love the complete summer vibe of this layout – so colorful and whimsical! I used summer themed products from Dear Lizzy, Simple Stories, 5th and Monaco, and the Hip Kit Club (exclusive collection).

I hope you are inspired to document your summer memories, past and present. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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A list of available supplies is provided below. Additional products from the Dear Lizzy Here and Now Collection are also provided! Happy shopping!

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and are completely free for your to use as you shop for product! Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used. Thanks for your support!

Save the Dates! Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Fall Calendar of Events!

I am so excited to announce the Fall 2020 Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Calendar of Events! The additional details are forthcoming!

Be sure to subscribe to the Victoria Marie eNewsletter to get the most up-to-date information about all Victoria Marie Designs events!

Victoria Marie eNewsletter: https://victoriamarieblog.com/newsletter/

Crop Cost: $8.00 each/ per person


Fall 2020 Tentative Crop Dates

It’s Fall Y’all Crop
Date: September 5th – 6th
Theme: Fall scrapbooking, back (not back) to school, fall inspired challenges, changing of the seasons.

Yer a Wizard! Halloween Party and Crop
Date: October 3rd – 4th
Theme: Harry Potter (Represent your house!), Halloween inspired challenges, online costume party!

Holiday Bootcamp and Crop
Date: November 7th – 8th
Theme: Preparing for holiday scrapbooking, holiday album prep challenges, gratitude.

Here’s to the New Year Crop and Holiday Party
Date: December 5th – 6th
Theme: Getting ready for 2021, celebrating the holiday, holiday/New Year themed challenges, online holiday Ugly Sweater contest!

Look for more information to come!!!