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!!!

Registered for the Victoria Marie Crop? Didn’t Receive an Email? No worries!

If you registered for the Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop and DID NOT receive an email containing the link to the private Facebook group for this event and additional crop details, please contact victoria@victoriamariescraps.com or click HERE to send a contact form.

All guests should have received an email with the crop details starting on Wednesday, July 29th. If this is not the case for you, contact Victoria Marie Designs so we can get you taken care of! Thanks so much!

Registration is CLOSED! Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop

REGISTRATION IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT! THANK YOU!

You asked for it, you got it! Registration for the Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop has been extended to Friday, July 31st until 11:59 pm CST!

If you missed the initial deadline, no worries! Grab your spot and get ready for a fun weekend!

This 2-Day event begins on Saturday, August 1-2, 2020!

If you have any questions, contact victoria@victoriamariescraps.com.

NOTE: All newly registered guests will receive an email with additional information and access to the Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Facebook Group as soon as possible. Due to high demand, it may take a couple of hours to confirm and admit guests into the event Facebook Group. Thanks for your patience!

Extended Registration ends at 11:59 pm CST on Friday, July 31st! Don’t miss out!

I Made It! American Crafts 2020-2021 Design Team!

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected to serve on the 2020-2021 American Crafts Design Team! I am so thrilled to do this work alongside my popular online classes, creating content for my YouTube channel, and hosting scrapbooking events!

I am so proud to be a part of this amazing team and look forward to sharing all of the creative inspiration that flows from this group of talented crafters.

I have been an American Crafts fan and customer for many years. And as a creative entrepreneur and professional scrapbooker, it has been my dream to work with some on the top creative organizations in the industry. The opportunity has finally arrived and I am so excited to form relationships with my fellow design team members and with the AC team!

I want to extend a big THANK YOU to the entire Victoria Marie Scrap Boss community for your continued support and words of encouragement! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I made it, y’all!

To check out a Victoria Marie Online Class, click HERE!

Now Available! Catherine Pooler One Plus One Collection!

Hey friends! If you are in the market for amazing stamps, dies, inks, and more, check out the latest collection by Catherine Pooler Designs called One Plus One! As a CP Brand Ambassador, I am so excited to share a few projects I created using a variety of stamp images and dies that are included in this collection.

The One Plus One Collection is about celebrating love and the momentous occasions in life, from cards for couples made with the His and Hers Stamp Set to the nostalgia of the Old Oak Tree Background Stamp and 4-Ever Stamp Set. And for babies and little ones, Catherine Pooler has you covered with the adorable Oh, Baby! Stamps and Born to be Wild.

You can purchase the collection in it’s entirety or by individual sets. Product links are posted below!

Here are a few projects I created for this release!

All Good Things Stamp and Die, Nested Stitch Heart Die, Tisket a Tasket Pattern Paper
Catherine Pooler Dye Inks, Nested Stitch Heart Die, All Good Things Stamp Set
Born to be Wild Stamp and Die Set, Catherine Pooler Inks, Old Oak Tree Background Stamp
Born to be Wild Stamp and Die Set, Catherine Pooler Dye Inks, Polka Dot Cover Plate Die
Old Oak Tree Background Stamp, 4-Ever Stamp Set, Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

The One Plus One Collection is now available in the Catherine Pooler Shop! This is such a fun and versatile collection – be sure to grab these goodies today!

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Disclaimer: Affiliate links are provided in this post. As an ambassador and affiliate for Catherine Pooler Designs, Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission from Catherine Pooler Designs whenever these links are used. Note: These links are FREE for you to use. All opinions and reviews are that of my own. I only recommend products that I use for both business and personal reasons, and from reputable companies that I trust.

Registration is Open! Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop!

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.

Are you ready for a weekend of fun, scrapbooking, challenges, and more? Come join me for the first ever Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop!

When: Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2, 2020

Time: Challenges begin at 10:00 am CST and will be hosted at specific times throughout the event.

Where: Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Facebook Group – All of the challenges, live sessions (excluding of the Virtual Crop Zoom Session), and crop discussions will be hosted in the Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Facebook Group. This group will be available for a limited time, starting August 1st – September 1st.

CROP REGISTRATION AND PRICING;

  • This is a 2-day event starting on Saturday, August 1st.
  • The last day to register is Wednesday, July 29th at 11:59 pm CST. EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY, JULY 31ST AT 11:59 PM CST!
  • All guests will receive an email on Thursday, July 30th with a link to access the Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Facebook Group.
  • Guests will have access to the event Facebook Group page until September 1, 2020. After September 1st, the group will be deactivated.

COST: $8.00 per person

INCLUDES:

  • Access to the private Victoria Marie Online Virtual Crop Facebook Group
  • Challenges, Prizes, and Pop-Up Bonus Challenges
  • Access to two (2) Facebook Live Sessions with Victoria Marie
  • Access to one (1) Zoom Live Session with Victoria Marie

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, August 1st

  • 10:00 am CST – Shop Your Stash Challenge
  • 12:00 noon CST – Multiphoto Love Challenge
  • 2:00 pm CST – LIVE Facebook Session w/ Victoria Marie
  • 4:00 pm CST – Tools Rule Challenge
  • 6:00 pm CST – Pick 5 Challenge
  • 8:00 pm CST – LIVE Facebook Session w/ Victoria Marie

Sunday, August 2nd

  • 10:00 am CST – Ingredients Challenge
  • 12:00 noon CST – Old + New Challenge
  • 2:00 pm CST – LIVE Zoom Session w/ Victoria Marie (a separate link will be provided and posted to the Facebook Group).
  • 4:00 pm CST – Sketch Challenge
  • 6:00 pm CST – Pockets, Pockets, Pockets Challenge

Guests can work on each challenge throughout the event and will have until August 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm CST to submit their completed projects to be eligible to win prizes! Prize winners will be announced on August 31st.

NOTE: All of the challenges will be organized as “posts” in the Victoria Marie Virtual Crop Facebook Group. You do not have to be online when the challenges are posted in order to play along. You are welcome to complete the challenges at your leisure.

Guests will be able to submit their completed projects to the designated posts and/or album folders within the Victoria Marie Virtual Crop Facebook group. Additional instructions will be provided.

This is going to be an awesome event! I hope to see you there! Also, be sure to tell a friend!

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*Note: All sales are final. Refunds are not given for any reason. Questions? Contact Victoria Marie Designs at victoria@victoriamariescraps.com.

ScrapSmarter Experience | Come Join Us!

I am so excited to announce the ScrapSmarter Experience, hosted by Scrap Happy! The ScrapSmarter Experience is bringing together some amazing scrapbooking instructors for an online virtual weekend of classes and inspiration! I am thrilled to be an instructor for this event!

How do you participate in the ScrapSmarter Experience?

The ScrapSmarter Experience will take place over 3 days, August 21-23, 2020. 

This is a live virtual event.

All of the live sessions will take place on Zoom.

We will have a pre-recorded class lesson and live interaction with our instructors, so you can ask questions and hang out with other scrappers during the event.

Why is the ScrapSmarter experience awesome?

You’ll be learning from some of the best scrapbooking educators in the industry.

We’ll be covering topics that are perfect to help you ‘level up’ your scrappy skills so you can have more fun creating layouts you love.

Do I have to buy products to participate?

No!

We will have a product list available so you can find the products our instructors are using, but you can learn and apply the techniques to products you already have in your scrappy stash.

Of course, we won’t stop you from a having a little scrappy spending spree!

What types of scrapbookers participate?

All types! It doesn’t matter if you scrapbook traditional, digi, hybrid, or pocket pages. Our teachers are covering a wide variety of topics that relate to scrapbooking so you’re sure to find inspiration that works for you.

Included in event registration are:

  • access to the entire event
  • kickoff party on Friday with keynote speaker Stacy Julian
  • 10 online classes
  • live Q&A sessions with every instructor so you can get all of the details
  • an downloadable instruction sheet for each class with photos of the projects
  • a materials supply list so you can shop for what you need/desire
  • random prizes in each class
  • Grand Prize sponsored by Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine
  • lots of fun and scrapbooking inspiration!

Prizes

Yes, there will be prizes!

We’ll have a prize draw during each live class.

We also have a grand prize from Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine to be drawn from the entire list of registrants! *attendance at the live event not necessary.

Keynote SpeakerStacy Jullian

Meet the Host!

Alice Boll is the host of the ScrapHappy online membership group. Alice has been educating scrapbookers for over 10 years and has been the enthusiastic leader of ScrapHappy since 2016.

The ScrapSmarter Experience was a dream Alice has had for years. The changes in our world right now put Alice to action, she knew scrapbookers needed an amazing dose of inspiration and education. We can all learn from industry leaders and have some fun too!

REGISTER TODAY and SAVE!

For a limited time, this event is available for $99.00 during the Early Bird Sale! To save, use coupon code SMART30 during check out!

To register for this event, click HERE!*

To save, use coupon code SMART30 during check out!

I hope you will join us for this exciting event! Don’t forget to register during the Early Bird sale!

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Disclaimer: Affiliate links were used in this post. Victoria Calvin is an instructor for ScrapSmarter Experience. While the affiliate links are free for you to use, Victoria will receive a commission based on the class sales. Thanks so much for your support!