A Quick and Colorful 8.5×11 Inch Layout Using Items From My Stash!

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m using items from my stash to create a colorful 8.5×11 inch layout called You’ve Got This! In fact, I used the some of the leftover materials from a recent YouTube livestream to create today’s project.

When possible, I try to make more than one project from the remaining items of a kit or collection. This allows me to get more usage from my materials while creating multiple layouts. To see today’s layout come together, click on the video below or head to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel.

Also, be sure to scroll down to see photos of today’s project along with a list of products used. NOTE: All of the items featured in this video are from my stash, so availability may vary. Enjoy!

Project Photos: You’ve Got This – 8.5×11 inch Single Page Layout

Supply List (Availability may vary- check manufacturer for current product options.)

Pattern Paper – Vicki Boutin Color Study (American Crafts)
Embellishments – Vicki Boutin Color Study (American Crafts)
All This Happiness Gold Foil Chipboard Stickers (American Crafts)
Hello Friend Silver Holographic Chipboard Stickers (American Crafts)

YouTube Livestream – Reaching Deep Into My Stash!

Did you catch today’s livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel? Well my friend, click on the video below to check it out! I created a 12×12 inch scrapbook layout using a variety of items from my stash. As you can see, this layout is super colorful! There is a lot of movement and of course, five 3×4 inch photos! I love multiphoto layouts!

To see this project come together, click on the following video. Also, be sure to scroll down to see photos of this project and a list of products I used. Keep in mind that some of the collections may not be available.

I hope you are inspired to reach deep into your stash for similar items if you wish to replicate this design. And don’t forget to share your layout with the Victoria Marie Designs Facebook Group Community!

MINI WORKSHOP: One more thing…if you want to grow your scrapbook layering skills, be sure to check out my upcoming Let’s Create! Layered Embellishment Clusters Mini Workshop!

This 90 minute workshop is scheduled for May 27, 2023 at 10:00 am CST LIVE on Zoom. During the workshop, I will be demonstrating my easy process for creating layered clusters on a scrapbook layout. You don’t want to miss it!

And of course, the workshop will be recorded so feel free to grab your spot and watch the replay at your convenience. To learn more and to register, click HERE! This workshop is only $10.00 USD and is open to anyone who wants to participate!

Now, on to the livestream replay…enjoy!

Project Photos

Products Used (NOTE: Some items may not be available. Check manufacture for current product options.)

  • Pattern Paper – Vicki Boutin Color Study (American Crafts)
  • Embellishments – Vicki Boutin Color Study (American Crafts)
  • Embossed Puffy Stickers – Vicki Boutin Color Study (American Crafts)
  • Butterfly Stickers – Hip Kit Club Exclusive (2021)
  • Embossed Puffy Stickers – Amy Tangerine Late Afternoon (American Crafts)
  • Sticker Book – Amy Tangerine Brave & Bold (American Crafts)
  • Die-Cut Shapes – Amy Tangerine Brave & Bold (American Crafts)
  • All This Happiness Gold Foil Chipboard Stickers (American Crafts)
  • Hello Friend Silver Holographic Chipboard Stickers (American Crafts)
  • Twist Kits Gold Chipboard Stars – Citrus Twist
  • Emily Puffy Alphabet – Felicity Jane (no longer available)

October Daily-Ish Album…It’s Perpetual and I’m Loving It!

In 2021, I started an October Daily album. After being inspired by other scrapbook designers who create the most stunning October Daily albums, I wanted to dive in and give it a try. October Daily is like December Daily (by Ali Edwards), however, the idea is to document stories about your everyday life during the fall and Halloween season. I’ve always created traditional 12×12 inch layouts to document my fall memories. But, after many years of scrapbooking, I welcome the opportunity to scrapbook my autumn stories in a different format.

So, with good intentions, I started an October Daily album last fall. I documented a total of four stories, then I abandoned the project! As it turns out, my plate was filled to the brim with projects and deadlines, so my October Daily album got pushed to the side.

However, this year I decided to continue this project but with a different mindset…my October Daily project will be a perpetual album! I am giving myself the freedom to add to this project whenever I want throughout the fall season over multiple years.

Once an album is filled, I’ll just start a new one. This approach offers a ton of flexibility and allows me to focus on the spirit of the project versus worrying about an arbitrary self-imposed deadline to “finish” this album.

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m continuing my October Daily project by creating two new spreads (story #5 and #6) along with a quick look at the layouts I completed before I stopped working on this project in 2021. Be sure to click on the following video to see these pages come together! Also, photos of today’s projects are posted below.

Companies Mentioned In the Video: Ali Edwards, Elle’s Studio, Citrus Twist, and The Paper Person Shop

Citrus Twist Life Crafted Album: To learn more about the album featured in today’s video, click HERE.

For this project, I’m working in a travelers notebook style format (4.25 x 8.25 inches). I find this size to be perfect for everyday and theme-based mini albums.

My goal for this project is to keep my pages simple and clean, with a focus on documenting my everyday stories throughout the month of October.

I love that there are so many options and variations of the October Daily project! Some people create mini albums, while others opt for notebook style projects, even planner spreads! You can truly make this project your own.

I’m so excited to share more of layouts from my October Daily album in the coming weeks! So far, I am having a blast documenting my fall adventures and using a good amount of my fall themed scrapbooking goodies!

Stay tuned for more to come!

Only 3 Days Left! Take 50% Off Victoria Marie Online Classes! Grab Them Before They’re Gone!

There are only 3 DAYS left to save 50% off selected Victoria Marie Designs Online Classes!

New online scrapbooking classes and workshops are coming to the Victoria Marie Designs Online Classroom, and to make room of these new learning opportunities, I am retiring 9 of my online scrapbooking classes!

Until October 8thsave 50% off selected Victoria Marie Designs Online Classes! Use code RETIRED at checkout! Grab these courses while they are still available! (*Some exclusions apply.) 

The following classes are included in this offer (see below). All Victoria Marie Designs Online Classes are self-paced and are available 24/7 in the Victoria Marie Designs Online Classroom, powered by Thinkific. Each class includes instructional videos and full-color PDF workbooks. Also, you can start, resume, and stop a class at your leisure.

Retired Classes

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This offer ends on October 8, 2022! Stay tuned for new classes and workshops to come!


*Exclusions: This offer does not apply to the following classes: Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking JourneyYouTube Master Class for Online Creatives.

EASY Scrapbook Tutorial! Creating Subtle Texture Using a Basic Shape, Cardstock and a Distress Tool!

Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, we are going to explore a super simple technique that you can do TODAY that will add a subtle touch of texture to your scrapbook layout using a basic shape, cardstock, and a distress tool!

Adding a bit of texture to a scrapbook layout doesn’t have to take away from the composition of the design. For this project, I created a circular element that features textured strips of solid white cardstock. I was going for a subtle monochromatic look with high impact texture for this design.

To begin, I trimmed two circles (7 inches and 7.5 inches) from American Crafts Textured White Cardstock and solid pink cardstock from Felicity Jane using a circle cutter. TIP: You do not need a fancy tool to create circles on your scrapbook layouts! Any circular item can be used to trace a circle for a scrapbook project – a bowl, cup, or a circular container will do the trick!

Next, I trimmed several 1×12 inch strips of solid white textured cardstock and distressed one edge of each strip with a Tim Holtz Distress Tool. Of course, you can use scissors to create distressed edges as well.

To finish this element, I layered strips of the distressed paper on the 7 inch circle and trimmed the excess paper. The 7 inch circle was then adhered to the 7.5 inch pink circle – this provided a bit of framing to the 7 inch circle and allows it to stand out a bit more on the layout. Lastly, the distressed circle element was adhered to the middle of the layout. To complete this project, I added photos, a title, journaling, and embellishing.

I absolutely LOVE how this design came out! The monochromatic color of the circular element coupled with the high impact texture from the distress strips adds a subtle bit of texture and interest to this project. I highly encourage you to give this simple and quick technique a try!

To see this layout come together, click on the video! Links to available products featured in this video are provided below! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Available Products: (Not affiliate links)

Creating an 8.5×11 Inch Scrapbook Layout Using Goodies From My Stash!

During this week’s Wednesday Livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I created an 8.5×11 inch scrapbook layout featuring goodies from my stash! As much as I love using new scrapbooking goodies, there are times when I want to deep dive into my scrapbook stash and challenge myself to create a layout using nothing but my older scrapbook supplies.

I am a firm believer in breathing new life into older scrapbooking products! There are some designs and color palettes that never go out of style. For example, for this project, I used pattern paper from a Becky Higgins paper collection from 2012. The colors in this collection feature grays, orange-red hues, tan, and green. I isolated the colors that worked well for my project (blue, red, and gray) and searched my embellishment stash for items with a similar color palette.

The result? A clean and simple layout composition that was fun to create and easy to replicate for future projects. And I enjoyed the added benefit of using goodies from my stash!

This layout features a story about my daughter’s love of Manga and Anime! She has recently developed a strong interest in Cosplay, dressing up as her favorite Anime characters, and hanging out with likeminded Cosplay fans. And of course, I have to scrapbook her new adventures!

I wanted to make sure that the design of this layout did not take away from the story. I also had to think of ways to stretch my stash since I do not have Anime-themed embellishments or paper (not sure if that exist). But, I was ready for the challenge!

Since I was going for a clean and simple composition, I kept the layered embellishment clusters small yet high impact by incorporating a bit of texture via a puffy stitcher label and a flat-back brad. Also, two tabs were added at the top of the layout to fill in a bit of white-space, and I created a title using two letter stickers designs for added interest and dimension.

Overall, I love the look of this 8.5×11 inch layout…clean, simple, and story-driven!

To see this project come together, click on the video below. I hope you are inspired to reach deep into your stash and to use your older scrapbook goodies to make an awesome layout!

Easy Typed Journaling Hack For Scrapbookers!

Do you like the look of typed journaling on a scrapbook layout? Do you want to learn an easy hack for adding seamless typed journaling without use Photoshop or complicated design software? Well my friend, be sure to check out my latest tutorial, Easy Typed Journaling Hack for Scrapbookers, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

In this video, I demonstrate how to use MS Word to create a text box and journaling strips that can be printed on vellum or cardstock and used on a scrapbook project to create seamless journaling. This technique is the perfect alternative for adding typed journaling to a scrapbook layout without using Photoshop or needing a large format printer.

Click on the video below and check out this tutorial. A list of featured tools is provided below!

Also, this video was picked by the members of the Victoria Marie Patreon Community! Victoria Marie Patrons get the opportunity to select some of my YouTube video content along with enjoying access to exclusive bonus videos, scrapbook sketches, workshops and more! To learn more about this awesome community, click HERE!

Featured Tools

Revisiting Project Life – Because Memory Planning Is NOT My Jam!

So, a few months ago during one of my YouTube Livestream sessions, I share that I was attempting to try memory planning, which is essentially scrapbooking in a planner. I was intrigued by this format of storytelling, mainly because I wanted to find an easier way to document my everyday stories.

Armed with tons of ideas and creative inspiration, I created two spreads in my memory planner. But, after making those two pages, I quickly realized: MEMORY PLANNING IS NOT MY JAM!

What I discovered is that I need more space for documenting my stories and I really enjoy the Project Life format of pocket pages and simple embellishing. So, I ditched my memory planner and decided to use a 9×12 inch pocket format instead.

In the past, I’ve used a 12×12 inch format for my Project Life spreads. I have found this size to be too big for my everyday scrapbooking. However, I also found that the 6×8 inch format is too small. After making a few 9×12 inch pocket layouts, I am happy to report that I have found Project Life peace!

I also decided to adopt a very flexible approach to documenting my everyday stories. First, I am not putting pressure on myself to do weekly spreads. If I feel like documenting my weekly activities, I will make a page. If not, then I won’t…it’s that simple.

Second, I want my Project Life pages to be simple – photos, words, and a few embellishments. My focus is to get my stories told…period. In my opinion, scrapbooking should not be stressful. It’s okay to adopt processes that make storytelling easy, simple, but most of all…FUN!

To check out the process video for this spread, click on the video below. A list of products featured in this video are posted below. Enjoy!

Products Featured (subject to availability, no affiliate links provided):

Ali Edwards 9×12 Gray Linen Album
: https://bit.ly/3ISmH4a

Ali Edwards Page Protectors
: https://bit.ly/3IVf2SP

Elle’s Studio Everyday Tabs Stamp Set
: https://bit.ly/3cwxgh9

Citrus Twist Stamp Sets
: https://citrustwistkits.com/collections/stamps

Citrus Twist Die Cuts and Ephemera
: https://citrustwistkits.com/collections/embellishments

Paper Person Shop
: https://paperperson.shop/

NEW Scrapbook Process Video – Let’s Make a Layout! Cheers Year 41!

Happy Friday! Let’s kickoff the weekend with a fun scrapbook process video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Today, I am making my annual birthday layout called Cheers! Year 41, using goodies from the January 2022 Hip Kit Club Scrapbook Kit and Embellishment Kit. This 12 x 12 inch layout features a photo collage, simple embellishing, and a bit of hand stitching.

Every year, I create a scrapbook page to celebrate my birthday. In March of this year, I celebrated my 41st trip around the sun! I love celebrating my birthday and documenting how much I have changed, my current interests, and my hopes for the future.

To see this layout come together, check out the following process video!

This project was so much fun to make! The photos take center stage while the pattern paper and embellishments complete the overlook of this design.

This layout features a layered photo collage. Each photo was resized to 3×3 inches and printed with a white border. TIP: Reducing the size of your photos makes it easier to create a single page multi-photo layout.

To flank the photos, I created small clusters of layered embellishments that feature floral die cuts, wood veneer elements, and tiny chipboard flowers. The title was created using a combination of a word die cut (Cheers!) and chipboard letters from the January 2022 Hip Kit Club Kit. I love coordinating die cuts with letter stickers to create unique title designs!

This layout also features hand stitching! I paired two colors of DMC embroidery floss (#165 and #162) to create a layered stitched look. It’s hard to see the delineation on video and in the photo. But, in-person, this technique offers a really cool effect!

I hope you are inspired to create a layout to celebrate a special occasion in your life! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Product Review! Tres Jolie Kit Club and Chipboard! Support Small Business!

If you are in the market for shabby chic and elegant scrapbooking and mixed media kits, look no further! I am so excited to introduce you to Tres Jolie Kit Club and Chipboard! Today, on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m doing a full review and unboxing of the Tres Jolie April 2022 Scrapbooking Kit and I will use this stunning kit to make a 12 x 12 shabby chic mixed media scrapbook layout!

Tres Jolie Kit and Chipboard

Meet the Owner!

Kimberly Heard, owner of Tres Jolie Kit Club and Chipboard, was inspired to scrapbook in 2001 after the death of her mother. According to Kimberly, she would spend countless hours going through photos and creating scrapbook layouts. This activity turned out to be therapeutic for her and she realized that she had a real love for scrapbooking. As her skills evolved, she developed a love for products that spoke to her shabby chic, romantic, elegant style. This led her to open Tres Jolie Kit Club and Chipboard!

I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly at the 2022 Creativation Trade Show where we talked about her kits and how she found if difficult to find kit clubs that catered to her style of crafting. Now, she is filling a hole in the market with the Tres Jolie Kit Club!

The Kit

After learning more about Tres Jolie, I was super excited to purchase a kit! In fact, Tres Jolie offers a variety of kits to include scrapbooking, mixed media, and card kits. I purchased the April 2022 Scrapbooking Kit and upon opening the kit, I knew I was in for a treat!

Tres Jolie offers a monthly kit subscription starting at $40.00 USD (plus shipping). This is a very reasonable price based on the products that are include in the kit.

The kit I purchased includes:

  • Exclusive Tres Jolie Chipboard Frame
  • Small Wood Clip
  • 49th and Market Artoptions Avesta 12 x 12 Collection Pack
  • 49th and Market Artoptions Avesta Laser Cut Elements
  • 49th and Market Enchanted Petals Homemade Flowers
  • Tim Holtz (Ranger) Mini Distress Ink Pad – Dried Marigold

To shop Tres Jolie, click HERE and be sure to use discount code VICTORIASCRAPS to receive 20% off your purchase until May 31, 2022!

The Tres Jolie April Scrapbooking Kit is very high quality and features name brand products that are great for any project. Also, I was able to use items from my stash that coordinated perfectly with the style and color scheme of the kit.

Additionally, the Tres Jolie Design Team shares creative inspiration on the Tres Jolie Kit Club YouTube Channel using the monthly kits. To check out the videos, click HERE!

Also, Tres Jolie offers custom chipboard elements that are designed and cut onsite. These elements can be used for a variety of crafty projects. To learn more, click HERE!

Here’s the project I created using the kit!

It has been a very long time since I’ve created a shabby chic scrapbook layout and I had a BLAST! To see this project come together, head to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel or check out the video below.

Shop TODAY and Save 20% off Your Tres Jolie Purchase!

To shop Tres Jolie, click HERE!

Until May 31, 2022, use coupon code VICTORIASCRAPS to save 20% off your Tres Jolie purchase! This is a great opportunity to try a Tres Jolie Kit and to support a woman-owned small business!

A big THANKS to Kimberly Heard for sharing Tres Jolie with the world! Be sure to grab a Tres Jolie Kit today!

*Products UsedTres Jolie April 2022 Scrapbook Kit:

  • Exclusive Tres Jolie Chipboard Frame
  • Small Chalk Board Clip
  • 49th and Market Artoptions Avesta 12 x 12 Collection Pack
  • 49th and Market Artoptions Avesta Laser Cut Elements
  • 49th and Market Enchanted Petals Homemade Flowers
  • Tim Holtz (Ranger) Mini Distress Ink Pad – Dried Marigold

From My Stash:

  • Tim Holtz (Ranger) Mini Distress Ink Pad – Pumice Stone
  • Tim Holtz (Ranger) Mini Distress Ink Pad – Scattered Straw
  • Simple Stories Posh Enamel Dots
  • Hero Arts Petals Stencil Pair
  • Bo Bunny It is Written Stamp Set
  • Bo Bunny Distressed Textured Stamp Set
  • Altenew Feeling Dotty Stencil


*Disclaimer: Products featured in this product review were purchased by Victoria Calvin, Victoria Marie Designs, include products from the Tres Jolie Kit Club. No affiliate links were provided in this post.