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

Want ALL of the Retired Classes? Grab the Retired Classes Bundle and Save!

Do you want all 9 of these retired courses? Check out the Victoria Marie Designs Retired Classes Bundle which includes all of the classes listed above for one amazing price! The value of this bundle is $353.00 USD. But, for a limited time, you can purchase this bundle for only $150.00 USDNO COUPON CODE NEEDEDThis bundle is marked down and priced to sell!

Head to the Victoria Marie Designs Online Classroom TODAY and grab these courses before they are gone! All sales are final – no refunds.

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To purchase a retired Victoria Marie Designs Online Class, click HERE!

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

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*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
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: https://bit.ly/3ISmH4a

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

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

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

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

Paper Person Shop
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: 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

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*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.

Happy National (International) Scrapbook Day! Let’s Make a Layout!

Happy National (International) Scrapbook Day! I hope you are taking a little time this weekend to relax and to enjoy our amazing storytelling hobby! If you are looking for a bit of creative inspiration, check out my latest scrapbook process video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

In this video, I am documenting my second year on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine Design Team. I love scrapbooking about my creative adventures and my opportunities to work as a professional designer in this industry. Designing for Scrapbook and Cards Today has been a dream and I’m so proud to work with some of the best designers in the industry. To learn more about Scrapbook and Cards Today and to subscribe to the awesome publication, click HERE!

For this project, I used items from the Paige Evans Wonders Collection and the Hip Kit Club March 2021 Embellishment Kit, along with an electronic cut file by Paige Evans called Create (available products listed below). I wanted to make a clean, bright, and whimsical layout with layered floral clusters and a delicate title.

I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the Create electronic cut file out of American Crafts White Textured Cardstock. The letters were shaded with Distress Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz and popped up on foam squares for added dimension.

Clusters of die cut florals and accents create a frame around the 5×5 inch photo. I love how the vellum butterflies appear as though they are floating around the layout!

To see this project come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. And if you are a Victoria Marie Patreon, be sure to check out the Bonus Content for this video, now available on the Victoria Marie Patreon site!

If you are not a patron, what are you waiting for?! Get access to exclusive behind the scenes video content, process videos, exclusive scrapbook sketches, monthly creative workshops and more! Click HERE to learn more and to join! Memberships start at $5.00 USD per month!

Happy National (International) Scrapbook Day! I hope you are enjoying a full weekend of fun, relaxation, and tons of creating!

*Available Products Used:

Other Products:
Create Cut File by Paige Evanshttps://etsy.me/3sf7DGD

The Ink Standhttps://inkstandshop.com/

Barely Art Precision Craft Gluehttps://bearly.art/products/bearly-art-precision-craft-glue-4-fl-oz

Hip Kit Clubhttps://www.hipkitclub.net/

Product list made with LinkDeli – https://linkdeli.com/e/m9ey7d

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Disclaimer: Affiliate links are provided above. These links are free for you to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime product is purchased using these links. Thanks so much for your support!

Victoria Marie Designs Merch is HERE! Save 10% off Until May 15th!

Happy National Scrapbook Day!!!!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my first ever line of Victoria Marie Designs Merch, now available through Teespring! This initial launch includes t-shirts, hoodies, a coffee mug, a die cut sticker, and a tote bag!

Available Products…Grab Yours Today and Save 10% Off Your Purchase!

Purchase Victoria Marie Designs Merch starting today and save 10% off your purchase until May 15th! Use coupon code VICTORIA10 at check out!

*Be sure to read A Note About the Promo Code at the bottom of this post BEFORE you shop!*

SHOP TODAY! To shop Victoria Marie Designs Merch, click HERE or click on Shop Merch at the top of the page!

Apparel: For this initial launch, I’m offering t-shirts in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors that feature the Scrapbook Like a Boss and Live To Craft designs. Styles include comfort t-shirts, women’s comfort t-shirts, and v-neck options (long and short sleeve available in some styles), in addition to a hoodie and sweat shirt (non-hooded) option (sizes and colors vary based on shirt style). Be sure to check individual product listings for available colors, styles, and sizes!

Accessories: In addition to apparel, we have a Scrapbook Like a Boss and Live to Craft tote bag and a Scrapbook Like a Boss die cut sticker, the perfect accessories for any scrapper!

Drinkware: Sip your coffee (or tea) out of a Scrapbook Like a Boss or Live to Craft coffee mug! Be sure to check the product listings for available colors!

Coming Soon…Scrapbook Like a A Boss Apron

If you like wearing an apron while you craft, no worries! The Scrapbook Like a Boss Apron will be available soon! Look for more details to come!

Shop TODAY and Save 10% Off Your Purchase!

Head to the Victoria Marie Designs Merch Shop today! Be sure to use code VICTORIA10 during checkout to save 10% off your order, valid until May 15th!

A Note About the Promo Code:

If using a desktop or laptop computer when ordering, be sure to enter the Promo Code on the right side of the screen during check out. This can be easily missed so look carefully.

If using a mobile device (phone, tablet) when ordering, scroll to the BOTTOM of the check out screen, past the Place Order button, to enter the Promo Code.

Happy shopping and thanks for supporting Victoria Marie Designs! Have a happy scrappy iNSD weekend!

Organizing Your Scrappy Space? Start with a Brutal Purge!

Spring is here and it’s a great time to organize your scrappy space! But, before you dive in, I want to recommend something that I believe is the best starting point for any organization process: THE BRUTAL PURGE!

Hear me out…

How many times have you tackled an organization project only to find yourself organizing the same unwanted or unused items over and over again?

How many times have you kept a particular scrappy item due to a sentimental attachment to the item?

How many times have you said, “I’m going to use this one day!” only to put the item back into a container, never to be seen again?

Let’s be honest here…you will probably NEVER use the items that you are so desperately holding on to! So, here’s a little food for thought: Why not let something go in order to make space for the items that you truly love and enjoy?

Allow me to introduce you to the BRUTAL PURGE!

Anytime I am preparing to organize my scrapbook studio, I start with a brutal purge. I know, that sounds harsh! But, what I mean by “brutal purge” is taking the time to go through all of your scrapbook supplies and QUICKLY make decisions about the items you want to keep and let go.

This process involves letting go of any excuses that stop you from making decisions about your scrapbook supplies (e.g., “I might need that item in the future!” or “I’m saving this item for the perfect story!”). Also, the purging process forces you to be honest with yourself about the products that you actually use versus the products you are hanging on to (for whatever reason).

So, grab a box (or two) and give yourself permission to PURGE!

Here’s what I recommend:

  • First, pick ONE section in your scrappy space (e.g., a drawer, a shelf, your craft desk) and assess the supplies that are located in that section.
  • Next, set a timer for 1 hour. I have found that purging in 1 hour increments forces me to make quick decisions and to stay focused on the task at hand.
  • Start going through all of the supplies in your selected section, quickly making decisions about what you will keep and let go. If you are not sure if you want to let go of a particular item, set it aside and come back to it later.
  • Place any unwanted items in a box or container. The box should leave your scrappy space immediately once you are done with the purging session. Also, be sure to make plans to donate or sell your unwanted items.
  • When the 1 hour timer goes off, assess the items that you are keeping and letting go, including the items that you were not sure about (make a final decision about those items).
  • If you are happy with your decisions, move on to the next section of your scrappy space and repeat this process until you have purged and removed all of your unwanted scrapbook supplies.

Purging and organizing a scrapbook space takes time, effort, and patience. Consider breaking down this task over the period of a few days or weeks as to avoid overwhelm and burnout. It’s amazing what can get done in short blocks of time!

Also, the purging process provides a clean slate and leads to a pleasant organization experience! When unwanted items are out of the way, you can begin to make organizational decisions about the items you want to keep and use on a regular basis.

Your scrapbook space should be a creative respite that contains the items that you love and use on a consistent basis. It’s okay to give yourself permission to brutal purge! Let go of the items that no longer serve a purpose in your scrapbooking journey…you will be glad that you did!

If you are looking for spring clean inspiration, check out my Scrapbook Studio Spring Clean Series on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And stay tuned for a full tour of my studio, coming later this week!