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/

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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!

Changing the Format of My Wednesday Livestreams!

So, I’m changing the format of my Wednesday Livestreams!

But, before I tell you more about these changes, be sure to mark your calendars for this week’s Wednesday Live, starting at 2:00 pm CST! During tomorrow’s livestream, I will be using my Cricut to upload and cut electronic cut files.

As many of you know, I recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2 electronic cutting machine and I am slowly learning how to use it. The last Cricut I owned was the Cricut Personal Cutter that required cartridges. To be honest, while I enjoyed using the Cricut Personal Cutter, I found it difficult to figure out how to use some of the cartridge designs. Depending on the design, there were several elements to size and cut…it proved to be too much so I let my Cricut go.

Flash forward, after spending many years using a Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine, I decided to give Cricut another try; not because I need a new cutting machine…simply because the mint colored Cricut is pretty and I was curious about it’s functionality!

(All good reasons, right?)

Now, on to the changes…

I have been going live on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel at least once per week (give or take a few weeks) for over 2 years. I amped up my livestreams in response to the pandemic as a way to connect with the Victoria Marie Scrap Boss Community.

During the livestreams, I typically create scrapbook layouts, which is fun. However, I’ve been challenging myself to try new techniques, products, and devices and thought it would be cool to share my learning and experimentation process.

So, during my upcoming Wednesday Livestream sessions, you will get to see me play and experiment in real-time! Personally, I love watching my favorite designers explore new concepts and techniques. I am interested in learning more about their creative processes and seeing them work through challenging design issues. If this is something that you enjoy, then joined me on Wednesdays as I play, explore, and tinker!

If you are not able to join me live, no worries! All of my livestreams are recorded and available for playback on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Also, if you want to see my previous livestream sessions, check out my YouTube Livestream Playlist.

I hope you will join me on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm CST!

Registration is Now Open! April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Registration is now open for the Victoria Marie Designs April 2022 Online Virtual Crop: Old Stash + New Product! During this crop, we are going to focus on creating scrapbook projects (any format) using items from our older stash along with newer products. This is a great way to get some utility out of those items that have been stashed away along with your newer scrapbook products.

April 2022 Theme – Use Your Tools
The theme for the April 2022 crop is: Old Stash + New Product. All of the scrapbook challenges for this crop will be based on using your older scrapbook stash along with your newer scrapbook products.

The April 2022 online virtual crop includes:

  • Fun Scrapbook Challenges!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Fun Giveaways!
  • 5 Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, one session includes a 45-minute Mini Workshop: Tips for Creating with Old Stash and New Products!
  • The crop is hosted in a private Facebook Group!
  • Only $9.99 USD!

REGISTER TODAY! For full details and to register for this event, click HERE!

Registration ends on April 23, 2022 at 11:30 pm CST!

Come relax and have some fun with us…you will be glad that you did! See you soon!

SAVE THE DATE – April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

The April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop is coming! This online crop is scheduled for April 22-24, 2022.

If you are looking for a relaxed scrapbooking experience with fun challenges, prizes, giveaways, and Live Zoom Scrap and Chat sessions, come join us!

Additional details and registration information will be available on Monday, April 11th here on the Victoria Marie Blog and on the Victoria Marie Designs Eventbrite page.

To learn more about the 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crops and to access the 2022 Online Virtual Crop Calendar, click HERE or click on Online Virtual Crops at the top of the screen.

Stay tuned for more details!

My Scrapbook Studio Spring Clean Series!

Spring is almost here and that means it is time for a new season and a fresh start! During this time of the year, I spend a considerable amount of time purging, cleaning, and organizing my home, including my scrapbook studio. This week, I am featuring a new Spring Clean Series on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

During this series, I am purging a TON of scrapbook and crafting materials, as well cleaning and organizing my studio. At the end of this series, I will share a full scrapbook room tour and I’ll be hosting a really fun giveaway, so stay tuned!

Be sure to head to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see the first video in this series. In today’s video, I am tackling my paper stash, kits, embellishments, and other crafty materials. And throughout the week, I’ll be purging and organizing other areas of my studio to include my die cutting and printing station, stamps, tools, adhesive stash and more!

Be sure to join me all week long for spring cleaning inspiration and tips for getting your scrapbook space in tip top shape!

Let’s do this!

NEW! Scrapbook Process Video: Daily Burn 365 (I Messed Up the Title!)

Today, I’m sharing a brand new scrapbook layout called Daily Burn 365 using the Paige Evans Wonders Collection by American Crafts. To be honest, this layout took me forever and a day to complete! I blame my talent for overthinking the design process and seeking perfection. Is it my favorite layout? Nope. But, it is done and that’s all that matters!

Check it out!

Since 2016, I have subscribed to an online fitness program called Daily Burn 365. As the name suggests, subscribers can stream a new workout daily (365) that can be completed at anytime. There are a variety of workouts available to include cardio, yoga, and strength training.

Over the past year, I have decided to do the Daily Burn workouts at least 5-6 days a week as a way of managing my anxiety; a little something I discovered in 2020 (I’m not sure why, hmmm….😀).

I absolutely love this program because all of the workouts are under 30 minutes and they are designed for all skill levels. So, I decided to create a layout to document my fitness journey and how this program has helped me to stay active, right from comfort of my own home.

Now, you may have noticed something…the title on the layout says Daily Burn 356, not Daily Burn 365. Well, I flubbed and messed up the title! And I didn’t notice my error until AFTER I finished filming the process video for this layout.

Good grief!

I guess this layout will say 356 forever because I’m too lazy to change it! LOL!

I could use Un-Do Adhesive Remover to fix the title. But…I think the error gives this layout a little charm, don’t you think? 😀

Be sure to visit the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see this layout come together. Also, if you are a Victoria Marie Patron, you get exclusive access to the Daily Burn 365 Bonus Video, now available on the Victoria Marie Patreon site. In this video, I deep dive into the creative process behind this project.

Not a member of my Patreon community? No worries! To learn more and to join, click HERE!

Memberships start at $5.00 USD per month and include bonus video content, monthly creative workshops, exclusive sketches, and more! Come join us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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I Finally Started December Daily 2021! Story #1: What We Love and Hate About Christmas

It’s never too late to start a holiday scrapbooking project, amiright? LOL!

Today, on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing the first story in my December Daily 2021 album, What We Love and Hate About Christmas.

This year, I am taking a slightly different approach to my DD project. Instead of focusing on my everyday life activities during the month of December, I am creating an album that features a collection of stories – current, past, random musings, experiences, and everything in between, based around the holiday season. After 8 years of doing this project, I felt that I needed a different focus; something that didn’t feel daunting or stressful.

I am not sure how many stories will be included in this year’s album, but whatever that number is, it will be enough!

Supplies Used: All of the materials I am using this year are from the Ali Edwards December Daily 2021 Main Kit along with a few add-ons from this year’s collection, and my DD stash from previous years. To see a walkthrough of the supplies I’m using, check out this recorded YouTube Livestream!

My album begins with a simple semi-circle insert, accented with layered poinsettias, an orange, cork and chipboard stars, and a December Stories charm. I usually begin my DD album with a Reason Why entry, but I decided against that for this year’s project (hence, making slight changes). Instead, I jumped right into my first story.

For the first story, I wanted to focus on including the voices of my family members in this project – my mom, daughter, and spouse. I asked them to tell me what they love and hate about the holiday season. I also took everyone’s headshots and included their ages with their journaling.
On the back of the semi-circle insert, I used a felt stitched number, a gold rimmed tag, a glitter star, and black and white twine. I love how the tag, star, and twine come together to form a charm that dangles from the felt number!

The circle insert on the right side of the spread is the perfect element for my photos! For added texture, I adhered cork circles that serve as the anchor for my title. To accent the page, I created a layered row of embellishments – felt heart, chipboard circles, small metal hearts, and cork trees.
The back of the spread features the journaling and more embellishments – heart leatherette tag and a wood veneer house complete this page!

To see this spread come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. I will continue to share my December Daily project and holiday story ideas for weeks to come!

Thanks for stopping by!

Getting Ready! Comfy Clothes, Snacks, and My Spotify Scrapbooking Playlist! iNSD 2021 Weekend is Almost Here!

Okay friends…iNSD 2021 Weekend is almost here! I hope you have been following along with my iNSD prep process. To see my previous post, click HERE and HERE. Today, I am sharing the last step in my process, which in my opinion is the most important part.

We can’t start iNSD Weekend without:

  1. Comfy clothes!
  2. Snacks and Drinks (or Dranks – if you know what I mean!)

Now, for the epitome of iNSD attire, I present to you…my pajamas! Yes friends, grab your most comfortable pajamas or lounge wear for this festive weekend of fun. Because honestly, who wants to get all doll up…not me!

As you can see, the coffee cups really amplify the whole ensemble. It’s an entire mood!

Snacks!

Next, grab your snacks! So far, I have selected a small variety of tasty treats. And I have plans to make a small charcuterie board complete with deli meats, pepperoni, cheese, crackers, fruit, and pickles! And never fear…my coffee and chocolate stash is completely stocked and ready to go!

Just look at this lovely array of goodies! And yes, that’s wine my friends…cheers!

MusicGrab My Spotify Playlists!

And last but not least…I must have music while I scrapbook this weekend! A couple of years ago, my wife Aubree made me two playlists on Spotify featuring some of my favorite songs. I have a very diverse musical palette and I love to jam while I’m in my studio making beautiful layouts!

Links to my playlists are posted below – titles created by Aubree of course! Enjoy!

Victoria Marie’s Scrapalicious Playlist – features the sounds of Stan Getz, Pink Martini, Ella Fitzgerald, Cyndi Lauper, Rachel Brown, Grant-Lee Phillips, and more!

Victoria Marie’s Scrapdocious Playlist – features the best R&B and Hip Hop (late-80s, 90s, 2000s) – Talib Kweli, Common, H-Town, Zhane, Amel Larrieux, Mint Condition, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, and more!

Registration is Still Open! iNSD Online Virtual Crop

Alright folks, I think we are ready for a fun weekend of scrapbooking! Quick reminder…you still have time to register for the iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network! For more information and to register, click HERE! The deadline to register is Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST!

I hope to see you there!!!

Getting Ready for International Scrapbook Day and the iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop! Step One: Plan Your Projects!

Hello friends! Did you know that International Scrapbook Day 2021 (iNSD) is coming this weekend? If you are like me, then you are probably getting ready for an awesome weekend of scrapbooking, relaxing, and hanging out with your fellow scrappy friends!

To maximize my creative time during iNSD weekend, I like to prepare my scrapbook materials and projects in advance! This way, I can focus on making layouts and having fun.

Now, you may be wondering, “Victoria, what is your process for preparing for iNSD?”

I am so glad that you asked! I will be sharing my process all week long, starting with how to plan your scrapbook projects in preparation for iNSD weekend.

But first…

If you are looking for a fun place to hang, be sure to check out the iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network! This event will start on Friday, April 30th – Sunday, May 2nd!

Come join us for a weekend of fun scrapbooking challenges, prizes, giveaways, LIVE Zoom Scrap and Chats and more! For more information and to register, click HERE!

iNSD Prep Tip #1: Planning Your Projects

The first step of the iNSD prep process is to plan your projects in advance. This step doesn’t have to be super involved. Simply make a list of the projects you want to work on and go from there. TIP: Be realistic about the number of projects you can actually work on during a short period of time. Overloading your project list could cause undo stress and overwhelm.

Next, be sure to note the photos you will need to print for your projects and any potential supplies and materials that you might want to use. Also jot down any design ideas or scrapbook techniques you might want to try (i.e. mixed media, layering), or tools that you want to experiment with during iNSD weekend. This step in the planning process allows you to get your ideas and plans on paper as you prepare for a weekend of scrapbooking.

If you are participating in the iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop with the Victoria Marie Designs community, don’t forget to review the crop Challenge Descriptions in advance of the event to plan your projects accordingly. All iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop registered participants get instant access to the crop Challenge Descriptions! Woo hoo!

Let’s Go!

Preparing for iNSD weekend in advance will save you so much time and hassle! So, let’s get started! Take a moment to make a list of the projects you want to work on this weekend. Your future self will thank you!

Up Next…

Tomorrow, I will share the next step in my iNSD prep process, Printing Photos and Preparing Supplies. Stay tuned for more!