My 2023 New Year’s Scrapbook Layout!

At the beginning of each year, I make an annual New Year’s scrapbook layout. I started this tradition several years ago and consider it to be an important part of my scrapbooking journey. This project serves as a jumping off point for my storytelling adventures and a declaration of what I hope for in the coming year.

This year, I used the Document 365 January Digital Kit by The Cut Shoppe along with the December 2022 Hip Kit Club Kit to create this 12×12 inch scrapbook layout.

I started this project by taking a selfie! I have found that if I don’t take photos of myself, no one else will (unless I ask)! The photos for this project were resized to 3×4 inches.

Next, I looked for New Year’s themed products in my stash…of which I had NONE! So, I grabbed a digital kit from The Cut Shoppe and paired that with pattern papers and embellishments from the December 2022 Hip Kit Club main kit and embellishment kit. The color story in both collections coordinate perfectly to create a cohesive spread!

I kept the journaling for this project super simple. In the past, I have documented self-improvement resolutions on my New Year’s layouts. However, I have recently found that I prefer to make a list of realistic intensions based on enjoying my life versus self-improvement. For this project, I used a 3×4 pocket card from the Document 365 Collection to journal my plans and thoughts for 2023.

Want to See This Layout Come Together? Be sure to check out my latest livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see how I created this layout.

I hope you are inspired to create your own layout that features your hopes and dreams for the New Year!

YouTube Live Replay – Nothing But Stash…Holiday Edition!

Did you miss this week’s livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel? No worries! Be sure to check out the replay to see me create this 12×12 inch scrapbook layout using products from my holiday stash!

To be honest, I need more holiday scrapbooking supplies like I need a hole in my head! In fact, this year I decided to use my holiday scrappy stash for my Christmas projects, both single page layouts and my December Daily album, instead of buying new holiday supplies. For this project, I used a lot of goodies from the Simple Stories Make It Merry Collection along with a few items from older collections by American Crafts. I love to challenge myself to use some of my older products for my current projects.

For this project, I documented a past trip to the Gaylord Texan with my daughter to see their lovely Christmas displays. This is a special holiday activity we enjoy almost every year. I focused on creating layered clusters with tons of dimension, along with a bit of distressing via torn edges on three sides of the layout. I truly believe that tearing edges of pattern paper will never go out of style!

During the livestream, I struggled to find a spot for my title and journaling. So, I decided to use the “Good Cheer” foam stickers for my title, positioned under my 3×4 inch photos. And I created a hidden journaling pocket on the back of my layout for my journaling. There is a solution for most problems!

I LOVE creating holiday scrapbook layouts and this project was so much fun to make! To see this layout come together, be sure to catch this week’s livestream replay, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! I will be back on December 28th with more awesome projects LIVE on my channel!

Products: Most of the products used for this project may not be available. However, Simple Stories has a stunning new holiday collection that you will want to check out! Click HERE to learn more!*

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1 Paper Pad + 10 Layouts…This Was a Crazy Challenge!

A couple of week’s ago, I challenged myself to use 1 paper pad to create 10 scrapbook layouts. And to make things interesting, I constructed all 10 layouts during my Wednesday YouTube Livestream!

You read that right…ALL 10 LAYOUTS!

This all began when I was purging and organizing my scrapbook studio several months ago. During this process, I let go of several paper pads but kept a small stack (just in case). I told myself that I could keep my remaining paper pads if I used them on a big scrapbook project sometime in the near future.

Recently, while going through my scrapbook supplies, I came across the Arcadia Paper Pad by DCWV. I love the color palette of this paper pad and immediately knew that I had to use it. I also wanted to inspire other scrappers to use paper pads from their stash to create stunning scrapbook projects.

So, my 1 Paper Pad + 10 Layout Challenge was born!

My process was simple:

  • Deconstruct the Arcadia paper pad to create 10 scrapbook kits (3-4 pattern papers per kit).
  • Add embellishments from my stash to round out each kit.
  • Use the kits to create 10 layouts!

To see the prep process of this challenge, click HERE! I completed the entire process live on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel.

The following week, I created all 10 layouts during my weekly livestream. In fact, it took me 3 hours to construct all 10 layouts! Not too shabby! To see the construction of all 10 layouts, click HERE!

After completing this challenge, I had a few scraps of paper left over from the Arcadia paper pad. So, I decided to make a few extra projects to include tags, cards, and more. And of course, I created all of these projects live on my YouTube Channel…click HERE to check it out!

Overall, I absolutely LOVED this entire experience – from deconstructing the Arcadia paper pad to making a bunch of layouts. But, what I love the most is that several members of our scrappy community were inspired to do this challenge as well! I love seeing all of your projects on Instagram and Facebook!

So, the questions remains…will I do this challenge again? You bet! In fact, I’m planning another challenge for October 2022 so stay tuned for more.

Meanwhile, the following are photos of all 10 layouts plus the bonus projects I created using the Arcadia paper pad. If you were inspired to create scrapbook projects based on this series, be sure to tag me on Instagram @victoriamariescraps or on Facebook!

The Projects

Layout #1: This Story – 12×12 inch Single Page

Layout #2: She is Lost In a Book – 12×12 inch Single Page

Layout #3: Lovely Day – 12×12 inch Single Page

Layout #4: You Make Today Better – 8.5×11 inch Single Page

Layout #5: Crafty Merch – 12×12 inch Single Page

Layout #6: Mom Life – 12×12 inch Single Page

Layout #7: What a Crazy Kid – 8.5×11 inch Single Page

Layout #8: Love – 12×12 inch Single Page

Layout #9: Everyday Calvins – 12×12 inch Single Page

Layout #10: Sunshine Girl – 12×12 inch Single Page

Bonus Projects Using Scraps from the Arcadia Paper Pad

Projects: Frames, Tabs, Pockets, Embellishments

Projects: Cards (US A2 4.25 x 5.5 inch)

Projects: Tags

Projects: Pre-Made Scrapbook Backgrounds (12×12 inch Single Page)

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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!

Friday LIVE on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Hey friends! Join me LIVE today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. During this week’s livestream, I will be working on a couple of layouts in my Hot Springs Vacation Mini Album.

The livestream starts at 2:00 pm CST every Friday! Be sure to subscribe to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, and when you do, click the bell icon, that way you will be notified each and every time I go LIVE on the channel. See you soon!