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!

Only 3-Days Left! Register TODAY! March 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Reminder! There are only 3 days left to register for the March 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop, scheduled for March 18-20, 2022! This awesome online event features fun scrapbook challenges, prizes, giveaways, and Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, complete with a Mini Workshop!

For full details and to register, click HERE!

All of the Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crops are focused on using your stash! This month’s theme is Use Your Tools! If you have a bunch of scrapbooking and crafting tools hanging around in your scrappy space, this event is for you!

Let’s be honest…scrapbooking tools are so much fun to purchase (and collect), however, using the tools we purchase presents another challenge! If we are going to invest the money in your crafting tools, it’s important that we put them to good use.

The March 2022 Online Virtual Crop will help you do just that…USE YOUR TOOLS! All of the challenges for this crop are designed to encourage you to use your tools in a creative way to make scrapbook projects. So, if you haven’t reached for your favorite scrapbook tool in a while, or if you are hesitant to open a new scrappy tool that you have recently purchased, come join us!

Be inspired by and connect with other scrapbookers who want to get the most usage out of their scrappy tools! I hope to see you there!

REGISTER TODAY! To learn more and to register for this awesome crop event, click HERE!

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!

Registration is Now Open! March 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop – Use Your Tools!

Are you looking for a fun weekend of scrapbooking, relaxing, and connecting with other scrapbookers? Come join us for a Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Registration is now open for the March 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop: Use Your Tools! During this crop, we are going to focus on using some of our scrapbooking tools that are hanging around in our stash! Die cutting machines, punches, sewing machine, handheld tools…it all counts!

And guess what? This event is 100% ONLINE! You can enjoy this entire crop from the comfort of your home!

March 2022 Theme – Use Your Tools

The theme for the March 2022 crop is: Use Your Tools. All of the scrapbook challenges for this crop will be based on using your scrapbook tools in a fun and creative way!

The March 2022 online virtual crop includes:

  • Fun Scrapbook Tools Challenges!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Fun Giveaways!
  • 5 Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, one session includes a 45-minute Mini Workshop: Creative Play with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards. All of the Zoom sessions are recorded for playback!
  • The crop is hosted in a private Facebook Group!
  • Only $9.99 USD!

And the best part? You will have 3 weeks to finish the challenges in order to be eligible for prizes! So there is NO RUSH for you to finish the challenges during the crop weekend! And you are welcome to come and go as you please!

For the entire year of 2022, all of my online virtual crops will be focused on using your stash! So, grab your unused or gently used supplies and let’s have some fun!

Register TODAY! To learn more and to register for this crop event, click HERE!

The last day to register is: Saturday, March 19th at 11:30 pm CST. I hope to see you there!

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!

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Registration is now OPEN! February 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop: Scrapbook Kits and Collections!

Registration is now open for the February 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop: Scrapbook Kits and Collections! During this crop, we are going to focus on using some of our unused or gently used scrapbooking collections and kits that are in our stash!

Date: February 25-27, 2022

February 2022 Theme – Scrapbook Kits and Collections
The theme for the February 2022 crop is: Scrapbook Kits and Collections. All of the scrapbook challenges for this crop will be based on using your scrapbook kits and collections in a fun and creative way! This is a great opportunity to make a serious dent in your scrapbook kits and collections stash!

The February 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop includes:

  • Fun scrapbook kit and collections theme challenges!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Fun Giveaways!
  • 5 Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, one session includes a 45-minute Mini Workshop: Tips and Ideas for Making and Organizing Scrapbook Kits.
  • 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! The deadline to register is February 26th at 11:30 pm CST.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: To view the Schedule of Events for this crop, click HERE! NOTE: The crop Challenge Descriptions will be provided upon registration.

Come join us for this awesome crop event! I hope to see you there!


SAVE the DATE! February 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

SAVE THE DATE!


The February 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop, Scrapbook Kits and Collections, is scheduled for February 25-27, 2022.


Full details and registration will be available on Friday, February 11th!


If you purchased the Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop Bundle, you will be sent an email with the link to the February Rock Your Stash Facebook Group on Friday, February 11th!


To access the 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop Calendar, click on the link below!
LINK: https://bit.ly/34yaMZw

Stay tuned!

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

Registration is now open for the January 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop, scheduled for January 21-23, 2022!

The theme for the January crop is: Pattern Paper and Paper Pads

This means that all of the challenges for this crop will be based on using your pattern paper, speciality paper, and paper pads from your stash! Grab what you have on hand and let’s play!

Register TODAY! For full details about this online virtual crop and to register, click HERE or click on the Online Virtual Crops tab at the top of this page.

Registration for this crop will close on January 22, 2022 at 11:30 pm CST.

I hope you are ready to ROCK your STASH! See you soon!

My Top 5 Tips for Scrapbook Success in 2022!

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 365 days of creative opportunities and possibilities! If you are like me, then you are probably ready for another year of scrapbooking and creating. If not, no worries! I’ve got you covered. Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and Blog, I am sharing my Top 5 Tips for Scrapbook Success In 2022!

I explain each of my tips in detail in the video below!

My Top 5 Tips for Scrapbook Success in 2022:

Tip #1 – Make a list of the scrapbook projects you want to work on in 2022.

Tip #2 – Start with a clean slate! Purge, clean, and organize your scrappy space!

Tip #3 – Replenish your most used scrappy supplies!

Tip #4 – Prep scrapbooking kits and print your photos.

Tip #5 – Schedule your scrappy time – make it a PRIORITY!

Something to keep in mind…

January 1st is not a magical date…it’s just a date. DO NOT put pressure on yourself to rush into your creative projects. Take a deep breath, relax, and start slow and small.

Pick one task or project to work on and go from there. Remember, crafting is supposed to be FUN, not stressful! Enjoy all of the creative opportunities that 2022 has in store for you!

Happy New Year from Victoria Marie Designs!

Let’s do this!

My Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2021!

Hello friends! Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and Blog, I am sharing my Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2021, plus a little extra! Click on the video below to see my top picks! Then scroll down to see photos of my selected layouts.

At the end of the year, I like to take a moment to pour through my completed layouts. I enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that I have albums full of stories that I can look back on. This is one of the many reasons why I enjoy scrapbooking!

For me, it’s not enough to just make a layout, then put it away sight unseen. I want to cherish all of my layouts for many years to come! And I hope you will take a moment to do this same!

My Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2021

Layout #1 – Coffee Time (8.5 x 11 inches) Product: Hip Kit Club

Layout #2 – Hello 40 (8.5 x 11 inch) Product: Maggie Holmes (American Crafts)

Layout #3: Smother (12×12 inch) Product: Hip Kit Club

Layout #4: The Story of Autumn (12×12 inch) Product: Hip Kit Club

Layout #5: Tween Mode (12×12 inch) Product: Felicity Jane

Layout #6: Teaching Adventure (12×12 inch) Product: Hip Kit Club

Layout #7: Summer Days (12×12 inch) Product: Echo Park

Layout #8: Best Pals (12×12 inch) Product: Tim Holtz (Ranger), Felicity Jane

Layout #9: Simple Pleasures (12×12 inch) Product: Vicki Boutin (American Crafts)

Layout #10: Christmas Vibes (12×12 inch) Product: Hip Kit Club

BONUS LAYOUTS!

Bonus #1: Fourth of July (12×12 inch) Product: Echo Park

Bonus #2: My Turn (12×12 inch) Product: Felicity Jane

Bonus #3: Life in Focus (12×12 inch) Product: Simple Stories

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2021! If you have questions about a specific layout, be sure to post it in the comments. I look forward to sharing more projects and creative inspiration with you in 2022!