LAST DAY!! Victoria Marie Online Class Spring Sale!!!

25 off Sale

LAST DAY!!!! LAST DAY!!!! LAST DAY!!!! 

VICTORIA MARIE ONLINE CLASSES SPRING SALE 25% OFF!!!

SALE ENDS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH!!!

Don’t wait! Today is the last day to take 25% off all Victoria Marie Online Classes! If you haven’t taken a VM Online Class, now is a great time!!!

Use coupon code SPRING25. Classroom Link: https://victoria-marie.thinkific.com/

Now Available!

-Layering Like a Boss 2 – Impactful Embellishing
-Layering Like a Boss 1
-Layering Like a Boss Bundle
-Make the Kit – A Mini Course
-A Scrapbooker’s Guide to Mixed Media
-The Holiday Project – 12 Stories 1 Album

Happy Spring and enjoy!

Victoria Marie Spring Clean Challenge – Week 2: Layout Organization

IMG_3223

Hey friends! Welcome to Week 2 of the Victoria Marie Spring Clean Challenge! I am so excited that many of you have been playing along with this challenge and are enjoying the organization process.

This week we are going to focus on those wayward scrapbook layouts that seem to never make it into our scrapbook albums. This of course can be a very large undertaking (depending on how many layouts you have) but it is certainly doable!

Honestly, I admire those who are diligent with layout organization. 🙂

Let’s get started by establishing layout organization and purge criteria. I want to underscore that the systems you create for yourself should be individual and unique to your personal organization style. Likewise, be open to the fact that your system may change as you evolve as a scrapper.

TOOLS:

Before you begin this process, you will need to grab a few things:

  • Your layouts…of course!
  • Containers for your layouts
  • Albums and page protectors
  • Post-It Notes and a pen
  • Adhesive of your choice (to repair layouts if needed)
  • A nice clean space such as your desk or floor to spread out and work!

ESTABLISHING YOUR ORGANIZATION/PURGE CRITERIA

Before you get started, take a moment to establish your organization/purge criteria. In other words, decide if you want to organize your layouts and albums in chronological order, by theme, person, etc.

Next, begin by creating 3 main categories for your layouts: KEEP, REDO, and TOSS.

IMG_3226IMG_3236

KEEP: Sort through the stack of layouts that you want to keep. Assign each layout a home based upon your organization criteria. I found it useful to make labels using Post-It notes to further categorize my layouts. For example, all of the layouts pertaining to my daughter went into one stack, sorted by date.

While going through this process, repair any layouts as needed (i.e. missing letters, fallen stickers). I discovered that some of my titles and embellishments were starting to come off. I simply reinforced those elements using Tombo Mono Aqua Adhesive Glue. When you are ready, slip your layouts into page protectors and place them in their assigned album. Don’t forget to label your album!

REDO: Set aside layouts that you want to redo. I recommend placing these layouts in a separate container and storing them by your workspace. That way you can easily reach for these layouts when you are looking for a project to work on.

IMG_3274

TOSS: If you have identified a few layouts that you no longer want, its perfectly okay to toss them. Yep, you read that right! More on this topic later. Before you toss a layout, see if there is anything on the layout that can be salvaged (i.e. embellishments, ephemera, title). Also, be sure to safely remove the photo from your layout if you wish to keep it. Of course, you may opt to throw the entire layout away…that is totally up to you.  If you are having second thoughts about tossing a layout, consider giving your unwanted layouts away to a friend or family member.

IMG_3245

Goodbye!

Somethings to keep in mind:

  • Create a Unique Organization/Purge System: Every scrapbooker is different and will make organization and purge decisions based on his or her level of comfort. Some scrapbookers desire to keep and maintain all of their layouts while others opt to let some go and only keep the layouts they deem “really special”. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Do what feels comfortable and natural to you.
  • Don’t be afraid to change your process: As you evolve as a scrapbooker, the way you organize your layouts may change. Remain open to this and make adjustment as you see fit.
  • Pace Yourself: Remember, this is not a sprint! If you have a lot of layouts, start with a small stack and go from there. You might find that it will take you longer than a week to organize and sort your layouts.
  • It’s Okay to Toss a Layout: Yes, I assure you it is! If there is a layout that you do not like or if it doesn’t serve a purpose in your storytelling journey anymore, consider letting it go. Now, I recognize that scrapbookers have varied opinions about tossing completed layouts so I will come back to this topic later. 🙂

Okay, you are all set to begin your deep layout organization and purge! Take your time and enjoy the process. I will post of video of my process later this week!

If you are playing along, be sure to post a picture of your before and after on the designated post on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group Page! You could be entered to win a Mystery Scrapbook Organization Prize! A winner will be selected on March 27th!

Layout Share – “Live in the Moment”

IMG_3144

Have you ever taken a picture and thought, “OMG, I have to tell this story!” This photo does it for me!

The Sunday hair dressing ritual is a time honored tradition for so many young girls and moms. This is a time for washing, deep conditioning, and styling – typically done on a Sunday evening in preparation for the week. I remember my mother moisturizing my scalp and braiding my hair – a style that would hold up without much fuss. She was a busy single mother so styling my hair everyday would take up much need time during the week.

My mom is what I call a “kitchen sink stylist”. I remember her telling me to put my head in the kitchen sink as she washed and conditioned my hair. At the time I hated this process because the water would run into my eyes, ears and nose! “Mommy, I drowning!” I would yell. “Girl, you are NOT drowning! Now hush and let me do this!” she would yell in reply.

Old school mamas don’t play!

After this kitchen sink treatment, mom would put on primetime TV…usually Dallas, Falcon Crest, or Dynasty (my love for TV dramas is strong). While she combed, parted and plaited, we watched the Ewing family shenanigans unfold (love me some J.R. Ewing)!

This was our ritual…every Sunday night.

Now I am a mom of a spritely little girl and I have carried on the same ritual (minus the hair braiding…I am not a good hair braider). Each Sunday I wash, condition, and style my little girl’s hair. We catch up on our favorite shows on Netflix – usually Project Runway (my daughter’s favorite) and I style her hair. Instead of the kitchen sink, I wash my daughter’s hair while she takes a bath. Sadly, she is learning to wash her own hair – this signals a slight change to our weekly ritual. (Sniff, sniff…big girl status.) 😦

IMG_3142

There are just some stories that are worth telling and often, upon first inspection, these stories may seem ordinarily mundane. But the stories of our routine rituals are important to the fabric of our storytelling and should be included in our memory albums.

For this layout I used the March 2017 Jane Kit by Felicity Jane. For the title, I used an exclusive Felicity Jane cut file called “Live in the Moment” – this cut file is free on the Felicity Jane website. The layers and clusters are mounted on a piece of gray cardstock. To add a bit of interest, I cut a triangle piece from one of the pattern papers from the kit to serve as an anchor for my photo and embellishments. To this I added flowers, a tab, and labels from the exclusive cut apart sticker sheet.

Clean, simple,  and easy.

IMG_3143

Head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube channel and check out the process video for this layout! And remember…our everyday stories deserve a space in our memory keeping journey! Be well!

Podcast Interview – Live Inspired with Tracie Claiborne

Hello folks! I am so excited to share my latest interview on Live Inspired with Tracie Claiborne. This week Tracie and I are talking about scrapbook organization and the Victoria Marie Spring Clean Challenge! Click HERE to check it out.

Tracie is one of my dearest scrappy buddies and fellow creative entrepreneur. In addition to Live Inspired, Tracie also hosts the Scrap Gals Podcast with Tiffany and Tracie and offers online scrapbooking classes. Her classes are amazing…be sure to show her some love!

Enjoy the show!

LiveInspiredLogov2

 

Week 1 – Victoria Marie Spring Clean Challenge: Scrappy Space Organization

Welcome to week 1 of the Victoria Marie Spring Clean Challenge! This week we are focusing on one (1) area of our scrappy spaces. Yep, you read that right…just ONE area! The purpose of this week’s challenge is to jump-start your scrappy space organization.

And to help you, I have created a Creative Space Organization Planner! Use this planner to sketch out your organization plan and to make note of your action steps and supplies needed to get the task done.

This week I am tackling my scrapbook room closet. Here it is in all of its glory:

img_2898

Yep, I know. 😦

Sadly, I have put off organizing this closet for several months now. I am typically a very organized person but I cannot stand to look at this closet anymore. But before we get started, we need a plan of action!

PLAN OF ACTION

  1. Identify one area in your scrappy space that needs to be purged and/or organized. Perhaps you need to sort and organize your stamp collection, paper packs, or embellishments. Select a zone that you can tackle and complete THIS WEEK. The point is not to do a major overhaul of your space…we are only focusing on one area this week.
  2. Using the Creative Space Organization Planner, quickly create a simple plan to organize your identified zone. Jot down your action steps, supplies needed, and make a sketch of what you want your zone to look like.
  3. Get to work! Once your plan is set, it’s time to get to work. Begin by clearing out your zone (i.e. storage bin, closet, drawer, corner) and sorting through your stash. Be sure to sort the items into three categories: KEEP, DONATE, and TOSS. As you are going through this process, you might want to have extra boxes or bags ready for the items you want to donate or toss.
  4. Based on the items you want to keep, you will need to decide if you need additional storage options such as bins or storage boxes. Make a note of this in the “Supplies Needed” section of your planner PDF.
  5. Once you are finished, immediately take the items you want to toss to the trash. Next, place the items you want to donate by your front door or  place them in your car. That way you will not forget to take those items to your local donation center.
  6. At this point, all you should have left is the items you want to keep. If you need to purchase organization bins or other supplies, set some time aside to do that this week. Otherwise, try to use what you currently have on hand to organize your items – old storage boxes and bins, desk organizers, cube systems all work well!
  7. Organize Your Zone – Now you are ready to get your zone in order by organizing your items. If you have one, pull out your label maker or create labels using cardstock and a marker…you don’t need anything fancy!

Once you are done, identify another zone that you can tackle at a future date. Keep the momentum going! Before you know it, you will have a super organized scrappy space that you will be proud of!

Be sure to take a picture of the space or zone that you organized this week and post it to the designated post on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group! Your name will be entered to win a Mystery Scrappy Organization Prize Pack and a 20% off discount toward a Victoria Marie Online Class!

Be sure to check out my organization process video on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel coming this week!

Happy organizing!

The Victoria Marie 2017 Spring Clean Challenge!

Are you ready to finally commit and organize at least one aspect of your scrappy life? Do you need a challenge to motivate you? Then you should give the Victoria Marie 2017 Spring Clean Challenge a try!

img_2898

Hot Mess Alert! My Scrappy Closet – I will tackle this next week!

The Victoria Marie Spring Clean Challenge is designed to get you motivated to tackle one of three trouble spots that scrappers often struggle with (1) craft room/space organization, (2) layout organization, and (3) photo organization.

The VM Spring Clean Challenge is a 3-week challenge that will begin on March 6th until March 26th.  Along the way I will provide tips and tools to assist you in your organization efforts. Toward the end of this challenge, you will have the chance to win a Mystery Scrappy Organization Pack and a coupon for 20% off a Victoria Marie Online Class!

WEEKLY LINEUP

March 6th to March 12th: Scrappy Space Organization – During this week we are going to focus on identifying ONE area in our scrappy spaces to organize. This is the perfect time to FINALLY organize those trouble spots that have been staring you in the face for a long time! Ideas include: paper storage, embellishment organization, sorting through old tools, etc. Simply focus on one area to complete this week and get it done!

March 13th to March 19th: Layout Organization – It is finally time to tackle those stacks of layouts that have been hanging around your scrap space (or closet). During this week we are going to purge, toss, or re-do (set aside to re-do) our completed layouts. You will be provided with awesome tips that will help you through this process in addition to ideas that will assist you in determining which layouts to keep, toss or re-do.

March 20th to March 26th: Photo Organization – During this week we are going to tackle photo organization! Don’t panic…I am not suggesting that you spend an entire week organizing ALL of your photos! However, we will spend time focusing on just a few sets of photos to organize, print, or toss. You will be provided with tools that will help you manage your photo organization process.

Be sure to check the Victoria Marie Blog and YouTube Channel each week as we work through this challenge! I will have fun videos and FREE tools to keep you motivated and inspired!

img_2899

“Please put us in an album!” – My Layouts

PRIZE

If you haven’t already, be sure to join the Victoria Marie Facebook Group! Each week participants will be asked to post pictures of their organization process on the designated post on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group page.

In order to be eligible to win the prize, participants will need to respond to at least one (1) challenge prompt and post a picture on the designated post for that challenge prompt on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group. Winners will be selected by Random.org. 

A winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, March 27, 2017.

Participants have until March 26, 2017 at 12:00 CST to play along!

ROOM TOUR

To get us started, here’s a look at my scrappy studio on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! I hope you play along with this fun challenge! See you next week!!!