Product Review – Finders Keepers Libris Scrapbooking Kit

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Finders Keepers, an online scrapbooking store, is owned by Rachel and Sarah who started Finder Keepers to help struggling scrapbookers and to be a source of inspiration through their handmade scrapbook products.

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Finders Keepers offers a variety of products, including their beautifully designed scrapbooking kits! A few months ago, I received the Libris Papercrafting Kit to review. I immediately fell in love with the theme of the kit (books), the quality, and the design of their products! Due to competing demands, I wasn’t able to review this kit right away. But alas! The time has come and I am excited to share these products with you!

 

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Libris Papercrafting Kit – $56.00

The kit contains:

  • 2-12×12 sheets each of 6 designs
  • 2 6×12 stickers sheets
  • 3 rolls of washi in a Finders Keepers dispenser box with protective sleeve
  • 2 coordinating 4×6 stamp sets

Each item in this kit is super high quality – from the papers to the stamps. To take a closer look at each item and to purchase this kit, click HERE!

Here is a scrapbook layout I made using some of the elements from this kit. All of the images are spectacularly whimsical, with nods to literary greats, famous book titles, and quotes. The colors are rich and well coordinated and the overall design is perfect for any paper crafting project.

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The little book stickers are my favorite element in this kit!

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This is the perfect kit for documenting anything related to books!

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To see the full review of  this kit, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And be sure to stop by Finders Keepers to learn more about the owners and their products. Thank you Rachel and Sarah for your patience and for sending me this awesome kit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documenting Magic – Trip Stats! Disney Vacation Album

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Hello friends! I am back with another layout for Documenting Magic, a Victoria Marie YouTube series all about Disney scrapbooking!

Documenting significant details is an important aspect of my storytelling journey. With this in mind, I created a pocket page documenting my trip stats. Some of these stats include:

  • Length of the vacation planning process
  • How many miles we drove from Fort Worth to Florida (too long – I’m never doing that again)!
  • Our Disney resort hotel
  • How many steps we walked
  • Total trip cost
  • Number of Minnie Mouse ears worn

For this layout, I used elements from the Say Cheese I and II collections by Simple Stories, along with elements from my stash to include Thickers fonts (red and black), Jenny Bowlin red sticker fonts, and enamel dots.

Each journaling card contains pre-designed accents – I added additional embellishments for interest. This made the scrapbooking process quick and easy…I did not have to waste time trying to figure out the design of each pocket card.

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I selected photos that best represent the documented details. Some of these photos will appear again in my album with expanded stories.

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I adhered stickers and die cuts to some of the photos for added interest. Overall, I love the way this layout came together!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Before you go, check out the process video for this page on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! Have a magical day!

My Favorite Stamping Tools

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Hello friends! In keeping with my July stamping theme, I want to share a few of my favorite stamping tools! You can catch a full review of these tools on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

1. Stamp Shammy by Lawn Fawn – perfect for cleaning rubber or acrylic stamps. Just add water to the shammy and you are ready to go!

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2. EK Success Powder Tool – This little gem is great for priming paper for stamping and heat embossing. The powder prevents fly away embossing power from sticking to areas where you do not want embossing power to go.

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3. Tonic Studios Stamp Platform by Tim Holtz: This stamp positioning tool is perfect for card making and scrapbooking – ensuring a perfect stamped impression. This tool is great for repetitive stamping.

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4. Archival Ink by Ranger: I am a huge fan of mini stamp pads! These stamps are perfect to take on the go and can be purchased as a set of four (4) coordinating colors (the storage tin is sold separately).

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5. Versa Fine, StazOn, and Versa Mark: The ultimate ink trio – in my opinion, I reach for these stamps every time I am working on a project. Versa Fine is great for detailed stamped images, StazOn works well on slick surface papers (fast drying, prevents smudging), and Versa Mark is most often used for heat embossing.

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6. Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp: I own a ton of roller date stamps but this little roller date stamp is my favorite! I often use roller date stamps on my scrapbook layouts and on my travelers notebook spreads.

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7. Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink by Ranger: I am OBSESSED with Distressed Oxide Inks! This hybrid ink is perfect for a variety of projects from stamping to mixed media.

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8. Favorite Stamp Brands: My favorite stamp brands at the moment include – Elle’s Studio, Felicity Jane, and Ali Edwards. The stamps are high quality and create a perfect stamped impression on any crafty project.

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Hey, by the way…if you are looking for a fun way to learn about easy stamping techniques, check out my new class, Stamping Like A Boss – A Mini Course Bundle, available on July 27th! Purchase the class during the Pre-Sale Event and save 20% off the regular course price by using STAMP20 during checkout!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Scrapbook Process Video – This is My Summer Body!

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Hello friends! I am back with another layout and process video. In honor of my upcoming class, Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle, I wanted to create a layout that featured a stamped title. Creating stamped titles is one of many techniques that I cover in my new course and can be an easy point of entry for those who are hesitant about stamping on a scrapbook page.

This layout features a simple stamped title using the Stanley Alphabet Set by Elle’s Studio and Distress Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz (Ranger).

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To begin, I used a piece of textured black card stock for my background. Using the Stanley Alpha Set and the Distress Oxide inks, I stamped the title This is My Summer Body on the left side of the background. Next, I colored each of the letters with the oxide ink – activating the ink with a little bit of water. Once the water hits the oxide ink, it will oxidize, creating a chalky finish. Distress Oxide inks are perfect to use with dark card stock!

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Next, I layered two 3×4 photos to the right of the title and created embellishments clusters using elements from the June and July Hip Kit Club kits. Also, I created a third cluster at the bottom of the layout using a die cut frame, flower cluster, and a butterfly from the July Hip Kit Club kit, and a chip board bathing suit from the Pick-Me-Up collection by Thickers (from my stash).

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Journaling strips were added to the bottom of the layout.

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To balance out the overall design of the layout, I added a strip of pattern paper, black and white stripe washi tape, and a tab to the left side of the page.

Be sure to check out the process video for this layout on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And for more information about my new class, Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle, click HERE and HERE! Thanks for stopping by!

My Stamp Storage!

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Many years ago, I was an avid stamp collector. At one point I owned over 100 acrylic and wood mount stamps! One day, I realized that I wasn’t using my stamps on a regular basis (not the case anymore) and I needed to make some hard decisions about my stamp collection. So, I did a brutal purge and donated a majority of my stamps to my daughter’s school and a local woman’s shelter. I only kept the stamps that I loved and wanted to use on a regular basis. And those stamps had to fit into 1 container.

Off to the Container Store I went in search of storage solutions! I found this super cute basket along with a set of storage envelopes – the perfect storage option for my small stamp collection.

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I kept most of my acrylic stamps in their original packaging. However, some of my stamps were removed from their packing, so I placed those stamps in clear storage pockets and categorized the stamps by theme: celebration, birthday, letters, numbers, etc.  Clear pockets allow me to see the stamps for easy referencing and use.

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After my brutal purge, I maintained a small collection of wood mount stamps. I only kept the stamps that I absolutely love and could not live without. These stamps are housed on my embellishment center above my craft desk. I am a strong believer in storing your most used scrapbooking tools and materials close to your workspace…this increases the likelihood that you will use them!

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My wood mount stamps are not only functional, but they serve as a great decorative element in my creative space!

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Now, this will come as no surprise, but since I adopted this storage system, I have acquired more stamps! My new stamps do not fit into my current storage container, so I organized them by manufacture or designer and use loose leaf rings to keep the stamps together, like the Elle’s Studio stamps that are pictured here.  Eventually, these stamps will be placed in a storage container.

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So there you have it…my stamp storage in a nutshell! If you have any questions about my storage system or the products that are featured in this blog post, be sure to do so in the comments section.

Also, check out My Stamp Storage video on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!  And in case you missed it, I have a new class called Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle starting on July 27th. You can take advantage of the Pre-Sale Event happening NOW until July 27th – save 20% off the regular course price of $50.00. Use code stamp20 during check out. For more information and to purchase this course, click HERE!

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I hope you have been inspired to organize your stamp stash! Thanks for stopping by!

On Sale NOW! Save 20% During the Stamping Like a Boss Pre-Sale Event!

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The Stamping Like a Boss Pre-Sale Event begins TODAY!

Save 20% off the regular course price until July 27th! Use coupon code STAMP20 during check out.

Do you struggle with stamping on your scrapbook pages? Are you looking for easy scrapbook stamping techniques that you can to use immediately on your next project? Look no further! Stamping Like a Boss – A Mini Course Bundle by Victoria Marie Designs is a fun and interactive self-paced online course that focuses on quick and simple techniques for stamping on scrapbook pages.

This course bundle includes 5 individual 1-hour mini courses with a focus on: stamped backgrounds, embellishments, masking, stamped titles and journaling, and mixed media stamping.

Each 1-hour mini class within the bundle includes a 20-minute instructional video, 40-minute interactive project video with a project assignment (learn while you create) and full color PDF instructional guides that are specific to each mini course topic and much, much more!

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I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!