REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Scrap Your Fandom Online Virtual Crop!

Come join us for a weekend of fun and creative inspiration! The Scrap Your Fandom Online Virtual Crop will begin on June 4 – June 6, 2021!

What is a Fandom?

A fandom is simply the state or condition of being a fan of someone or something. Whether you are a major craft and hobby fan, sports, sci-fi, fantasy, music, or arts fan, now is the time to document your fandoms and interests!

Date: Friday, June 4 – Sunday, June 6, 2021

Time: Our Friday Night Zoom Scrap and Chat Kickoff will begin at 7:00 pm CST. The crop will begin at 10:00 am CST on Saturday with our first scrapbook challenge.

Where: This event is hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network!

Price: $7.99 USD per person

Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST

Register TODAY! For full details and to register for this event, click HERE! I hope to see you there!

Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Hello friends! I am so excited to be participating in the Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway! Come play along with the hop for a chance to win $200.00 in prizes!

Make a huge statement with this 8″ x 11″ stamp set! 

This is Altenew’s first-ever stamp set in their largest stamp size category. We hope it inspires you to create projects that are bigger, bolder, and drop-dead gorgeous!

The set features two beautiful layering flowers illustrated in a loosely painted style, plus a collection of leaves. The matching flowers and leaves from the Majestic Bloom 3D Embossing Folder perfectly coordinate in size and will allow you to take your gorgeous flower to the next level by giving it extra dimension! 

This is a 8″ x 11″ clear stamp set containing 41 stamps made in the USA from high-quality photopolymer.

I had so much fun creating this stunning A2 card using Majestic Bouquet Stamp and Die set. Pair this set with your favorite stamping inks to create beautiful projects, from cards to scrapbook layouts!
The set is perfect for creating layered stamped designs. For my project, I used three different shades of coral for the floral images, and two shades of green for the leaves.

Also, this large stamp set can be easily stored in an 8.5×11 binder!

Blog Hop Details!

New products will go live in the Altenew store on 05/11/2021 at 12:01 am EDT. Below are the product links:

The blog hop will be hosted on the Altenew Blog. Click on the link to learn more! LINK: https://wp.me/p6Dps1-dFn

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 5/16/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 5/19/2021.

Blog Hop Order

Come hop along with us! Click on the links provided to see some awesome creative inspiration! And don’t forget to leave a comment in order to be eligible to win a prize! Thanks so much for playing along and good luck!

Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar 

LauraJane

Erum Tasneem 

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Jenny Colacicco

Norine Borys 

Anna Mahtani

Agnieszka Małyszek

Victoria Calvin <—-YOU ARE HERE!

Linda Westfall <—– NEXT!

Emily Midgett 

Sandhya Iyer

Laurie Willison

Preeti Chandran

Seeka

Mindy Eggen

Verity Biddlecombe

Carol Hintermeier

Erin Thompson

Helen Kalb

Joylita Dsouza

Keren Baker

Teresa Litchfield

Bridget Casey

Kelly Griglione

Nandini Karmarkar

Terri Koszler

Karen Brown

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Disclaimer: Affiliate links are provided in this post and are free for you to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used for purchases. Thank you for your continued support!

The Victoria Marie YouTube Livestream is Moving to Wednesdays!

Hello Scrap Bosses!

Heads up…the Victoria Marie Weekly YouTube Livestream is moving to Wednesdays at 2:00 pm CST. If you didn’t know, I go live weekly on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel where I make scrapbook layouts, share product unboxings, tutorials, and more!

Be sure to head over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and subscribe. When you do, click the bell icon so you can be notified whenever I go live on the channel!

I will go live on Wednesday, May 12th at 2:00 pm CST…see ya there!

Starting TONIGHT! iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop!

Hey friends, don’t forget!!

The iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network, kicks off TONIGHT at 6:00 pm CST with a fun Zoom Scrap and Chat Session and two scrapbook challenges!

If you are looking for something to do this weekend in celebration of International Scrapbook Day (iNSD), come join us! For full details about this online virtual crop, click HERE! The deadline to register is May 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST.

This event features:

  • Scrapbooking Challenges
  • Prizes and Giveaways
  • LIVE Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions w/ a Pajama Party and Trivia Night!
  • A Mini Workshop: Creating Uniques Scrapbook Backgrounds Using 1 Stamp
  • Only $7.99 USD!

For full details, a Schedule of Events, and to register, click HERE or go to Online Virtual Crops at the top of this page.

Victoria Marie Designs iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop Sponsors

I want to extend a big THANK YOU to our brand partners who so generously sponsored the giveaways for this event!

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!!!

Altenew Wildflower Paper Crafting Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello friends! And welcome to the Altenew Wildflower Blog Hop! Thanks so much for hopping along with us today. Altenew has an exciting new product release and I am super excited to share it with you!

If you love stunning pattern paper and die cuts, then the new Wildflower Collection is for you! Today, I am sharing an 8.5×11 layout featuring the Wildflower 6×6 Paper Pad and Die Cut Packs. This collection is perfect for making stunning floral layouts!

But first, don’t forget to play along with today’s hop! There are a ton of fantastic giveaways, check it out!

Giveaway Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/05/2021 for a chance to win.

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/07/2021.

Wildflower Collection

Here are the products that I used for my project!

Altenew Wildflower 6×6 Paper Pad
Altenew Wildflower Pink Posy Ephemera
Altenew Bitty Bits Ephemera

Here is the project I created using this new release!

Using pattern paper from the Wildflower 6×6 Paper Pad, I made two banners that serve as an anchor of my photos (3×4 inches). I also used small strips of pattern paper to frame out the top and bottom of the layout.

Next, I added clusters of die cuts from the Wildflower Pink Posy Ephemera Pack and the Bitty Bits Ephemera Pack to both sides of my photos. I adhered foam squares to the back of the die cuts for added dimension and interest. To finish the layout, I created a title by adhering two phrase die cuts, “Perfect Day” and “Memories” to the bottom of the layout.

Continue the Hop!

Be sure to stop by and check out the fantastic projects created by our fellow designers! Thanks so much for joining us today!

Altenew Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Patricia Roebuck

Virginia Lu

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Amanda Baldwin

Karen Brown

Lilith Eeckels

Verity Biddlecombe 

Maryam Perez

Jaycee Gaspar

Jenny Colacicco

Raquel Bowman

Erum Tasneem

Audrey Yeager

Kymona Tracey

Kelly Griglione

Kim Jeffress

Seeka

Zinia Redo

Bridget Casey

Victoria Calvin <—– YOU ARE HERE!

Carol Hintermeier <—–NEXT UP….

Joylita Dsouza

Linda Westfall

Nandini Karmarkar

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler

Helen Kalb

Let’s Get Ready for iNSD 2021 – Print Your Photos, Make the Kits, and Grab a FREE Sketch!

We have two more days until International Scrapbook Day and this week, I am sharing how I am getting ready for a full weekend of scrapbooking! In the previous blog post, I talked about the first step in my iNSD getting ready process which involves making a list of the projects that I want to work on during the iNSD weekend. Today, I am going to share the second step in my process…printing photos and making kits!

Printing Photos and Making Kits

Once you have selected a realistic (emphasis on realistic) number of projects to work on, it’s time to print photos and make a few kits. Let’s start with the photos!

Photos: Select and print the photos the BEST represent the stories you want to document. I usually take this time to print photos in a variety of sizes, depending on the projects I plan to work on. For example, I want to work on several Project Life pages during iNSD weekend. In preparation, I am going to print 3×4 inch and 4×6 inch photos, and a couple of large print photos (9×12 inches) for my Project Life spreads. Printing photos in advance will save you a ton of time and will help in determining design options for your projects.

TIP! Draft a Sketch: Speaking of design, be sure to take a moment to draft a sketch of the potential layouts that you want to make this weekend. In doing so, you will have one less decision to make when you start working on your layouts. If you want to save time, consider using a pre-made sketch! There are a ton of scrapbook sketches on the market – a simple Google search is a great place to start.

Grab this FREE Sketch! To get you started and inspired, download and print this FREE sketch! This sketch is provided in my Sketch Like a Boss class, available in the Victoria Marie Designs Online Classroom!

To download this FREE sketch, click HERE!

Make the Kit! Next, use your photos, layout sketch designs, or another form of creative inspiration (i.e. mood boards, Instagram, Pinterest) to make scrapbooking kits! Take this opportunity to shop your stash, use pre-made kits, or grab a collection of scrapbooking materials. Setting aside a few scrapbooking supplies will help lessen the amount of time it takes to make product decisions when you are ready to scrapbook this weekend.

Next, pair your photos and scrapbook sketches with your kits. Store all of your kits and collections close to your work station for easy access. Remember: You can always add more elements to your kits as needed!

This week I am going to make scrapbooking kits using items from my stash. Also, I am going to grab several of my unused kits (Felicity Jane and Hip Kit Club), along with some new scrapbook collections that I have been hoarding for months!

TIP: Block the Tasks! If you are short on time, consider scheduling a time block for these tasks. For example, tonight, spend some time printing photos. Tomorrow, sketch a few layout designs and pull together a few kits. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in a short period of time!

Okay friends! That’s all for today! Tomorrow, I am going to share the next step in my process…coordinating my iNSD outfits (AKA pajamas) and prepping my snacks!

This is by far the most important part of the process, right? Right!

By the way, if you are looking for a fun iNSD event, considering checking out my iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network! For more details and to register, click HERE! 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!