December Daily 2017 – Album Setup and My Intentions

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In just a few short days, we will be welcoming December 2017…can you believe it? I look forward to this time of year as Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday! I enjoy the hustle of the season, spending time with family, decorating, eating tasty treats, and watching sapping Christmas movies. I welcome the opportunity to slow down a bit and to live in the moment.

About two years ago, I took Ali Edward’s December Daily class. One of the things I took away from her class is to set an intention, or the reason why, for your December Daily project. This year my intention is to live in the moment. To savor new experiences, listen to understand, to entertain the thought of doing absolutely nothing and to practice being still. To take in the sights and sounds of the season and to enjoy all the things that make me happy about the holidays. I want to deep dive into documenting my family traditions – the who, what, when and more importantly…the why. I want to suspend myself in my daughter’s childlike wonder.

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I want to be present and calm and still…

With this in mind, the overall design of this album is going to be clean and simple, keeping the focus on documenting my stories.

My approach to December Daily is easy: Set up what Ali Edwards likes to call “foundation” pages. Foundation pages serve as a holding spot for your embellishing and journaling. While some scrapbookers completely or partially embellish their December Daily albums (nothing wrong with this), I have opted to only insert the pocket protectors, dividers, and the numbers to represent days 1 – 25. I will further embellish each page as I begin to document my stories. You can see a walk through of my album on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

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Now that my foundations pages are setup and I have identified my intention, I am ready to start this project. This will be my 4th December Daily album!

Don’t forget, you can see more of my December Daily process on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and Blog. Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook! Here’s to another awesome December Daily!

 

 

2017 December Daily – Product Preview

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Although hesitant at first, I decided to take the leap yet again into the world of December Daily. This year I am using the Joy Kit by Felicity Jane. This beautiful kit features the most gorgeous holiday icons and sentiments, perfect for any holiday project. For detailed product information, visit the Felicity Jane website.

Here’s a look at the products I will be using for my 2017 album. To see a complete overview including how I will store my December Daily materials, head over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

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This plaid album is stunning! Made from soft faux leather, this album is accented with gorgeous gold hardware. Sadly, it’s currently sold out!

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This kit features some of the most gorgeous pattern papers. Here are both the A and B sides of the papers including the double-sided solid cardstock.

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Included in the kit are these fun velum 6×12 papers along with three 6×8 inserts.

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These pre-punched acrylic dividers are the perfect touch to any December Daily album.

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The Joy Kit includes fun puffy stickers, word stickers, an exclusive stamp set and foam alphas (letters and numbers)!

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Lastly, this kit features flare, fibers and ribbon, 3×4 pocket cards, die cuts, wood veneer numbers (1-31), tags, patches, sequin, and die cut buttons.

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Be sure to check out my 2017 December Daily Product Preview video on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And stay tuned for a look at my album setup!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Album Share! 2016 December Daily

Oh boy! It’s that time yet again when scrapbookers all of the world (well, some of us at least) are about to dig into another year of December Daily. I thought I would kick off the season with a little look at my 2016 December Daily 4×4 album.

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In 2016, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to dig into a December Daily project – I was super busy and a bit tired from the hustle and bustle of starting a new business, family obligations, holiday events, and on and on. However, I kept eyeballing a small 4×4 album that was gifted to me by a scrappy friend and I therefore made the decision to do December Daily but only focusing on the highlights of my holiday – a few pictures and embellishments with a bit of journaling.

The process started out great, but toward the end I tuckered out and lost interest. I don’t know if it was the size of the album or if I just wasn’t motivated to finish, but I hoped off the December Daily train and left my little album in the dust!

So here I am…finishing my DD album before I prepare to work on my 2017 album (more on that later). And you know what…it’s okay. There are no rules when it comes to December Daily or any other scrapbooking project. Sometimes the process just ebbs and flows.

It’s all good!

Here’s a quick look at my 2016 DD album. A complete walk through of this album can be found on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. And be sure to check out my 2017 December Daily Product Preview and Album Setup, coming to my YouTube Channel and blog later this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

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This album was created with materials from my Christmas scrapbooking stash!

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Black Friday Sale! Save 30% off ALL Victoria Marie Online Classes

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Layout Share – Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat

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In October 2017, I hosted the 2nd Annual Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat in Weatherford, TX. During the retreat, I created 10 layouts…which was 5 more than I created at last year’s retreat! The job of being a host can be a bit busy so I consider making 10 layouts an accomplishment.

Go me!

Prior to the retreat, I made several scrapbooking kits, using items from my stash and previous kit club materials. Preparing kits in advance takes the guess work out of trying to decide what elements to use on a layout and maximizes creative time during crops and retreats. I was so impressed with myself for being super prepared!

Below are photos of the layouts that I created. To see an overview of these pages, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Here’s a closer look:

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Materials: Maggie Holmes

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Materials: Elle’s Studio

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Materials: Hip Kit Club

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Materials: Elle’s Studio

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Materials: Pink Fresh Studio

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Materials: Elle’s Studio

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Materials: Hip Kit Club

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Materials: Felicity Jane

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Materials: Pink Fresh Studio

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Materials: Paige Evans

Thanks for stopping by!

Make a Mega Kit! Felicity Jane Creative Media Team

Hey peeps! I am back with another Felicity Jane Creative Media Team layout share using a variety of materials from several FJ kits that I have pulled together into one mega kit!

If you are like me, then you probably have a bunch of old kits hanging around. Why not take those kits and make one big kit? Not only will you save money but you will also fall in love again with your kits.

Here’s what I pulled together…

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The cool thing about Felicity Jane kits is that all of the colors and designs coordinate so well together. You can literally pull together a stylish kit without much fuss. I started by pulling all of the 12×12 papers together (along with paper scraps) and organized the leftover embellishments packs, letter stickers, die cuts, stamps, and accents (i.e. metal, cork, and acrylic). All of these elements were placed in 2-gallon plastic bags and stored by my craft desks.

From this mega kit, I created this layout:

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This one layout features items from 6 Felicity Jane kits! Talk about getting mileage out of leftover supplies! Notice how each element is perfectly coordinated to create one cohesive look. And the best thing – I am not wasting supplies!

So, look around your craft space and grab those leftover (or unopened) kits and challenge yourself to make one mega kit! Try mixing manufacturers or if you don’t belong to a kit club, make your own mega kit from items out your stash.

To learn more about this layout, visit the Felicity Jane Blog! Happy kit making!

Recap – 2nd Annual Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat

2nd Annual Scrapbook Retreat

Did you know that I host an annual scrapbook retreat? In fact, this past October I hosted the 2nd Annual Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat. This sold out event welcomed 19 lovely scrappers for a weekend of fun, laughter, and of course…scrapbooking! I wanted to share a few highlights from the retreat. I will be posting more information about upcoming retreats soon so stay tuned! And be sure to check out the Victoria Marie Retreat Vlog on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel.

THE VENUE

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This year’s retreat was held at the Covered Bridge Inn in Weatherford, TX. This is my second time hosting a retreat at this venue and I absolutely love it! This venue is nestled in a stunning country setting, complete with a two-story house, a large crop room, comfortable sleeping quarters, a deck with hot tub, massage therapy services (by appointment only), and fuzzy chickens! Yep, you read right…fuzzy chickens!

Owners Sandra and Jim Campbell provide the ultimate in guest service and hospitality. Since opening their doors in 2015, their business has grown! Guests feel incredibly welcomed and receive nothing short of 5-star treatment!

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Sandra and Jim Campbell, Owners and Innkeepers of the Covered Bridge Inn

THE CROP ROOM

The crop room features large spacious tables, perfect for working on a variety of crafting projects, comfy chairs, a large flat screen TV with streaming services, free WiFi, and easy access to restrooms, the kitchen/dining area, ice machine, soda/water station and patio deck.

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THE RETREAT GUESTS

This year I welcomed 19 scrappy friends from the U.S. and one scrappy friend from the UK – many of whom I have become friends with via the internet over the past 2-3 years. There is nothing better than getting together with like-minded crafty ladies and having a great time!

Retreat guests were greeted with awesome swag, thanks to our 2017 sponsors:

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I am so thankful for our sponsors!!!

As everyone settled in, we all enjoyed three awesome evenings of scrapbooking, laughing, and more laughing! I laughed and talked so much that by the end of the retreat, I nearly lost my voice!

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A beautiful stamp from Angie Rushlow!

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Julia and her stunning layouts!

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Karman, Laurie, and Julene working away…

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Heidi is relaxing and creating!

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My beautiful mess!

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Yummy food prepared by Sandra and Jim!

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Scrapbooking…it’s what we do!

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Alyssa was the first to finish a layout!

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On Friday of the retreat, we headed to the Mesquite Pit, a local BBQ joint, for a group lunch. Afterward, some of the guests decided it was worth blowing their life savings and headed over the Tuesday Morning for a shopping spree! One can never have enough scrappy stuff, right?

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Lunch at the Mesquite Pit – Weatherford, TX

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1, 2, 3…SHOP!! Tuesday Morning flow. 

Later on Friday heading into Saturday, scrappers participated in three fun scrapbooking challenges, most notably the Iron Scrapbooker Challenge where guests were given a set of scrapbooking ingredients and a limited time to create a layout. While some welcomed the challenge, others felt the pressure! In the end, Sarah Swann, a fellow scrappy YouTuber, won the title of Iron Scrapbooker!

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Completing the Iron Scrapper Challenge!

Throughout Saturday, guest enjoyed massages and a few more trips to local craft and hobby stores for a bit of shopping. As the day ended, some of us decided to stay up super late, dubbing ourselves “The 3:00 am Crew”.

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The 3:00 am Crew! We go hard!

Yeah, I felt it the next day. 🙂

UNION SCANDAL

This is Angie…she was named the Union President at the first Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat, a title she holds near and dear to her heart. Unfortunately, due to her stringent “keep your scrapbook area clean policy”, she was nearly dethroned by Sarah Stanley! A noticed was left on Sarah’s table, demanding that she keep scrappy space clean.

We are working on bridging the gap…this could get messy! LOL!

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Union President Angie Rushlow

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The infamous note…scandalous! 

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Angie confronting Sarah about her mess…Sarah planning her takeover! They hugged shortly after yet there is still work to do! Of course we everyone cracked up! LOL!

FUN TIMES, GREAT FRIENDS

Hosting the 2nd Annual Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat was so much fun! This is truly the best part of what I do – bringing together scrappers from all over the world in a space where we can just be who we are, enjoying this amazing hobby, and having a ball!

Check out the Victoria Marie Scrapbook Retreat Vlog on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And stay tuned for information about future retreats!

 

A great big THANK YOU to all of my scrappy peeps who attend this year’s retreat, to Sandra and Jim Campbell for being excellent hosts, and to our fantastic sponsors!

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I love these ladies with all of my heart!