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!

Registration is Now Open! iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop!

Let’s celebrate International/National Scrapbook Day 2021 with scrapbook challenges, prizes, and giveaways! Come join us for a weekend of fun and creative inspiration!

The iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop will begin on April 30 – May 2, 2021!

What is iNSD?

Each year on the first Saturday in May, International/National Scrapbook Day (iNSD) invites the country to bring their talents together to celebrate the art of scrapbooking. Also known as National Scrapbooking Day, avid scrapbookers gather to share their craft. (National Day Calendar, 2021)

This online virtual crop features:

  • Fun scrapbook challenges!
  • A LIVE Zoom Mini Class – Unique Pattern Paper Backgrounds Using 1 Stamp!
  • LIVE Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions
  • Prizes and Giveaways!
  • Only $7.99 USD per person!

Date: Friday, April 30th – Sunday, May 2nd

Time: Our Friday Night Zoom Scrap and Chat Kickoff will begin at 6:00 pm CST. In addition, there are two scrapbook challenges available on Friday at 3:00 pm CST. The remaining challenges will begin at 10:00 am CST on Saturday.

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

Price: $7.99 USD per person

To learn more and to register, click HERE!

Come join us for a fun-filled weekend!

Friday LIVE on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel – Sponsored by A Cherry On Top Crafts!

Hello and welcome to Friday! Let’s kick off the weekend with another fun YouTube Livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Grab a project and let’s make a layout!

I am so excited to share that A Cherry On Top Crafts, an online craft and hobby store, is the featured sponsor for today’s livestream! I love supporting small businesses and I know that many of you shop ACOT for your scrapbooking and crafting needs (myself included)!

ACOT has been an industry leader for over 20 years and carries thousands of name brand products to include paper crafts, general crafts, needle arts, sewing & quilting supplies, art supplies, and so much more. ACOT also offers a monthly subscription box called The Cherry Box that is filled with awesome crafting goodies! To learn more, click HERE or on the video below!

In addition to their online products, ACOT has a blog with loads of creative inspiration and FREE weekly sketches. During today’s livestream, I will be using this week’s ACOT sketch from the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge (Page Maps). To learn more, click HERE!

For today’s project, I will be using the Garden Party Collection by Maggie Holmes (American Crafts), now available at A Cherry On Top!

Be sure to join us today at 2:00 pm CST (3:00 pm EST) for a fun livestream! And don’t forget to shop A Cherry On Top Crafts for your next scrapbook and crafting supply order. Support small business!

THANK YOU A Cherry On Top for supporting today’s livestream!

LINKS:

A Cherry On Top Crafts: http://shrsl.com/2x0hz

Supplies:
Garden Party by Maggie Holmes (American Crafts)
https://shrsl.com/2x0io
https://shrsl.com/2x0iu

Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes)

Altenew is turning SEVEN and we are celebrating with a fun blog hop! There is a ton of creative inspiration and over $1400 in prizes! Check it out!

Special Offer

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY7TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV21 at checkout. Offer valid from 4/8/2021 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/11/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop here: https://altenew.com/ Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. 

Giveaway Prizes

Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!” 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.

Check out the project I created using the Build A Flower Hawaiian Coral Stamp Set*!

Altenew layering stamps and coordinating die sets make it super easy to create stunning projects!
Each element can be layered to create a unique design.

Hop Along – Check Out These Designers

Be sure to check out the featured designers for this hop. Links are provided below! Thanks so much for joining us today and don’t forget to play along for a chance to win fun prizes! Enjoy!

Day 1: April 8th, 9:00 AM EDT

Altenew Blog

Laura Bassen

Vicky Papaioannou

Kathy Racoosin

Emily Midgett

Amanda Baldwin

Erum Tasneem

Scrapbook.com

Nathalie DeSousa

Simon Says Stamp

Svitlana Shayevich

Jenny Colacicco

Mindy Eggen

Yoonsun Hur

CiLi in Papers

Isha Gupta

Caly Person

Victoria Calvin

LauraJane

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

FREE Class: 10 Designers Create 10 Cards for Kindness™ from Scrapbook.com!

Looking for something creative to do this weekend? Why not take a FREE class! Join me and my fellow instructors for 10 Designers Create 10 Cards for Kindness™, an online course hosted by Scrapbook.com!

In this ten-part series, you will get an insider look into the creative process of 10 celebrated designers who are joining Scrapbook.com to create handmade cards for Cards for Kindness™. Each designer will share their favorite card making tips and techniques.

For this course, I am teaching a lesson called Quick and Easy Cards! In this lesson, I demonstrate how to make a stunning card using just a few supplies: stamping ink, glitter paste, and a die cut sentiment. This card design is super easy to mass produce and is the perfect weekend project!

Come join us! Click HERE to learn more and to enroll!