My New Class with Scrapbook and Cards Today – Scrapbook 101: Begin With The Basics!

I am so excited to announce a fun class that I developed for Scrapbook and Cards Today, Scrapbook 101: Begin With The Basics! I was invited to create this course a few months ago and I am so happy that it is finally done and ready for the masses!

This is one of many classes that I have developed as a contract designer/instructor and it is a joy to turn SCT’s vision into a class that will hopefully be an excellent resource for our scrapbooking community.

In this self-paced, nine-lesson online video course, I will guide you through the basics of scrapbooking. Not only will you learn about what goes into creating a scrapbook layout—basic tools, paper, photos, adhesive and more, but I will also share my knowledge about the principles used for successful layout design and how to incorporate your stories and your favorite photos in a beautiful way!

At the end of class, you’ll create two beautiful layouts! Additionally, written instructions and process videos are provided that will take you step-by-step along the way. This class is designed for those who are new to scrapbooking or as a refresher course for those who have taken a break from this hobby.

The content for this online course is broken down into two sections, The Basics and Structure and Design.

Section 1: The Basics

  • Lesson 1: Basic Tools
  • Lesson 2: Papers, Kits, and Materials
  • Lesson 3: Adhesives
  • Lesson 4: Photos

Section 2: Structure and Design

  • Lesson 1: Choose Your Story
  • Lesson 2: Basic Design Principles
  • Lesson 3: Photos
  • Lesson 4: Journaling
  • Lesson 5: Putting It All Together

This course is self-paced so you will be able to start and resume the course at your leisure!

If you have been interested in learning how to scrapbook, this is the class for you! If you’re a seasoned pro, let your friends know who may be interested in creating alongside you!

This class will be available on July 15, 2022, at 12:00 pm ET in the course dashboard on the Scrapbook and Cards Today website for registered students. The cost of this course is only $20.00 USD/CAN!

I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Scrapbook and Cards Today for this awesome opportunity. I hope this course serves as a great resource for newbie scrappers and for those who are returning to this amazing hobby!

My Experience at the 2022 NAMTA/Creativation Trade Show in Orlando, FL!

I just returned from the 2022 NAMTA/Creativation Trade Show in Orlando, FL and thought I would share a quick report of my amazing experience! For those of you who are not familiar, Creativation, formerly know as CHA, is a craft and hobby trade show. This year, due to budgetary issues, Creativation teamed with a fine arts trade show called Art Materials World. 

I had the distinct honor of being invited to attend Creativation by Scrapbook and Cards Today. My job: To film live Facebook content at the show for the SCT community. With me were the awesome Meghann Andrew and Latisha Yoast!  Before I go on, I must say…I LOVE THESE LADIES SO MUCH! We were so excited to finally meet in person!  There was a lot of hugging and non-stop chatter and we all agreed that we needed at least two more days just to hangout and talk some more! 

They have attended Creativation for several years and showed me the lay of the land.  Meghann is the Social Engagement Coordinator and a Crop & Create educator for SCT and has presented SCT at Creativation for 4 years. Latisha is a professional card designer and has attended Creativation as a demonstrator and instructor for various crafting and stamping companies over the years. They are both a wealth of information! 

Latisha, me, and Meghann!

Unlike previous years, this year’s show had reduced vendor participation. Most of the major players in the craft and hobby industry (i.e., American Crafts) were not in attendance. But, the companies that did participate received a lot of attention (and product orders) which is a very good sign.  I hope that in the coming years, Creativation will rebound and more craft and hobby companies will participate again.

Most of our day was spent talking to (and filming) the teams from Simple Stories, Spellbinders, Hero Arts, Pink and Main, Ranger…just to name a few. There are some awesome products coming to the market this fall!  For example, if you love hot foiling, be sure to check out Spellbinders’ new solid hot foil plates! Also, Simple Stories’ Disney inspired collections are out of this world! And their Christmas 2022 collections are stunning! 

The Simple Stories Team

Our friends at Hero Arts are the coolest around! And they invited us out to dinner (more on that later). Be sure to head over to the Scrapbook and Cards Today Facebook page to see the live video of the Hero Arts booth (along with a few other vendors). 

Me and the fabulous Pocono Pam!

In between chatting, hugging, and giggling, we managed to make our way around the show floor, filming and taking photos for the SCT Facebook page and blog. 

We stopped by the Photoplay booth and the owner asked our opinion about  heavy solid cardstock colors. We chatted about paper weight differences, color preferences and so forth – things that matter to paper crafters. I believe they are thinking about adding more paper weight options to their collection, hence our conversation. It was so much fun to “talk shop” with this amazing company!  

Meghann going live on the SCT Facebook page!

The next day, Latisha and I went back to the trade show to film more content for Scrapbook and Cards Today. We also spent time doing make-n-takes and watching product demonstrations. Here’s a super cool water marbling demo by Deco Arts!  

Marbling demonstration by Deco Arts

I got the opportunity to make this sample and take it home! 

Next up, Pam, Dana, Latisha, and I headed to the Gel Press booth for some print making shenanigans! Pam and Dana had never tried print making before and were a bit hesitant. After tons of peer pressure, they finally dug in and had a blast!  

Making awesome prints with the fabulous Dana Joy!

And of course, I ran into a lot of my industry friends! Many of us connected in 2020 (or before) and were so excited to finally meet in person!

Scrapbook.com Team and Jeff Lindberg!
We ran into my friend Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts!
I finally go to hug my friend Jana Eubank (Simple Stories)!
I hung out with these two beauties – Mindy Eagen and Marie Willis (Hero Arts)

Overall, this was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. Also, I’m completely exhausted after walking more than 20,000 steps per day, not including my visit to Epcot at Disney World; and of course, from the excitement of seeing all of my awesome industry friends! 

My cup is full! I returned home with fresh ideas and lots of energy to pursue several Victoria Marie Designs projects that have been waiting in the wings. I’m ready to keep moving forward with the support and wisdom of many people who have paid their dues in this industry. 

I am forever grateful!

Scrapbook Process Video | Killin’ It! | Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog

I was recently featured as a guest contributor on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog. Today, I am sharing the project featured on the SCT blog along with a brand new process video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

To see this layout come together, click on the following video. Photos of this project along with links to available products are listed below.

This 12 x 12 inch layout features a story about my daughter, who in 2018, participated in a summer fashion show at a tween clothing store called Justice for Girls. She was so excited to get dressed up and walk the runway!

I love the complete summer vibe of this layout – so colorful and whimsical! I used summer themed products from Dear Lizzy, Simple Stories, 5th and Monaco, and the Hip Kit Club (exclusive collection).

I hope you are inspired to document your summer memories, past and present. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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A list of available supplies is provided below. Additional products from the Dear Lizzy Here and Now Collection are also provided! Happy shopping!

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and are completely free for your to use as you shop for product! Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used. Thanks for your support!

I’m in Scrapbook and Cards Today!

Today is the launch of the Summer 2020 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine! I am so excited to announce that I am one of the contributors for this issue. This is the first time my work has been published in a major scrapbooking/crafting magazine!

You can access the FREE digital copy of this issue HERE, or consider becoming a subscriber by clicking HERE. This issue is jammed packed with tons of creative ideas and inspiration for scrapbooking your summer memories!

I will be able to share my project with you in July so stay tuned. Meanwhile, if you have a hard copy or view the digital issue, you can find me on page 31!

A big THANK YOU to Scrapbook and Cards Today for this amazing opportunity!