The 2023 One Little Word project is in full swing and today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m sharing my OLW prep process and album setup! I have been participating in OLW since 2019 and it has become one of my favorite scrapbooking projects every year.
OLW as a concept has been around for many years. However, scrapbook industry expert, Ali Edwards, introduced OLW to the storytelling community over 12 years ago. The idea is to select a word that you can live through and reflect on throughout the year.
This year, I have selected the word SLOW to guide my life and my intentions in 2023. This word is timely and very much needed as I tend to go at warp speed and often underestimate the importance of slowing down. Throughout the year, I plan to share my OLW journey with you. To be honest, I’m a little scared but also very excited for this word. It is very difficult for me to slow down. I have a strong feeling that SLOW will teach me a thing or two – a lot life lessons are ahead of me and I am thankful for that!
So far, SLOW as taught me to be still, to embrace being quiet, to take a break, to read, to study, to think, and to relax. I am opening my heart and my mind to intentionally practicing the art of going slow. In some ways this is very easy, in others ways it is extremely hard. Going fast has greatly impacted my personal and professional life. I have learned that I need to pump the breaks a bit and enjoy my life…one day, one moment at a time.
Be sure to head to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see my OLW prep process and album setup. Click on the video below to check it out!
Products Used: This year, I am using a combination of current and older OLW products. Click HERE to view available products. To learn more about One Little Word by Ali Edwards, click HERE!
At the beginning of each year, I make an annual New Year’s scrapbook layout. I started this tradition several years ago and consider it to be an important part of my scrapbooking journey. This project serves as a jumping off point for my storytelling adventures and a declaration of what I hope for in the coming year.
I started this project by taking a selfie! I have found that if I don’t take photos of myself, no one else will (unless I ask)! The photos for this project were resized to 3×4 inches.
Next, I looked for New Year’s themed products in my stash…of which I had NONE! So, I grabbed a digital kit from The Cut Shoppe and paired that with pattern papers and embellishments from the December 2022 Hip Kit Club main kit and embellishment kit. The color story in both collections coordinate perfectly to create a cohesive spread!
I kept the journaling for this project super simple. In the past, I have documented self-improvement resolutions on my New Year’s layouts. However, I have recently found that I prefer to make a list of realistic intensions based on enjoying my life versus self-improvement. For this project, I used a 3×4 pocket card from the Document 365 Collection to journal my plans and thoughts for 2023.
Want to See This Layout Come Together? Be sure to check out my latest livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see how I created this layout.
I hope you are inspired to create your own layout that features your hopes and dreams for the New Year!
Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m sharing five 12×12 inch single page scrapbook layouts that will inspire you to get crafty! Photos of the featured layouts along with product information is provided below.
In 2021, I started an October Daily album. After being inspired by other scrapbook designers who create the most stunning October Daily albums, I wanted to dive in and give it a try. October Daily is like December Daily (by Ali Edwards), however, the idea is to document stories about your everyday life during the fall and Halloween season. I’ve always created traditional 12×12 inch layouts to document my fall memories. But, after many years of scrapbooking, I welcome the opportunity to scrapbook my autumn stories in a different format.
So, with good intentions, I started an October Daily album last fall. I documented a total of four stories, then I abandoned the project! As it turns out, my plate was filled to the brim with projects and deadlines, so my October Daily album got pushed to the side.
However, this year I decided to continue this project but with a different mindset…my October Daily project will be a perpetual album! I am giving myself the freedom to add to this project whenever I want throughout the fall season over multiple years.
Once an album is filled, I’ll just start a new one. This approach offers a ton of flexibility and allows me to focus on the spirit of the project versus worrying about an arbitrary self-imposed deadline to “finish” this album.
Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m continuing my October Daily project by creating two new spreads (story #5 and #6) along with a quick look at the layouts I completed before I stopped working on this project in 2021. Be sure to click on the following video to see these pages come together! Also, photos of today’s projects are posted below.
Citrus Twist Life Crafted Album: To learn more about the album featured in today’s video, click HERE.
For this project, I’m working in a travelers notebook style format (4.25 x 8.25 inches). I find this size to be perfect for everyday and theme-based mini albums.
My goal for this project is to keep my pages simple and clean, with a focus on documenting my everyday stories throughout the month of October.
I love that there are so many options and variations of the October Daily project! Some people create mini albums, while others opt for notebook style projects, even planner spreads! You can truly make this project your own.
I’m so excited to share more of layouts from my October Daily album in the coming weeks! So far, I am having a blast documenting my fall adventures and using a good amount of my fall themed scrapbooking goodies!
Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, we are going to explore a super simple technique that you can do TODAY that will add a subtle touch of texture to your scrapbook layout using a basic shape, cardstock, and a distress tool!
Adding a bit of texture to a scrapbook layout doesn’t have to take away from the composition of the design. For this project, I created a circular element that features textured strips of solid white cardstock. I was going for a subtle monochromatic look with high impact texture for this design.
To begin, I trimmed two circles (7 inches and 7.5 inches) from American Crafts Textured White Cardstock and solid pink cardstock from Felicity Jane using a circle cutter. TIP: You do not need a fancy tool to create circles on your scrapbook layouts! Any circular item can be used to trace a circle for a scrapbook project – a bowl, cup, or a circular container will do the trick!
Next, I trimmed several 1×12 inch strips of solid white textured cardstock and distressed one edge of each strip with a Tim Holtz Distress Tool. Of course, you can use scissors to create distressed edges as well.
To finish this element, I layered strips of the distressed paper on the 7 inch circle and trimmed the excess paper. The 7 inch circle was then adhered to the 7.5 inch pink circle – this provided a bit of framing to the 7 inch circle and allows it to stand out a bit more on the layout. Lastly, the distressed circle element was adhered to the middle of the layout. To complete this project, I added photos, a title, journaling, and embellishing.
I absolutely LOVE how this design came out! The monochromatic color of the circular element coupled with the high impact texture from the distress strips adds a subtle bit of texture and interest to this project. I highly encourage you to give this simple and quick technique a try!
To see this layout come together, click on the video! Links to available products featured in this video are provided below! Thanks so much for stopping by!
During this week’s Wednesday Livestream on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I created an 8.5×11 inch scrapbook layout featuring goodies from my stash! As much as I love using new scrapbooking goodies, there are times when I want to deep dive into my scrapbook stash and challenge myself to create a layout using nothing but my older scrapbook supplies.
I am a firm believer in breathing new life into older scrapbooking products! There are some designs and color palettes that never go out of style. For example, for this project, I used pattern paper from a Becky Higgins paper collection from 2012. The colors in this collection feature grays, orange-red hues, tan, and green. I isolated the colors that worked well for my project (blue, red, and gray) and searched my embellishment stash for items with a similar color palette.
The result? A clean and simple layout composition that was fun to create and easy to replicate for future projects. And I enjoyed the added benefit of using goodies from my stash!
This layout features a story about my daughter’s love of Manga and Anime! She has recently developed a strong interest in Cosplay, dressing up as her favorite Anime characters, and hanging out with likeminded Cosplay fans. And of course, I have to scrapbook her new adventures!
I wanted to make sure that the design of this layout did not take away from the story. I also had to think of ways to stretch my stash since I do not have Anime-themed embellishments or paper (not sure if that exist). But, I was ready for the challenge!
Since I was going for a clean and simple composition, I kept the layered embellishment clusters small yet high impact by incorporating a bit of texture via a puffy stitcher label and a flat-back brad. Also, two tabs were added at the top of the layout to fill in a bit of white-space, and I created a title using two letter stickers designs for added interest and dimension.
Overall, I love the look of this 8.5×11 inch layout…clean, simple, and story-driven!
To see this project come together, click on the video below. I hope you are inspired to reach deep into your stash and to use your older scrapbook goodies to make an awesome layout!
If you are looking for scrapbook inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I’m sharing a few of my recent scrapbook projects to include 8.5×11 inch and 12×12 inch scrapbook layouts. A link to this video along with photos of each layout in this project share is provided below!
Project #1: Simply The Best Moments – 8.5×11 inch layout
This layout is a great example of a clean and simple composition. I created a grid design using two 3×4 inch pockets and two 3×4 inch photos. Next, I added a title using a stamped phrase and foam letter stickers by Thickers. To complete the layout, I adhered small embellishments to accent the pocket cards and the photos to include tabs, die cuts, and wood veneer elements.
Project #2: Grateful For This Tween – 8.5×11 inch layout
I created this layout using goodies from a recent Hip Kit Club kit. The wood veneer circle elements were cut and position to appear as though they are coming off the side of the layout. Next, I created layered clusters using die cut flowers from the kit. For an added touch, I created heat embossed velum butterflies for a bit of movement and whimsy! The black and white photos pop off the page and are balanced by the color palette of the layout.
Project #3: She Calls Me Momski – 12×12 inch layout
This layout was created in honor of Mother’s Day! Using a Hip Kit Club kit, I created a semi-grid layout using fabric pockets! Each pocket was embellished with die cut flowers, butterfly stickers, and wood veneer buttons! I love the composition of this spread!
Project #4: Art Life – 12×12 inch layout
Using my FAVORITE collection of 2022, Simple Stories Simply Vintage Lemon Twist, I created a quick and simple scrapbook layout using 6×8 pattern papers for the background. I took advantage of the graphic element featured on the pattern paper that is positioned on the left side of the layout by cutting around the black doily and positioning a 4×6 inch photo in the opening of the doily, thus creating a really fun layered look!
Project #5: Beautiful Live In the Moment – 12×12 inch layout
This project is a departure from my usual style! I love shabby chic mixed media layouts and recently had the opportunity to review a kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club. This club offers monthly kits that include fantastic materials based on shabby chic mixed media designs. Putting this layout together was so much fun and I am super excited to support an up and coming shop!
Project #6: Create – 12×12 inch layout
This layout was created to celebrate my second year on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Design Team and features a cut file and products by Paige Evans. I love using cut files, so when I saw this design, I knew it would be perfect for this project! To add a bit of interest to the title, I used Distress Oxide Ink to create a dipped effect. The ink only overs the bottom portion of the word CREATE. To complete this project, I used floral die cuts, vellum butterflies, and puffy stickers to frame the photo.
I am a sucker for grid designs, especially when I have a lot of photos that I want to use. For this layout, I’m telling the story of when my family and I moved into our new home in 2018. I kept the design simple by adding a statement cluster at the top right of the layout, supported by a smaller cluster at the bottom of the page. The pattern paper adds so much interest and warmth to the project, along with a hand stitched border.
Project #8: Cheers! Year 41 – 12×12 inch layout
In celebration of my birthday, I like to create a scrapbook layout to commemorate the occasion! Using goodies from a recent Hip Kit Club kit, I created a band of pattern paper, positioned in the center of the layout, and added a hand stitched border for interest and texture. Next, I created small clusters that flank the right and left-side of the photos using a chipboard frame, die cut flowers, and wood veneer hearts. To check out this process video for this project, click HERE!
I hope you enjoyed this fun layout share! And if you are inspired scraplift any of these featured projects, feel free to share your layout with the Victoria Marie Designs Facebook Community! Happy scrappin’!
Every year, I create a scrapbook page to celebrate my birthday. In March of this year, I celebrated my 41st trip around the sun! I love celebrating my birthday and documenting how much I have changed, my current interests, and my hopes for the future.
To see this layout come together, check out the following process video!
This project was so much fun to make! The photos take center stage while the pattern paper and embellishments complete the overlook of this design.
This layout features a layered photo collage. Each photo was resized to 3×3 inches and printed with a white border. TIP: Reducing the size of your photos makes it easier to create a single page multi-photo layout.
To flank the photos, I created small clusters of layered embellishments that feature floral die cuts, wood veneer elements, and tiny chipboard flowers. The title was created using a combination of a word die cut (Cheers!) and chipboard letters from the January 2022 Hip Kit Club Kit. I love coordinating die cuts with letter stickers to create unique title designs!
This layout also features hand stitching! I paired two colors of DMC embroidery floss (#165 and #162) to create a layered stitched look. It’s hard to see the delineation on video and in the photo. But, in-person, this technique offers a really cool effect!
I hope you are inspired to create a layout to celebrate a special occasion in your life! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy National (International) Scrapbook Day! I hope you are taking a little time this weekend to relax and to enjoy our amazing storytelling hobby! If you are looking for a bit of creative inspiration, check out my latest scrapbook process video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!
In this video, I am documenting my second year on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine Design Team. I love scrapbooking about my creative adventures and my opportunities to work as a professional designer in this industry. Designing for Scrapbook and Cards Today has been a dream and I’m so proud to work with some of the best designers in the industry. To learn more about Scrapbook and Cards Today and to subscribe to the awesome publication, click HERE!
For this project, I used items from the Paige Evans Wonders Collection and the Hip Kit Club March 2021 Embellishment Kit, along with an electronic cut file by Paige Evans called Create (available products listed below). I wanted to make a clean, bright, and whimsical layout with layered floral clusters and a delicate title.
I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the Create electronic cut file out of American Crafts White Textured Cardstock. The letters were shaded with Distress Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz and popped up on foam squares for added dimension.
Clusters of die cut florals and accents create a frame around the 5×5 inch photo. I love how the vellum butterflies appear as though they are floating around the layout!
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And of course I had to make a few projects using this stunning release…check it out!
First up, I created a subtle background using the Tim Holtz Honeycomb Stencil and the Blue Ribbon Distress Ink. This particular shade of Distress Ink coordinates well with yellow, black, and white.
And of course I had to make a card using the Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide Ink along with the Tim Holtz Die Cut Ephemera. For this project, I added the Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide Ink to a honeycomb embossing folder to create this really cool design. I will be sharing this technique in an upcoming video on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel so stay tuned!
And for my last project, I made a fun slimline card featuring the Prize Ribbon Distress Ink, applied with a blending tool over a Tim Holtz stencil to create an ombre effect. To complete the card, I adhered floral die cuts from a Tim Holtz ephemera pack.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out this new release at Scrapbook.com! Click here to shop this new collection! And don’t forget to head over to the Tim Holtz YouTube Channel to learn more and to see this new release in action!
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