EASY Scrapbook Tutorial! Creating Subtle Texture Using a Basic Shape, Cardstock and a Distress Tool!

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!

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Creating an 8.5×11 Inch Scrapbook Layout Using Goodies From My Stash!

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!

Creative Inspiration! Sharing Some of My Favorite Layouts!

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.

To see this layout come together, check out the recorded replay of the Let’s Make a Layout National Scrapbook Day Livestream Event, available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Project #7: Home Sweet Home – 12×12 inch layout

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’!

NEW Scrapbook Process Video – Let’s Make a Layout! Cheers Year 41!

Happy Friday! Let’s kickoff the weekend with a fun scrapbook process video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Today, I am making my annual birthday layout called Cheers! Year 41, using goodies from the January 2022 Hip Kit Club Scrapbook Kit and Embellishment Kit. This 12 x 12 inch layout features a photo collage, simple embellishing, and a bit of hand stitching.

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! Let’s Make a Layout!

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!

To see this project come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. And if you are a Victoria Marie Patreon, be sure to check out the Bonus Content for this video, now available on the Victoria Marie Patreon site!

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Happy National (International) Scrapbook Day! I hope you are enjoying a full weekend of fun, relaxation, and tons of creating!

*Available Products Used:

Other Products:
Create Cut File by Paige Evanshttps://etsy.me/3sf7DGD

The Ink Standhttps://inkstandshop.com/

Barely Art Precision Craft Gluehttps://bearly.art/products/bearly-art-precision-craft-glue-4-fl-oz

Hip Kit Clubhttps://www.hipkitclub.net/

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Introducing The New Tim Holtz Distress Ink Color – Prize Ribbon!

Hello friends! Today, Tim Holtz (Ranger) released a new Distress Ink Color, Prize Ribbon! This new color is the perfect addition to your Distress Ink collection.

Scrapbook.com sent me the Prize Ribbon Distress collection to share with all of you and let me just say…it’s amazing! Prize Ribbon is available as a Distress Ink, Distress Oxide, Distress Paint, Distress Embossing Glaze, and as a Distress and Oxide Spray.

To shop the complete collection, click HERE!

And of course I had to make a few projects using this stunning release…check it out!

Created by Victoria Marie Designs 2021

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.

Created by Victoria Marie Designs 2021

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!

Created by Victoria Marie Designs 2021

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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Scrapbook Process Video | Using a Simple Silhouette Cut File!

Hello friends! Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing a 12 x 12 layout featuring an electronic cut file called “I Love Your Smile” by Lori Whitlock for Silhouette. I love using cut files on a scrapbook project and this design was the perfect choice for this layout.

Recently, my daughter got her very first set of braces to correct an overbite. Getting braces almost seems like a rite of passage for some kiddos. She was nervous at first (and so was I), but she handled it like a champ and of course, I had to scrapbook the adventure!

To see this layout come together, click on the video below!

Products Used: January 2021 Hip Kit Club Scrapbook Kit and Scrapbook Embellishment Add-On, “I Love Your Smile” by Lori Whitlock for Silhouette, PicFrame Photo Collage App (iOS and Android).

I love the floral cluster that frames the bottom of the title! (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)
All of the bright colors are perfect and work well with the photos. (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)
Using an electronic cut file makes designing scrapbook pages super easy! (Victoria Marie Designs 2021)

New Scrapbook Process Video – Merry Everything!

Merry Christmas Scrap Bosses!

I hope you are having a fabulous holiday! Today, I am sharing a holiday themed layout on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel called Merry Everything, using the November Hip Kit Club scrapbooking kit and scrapbooking kit add-on (sold out).

Every year during the holidays, my family and I enjoy what we like to call fancy hot cocoa. Our fancy cocoa always includes whipped cream, sprinkles, marshmallows, and candy canes. I love setting up our hot cocoa station complete with all of our favorite fixings. It’s our yearly winter tradition that we look forward to!

See this layout come together on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Photos of this project are provided below.

The photos in this layout were taken almost five years ago when my daughter was in kindergarten. After a particularly long day of work and school, we stopped at Target to buy fancy hot cocoa fixings. I remember how excited she was to find marshmallows that were shaped like tiny Christmas trees!

I love the layered look of the page! All of the products used are exclusive from the Hip Kit Club. Unfortunately, this particular kit is sold out. But, be sure to stop by the Hip Kit Club Shop to see their latest kits!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Look for more scrapbook inspiration to come!

Using New Pocket Cards by Scrapbook.com on a 12×12 Layout!

Did you know that Scrapbook.com has a new line a pocket cards? In my latest process video on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I create a collage background using the Everyday Moments Simple Scrapbooking Pocket Cards by Scrapbook.com!

I love pocket scrapbooking, but over the years, I have incorporated pocket cards in a variety of scrapbooking projects – travelers notebooks, mini albums, card projects, and traditional layouts! The Simple Scrapbooking Pocket Cards are stunning and feature modern designs and prints.

I used one 4×6 inch and three 3×4 inch pocket cards to create a collage background on a 12 x 12 inch scrapbook layout. Using items from my stash, I added a title, pattern paper, and embellishments to round out the overall design.

The Simple Scrapbook Pocket Cards come in a pack of 3 x 4 inch and 4 x 6 inch double sided cards. There are plenty of cards for journaling, adding photos, and embellishments. If you like using pocket cards, be sure to check these out!

To see this layout come together, check out the following process video. Links to available products used for this project are posted below!

Did You Catch the Replay? YouTube Livestream Scrapbook Process Video!

The recorded replay of the Victoria Marie YouTube Livestream Scrapbook Process Video (aired 10/19/2020) is available for your viewing pleasure!

During this live session, I created a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout featuring the Tori Kit by Felicity Jane.

Every year, I create a scrapbook layout to celebrate my mom’s birthday. She turned 72 years young this month. Sadly, in the midst of my busy schedule, I totally forgot her birthday! I felt so horrible (still do). But, the day was saved with tons of apologies, hugs and kisses, handmade cards, and dinner at Red Lobster. Mom loved it!

Because this layout has a really large title, I didn’t have much room for journaling. To remedy this, I created hidden journaling, attached on the back of the layout using a handmade pocket. The tab invites the viewer to read the hidden journaling.

Be sure to check out the recorded replay for this project! I will be back LIVE on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel this Friday with another scrapbooking project!


Felicity Jane – Tori Kit


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