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 theHip 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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Over the years, I have learned a lot about the creative process. First, it’s a journey and along the way, there are stumbles, falls, surprises, successes, and failures. Stopping midway through the creative journey leads to missed opportunities.
Recently, I was working on a design team project for the Hedgehog Hollow and I got stuck on a card design. I couldn’t figure out how to create a project using the products I was given. I spent about two hours making cards, trying different techniques, testing products, only to throw way about a third of what I was making.
Then it happened…I made a card that was actually pretty decent! It took several tries, a bit of frustration, a tiny bit of creative doubt, and a whole lot of trial and error. But I did it. Hooray!
Roughly seven cards later, this was the finished product (see above). Had I not worked through the process of trial and error, trusted the creative journey, I would not have gotten to this point.
Below are photos of some of my past projects that took a while to complete. Through trial and error, I was able to work through the creative process to produce a finished product.
Why Does this Matter?
The expectation that we should be able to go from point A to point Z of the creative process can be a bit self-defeating! We compare ourselves to artists who’s projects appear to come together so easily, as if their creative process is flawless and magical.
(Spoiler alert – it’s not!)
What we sometimes do not see is the trash can filled with projects gone awry. What we don’t see are the multiple attempts at trying something new or working through a creative block. We ALL go through this…even the most seasoned scrapbooker has been stuck a time or two (or more)!
The urge to give up is strong. Self-doubt creeps in and we say to ourselves, “I just can’t do this.”
But friend…we can.
The journey from point A to Z is where the good stuff is! The creative process gives us room to experiment, find out what works and what doesn’t. We make adjustments and try again. We get frustrated and walk away. And then we come back and experiment some more. We work through the learning curves, and with each step, we add more information and skills to our knowledge base.
At the end of the journey, we often walk away victorious, or if we do fail, we can celebrate the fact that we are much more informed at the end of the process than we were at the beginning.
THIS is why trial and error matters.
The next time you are working through a tough creative challenge, remember that the process is just as important as the outcome. It is through the creative process that we learn, grow, and develop our skills. If you don’t know how to do something, find a resource and get crackin’!
Don’t be afraid of the journey. Embrace trial and error…you’ll be glad that you did.
I am in the process of finishing my daughter’s baby book (five years later)! I recently received the This is Halloween kit from the Scraptastic Kit Club and and decided to skip ahead in her book and complete a layout that documents her first Halloween.
My baby was about 8 months old in this photo…she was so tiny and precious. We had a hard time picking out a costume for her. So, one of my friends offered to make a tulle tutu, which turned out super cute! I paired that with a onesie that said, “Daddy’s under my spell”, and there you go! My cute Halloween Baby!
Needless to say she struggled with the tutu a bit. It’s hard to crawl when you have layers of tulle surrounding you! She was completely frustrated! Finally she managed to get on her knees and began to crawl all over the kitchen…tulle tutu and all! I really enjoyed scrapbooking this memory…the older she gets, the harder it is to remember all of the little details of her baby years. I always recommend to new moms that they take a moment to capture those memories, even if its just writing them down on a piece of paper.
I wish I would have done that!
Of course I couldn’t tell this story with just one layout! I created a corresponding pocketed layout that extended the story of her first Halloween.
Scraptastic offers a separate pocketed scrapbooking kit called This Life Noted. I used some of the 3×4 cards that came with the kit along with a few embellishments to create the pocketed layout. Sometimes I need a bit more “real estate” to tell the full story. Plus, creating a pocketed layout allows me to add more photos.
This second page came together quickly – its so simple and clean.
Here’s what I used:
October 2015 This Life Noted 3×4 cards
White Textured Cardstock
Black and White stripe paper – “Magic” from the After Dark Collection by My Mind’s Eye
Pattern Paper (orange/dots) – Scraptastic Exclusive
Pattern Paper (blue/stratus clouds) – “Something Wicked” by My Mind’s Eye
Mist – “Black Velvet” by Heidi Swapp
Washi Tape – from my stash (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
Die Cut Stickers – “Moonlit” by Authentique
Spider web stamp – “This is Halloween” by Scraptastic Kit Club
Die Cuts – “Something Wicked” by My Mind’s Eye
Font /Shapes (Black) – “Spooky” by Thickers
Font (orange/glitter) – “Boo” by Thickers
Alpha stickers (orange) – Jillibean Soup Mini Alpha
Puffy Stickers – “Studio Puffs” by Pink Fresh Studio
Enamel Dots – “Something Wicked” by My Mind’s Eye
Phrase Stickers – “Petite Diction” by Authentique
Here’s the process video featuring the main layout (not the pocketed layout…that was an after thought)! Enjoy!
Early this month, I was coming home from work and hit a wall of traffic. It took me 2 hours to get home…2 HOURS! My normal commute is only 30 minutes. As I sat in traffic, I took a few selfies and text them to my spouse. “See, see! Still in traffic!” I ranted.
I was completely over it!
And of course, I had to scrapbook these photos! I like to scrapbook everyday moments…my experiences as a working mom, my frustrations and struggles…almost slitting my wrists because I have to sit in traffic! The list goes on…
Aww, good times!
Using the September 2015 Skinny Love kit from the Scraptastic Kit Club, I created this fabulous layout of my traffic adventures.
What I used:
Pattern Papers – Scraptastic Exclusive
Font – “Noted” from the Dear Lizzy Collection by Thickers
Tiny Font – “Petite Type” by Authentique
Die Cuts – “Wonder” by Crate Paper
Puffy Stickers – by Evalicious
Cork Embellishment – Scraptastic Exclusive
Wood Veneer – Scraptastic Exclusive
Roller Date Stamp – Heidi Swapp
Washi – Seven Paper by Studio Calico
Check out the process video on the Victoria Marie YouTube channel! Enjoy!