Revisiting Project Life – Because Memory Planning Is NOT My Jam!

So, a few months ago during one of my YouTube Livestream sessions, I share that I was attempting to try memory planning, which is essentially scrapbooking in a planner. I was intrigued by this format of storytelling, mainly because I wanted to find an easier way to document my everyday stories.

Armed with tons of ideas and creative inspiration, I created two spreads in my memory planner. But, after making those two pages, I quickly realized: MEMORY PLANNING IS NOT MY JAM!

What I discovered is that I need more space for documenting my stories and I really enjoy the Project Life format of pocket pages and simple embellishing. So, I ditched my memory planner and decided to use a 9×12 inch pocket format instead.

In the past, I’ve used a 12×12 inch format for my Project Life spreads. I have found this size to be too big for my everyday scrapbooking. However, I also found that the 6×8 inch format is too small. After making a few 9×12 inch pocket layouts, I am happy to report that I have found Project Life peace!

I also decided to adopt a very flexible approach to documenting my everyday stories. First, I am not putting pressure on myself to do weekly spreads. If I feel like documenting my weekly activities, I will make a page. If not, then I won’t…it’s that simple.

Second, I want my Project Life pages to be simple – photos, words, and a few embellishments. My focus is to get my stories told…period. In my opinion, scrapbooking should not be stressful. It’s okay to adopt processes that make storytelling easy, simple, but most of all…FUN!

To check out the process video for this spread, click on the video below. A list of products featured in this video are posted below. Enjoy!

Products Featured (subject to availability, no affiliate links provided):

Ali Edwards 9×12 Gray Linen Album
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: https://bit.ly/3ISmH4a

Ali Edwards Page Protectors
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: https://bit.ly/3IVf2SP

Elle’s Studio Everyday Tabs Stamp Set
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: https://bit.ly/3cwxgh9

Citrus Twist Stamp Sets
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: https://citrustwistkits.com/collections/stamps

Citrus Twist Die Cuts and Ephemera
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: https://citrustwistkits.com/collections/embellishments

Paper Person Shop
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: https://paperperson.shop/

SAVE THE DATE – April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

The April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop is coming! This online crop is scheduled for April 22-24, 2022.

If you are looking for a relaxed scrapbooking experience with fun challenges, prizes, giveaways, and Live Zoom Scrap and Chat sessions, come join us!

Additional details and registration information will be available on Monday, April 11th here on the Victoria Marie Blog and on the Victoria Marie Designs Eventbrite page.

To learn more about the 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crops and to access the 2022 Online Virtual Crop Calendar, click HERE or click on Online Virtual Crops at the top of the screen.

Stay tuned for more details!

My Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2021!

Hello friends! Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and Blog, I am sharing my Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2021, plus a little extra! Click on the video below to see my top picks! Then scroll down to see photos of my selected layouts.

At the end of the year, I like to take a moment to pour through my completed layouts. I enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that I have albums full of stories that I can look back on. This is one of the many reasons why I enjoy scrapbooking!

For me, it’s not enough to just make a layout, then put it away sight unseen. I want to cherish all of my layouts for many years to come! And I hope you will take a moment to do this same!

My Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2021

Layout #1 – Coffee Time (8.5 x 11 inches) Product: Hip Kit Club

Layout #2 – Hello 40 (8.5 x 11 inch) Product: Maggie Holmes (American Crafts)

Layout #3: Smother (12×12 inch) Product: Hip Kit Club

Layout #4: The Story of Autumn (12×12 inch) Product: Hip Kit Club

Layout #5: Tween Mode (12×12 inch) Product: Felicity Jane

Layout #6: Teaching Adventure (12×12 inch) Product: Hip Kit Club

Layout #7: Summer Days (12×12 inch) Product: Echo Park

Layout #8: Best Pals (12×12 inch) Product: Tim Holtz (Ranger), Felicity Jane

Layout #9: Simple Pleasures (12×12 inch) Product: Vicki Boutin (American Crafts)

Layout #10: Christmas Vibes (12×12 inch) Product: Hip Kit Club

BONUS LAYOUTS!

Bonus #1: Fourth of July (12×12 inch) Product: Echo Park

Bonus #2: My Turn (12×12 inch) Product: Felicity Jane

Bonus #3: Life in Focus (12×12 inch) Product: Simple Stories

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2021! If you have questions about a specific layout, be sure to post it in the comments. I look forward to sharing more projects and creative inspiration with you in 2022!

Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Hello friends! I am so excited to be participating in the Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway! Come play along with the hop for a chance to win $200.00 in prizes!

Make a huge statement with this 8″ x 11″ stamp set! 

This is Altenew’s first-ever stamp set in their largest stamp size category. We hope it inspires you to create projects that are bigger, bolder, and drop-dead gorgeous!

The set features two beautiful layering flowers illustrated in a loosely painted style, plus a collection of leaves. The matching flowers and leaves from the Majestic Bloom 3D Embossing Folder perfectly coordinate in size and will allow you to take your gorgeous flower to the next level by giving it extra dimension! 

This is a 8″ x 11″ clear stamp set containing 41 stamps made in the USA from high-quality photopolymer.

I had so much fun creating this stunning A2 card using Majestic Bouquet Stamp and Die set. Pair this set with your favorite stamping inks to create beautiful projects, from cards to scrapbook layouts!
The set is perfect for creating layered stamped designs. For my project, I used three different shades of coral for the floral images, and two shades of green for the leaves.

Also, this large stamp set can be easily stored in an 8.5×11 binder!

Blog Hop Details!

New products will go live in the Altenew store on 05/11/2021 at 12:01 am EDT. Below are the product links:

The blog hop will be hosted on the Altenew Blog. Click on the link to learn more! LINK: https://wp.me/p6Dps1-dFn

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total 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 5/16/2021 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 5/19/2021.

Blog Hop Order

Come hop along with us! Click on the links provided to see some awesome creative inspiration! And don’t forget to leave a comment in order to be eligible to win a prize! Thanks so much for playing along and good luck!

Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar 

LauraJane

Erum Tasneem 

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Jenny Colacicco

Norine Borys 

Anna Mahtani

Agnieszka Małyszek

Victoria Calvin <—-YOU ARE HERE!

Linda Westfall <—– NEXT!

Emily Midgett 

Sandhya Iyer

Laurie Willison

Preeti Chandran

Seeka

Mindy Eggen

Verity Biddlecombe

Carol Hintermeier

Erin Thompson

Helen Kalb

Joylita Dsouza

Keren Baker

Teresa Litchfield

Bridget Casey

Kelly Griglione

Nandini Karmarkar

Terri Koszler

Karen Brown

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