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.
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:
$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!
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Okay friends…iNSD 2021 Weekend is almost here! I hope you have been following along with my iNSD prep process. To see my previous post, click HERE and HERE. Today, I am sharing the last step in my process, which in my opinion is the most important part.
We can’t start iNSD Weekend without:
Snacks and Drinks (or Dranks – if you know what I mean!)
Now, for the epitome of iNSD attire, I present to you…my pajamas! Yes friends, grab your most comfortable pajamas or lounge wear for this festive weekend of fun. Because honestly, who wants to get all doll up…not me!
As you can see, the coffee cups really amplify the whole ensemble. It’s an entire mood!
Next, grab your snacks! So far, I have selected a small variety of tasty treats. And I have plans to make a small charcuterie board complete with deli meats, pepperoni, cheese, crackers, fruit, and pickles! And never fear…my coffee and chocolate stash is completely stocked and ready to go!
Just look at this lovely array of goodies! And yes, that’s wine my friends…cheers!
Music – Grab My Spotify Playlists!
And last but not least…I must have music while I scrapbook this weekend! A couple of years ago, my wife Aubree made me two playlists on Spotify featuring some of my favorite songs. I have a very diverse musical palette and I love to jam while I’m in my studio making beautiful layouts!
Links to my playlists are posted below – titles created by Aubree of course! Enjoy!
Victoria Marie’s Scrapdocious Playlist– features the best R&B and Hip Hop (late-80s, 90s, 2000s) – Talib Kweli, Common, H-Town, Zhane, Amel Larrieux, Mint Condition, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, and more!
Registration is Still Open! iNSD Online Virtual Crop
Alright folks, I think we are ready for a fun weekend of scrapbooking! Quick reminder…you still have time to register for the iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network! For more information and to register, click HERE! The deadline to register is Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST!
We have two more days until International Scrapbook Day and this week, I am sharing how I am getting ready for a full weekend of scrapbooking! In the previous blog post, I talked about the first step in my iNSD getting ready process which involves making a list of the projects that I want to work on during the iNSD weekend. Today, I am going to share the second step in my process…printing photos and making kits!
Printing Photos and Making Kits
Once you have selected a realistic (emphasis on realistic) number of projects to work on, it’s time to print photos and make a few kits. Let’s start with the photos!
Photos: Select and print the photos the BEST represent the stories you want to document. I usually take this time to print photos in a variety of sizes, depending on the projects I plan to work on. For example, I want to work on several Project Life pages during iNSD weekend. In preparation, I am going to print 3×4 inch and 4×6 inch photos, and a couple of large print photos (9×12 inches) for my Project Life spreads. Printing photos in advance will save you a ton of time and will help in determining design options for your projects.
TIP! Draft a Sketch: Speaking of design, be sure to take a moment to draft a sketch of the potential layouts that you want to make this weekend. In doing so, you will have one less decision to make when you start working on your layouts. If you want to save time, consider using a pre-made sketch! There are a ton of scrapbook sketches on the market – a simple Google search is a great place to start.
Make the Kit! Next, use your photos, layout sketch designs, or another form of creative inspiration (i.e. mood boards, Instagram, Pinterest) to make scrapbooking kits! Take this opportunity to shop your stash, use pre-made kits, or grab a collection of scrapbooking materials. Setting aside a few scrapbooking supplies will help lessen the amount of time it takes to make product decisions when you are ready to scrapbook this weekend.
Next, pair your photos and scrapbook sketches with your kits. Store all of your kits and collections close to your work station for easy access. Remember: You can always add more elements to your kits as needed!
This week I am going to make scrapbooking kits using items from my stash. Also, I am going to grab several of my unused kits (Felicity Jane and Hip Kit Club), along with some new scrapbook collections that I have been hoarding for months!
TIP: Block the Tasks! If you are short on time, consider scheduling a time block for these tasks. For example, tonight, spend some time printing photos. Tomorrow, sketch a few layout designs and pull together a few kits. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in a short period of time!
Okay friends! That’s all for today! Tomorrow, I am going to share the next step in my process…coordinating my iNSD outfits (AKA pajamas) and prepping my snacks!
This is by far the most important part of the process, right? Right!
By the way, if you are looking for a fun iNSD event, considering checking out my iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network! For more details and to register, click HERE! I hope to see you there!
Hello friends! Did you know that International Scrapbook Day 2021 (iNSD) is coming this weekend? If you are like me, then you are probably getting ready for an awesome weekend of scrapbooking, relaxing, and hanging out with your fellow scrappy friends!
To maximize my creative time during iNSD weekend, I like to prepare my scrapbook materials and projects in advance! This way, I can focus on making layouts and having fun.
Now, you may be wondering, “Victoria, what is your process for preparing for iNSD?”
I am so glad that you asked! I will be sharing my process all week long, starting with how to plan your scrapbook projects in preparation for iNSD weekend.
If you are looking for a fun place to hang, be sure to check out the iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop, hosted on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network! This event will start on Friday, April 30th – Sunday, May 2nd!
Come join us for a weekend of fun scrapbooking challenges, prizes, giveaways, LIVE Zoom Scrap and Chats and more! For more information and to register, click HERE!
iNSD Prep Tip #1: Planning Your Projects
The first step of the iNSD prep process is to plan your projects in advance. This step doesn’t have to be super involved. Simply make a list of the projects you want to work on and go from there. TIP: Be realistic about the number of projects you can actually work on during a short period of time. Overloading your project list could cause undo stress and overwhelm.
Next, be sure to note the photos you will need to print for your projects and any potential supplies and materials that you might want to use. Also jot down any design ideas or scrapbook techniques you might want to try (i.e. mixed media, layering), or tools that you want to experiment with during iNSD weekend. This step in the planning process allows you to get your ideas and plans on paper as you prepare for a weekend of scrapbooking.
If you are participating in the iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop with the Victoria Marie Designs community, don’t forget to review the crop Challenge Descriptions in advance of the event to plan your projects accordingly. All iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop registered participants get instant access to the crop Challenge Descriptions! Woo hoo!
Preparing for iNSD weekend in advance will save you so much time and hassle! So, let’s get started! Take a moment to make a list of the projects you want to work on this weekend. Your future self will thank you!
Tomorrow, I will share the next step in my iNSD prep process, Printing Photos and Preparing Supplies. Stay tuned for more!
As an entrepreneur and a consumer, I love supporting small businesses! Today, I am sharing an Etsy shop that I absolutely adore, Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits!
Shadnee Breeden is the owner of Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits, a growing Etsy Shop that features custom wood veneer embellishments, epoxy stickers, wood buttons, printables and custom design requests. These high quality products are designed and manufactured by Shadnee in her home studio!
Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing a few of the items that I received from Shadnee…check it out!
NOTE: In the video, I misstated the name of Shadnee’s shop. The shop is “Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits“, not “shiny bits”. My apologies for the oversight!
FREE SHIPPING OFFER! As a special offer to the Victoria Marie Designs Community, when you purchase $35.00 or more fromShadnee All the Sprinkly Bits, you will receive FREE SHIPPING! Use the link provided below to shop. The discount will be automatically adjusted during checkout. This offer is good now until January 31, 2021.
Shadnee has a variety of designs to choose from. My favorite are the Harry Potter themed wood veneer embellishments!
Each piece is handcrafted and ready to use on a variety crafting projects! I am going to use the Disney themed pieces in my Disney World Holiday Vacation album!
Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits also offers custom designs! If you see a design that you like and it’s no longer in stock, simply send Shadnee a message through Etsy to request a custom order.
Be sure to visit Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits Etsy Shop TODAY and take advantage of the FREE shipping offer, now until January 31, 2021 using the following link. The free shipping offer applies to purchases that are $35.00 or more. Using the link will automatically apply the shipping discount.
Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking Journey, is a 12-month, self-paced online scrapbooking journey where scrapbookers will learn how to develop a plan of action to increase creative productivity and finish a carefully selected number of scrapbooking projects throughout the year.
Are You Ready for the Journey?
You are ready for this journey if you want to begin working on and finishing scrapbooking projects that have been put on the back burner.
You are ready for this journey if you are want to learn scrapbook project management techniques, how to create time in your week for storytelling, how to let go of scrapbook projects that no longer serve you, and how to simplify your scrapbooking style to increase scrapbooking productivity!
You are ready for this journey if you want to overcome barriers to scrapbooking productivity (i.e. writer’s block, lack of photo organization, etc.).
If this sounds like you, then you are ready for the Project DONE Scrapbooking Journey! This is your official invitation to join other like-minded scrapbookers who have similar creative goals. Let’s get to work!
The Project DONE journey is jammed packed with robust scrapbook project management content, techniques, tips, and support. The journey spans a 12-month period, with each month focused on a different theme.
When you embark on this journey, you will receive:
24-7 Access to the Project DONEOnline Classroom on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network.
Monthly online content to include instructional videos, printable Project DONEInstructionalPDF Workbooks, creative project challenges, and opportunities to build a community of scrapbookers who are working on finishing incomplete scrapbooking projects.
Monthly Zoom Group Coaching Sessions, including a Mid-Year and End-Year LIVE Zoom Check-In Scrap and Chats with the course instructor, Victoria Calvin, owner of Victoria Marie Designs!
Creative Goal Setting content to help you identify what projects you can realistically finish in a 12-month period.
Continued support and guidance from the course instructor and your fellow classmates!
Example: Monthly Themes
Setting Intentions and Realistic Creative Goals
Let it Go: Releasing Projects that No Longer Serve You
Simplicity: Scaling Your Layout Design to Maximize Productivity
Overcoming Writer’s Block – Get Your Stories Told
Early Bird Enrollment- Ends January 4, 2021!
The Early-Bird Price for this course is $49.99 USD, regularly $59.99 USD!
The Early Bird price will end on January 4th!
This is an amazing value and will give you access to a TONS of creative inspiration, top notch online course content to include video content, monthly LIVE Zoom sessions, full-color PDF instructional materials, a private online chat and activity feed feature for engagement with other students, hosted all on one platform!
And the best part…YOU CAN REGISTER AT ANYTIME! Enrollment in this course is ONGOING for 2021. You are welcome to join us at anytime and get access to ALL of the previous and current course content no matter when you register!
Get INSTANT ACCESS TODAY!Class Begins on January 4, 2021!
When you join the Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking Journey, you will get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the Pre-Course Materials and you can begin engaging with other students as well! The class will begin on January 4, 2021 with a LIVE Zoom Session: Getting Ready and Navigating the Project DONE Online Classroom. Full details are available in the Project DONE Online Class and are accessible when you join the class.
If you are ready for this exciting journey, click on the link below to enroll and take advantage of the Early Bird Price!!!
Early BirdPrice: $49.99 USD – good until January 4, 2021!
PriceAfter January 4, 2021: $59.99 USD
Apple iOS Users – READ THIS! If you are using the Mighty Networks App on an iPhone or iPad to register for this course, read the Notice to Apple Users at the end of this post.
Are you a Victoria Marie Mighty Networks Member? If you are a member of the Victoria Marie Mighty Network, simply log into the network, click on COURSES located under the Navigation Bar, and select Project DONE to purchase the class.
During the registration process, you will be asked to join the Victoria Marie Mighty Network. This is required in order to access content on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network. Joining the network is FREE and you will get access to not only to the online classroom, but to the general Victoria Marie Mighty Network where you can engage with the Victoria Marie Scrap Boss community and get access to more scrapbooking content!
Once you are signed up for the class, in the Navigation Bar on the left side of your screen, click COURSES, then select Project DONE. Going forward, to access the class, sign into the Victoria Marie Mighty Network using your username and password. From there, click COURSES to access the class.
NOTICE TO APPLY iOS USERS – iPhone and iPad:
If you are an iOS user (iPhone or iPad), please be aware that the option to purchase content (i.e. classes, virtual crops, etc.) on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network using the Mighty Networks App is disabled. Apple charges a $30.00 in-app fee if iOS users purchase premium content using the Mighty Networks App. I apologize for the inconvenience.
To avoid this cost, please consider the following options for using your iPhone or iPad to register for this course:
Did you know that Close to My Heart now offers a new VIP Customer Program?
Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing information about the Close to My Heart VIP Customer Program in addition to a 12×12 layout using the Close to My Heart Jingle Joy Collection and scrapbook stamp set!
The VIP Customer Program gives customers a chance to earn shopping credits toward CTMH purchases while getting access to exclusive product and perks!
The program is $35.00 US annually and if you join beforeDecember 31, 2020, you will receive a sign-up credit of $25.00, good toward a future CTMH purchase.
Also, VIP Program memberswill…
Earn 15% shopping credit of retail amount paid
Get a free Stamp of the Month with qualifying purchase
Access to exclusive specials throughout the year
Get $15$25.00 VIP Credit when you sign up! (Regularly $15.00 credit)
Full details including Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE!
Be sure to contact your local CTMH Maker TODAY to learn more and to sign up? Don’t have a Maker? No problem! Head to the CTMH website and click on Find a Maker at the top left of the website.
Here is the project I created using the CTMH Jingle Joy Collection and Scrapbooking Stamp Set! Links to available products are provided at the end of this post. To see this layout come together, click on the video posted above! Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the NEW Close to My Heart VIP Customer Program TODAY!
*Disclaimer: This is paid promotion for Close to My Heart VIP Program. Victoria Calvin, owner of Victoria Marie Designs, is an affiliate and ambassador for CTMH. Victoria is not a CTMH Maker nor does she sell CTMH products. Be sure to contact your local CTMH Maker for information and to purchase CTMH products. The product links provided are affiliate links, FREE for your to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime affiliate links are used for purchase. All opinions in this video are that of Victoria Calvin. Thank you!
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!
Of course! In addition to the classes and kickoff party there are prizes including a grand prize with a value of over $250.
The ScrapSmarter Experience is NOW OPEN for registration. The regular price for the event is $129.00 USD, but right now you can use coupon code: VICTORIAsave $30! NOTE: You may need to enter the code AND press the “Apply” button in order to receive a discount.
You can also use the URL provided below – the discount will be applied.
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Coupon valid until December 15, 2020.
Are you ready to sign up? Here’s the registration link:
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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A list of available supplies is provided below. Additional products from the Dear Lizzy Here and Now Collection are also provided! Happy shopping!
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