Supporting Small Business! Shadnee All the Sprinkly Bits Wood Veneers!

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 from Shadnee 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.

LINK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Shadnee?coupon=VMFREESHIPPING

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.

LINK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Shadnee?coupon=VMFREESHIPPING

Thanks so much for stopping by and for supporting small business!

Early Enrollment Price Ends January 4th! Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking Journey Online Class

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 techniqueshow 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!

At-a-Glance

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 DONE Online Classroom on the Victoria Marie Mighty Network
  • Monthly online content to include instructional videos, printable Project DONE Instructional PDF Workbookscreative 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.

Enroll TODAY!

If you are ready for this exciting journey, click on the link below to enroll and take advantage of the Early Bird Price!!!

Project DONE Linkhttps://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/plans/108722

Early Bird Price: $49.99 USD – good until January 4, 2021!

Price After January 42021: $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.


How to Purchase the Class:

  • Go to https://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/plans/108722 to enroll in Project DONE: A Year-Long Scrapbooking Journey.
  • Register and remit payment for the course.
  • 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:

Option 1: Use the web browser on your iPhone or iPad to register for this course. Open the web browser on your phone (i.e. Google, Safari, etc.) and go to https://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/plans/108722 to register for the course.

Option 2: Use a desktop (PC or Mac) to register for this course. Go to https://victoria-marie-designs.mn.co/plans/108722 to enroll.


I am so excited for you to join me on this awesome journey as we work together to go from unfinished scrapbook projects to Project DONE! Come join us!

NEW Close to My Heart VIP Customer Program + Scrapbook Process Video Using the CTMH Jingle Joy Collection!

Calling all Close to My Heart fans!

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 before December 31, 2020, you will receive a sign-up credit of $25.00, good toward a future CTMH purchase.

Also, VIP Program members will

  • 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!

SUPPLIES:

CTMH VIP Program
https://www.closetomyheart.com/ctmh/vip.aspx

*PRODUCTS USED IN THIS VIDEO:

CTMH Jingle Joy Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cut Dies
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/KcDjOD7j

CTMH Jingle Joy Scrapbooking Stamp Set
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/gghSxw4s

CTMH Jingle Joy Holiday Workshop
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/cMCqHtmk

CTMH Jingle Joy Holiday Paper Packet + Stickers
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/wLTPfmgJ

CTMH Jingle Joy Coordinating Cardstock
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/nwcB8Rdx

CTMH Candy Apple Dye Ink
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/Q9FJd6gW

CTMH Avocado Dye Ink
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/lZObGtd9

CTMH Flamingo Dye Ink
http://www.closetomyheart.com/a/nCtLxS4C

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*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!

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!

ScrapSmarter Experience is Back! Come Join the Fun!

I’m excited to tell you about an awesome event happening in January!

It’s a weekend of scrapbooking inspiration and education you won’t want to miss.

The ScrapSmarter Experience is bringing together 10 amazing scrapbooking instructors for an online virtual weekend of classes and inspiration.

Alice Boll from the ScrapHappy membership community is hosting this event with a brand new line up of instructors.

I was so lucky to be an instructor for the ScrapSmarter Experience this summer and let me tell you…it’s a BLAST!!! So much creative inspiration provided by some of the industry’s top designers!

How does it work?

The entire event will take place online using Zoom January 15-17, 2021.

The classes are short and are focused on teaching new skills, techniques, and concepts to help you create scrapbook pages you love.

Ali Edwards, the keynote speaker will help us kick off the party on Friday.

Saturday features 6 classes with each instructor sharing a pre-recorded class session and interacting in a live Q&A session.

Sunday will have 4 more classes and a wind up party with prizes.

Who’s teaching?

The line up instructors includes:

Simon Hurley
Meghann Andrew
Krystal Iduñate
Misty Murphy
Tracey Fox
Alice Boll
Sandie Reverski
Kristin Tweedale
Claudia Azucar-White
Andrea Gray

Prizes???

Of course! In addition to the classes and kickoff party there are prizes including a grand prize with a value of over $250.

Registration?

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: VICTORIA save $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.

You’ll only pay $99 for EVERYTHING!

Coupon valid until December 15, 2020.

Are you ready to sign up? Here’s the registration link:

LINK: https://sales.scraphappy.org/scrapsmarter-experience-2021-1/?coupon=VICTORIA

Let’s learn some scrappy skills so we can ScrapSmarter!

Scrapbook Process Video | Killin’ It! | Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog

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 the Hip Kit Club (exclusive collection).

I hope you are inspired to document your summer memories, past and present. Thanks so much for stopping by!

*** A V A I L A B L E S U P P L I E S ***

A list of available supplies is provided below. Additional products from the Dear Lizzy Here and Now Collection are also provided! Happy shopping!

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and are completely free for your to use as you shop for product! Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used. Thanks for your support!

FREE Raised Voices Cut File and Digital Printables by Citrus Twist

Citrus Twist just released a FREE printable and cut file collection called Raised Voices. This set was created to recognize and highlight the recent call to action for a greater focus on social justice issues. I am very happy to share these awesome digital products with you!

To download these awesome printables and cut files, click HERE!

As scrapbookers, we have a unique opportunity to document the events that have a major impact on the world around us. From the Black Lives Matter protests, to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions impacting the LGBTQIA community and DACA recipients, scrapbooking is a way for us to process and capture all that is happening through pictures and words.

This free download includes printable cutapart elements, journaling cards and cut files (SVG, PNG, and PDF formats). This collection can be used for a variety of projects from traditional scrapbooking, pocket layouts, traveler’s notebooks spreads, and more.

Stay tuned throughout the month of June for more Raised Voices projects from the Citrus Twist Design Team, along with the guest designers, Jennie Garcia and yours truly!

Unity in Community…ONE LOVE!

New! Pride Everyday | Scrapbook Process Video

In celebration and in recognition of the LGBTQ community, June was designated as PRIDE Month in 1999, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

A few years ago, I shared on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel that my wife Aubree (formerly Bryan, my husband), came out as transgender (male to female). In recognition of PRIDE 2020, I want to share a little bit about our journey and how I am documenting this change through words and photos.

To see the process video for this layout, click on the video below!

Aubree and I have been married for almost 12 years. During our marriage, we have weathered many storms. However, her transition has been the biggest test to our marriage thus far. At one point, I wasn’t sure how I was going to document her transition. Initially, I wasn’t in a good emotional state to talk about my feelings…I simply did not have the words.

Overtime, I made a commitment to myself to be as authentic as possible in my storytelling – warts and all. I wanted to find a way to document Aubree’s story, respecting her voice and her experiences, but also documenting my journey as her wife and the experiences of our daughter Corinne.

This layout is the first of many to come as I begin this journey of documenting our story. I hope that our story is accepted with open eyes and hearts. And I hope that you are inspired to document your life as authentically as possible. More to come!

Trial and Error – Why the Journey is Important!

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.

Trash can filled with misfit projects!

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!

Victoria Marie Designs for the Hedgehog Hollow (2020)

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.

“Favorite Selfie” – Completed after 2 attempts.
“Color Me Happy” – Three days later…I finally got it!
“Cool in the Pool” – The shaker element in the word “cool” tripped me up!

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.

5 Awesome Kits Using 1 Scrapbook Paper Pad!

If you are like me, then you probably have a few scrapbook paper pads in your scrappy stash. I love using paper pads but have found that in the midst of my other supplies, they are rarely used. I firmly believe that ALL of my craft supplies are meant to be consumed…paper pads are no exception!

Last week, I hosted a live session on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group where I deconstructed an entire paper pad (Memorandum by Pink Paislee) with the goal of making scrapbook kits.

My process is simple:

1) I removed ALL of the papers from the pad. Yep, you read that right…I removed every single page from the paper pad!

2) Next, I separated the papers into groups that can be used to create scrapbooking kits. The Memorandum paper pack features a variety of pattern paper designs, pages with pocket cards and labels, and several with bold and muted patterns. Each grouping contains 3-5 papers in varying styles.

3) After coordinating the pattern paper groupings, I reached into my stash to select supplies for each kit – die cuts, stickers, stamps, textured embellishments, etc. Each kit has enough materials to make 2-3 scrapbook layouts. Of course, larger kits can be created by adding more paper and embellishments.

4) Each kit was then stored in a Memory Keeper paper holder.

Here are the 5 kits I created using the remaining papers from the Memorandum paper pack!

Kit #1
Kit #2
Kit #3
Kit #4
Kit #5

It feels so good to finally put my paper pads and older supplies to use! All of the kits I created contain products from different manufacturers. Of course, you can use products from scrapbook collections or pre-made kits as well.

Over the next few weeks, I will be using these kits to make several scrapbook projects and sharing this process during the weekly Victoria Marie Facebook Live session, hosted on Fridays at 2:00 pm CST!

To join the group, click HERE! To use a time converter, click HERE!

NOTE: All replay versions of the Victoria Marie Facebook Live sessions are located under VIDEOS in the Victoria Marie Facebook Group!

Stay tuned for more paper pad kits to come! Thanks for stopping by!