Getting Ready for International Scrapbook Day and the iNSD 2021 Online Virtual Crop! Step One: Plan Your Projects!

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.

But first…

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!

Let’s Go!

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!

Up Next…

Tomorrow, I will share the next step in my iNSD prep process, Printing Photos and Preparing Supplies. Stay tuned for more!

Friday LIVE on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

Hey friends! Join me LIVE today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. During this week’s livestream, I will be working on a couple of layouts in my Hot Springs Vacation Mini Album.

The livestream starts at 2:00 pm CST every Friday! Be sure to subscribe to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, and when you do, click the bell icon, that way you will be notified each and every time I go LIVE on the channel. See you soon!

REMINDER! 5 Days Left to Register! Victoria Marie Holiday Prep Online Virtual Crop!

REMINDER!!! There are 5 days left to register for the Victoria Marie Holiday Prep Online Virtual Crop! This crop is designed to help you get ready for a fun filled season of holiday scrapbooking!

Date: Friday, November 13th – Sunday, November 15th

Cost: $7.99 per person USD (All sales are final)

Host on: The NEW Victoria Marie Mighty Network

Deadline: Saturday, November 14th at 11:59pm CST

This online virtual crop includes:

  • Scrapbooking Challenges!
  • LIVE Zoom Mini Classes and Scrap and Chat Sessions!
  • Prizes and Giveaways!

REGISTRATION: For full details and to register, click HERE!

MIGHTY NETWORKS MEMBERS: If you are a member of the Victoria Marie Mighty Network, simply log into your account, click on GROUPS, and select HOLIDAY PREP ONLINE VIRTUAL CROP to register for this event!

I hope to see you there!

The New Victoria Marie Mighty Network Informational LIVE Zoom Session *Recorded Replay*

There is a big change coming to Victoria Marie Designs this fall! Over the past couple of months, I announced to the Victoria Marie Facebook Group that I will be closing the group and moving over to a Mighty Network.

A Mighty Network platform allows online content creators a space to house all of their social media and community building platforms under one roof. Starting November 2020, Victoria Marie Facebook group members will be moving to the Victoria Marie Mighty Network. The VM Facebook Group will be deactivated on January 30, 2021.

The Victoria Marie Mighty Network is FREE to join and will feature both free and paid content (i.e. online classes, online virtual crops, discussion groups, events). The Network can be accessed on a PC or laptop, as well as through the Mighty Network App (iOS and Android).

Meet Other Scrappers! One of the features that I love about the Mighty Network is that is allows members to connect in organic ways! As a member, you can join groups, participate in chats, and connect with members who reside in your area and by shared interest!

To learn more about the Victoria Marie Mighty Network, be sure to watch the Victoria Marie Mighty Network Live Zoom Information Session Recorded Replay.

JOIN TODAY! If you are ready to join the 800+ members of the NEW Victoria Marie Mighty Network, click HERE! I hope to see you there! Welcome to the Network!

Are You Tired of Warped Die Cutting Plates? Check out the Scrapbook.com Magic Mat!

If you own a die cutting machine and are frustrated with your worn out cutting plates, you MUST check out the new Scrapbook.com Magic Mat!

Friends…this product is a GAME CHANGER!

Over the years, I have worn out several cutting plates for both my Sizzix Big Shot, We R Memory Keepers Revolution, and my Gemini die cutting machines and nothing frustrates me more than having to replace my cutting plates after just a few uses!

The Magic Mat by Scrapbook.com solves this problem! Be sure to watch the video above to see how the Magic Mat works!

The Magic Mat is designed to work with one standard die cutting plates and will not warp or bow like a traditional acrylic cutting plate.

Also, the mat works with a variety of leading die cutting machines and craft dies. And the mat is currently available in three sizes: 6 x 14.5 inches, 6 x 8.75 inches, 2.5 x 4.857 inches.

Features Include:

  • Made of self-healing cutting material
  • Durable & sturdy for extended wear
  • Great for use with intricate thin metal dies
  • Perfectly sized for use as a cutting pad with extended platform die cutting machines (sold separately)
  • Can be used as a work surface for cutting, slicing, and trimming
  • Handy 1cm square gridlines for precision alignment
  • Made from recycled materials

ON SALE NOW!

The Scrapbook.com Magic Mat is now on SALE! Check out the links below to purchase this awesome product. This product is expected to sell out fast so grab yours today!

Look for a full review of the Scrapbook.com Magic Mat on the Victoria Marie YouTube to come later this month!

GRAB YOURS TODAY! Scrapbook.com Magic Mat

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are provided in this post. These links are FREE for you to use. Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission anytime these links are used for purchase. Thanks so much for your support!

Altenew Twinkle & Shine Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey friends! There are so many awesome releases from Altenew this month! Check out the Altenew Twinkle & Shine Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway! You can participate for a chance to win awesome Altenew products.

SPECIAL OFFERS!

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! 

  • Get a FREE brand new Twinkle & Shine Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Booklet (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Twinkle & Shine release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Online Cardmaking Class with every order from the new Twinkle & Shine Stamp & Die Release collection from 11/04/2020 through 11/10/2020. Shop HERE!
  • Get a FREE brand new Twinkle & Shine Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Booklet with every order from 11/04/2020 through 11/06/2020. Shop HERE!

GIVEAWAY PRIZES!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/10/2020 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/12/2020.

A list of designers participating in this hop event are provided below!

Here are some of my projects I created using products from this release.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check out my fellow designers for more creative inspiration and to play along with this hop! Good luck and enjoy!

Blog Hop Order:

Altenew Card Blog

Laura Bassen

Erum Tasneem

Kelly Griglione

Therese Calvird

Jennifer McGuire

Amber Rain Davis

Tenia Nelson

Nicole Watt

Terri Koszler

Nathalie DeSousa

Jenny Colacicco

Jaycee Gaspar

Victoria Calvin <—- YOU ARE HERE!

Tania Ahmed <—- NEXT!

Amanda Baldwin

Emily Midgett

Kymona Tracey

Dana Joy

Lilith Eeckels

LauraJane

Norine Borys

Vicky Papaioannou

Virginia Lu

Nenette S. Madero 

Svitlana Shayevich

Keisha Charles

Maryam Perez

Vicki Finger

Laurie Willison

Reiko Tsuchida

Amy Hill

Agnieszka Małyszek

Anna Veach

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Hawaiian Coral Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends! I so excited to be participating in the Altenew Build-A-Flower Hawaiian Coral Release Blog Hop and Giveaway! Join me and my fellow designers for a chance to win fabulous product from Altenew.

Today, I am sharing the Hawaiian Coral Stamp and Die Set. This set is perfect for creating a variety of creative projects from cards to scrapbook layouts.

Be sure to check out the Altenew Card Blog Hop HERE!

Take a look at the Hawaiian Coral products by clicking on the links below.

Hawaiian Coral Stamp and Die Set

Here’s a project that I made using this stunning stamp and die.

This layering stamp is super easy to use. The images can used on a single panel card, or die cut to create a variety of designs or dimensional elements.

Giveaway Prizes

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/06/2020 for a chance to win. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/09/2020.

Next in the Hop…

Be sure to check out Vicki Finger, the last designer for this hop! And don’t forget to grab the Hawaiian Coral Stamp and Die Set today! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Altenew Card Blog

Amber Rain Davis

Emily Midgett

Jaycee Gaspar

Amanda Baldwin

Jenny Colacicco

Laurie Willison

Kelly Griglione

Nathalie DeSousa

Tenia Nelson

Norine Borys

Amy Hill

Svitlana Shayevich

Dana Joy

Virginia Lu

Keisha Charles

Nenette S. Madero

Terri Koszler

Victoria Calvin <—- You are HERE!

Vicki Finger <—- Up NEXT!

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I’m in Scrapbook and Cards Today!

Today is the launch of the Summer 2020 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine! I am so excited to announce that I am one of the contributors for this issue. This is the first time my work has been published in a major scrapbooking/crafting magazine!

You can access the FREE digital copy of this issue HERE, or consider becoming a subscriber by clicking HERE. This issue is jammed packed with tons of creative ideas and inspiration for scrapbooking your summer memories!

I will be able to share my project with you in July so stay tuned. Meanwhile, if you have a hard copy or view the digital issue, you can find me on page 31!

A big THANK YOU to Scrapbook and Cards Today for this amazing opportunity!

Why You Should Stay in Your Own Lane – The Comparison Trap

In 2019, I experienced a series of creative slumps. I felt that everything that I made was 100% crap! I struggled with creative ideas and I began to produce a lot of lack luster projects. Unfortunately, I started comparing my creative work to that of my colleagues. It seemed like they were making highly innovative scrapbook layouts, traveler’s notebook spreads, mini albums, and pocket pages. Meanwhile, my brain grasped at any creative idea I could drum up.

I took a seat at the front of the struggle bus.

I also felt that I wasn’t producing content as fast as other YouTube content creators. I wondered how they were able to post high quality content on their YouTube channels everyday (or every other day) and why I struggled to only produce 1 video per week.

Sadly, I fell into the comparison trap.

It happens to the best of us. We are cruising along, doing our thing, then BAM! We begin to doubt our abilities and judge our talents against the talents of others. The comparison trap is vicious, leaving many people feeling as if they can’t cut the mustard. And sadly, some folks quit or give up something that they truly enjoy out of frustration and/or jealously of others.

You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.” Sage words from my good friend Dr. Phil!

(Okay, technically, he went to the University of North Texas, the same college I attended for my bachelors and masters degrees, so naturally we are good friends. I digress…)

After months of laboring in the comparison trap, I finally had to face reality. There was nothing wrong with me or my creative work. The truth is…my expectations were out of whack. I was comparing apples to oranges.

Interestingly, we all do this at some point. I have talked to dozens of scrapbookers over the years who have stopped making layouts because they began to compare their talents against the talents of other scrapbookers.

We all have an idea or expectation of what we want our projects to look like. We get frustrated when it takes us longer to master a specific scrapbooking technique when it seems so easy for Suzy Q!

Darn you Suzy Q!

So, what do we do? How do we begin to stay in our own lane and confront the comparision trap head on?

First, acknowledge when you are starting to compare yourself to other artists. Do you feel jealous, envious, angry, or sad when you are looking at the work of a fellow artist? Do your behaviors change as a result? Do you become stressed, experience a creative block, or simply want to give up? Address how you are feeling head on and be honest with yourself.

Second, do something about it. You may chose to simply let go of those feelings and direct your energy into making projects that you love and enjoy, appreciating your individual talents, and accepting your limitations.

Or, in some cases, maybe you stopped following a specific designer on social media if you cannot seem to shake your feelings. It’s okay to let go until you are able to consume their content without falling victim to the comparison trap.

Lastly, recognize that we are all different. We have different talents, interests, expectations, work flow processes, and circumstances that impact what we create. You are doing yourself a disservice by comparing your talents and output to that of someone who’s circumstances, talents, years of experience, and bandwidth are different than yours.

At the end of 2019, I resolved to focus on my creative goals and projects, absent from comparing my work to that of my colleagues. I learned to appreciate what I bring to the creative arts industry and to support this community the best way I know how. I took ownership of my insecurities and came through the comparison trap storm a little be wiser and a lot more confident.

I learned to stay in my own lane.

From Paper Pad to Kit – LIVE on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group!

Hey friends! Do you have 12 x 12 paper pads (or any size paper pad) that you DO NOT use? Are your paper pads collecting dust? Well, now is the time to show your paper pads some love!

Join me this Friday for a fun 1-hour LIVE session on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group! During this live session, I am going to show you how to make scrapbooking kits using 1 paper pad!

When: Friday, May 15, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm CST (Click here for a Time Converter)

Where: Victoria Marie Facebook Group – Click HERE to join!

For this live session, I am using the Memorandum 12×12 Paper Pad by Pink Paislee. In the following weeks, I am going to use the kits that I make from this paper pad to create stunning scrapbook pages. You don’t want to miss out!

The Victoria Marie Facebook Live Sessions are held every Friday at 2:00 pm CST! Be sure to join the group and subscribe to the Victoria Marie Blog and eNewsletter to receive information about future live sessions!

I hope to see you there!