My New Class with Scrapbook and Cards Today – Scrapbook 101: Begin With The Basics!

I am so excited to announce a fun class that I developed for Scrapbook and Cards Today, Scrapbook 101: Begin With The Basics! I was invited to create this course a few months ago and I am so happy that it is finally done and ready for the masses!

This is one of many classes that I have developed as a contract designer/instructor and it is a joy to turn SCT’s vision into a class that will hopefully be an excellent resource for our scrapbooking community.

In this self-paced, nine-lesson online video course, I will guide you through the basics of scrapbooking. Not only will you learn about what goes into creating a scrapbook layout—basic tools, paper, photos, adhesive and more, but I will also share my knowledge about the principles used for successful layout design and how to incorporate your stories and your favorite photos in a beautiful way!

At the end of class, you’ll create two beautiful layouts! Additionally, written instructions and process videos are provided that will take you step-by-step along the way. This class is designed for those who are new to scrapbooking or as a refresher course for those who have taken a break from this hobby.

The content for this online course is broken down into two sections, The Basics and Structure and Design.

Section 1: The Basics

  • Lesson 1: Basic Tools
  • Lesson 2: Papers, Kits, and Materials
  • Lesson 3: Adhesives
  • Lesson 4: Photos

Section 2: Structure and Design

  • Lesson 1: Choose Your Story
  • Lesson 2: Basic Design Principles
  • Lesson 3: Photos
  • Lesson 4: Journaling
  • Lesson 5: Putting It All Together

This course is self-paced so you will be able to start and resume the course at your leisure!

If you have been interested in learning how to scrapbook, this is the class for you! If you’re a seasoned pro, let your friends know who may be interested in creating alongside you!

This class will be available on July 15, 2022, at 12:00 pm ET in the course dashboard on the Scrapbook and Cards Today website for registered students. The cost of this course is only $20.00 USD/CAN!

I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Scrapbook and Cards Today for this awesome opportunity. I hope this course serves as a great resource for newbie scrappers and for those who are returning to this amazing hobby!

Registration is Now Open! May 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Registration is now open for the May 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop, hosted by Victoria Marie Designs! This event is scheduled for May 20-22, 2022.

The theme for the May 2022 crop is: Embellishment Lovers. All of the scrapbook challenges for this crop are based on using embellishments from your stash to create scrapbook projects!

The May 2022 online virtual crop includes:

  • Fun Scrapbook Challenges!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Fun Giveaways!
  • 5 Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, one session includes a 45-minute Mini Workshop: Embellishment Inspiration
  • The crop is hosted in a private Facebook Group!
  • Only $9.99 USD!

And the best part? You will have 3 WEEKS to finish the challenges in order to be eligible for prizes! So there is NO RUSH for you to finish the challenges during the crop weekend!

Register TODAY!

To learn more and to register for this event, click HERE! Registration ends on May 21, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST.

I hope to see you there…and be sure to tell a friend!

Happy National (International) Scrapbook Day! Let’s Make a Layout!

Happy National (International) Scrapbook Day! I hope you are taking a little time this weekend to relax and to enjoy our amazing storytelling hobby! If you are looking for a bit of creative inspiration, check out my latest scrapbook process video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel!

In this video, I am documenting my second year on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine Design Team. I love scrapbooking about my creative adventures and my opportunities to work as a professional designer in this industry. Designing for Scrapbook and Cards Today has been a dream and I’m so proud to work with some of the best designers in the industry. To learn more about Scrapbook and Cards Today and to subscribe to the awesome publication, click HERE!

For this project, I used items from the Paige Evans Wonders Collection and the Hip Kit Club March 2021 Embellishment Kit, along with an electronic cut file by Paige Evans called Create (available products listed below). I wanted to make a clean, bright, and whimsical layout with layered floral clusters and a delicate title.

I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the Create electronic cut file out of American Crafts White Textured Cardstock. The letters were shaded with Distress Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz and popped up on foam squares for added dimension.

Clusters of die cut florals and accents create a frame around the 5×5 inch photo. I love how the vellum butterflies appear as though they are floating around the layout!

To see this project come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. And if you are a Victoria Marie Patreon, be sure to check out the Bonus Content for this video, now available on the Victoria Marie Patreon site!

If you are not a patron, what are you waiting for?! Get access to exclusive behind the scenes video content, process videos, exclusive scrapbook sketches, monthly creative workshops and more! Click HERE to learn more and to join! Memberships start at $5.00 USD per month!

Happy National (International) Scrapbook Day! I hope you are enjoying a full weekend of fun, relaxation, and tons of creating!

*Available Products Used:

Other Products:
Create Cut File by Paige Evanshttps://etsy.me/3sf7DGD

The Ink Standhttps://inkstandshop.com/

Barely Art Precision Craft Gluehttps://bearly.art/products/bearly-art-precision-craft-glue-4-fl-oz

Hip Kit Clubhttps://www.hipkitclub.net/

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Victoria Marie Designs Merch is HERE! Save 10% off Until May 15th!

Happy National Scrapbook Day!!!!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my first ever line of Victoria Marie Designs Merch, now available through Teespring! This initial launch includes t-shirts, hoodies, a coffee mug, a die cut sticker, and a tote bag!

Available Products…Grab Yours Today and Save 10% Off Your Purchase!

Purchase Victoria Marie Designs Merch starting today and save 10% off your purchase until May 15th! Use coupon code VICTORIA10 at check out!

*Be sure to read A Note About the Promo Code at the bottom of this post BEFORE you shop!*

SHOP TODAY! To shop Victoria Marie Designs Merch, click HERE or click on Shop Merch at the top of the page!

Apparel: For this initial launch, I’m offering t-shirts in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors that feature the Scrapbook Like a Boss and Live To Craft designs. Styles include comfort t-shirts, women’s comfort t-shirts, and v-neck options (long and short sleeve available in some styles), in addition to a hoodie and sweat shirt (non-hooded) option (sizes and colors vary based on shirt style). Be sure to check individual product listings for available colors, styles, and sizes!

Accessories: In addition to apparel, we have a Scrapbook Like a Boss and Live to Craft tote bag and a Scrapbook Like a Boss die cut sticker, the perfect accessories for any scrapper!

Drinkware: Sip your coffee (or tea) out of a Scrapbook Like a Boss or Live to Craft coffee mug! Be sure to check the product listings for available colors!

Coming Soon…Scrapbook Like a A Boss Apron

If you like wearing an apron while you craft, no worries! The Scrapbook Like a Boss Apron will be available soon! Look for more details to come!

Shop TODAY and Save 10% Off Your Purchase!

Head to the Victoria Marie Designs Merch Shop today! Be sure to use code VICTORIA10 during checkout to save 10% off your order, valid until May 15th!

A Note About the Promo Code:

If using a desktop or laptop computer when ordering, be sure to enter the Promo Code on the right side of the screen during check out. This can be easily missed so look carefully.

If using a mobile device (phone, tablet) when ordering, scroll to the BOTTOM of the check out screen, past the Place Order button, to enter the Promo Code.

Happy shopping and thanks for supporting Victoria Marie Designs! Have a happy scrappy iNSD weekend!

Changing the Format of My Wednesday Livestreams!

So, I’m changing the format of my Wednesday Livestreams!

But, before I tell you more about these changes, be sure to mark your calendars for this week’s Wednesday Live, starting at 2:00 pm CST! During tomorrow’s livestream, I will be using my Cricut to upload and cut electronic cut files.

As many of you know, I recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2 electronic cutting machine and I am slowly learning how to use it. The last Cricut I owned was the Cricut Personal Cutter that required cartridges. To be honest, while I enjoyed using the Cricut Personal Cutter, I found it difficult to figure out how to use some of the cartridge designs. Depending on the design, there were several elements to size and cut…it proved to be too much so I let my Cricut go.

Flash forward, after spending many years using a Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine, I decided to give Cricut another try; not because I need a new cutting machine…simply because the mint colored Cricut is pretty and I was curious about it’s functionality!

(All good reasons, right?)

Now, on to the changes…

I have been going live on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel at least once per week (give or take a few weeks) for over 2 years. I amped up my livestreams in response to the pandemic as a way to connect with the Victoria Marie Scrap Boss Community.

During the livestreams, I typically create scrapbook layouts, which is fun. However, I’ve been challenging myself to try new techniques, products, and devices and thought it would be cool to share my learning and experimentation process.

So, during my upcoming Wednesday Livestream sessions, you will get to see me play and experiment in real-time! Personally, I love watching my favorite designers explore new concepts and techniques. I am interested in learning more about their creative processes and seeing them work through challenging design issues. If this is something that you enjoy, then joined me on Wednesdays as I play, explore, and tinker!

If you are not able to join me live, no worries! All of my livestreams are recorded and available for playback on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. Also, if you want to see my previous livestream sessions, check out my YouTube Livestream Playlist.

I hope you will join me on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm CST!

Reminder! April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop is Coming This Weekend!

The April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop is just around the corner! Come join us on April 22nd -24th for this fun and relaxing online crop event! The theme for this month’s crop is: Old Stash + New Product!

This Crop Event Includes:

  • Stash Themed Challenges – All of the challenges for this crop are based on our theme, Old Stash + New Product! You will be challenged to make scrapbook projects (any format) using items from your stash and newly acquired scrappy goodies!
  • Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions where you can hangout via Zoom with like-minded scrapbookers!
  • One (1) Live 45-minute Mini Class based on the monthly crop theme. This workshop is offered during one of the Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions.
  • Fun Prizes and Giveaways!
  • Price: $9.99 USD per crop!

No Rush to Participate! You are welcome to come and go as you please during this crop event; or access the crop content at another time if you are not available during the crop weekend!

All of the crop content including the challenges and the recordings of the Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions and mini classes will be available for 3 weeks after the scheduled crop weekend! After the 3 week period expires, the crop Facebook group for the scheduled event will be archived.

And the BEST part? Each crop is hosted 100% online in a private Facebook Group! You can enjoy the crops from the comfort of your home!

REGISTRATION: To learn more and to register for the April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop, click HERE!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: To see the April 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop Schedule of Events, click HERE!

Note: Challenge descriptions are provided immediately upon registration.

Registration ends on April 23rd at 11:59 pm CST.

I hope to see you there!

My Experience at the 2022 NAMTA/Creativation Trade Show in Orlando, FL!

I just returned from the 2022 NAMTA/Creativation Trade Show in Orlando, FL and thought I would share a quick report of my amazing experience! For those of you who are not familiar, Creativation, formerly know as CHA, is a craft and hobby trade show. This year, due to budgetary issues, Creativation teamed with a fine arts trade show called Art Materials World. 

I had the distinct honor of being invited to attend Creativation by Scrapbook and Cards Today. My job: To film live Facebook content at the show for the SCT community. With me were the awesome Meghann Andrew and Latisha Yoast!  Before I go on, I must say…I LOVE THESE LADIES SO MUCH! We were so excited to finally meet in person!  There was a lot of hugging and non-stop chatter and we all agreed that we needed at least two more days just to hangout and talk some more! 

They have attended Creativation for several years and showed me the lay of the land.  Meghann is the Social Engagement Coordinator and a Crop & Create educator for SCT and has presented SCT at Creativation for 4 years. Latisha is a professional card designer and has attended Creativation as a demonstrator and instructor for various crafting and stamping companies over the years. They are both a wealth of information! 

Latisha, me, and Meghann!

Unlike previous years, this year’s show had reduced vendor participation. Most of the major players in the craft and hobby industry (i.e., American Crafts) were not in attendance. But, the companies that did participate received a lot of attention (and product orders) which is a very good sign.  I hope that in the coming years, Creativation will rebound and more craft and hobby companies will participate again.

Most of our day was spent talking to (and filming) the teams from Simple Stories, Spellbinders, Hero Arts, Pink and Main, Ranger…just to name a few. There are some awesome products coming to the market this fall!  For example, if you love hot foiling, be sure to check out Spellbinders’ new solid hot foil plates! Also, Simple Stories’ Disney inspired collections are out of this world! And their Christmas 2022 collections are stunning! 

The Simple Stories Team

Our friends at Hero Arts are the coolest around! And they invited us out to dinner (more on that later). Be sure to head over to the Scrapbook and Cards Today Facebook page to see the live video of the Hero Arts booth (along with a few other vendors). 

Me and the fabulous Pocono Pam!

In between chatting, hugging, and giggling, we managed to make our way around the show floor, filming and taking photos for the SCT Facebook page and blog. 

We stopped by the Photoplay booth and the owner asked our opinion about  heavy solid cardstock colors. We chatted about paper weight differences, color preferences and so forth – things that matter to paper crafters. I believe they are thinking about adding more paper weight options to their collection, hence our conversation. It was so much fun to “talk shop” with this amazing company!  

Meghann going live on the SCT Facebook page!

The next day, Latisha and I went back to the trade show to film more content for Scrapbook and Cards Today. We also spent time doing make-n-takes and watching product demonstrations. Here’s a super cool water marbling demo by Deco Arts!  

Marbling demonstration by Deco Arts

I got the opportunity to make this sample and take it home! 

Next up, Pam, Dana, Latisha, and I headed to the Gel Press booth for some print making shenanigans! Pam and Dana had never tried print making before and were a bit hesitant. After tons of peer pressure, they finally dug in and had a blast!  

Making awesome prints with the fabulous Dana Joy!

And of course, I ran into a lot of my industry friends! Many of us connected in 2020 (or before) and were so excited to finally meet in person!

Scrapbook.com Team and Jeff Lindberg!
We ran into my friend Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts!
I finally go to hug my friend Jana Eubank (Simple Stories)!
I hung out with these two beauties – Mindy Eagen and Marie Willis (Hero Arts)

Overall, this was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. Also, I’m completely exhausted after walking more than 20,000 steps per day, not including my visit to Epcot at Disney World; and of course, from the excitement of seeing all of my awesome industry friends! 

My cup is full! I returned home with fresh ideas and lots of energy to pursue several Victoria Marie Designs projects that have been waiting in the wings. I’m ready to keep moving forward with the support and wisdom of many people who have paid their dues in this industry. 

I am forever grateful!

Organizing Your Scrappy Space? Start with a Brutal Purge!

Spring is here and it’s a great time to organize your scrappy space! But, before you dive in, I want to recommend something that I believe is the best starting point for any organization process: THE BRUTAL PURGE!

Hear me out…

How many times have you tackled an organization project only to find yourself organizing the same unwanted or unused items over and over again?

How many times have you kept a particular scrappy item due to a sentimental attachment to the item?

How many times have you said, “I’m going to use this one day!” only to put the item back into a container, never to be seen again?

Let’s be honest here…you will probably NEVER use the items that you are so desperately holding on to! So, here’s a little food for thought: Why not let something go in order to make space for the items that you truly love and enjoy?

Allow me to introduce you to the BRUTAL PURGE!

Anytime I am preparing to organize my scrapbook studio, I start with a brutal purge. I know, that sounds harsh! But, what I mean by “brutal purge” is taking the time to go through all of your scrapbook supplies and QUICKLY make decisions about the items you want to keep and let go.

This process involves letting go of any excuses that stop you from making decisions about your scrapbook supplies (e.g., “I might need that item in the future!” or “I’m saving this item for the perfect story!”). Also, the purging process forces you to be honest with yourself about the products that you actually use versus the products you are hanging on to (for whatever reason).

So, grab a box (or two) and give yourself permission to PURGE!

Here’s what I recommend:

  • First, pick ONE section in your scrappy space (e.g., a drawer, a shelf, your craft desk) and assess the supplies that are located in that section.
  • Next, set a timer for 1 hour. I have found that purging in 1 hour increments forces me to make quick decisions and to stay focused on the task at hand.
  • Start going through all of the supplies in your selected section, quickly making decisions about what you will keep and let go. If you are not sure if you want to let go of a particular item, set it aside and come back to it later.
  • Place any unwanted items in a box or container. The box should leave your scrappy space immediately once you are done with the purging session. Also, be sure to make plans to donate or sell your unwanted items.
  • When the 1 hour timer goes off, assess the items that you are keeping and letting go, including the items that you were not sure about (make a final decision about those items).
  • If you are happy with your decisions, move on to the next section of your scrappy space and repeat this process until you have purged and removed all of your unwanted scrapbook supplies.

Purging and organizing a scrapbook space takes time, effort, and patience. Consider breaking down this task over the period of a few days or weeks as to avoid overwhelm and burnout. It’s amazing what can get done in short blocks of time!

Also, the purging process provides a clean slate and leads to a pleasant organization experience! When unwanted items are out of the way, you can begin to make organizational decisions about the items you want to keep and use on a regular basis.

Your scrapbook space should be a creative respite that contains the items that you love and use on a consistent basis. It’s okay to give yourself permission to brutal purge! Let go of the items that no longer serve a purpose in your scrapbooking journey…you will be glad that you did!

If you are looking for spring clean inspiration, check out my Scrapbook Studio Spring Clean Series on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! And stay tuned for a full tour of my studio, coming later this week!

Only 3-Days Left! Register TODAY! March 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Reminder! There are only 3 days left to register for the March 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop, scheduled for March 18-20, 2022! This awesome online event features fun scrapbook challenges, prizes, giveaways, and Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, complete with a Mini Workshop!

For full details and to register, click HERE!

All of the Victoria Marie Designs Online Virtual Crops are focused on using your stash! This month’s theme is Use Your Tools! If you have a bunch of scrapbooking and crafting tools hanging around in your scrappy space, this event is for you!

Let’s be honest…scrapbooking tools are so much fun to purchase (and collect), however, using the tools we purchase presents another challenge! If we are going to invest the money in your crafting tools, it’s important that we put them to good use.

The March 2022 Online Virtual Crop will help you do just that…USE YOUR TOOLS! All of the challenges for this crop are designed to encourage you to use your tools in a creative way to make scrapbook projects. So, if you haven’t reached for your favorite scrapbook tool in a while, or if you are hesitant to open a new scrappy tool that you have recently purchased, come join us!

Be inspired by and connect with other scrapbookers who want to get the most usage out of their scrappy tools! I hope to see you there!

REGISTER TODAY! To learn more and to register for this awesome crop event, click HERE!

Registration is Now Open! March 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop – Use Your Tools!

Are you looking for a fun weekend of scrapbooking, relaxing, and connecting with other scrapbookers? Come join us for a Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop!

Registration is now open for the March 2022 Rock Your Stash Online Virtual Crop: Use Your Tools! During this crop, we are going to focus on using some of our scrapbooking tools that are hanging around in our stash! Die cutting machines, punches, sewing machine, handheld tools…it all counts!

And guess what? This event is 100% ONLINE! You can enjoy this entire crop from the comfort of your home!

March 2022 Theme – Use Your Tools

The theme for the March 2022 crop is: Use Your Tools. All of the scrapbook challenges for this crop will be based on using your scrapbook tools in a fun and creative way!

The March 2022 online virtual crop includes:

  • Fun Scrapbook Tools Challenges!
  • Super Cool Prizes!
  • Fun Giveaways!
  • 5 Live Zoom Scrap and Chat Sessions, one session includes a 45-minute Mini Workshop: Creative Play with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards. All of the Zoom sessions are recorded for playback!
  • The crop is hosted in a private Facebook Group!
  • Only $9.99 USD!

And the best part? You will have 3 weeks to finish the challenges in order to be eligible for prizes! So there is NO RUSH for you to finish the challenges during the crop weekend! And you are welcome to come and go as you please!

For the entire year of 2022, all of my online virtual crops will be focused on using your stash! So, grab your unused or gently used supplies and let’s have some fun!

Register TODAY! To learn more and to register for this crop event, click HERE!

The last day to register is: Saturday, March 19th at 11:30 pm CST. I hope to see you there!