My Top 5 Tips for Scrapbook Success in 2022!

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 365 days of creative opportunities and possibilities! If you are like me, then you are probably ready for another year of scrapbooking and creating. If not, no worries! I’ve got you covered. Today on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel and Blog, I am sharing my Top 5 Tips for Scrapbook Success In 2022!

I explain each of my tips in detail in the video below!

My Top 5 Tips for Scrapbook Success in 2022:

Tip #1 – Make a list of the scrapbook projects you want to work on in 2022.

Tip #2 – Start with a clean slate! Purge, clean, and organize your scrappy space!

Tip #3 – Replenish your most used scrappy supplies!

Tip #4 – Prep scrapbooking kits and print your photos.

Tip #5 – Schedule your scrappy time – make it a PRIORITY!

Something to keep in mind…

January 1st is not a magical date…it’s just a date. DO NOT put pressure on yourself to rush into your creative projects. Take a deep breath, relax, and start slow and small.

Pick one task or project to work on and go from there. Remember, crafting is supposed to be FUN, not stressful! Enjoy all of the creative opportunities that 2022 has in store for you!

Happy New Year from Victoria Marie Designs!

Let’s do this!

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!

December Daily Story #2: Noelle and Waffles

Merry Christmas and welcome to the Victoria Marie Blog! Today, I am sharing Story #2 of my December Daily 2021 album called Noelle and Waffles.

About two years ago, my daughter and I started a new holiday tradition – we watch Noelle on Disney Plus while eating delicious waffles, bacon, and hot chocolate. When this movie first premiered, we watched it over 25 times during the month of December! Since then, it has become one of our favorite holiday movies.

I kept this spread simple – the journaling is typed on a 3×8 inch pocket card from an older December Daily kit. I created a text box in Photoshop, printed a test copy, then adhered the 3×8 pocket card over the test copy and ran it through my printer.

Next, I resized and printed the Noelle movie posted (Google images) and added photos of my daughter and I enjoying our special Noelle breakfast.

On the outside of the 6×8 inch page protector, I adhered two chipboard stickers and a wood veneer label that says, “This makes my heart happy” – the perfect sentiment for this story.

On the back, I added a pocket card from the December Daily 2020 kit along with additional photos (3×4 inch and 4×6 inch).

As my daughter gets older, I am noticing that her interests are changing. The little preschooler that was once super excited for Santa to come has been replaced with a tween who prefers to stay in her room (most days of the week). It is a bittersweet transition. However, I am comforted by the fact that there are some traditions that we can enjoy together…without tween angst!

To see this spread come together, check out the video below! Happy Holidays friends!

I Finally Started December Daily 2021! Story #1: What We Love and Hate About Christmas

It’s never too late to start a holiday scrapbooking project, amiright? LOL!

Today, on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel, I am sharing the first story in my December Daily 2021 album, What We Love and Hate About Christmas.

This year, I am taking a slightly different approach to my DD project. Instead of focusing on my everyday life activities during the month of December, I am creating an album that features a collection of stories – current, past, random musings, experiences, and everything in between, based around the holiday season. After 8 years of doing this project, I felt that I needed a different focus; something that didn’t feel daunting or stressful.

I am not sure how many stories will be included in this year’s album, but whatever that number is, it will be enough!

Supplies Used: All of the materials I am using this year are from the Ali Edwards December Daily 2021 Main Kit along with a few add-ons from this year’s collection, and my DD stash from previous years. To see a walkthrough of the supplies I’m using, check out this recorded YouTube Livestream!

My album begins with a simple semi-circle insert, accented with layered poinsettias, an orange, cork and chipboard stars, and a December Stories charm. I usually begin my DD album with a Reason Why entry, but I decided against that for this year’s project (hence, making slight changes). Instead, I jumped right into my first story.

For the first story, I wanted to focus on including the voices of my family members in this project – my mom, daughter, and spouse. I asked them to tell me what they love and hate about the holiday season. I also took everyone’s headshots and included their ages with their journaling.
On the back of the semi-circle insert, I used a felt stitched number, a gold rimmed tag, a glitter star, and black and white twine. I love how the tag, star, and twine come together to form a charm that dangles from the felt number!

The circle insert on the right side of the spread is the perfect element for my photos! For added texture, I adhered cork circles that serve as the anchor for my title. To accent the page, I created a layered row of embellishments – felt heart, chipboard circles, small metal hearts, and cork trees.
The back of the spread features the journaling and more embellishments – heart leatherette tag and a wood veneer house complete this page!

To see this spread come together, head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel. I will continue to share my December Daily project and holiday story ideas for weeks to come!

Thanks for stopping by!

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