Spread Joy Not Germs Blog Hop! Come Join Us!

Hey Friends!

Welcome back to the Victoria Marie Blog! Today, I am so excited to be part of the Spread Joy Not Germs Blog Hop, hosted by the Hedgehog Hollow and Catherine Pooler Designs! Come join me and my fellow card makers as we spread lots of joy and creative inspiration as we support each other through the current Coronavirus pandemic. For this blog hop, I am representing Catherine Pooler Designs!

If you are looking for a creative distraction, then be sure to follow this blog hop! Also, there are a TON of fantastic sponsors who are offering fun prizes and giveaways – you don’t want to miss it!

To be entered to win a prize, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section: “What is your favorite creative tool that you cannot live without?”

You must comment in order to be entered to win a prize. And the more blogs you comment on, the better your chance of winning a prize! THIRTY ONE companies are offering more than FIFTY prizes on this hop!

Comment on the blogs on the hop to be entered. No minimum number of comments required, but the more blogs you comment on, the greater the chances of winning.

The deadline to enter is April 24, 2020 and winners will be announced on Monday, April 27, 2020 on the Catherine Pooler Designs and Hedgehog Hollow blogs. To view the list of prizes, HERE!

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For this blog hop, I created two fun cards using inks and dies from Catherine Pooler Designs! A full list of available products are listed at the end of this blog post.

Catherine Pooler stamps, inks, and dies make creating cards a breeze! For this project, I used a direct to paper technique using CP inks!

Starting with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch white card panel, I applied Catherine Pooler stamping inks directly to the panel, creating a vertical strip of color from the top to the bottom of the panel. Each color overlaps slightly, creating an interesting color blending effect!

For my second card, I repeated this same technique using the front of a 4.25 x 5×5 inch card base.

Next, I ran the inked panel and one solid white 4.25 x 5.5 inch panel through my Gemini die cutting machine using the Catherine Pooler Wall Flowers Cover Plate Die.

The both panels were adhered to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

For the sentiment, I used the “We’re All in This Together” printable by Catherine Pooler. This printable was created to spread joy and encouragement during the current pandemic. To grab this FREE printable, click HERE!

Using the Picture Frame Die by Catherine Pooler, I die cut the sentiment and adhered it to the front of the panel for both cards. For the first card, I created a layered design using black card stock to frame the printable.

For a finishing touch, I stamped and die cut small flowers using the Catherine Pooler Whipped This Up Stamp Set and the Whipped This Up Dies.

I hope the projects in this blog hop bring you joy and inspire you to create something beautiful for a friend or loved well!

And don’t forget to play along with this hop and leave comment on each blog (no limit) so you can be entered to win some amazing prizes!

To be entered to win a prize, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section of this blog: “What is your favorite creative tool that you cannot live without?”

Next Up…

Next up in the blog hop is Emily Mydlowski! Click HERE to check out her project!

Good luck and enjoy! Please stay safe and be well!

Disclosure: Affiliate links are provided in this post.  As an ambassador and affiliate for Catherine Pooler Designs, Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission from Catherine Pooler Designs whenever these links are used.  Note: These links are FREE for you do use.  All opinions and reviews are that of my own.  I only recommend products that I use for both business and personal reasons, and from reputable companies that I trust. 

Scrapbook Process Video | Favorite Selfie using the March 2020 Hip Kit Club Scrapbooking Kit!

Hey Scrap Bosses!

Do you have a tween or teen in your life that loves to take selfies? I sure do! My camera roll is filled with selfies of my daughter and of course…I have to scrapbook them!

As my daughter gets older, she is becoming less interested in me taking her photo, and more interested in taking a gajillion selfies on my iPhone! Over the past couple of years, I’ve taken the opportunity to scrapbook some of her selfie photos. These photos will later serve as a photographic representation of her growth and development as well as her personality.

What a great thing to document!

To see this layout come together, click on the following video, now available on the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel! Photos of this project along with a list of available products used is provided below.

The mix of black and white with pops of color is a fantastic design technique!

Want to use multiple photos without creating a two page spread? Considering using a photo editing app or website like Pic Frame or Pic Monkey to make multiphoto collages!

Layer clusters of embellishments around your title for added interest.

I love the bold and colorful style of this layout…so much fun! I hope you were inspired to make something awesome today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Available Supplies

Disclosure: Affiliate links are provided in this post.  Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission whenever these links are used.  Note: These links are FREE for you do use.  All opinions and reviews are that of my own.  I only recommend products that I use for both business and personal reasons, and from reputable companies that I trust. 

Scraptastic Design Team Layout #2 – Halloween Baby!

I am in the process of finishing my daughter’s baby book (five years later)! I recently received the This is Halloween kit from the Scraptastic Kit Club and and decided to skip ahead in her book and complete a layout that documents her first Halloween.

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My baby was about 8 months old in this photo…she was so tiny and precious. We had a hard time picking out a costume for her.  So, one of my friends offered to make a tulle tutu, which turned out super cute! I paired that with a onesie that said, “Daddy’s under my spell”, and there you go! My cute Halloween Baby!

Needless to say she struggled with the tutu a bit. It’s hard to crawl when you have layers of tulle surrounding you! She was completely frustrated!  Finally she managed to get on her knees and began to crawl all over the kitchen…tulle tutu and all! I really enjoyed scrapbooking this memory…the older she gets, the harder it is to remember all of the little details of her baby years. I always recommend to new moms that they take a moment to capture those memories, even if its just writing them down on a piece of paper.

I wish I would have done that!

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Of course I couldn’t tell this story with just one layout! I created a corresponding pocketed layout that extended the story of her first Halloween.

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Scraptastic offers a separate pocketed scrapbooking kit called This Life Noted. I used some of the 3×4 cards that came with the kit along with a few embellishments to create the pocketed layout. Sometimes I need a bit more “real estate” to tell the full story. Plus, creating a pocketed layout allows me to add more photos.

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This second page came together quickly – its so simple and clean.

Here’s what I used:

  • October 2015 This Life Noted 3×4 cards
  • White Textured Cardstock
  • Black and White stripe paper – “Magic” from the After Dark Collection by My Mind’s Eye
  • Pattern Paper (orange/dots) – Scraptastic Exclusive
  • Pattern Paper (blue/stratus clouds) – “Something Wicked” by My Mind’s Eye
  • Mist – “Black Velvet” by Heidi Swapp
  • Washi Tape – from my stash (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
  • Die Cut Stickers – “Moonlit” by Authentique
  • Spider web stamp – “This is Halloween” by Scraptastic Kit Club
  • Die Cuts – “Something Wicked” by My Mind’s Eye
  • Font /Shapes (Black) – “Spooky” by Thickers
  • Font (orange/glitter) – “Boo” by Thickers
  • Alpha stickers (orange) – Jillibean Soup Mini Alpha
  • Puffy Stickers – “Studio Puffs” by Pink Fresh Studio
  • Enamel Dots – “Something Wicked” by My Mind’s Eye
  • Phrase Stickers – “Petite Diction” by Authentique

Here’s the process video featuring the main layout (not the pocketed layout…that was an after thought)! Enjoy!

Scrapbook Process Video #51 – Me in Traffic

I HATE traffic…HATE it!

Early this month, I was coming home from work and hit a wall of traffic. It took me 2 hours to get home…2 HOURS! My normal commute is only 30 minutes. As I sat in traffic, I took a few selfies and text them to my spouse. “See, see! Still in traffic!” I ranted.

I was completely over it!

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And of course, I had to scrapbook these photos! I like to scrapbook everyday moments…my experiences as a working mom, my frustrations and struggles…almost slitting my wrists because I have to sit in traffic! The list goes on…

Aww, good times!

Using the September 2015 Skinny Love kit from the Scraptastic Kit Club, I created this fabulous layout of my traffic adventures.

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What I used:

  • Pattern Papers – Scraptastic Exclusive
  • Font  – “Noted” from the Dear Lizzy Collection by Thickers
  • Tiny Font – “Petite Type” by Authentique
  • Die Cuts – “Wonder” by Crate Paper
  • Puffy Stickers – by Evalicious
  • Cork Embellishment – Scraptastic Exclusive
  • Wood Veneer – Scraptastic Exclusive
  • Roller Date Stamp – Heidi Swapp
  • Washi – Seven Paper by Studio Calico

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Check out the process video on the Victoria Marie YouTube channel! Enjoy!