Victoria Calvin is the owner and creative director at Victoria Marie Designs, where she creates and teaches online scrapbooking classes, hosts annual scrapbook retreats, and creates video content on YouTube. Victoria also hosts several online scrapbooking groups on Facebook, posts daily content on Instagram, and creates exclusive videos and mini-classes for her Patreon membership community. Victoria has served on a number of design teams including American Crafts, Felicity Jane, Kingston Crafts, Tonic Studios USA, and Catherine Pooler Designs, in addition to guest designing for Freckled Fawn, Gina K Designs, Close to My Heart, and Citrus Twist. Additionally, she has been a featured guest on the Craft the Life You Live Podcast with Amy Tangerine and the Simple Scrapper Podcast, and her creative work has been published in Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine. Victoria believes that scrapbooking is both an art form and a vessel through which our stories are given life through words and photos! Her work can be found at http://www.victoriamarieblog.com.
What is your go-to, must have tool?
My go-to, must-have tool is my old and trusty craft knife that I purchased over 12 years ago at Hobby Lobby. Her name is Pinky (because she’s pink)! Pinky has been put through her paces and still performs like a champ! I have several craft knives but I always come back to Pinky…she’s the MVP in my craft room.
If you had an extra half hour in the day, what would you do?
Scrapbooking, of course! What else would one do with an extra hour in their day besides scrapbook? I shudder at the thought!
When did you start papercrafting and how did it come about?
I created my very first scrapbook when I was in elementary school. I took an old binder that my mother brought home from work and covered it with pages from the comic section of the Sunday newspaper. My album held all of my awards and class photos from kindergarten to sixth grade. Over the years, I scrapbooked on and off, buying most of my supplies from brick and mortar stores. In 2009, I was pregnant with my daughter Corinne and knew that I wanted to document my pregnancy experience, so I jumped back into scrapbooking. It was during this time that I learned about scrapbooking retreats, YouTube process videos, online scrapbooking groups, and magazines. Needless to say, I became obsessed with scrapbooking! The rest is history.
At which store would you like to max out your credit card?
Just one store? Impossible! My top three are as follows: (1) Elle’s Studio, (2) Ali Edwards (give me everything she sells), and (3) In a Creative Bubble.
Choose a favourite movie title for the story of your life.
You’ve Got Mail – not for the romantic ending, but the fact that Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) owns The Shop Around the Corner. I truly believe that one day, I will own a small independent bookstore just like Kathleen!
If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?
Flying is my superpower! I could save thousands on airfare and fly wherever I want, whenever I want, especially to Disney World!