Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Scrapbook Pages with Memorabilia

I love it when I can include a piece of memorabilia on a scrapbook layout! As I've worked on sorting my photos these past several months, I've also been sorting my memorabilia. The memorabilia that I want to keep but not include in my scrapbooks goes into a storage box in my closet by year. The memorabilia that I want to include (or think I might want to include) on a layout goes into a small file box that sits on a shelf above my storage binders. When I organize photos in my storage binders, I place a sticky note with the photos to remind me that I have memorabilia in the file box. I love these reminders and have created several layouts recently where I've included memorabilia on the page.

On this layout showcasing photos from our 8th anniversary evening out, I've included the front of the playbill, our tickets to the show, and the restaurant name that I cut from a takeout menu. I also used one of the new techniques I learned in the Dimensional Details Workshop - I created my own transparencies! I used a swirl stamp and StazOn ink to stamp on transparencies, then fussy cut around the swirls and adhered them to the layout. I used a sketch by May Flaum, the teacher in a new workshop I'm taking at BigPictureScrapbooking.com, Camp Scrap, for this layout.


I've had the idea for this next layout since I took my old scrapbook apart at the beginning of the year. I have quite a few Vacation Bible School certificates and bulletins from special church programs that I want to preserve. I created a pocket page to hold all the certificates and bulletins and then used a sketch by Becky Fleck that was included as a bonus in the Dimensional Details Workshop as the inspiration for the layout on the pocket.


This layout from a weekend crop I enjoyed with friends in the summer of 2008 also includes a couple of pieces of saved memorabilia - the card and ribbon are from the bouquet of flowers Robbie had delivered to the bed and breakfast where the crop was held. This layout was inspired by a sketch from Trina McClune that was also included as a bonus in the Dimensional Details workshop.


My favorite new technique from that workshop is creating embellishment clusters like the one at the bottom left of this layout. I am using items I've had in my stash for a while with new items and loving the way it all looks together. Of course, it takes a while to pick which items I want to us - I don't think it'll ever come naturally to me like it seems to for Nic Howard, teacher extraordinaire! But I am certainly having fun trying!

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Hey Melissa, thanks for your sweet comments over on my blog! Nice to see a new face!
I love the "crop" layout here and your clustering is really good - you are right though that it takes a lot of time to bring all the little products together but I love the effect. And practice makes perfect! Such a brilliant class. I think I already commented on the other two layouts in the gallery but they are also great in the way that you combined all that memorabilia - well done. I always struggle with that. Love your toe nails! Very 4th July! Hope you had a good one!
Lisa