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.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Confession of Failure

Today is confession day. I have to confess that I blew my goal of not purchasing any new scrapbook supplies or online classes for six months. Ok, I guess that's really two goals - one for the supplies, one for the classes. Actually I don't think it was a complete failure since I did make it seven weeks without any purchases!

It all started at the McKinney Trade Days last Saturday. I mentioned to Robbie that it would be fun to find an old hymnal that I could pull pages out of and use on scrapbook pages about my faith. Right away, he found one for a mere 50 cents! At another booth, I noticed a cute chipboard Stampin' Up mini-album and was able to pick it up for only $3.

And then, since I'd already blown it, I figured it wouldn't hurt to stop at Scrappin' Bunnies, our local scrapbooking store, on the way home. I limited myself to one $20 bill and was able to pick up several new supplies.

And next came the new online classes I signed up for yesterday at Big Picture Classes. First, Karen Grunberg's Finding Your Way Workshop which starts today. I really enjoyed Karen's free class and am intrigued to see where this 8-week workshop takes me. It is designed to help us find our own unique scrapbooking style. And while I was already in the process of purchasing a new class, I figured I might as well go ahead and sign up for Stacy Julian's two-week workshop called i.scrap. This workshop is an introspective look back at 2010. Since last was a year of change and healing and new found scrapbooking mojo, I am really looking forward to creating the 8x8 album in this workshop that starts next week. (On a positive note, I did find a coupon code that saved $5 off my purchase and I now have a $10 reward credit that I can use toward a future class.)

There's still time to sign up for these two workshops. If you're not already a member of BPC, please click this link to create an account: http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/register.php?refer=DC8AF110. This link takes you to the page to create an account and also tells BPC that I recommended them to you. Once you purchase a class, you and I both will receive a 10% coupon off a future purchase! If you're not ready to purchase a class, I highly recommend that you create an account and sign up for one of the free self-paced classes and give them a try. My favorite free class is Start Here With Stacy.

Well, that's it for me - anyone else need to confess that they've missed the mark on one of their goals for this year?


S said...

Well, I guess I could come clean about the set of four chipboard alphabets I picked up at Tuesday Mornings yesterday. I think it was my second small indiscretion of the new year. I don't dare actually step foot into a craft store. Doing LOAD has only reinforced that I have way too many supplies - but I keep plugging away at them. I'm finding it hard not to think about the next class I might want to take, though.

Tammy said...

You lasted seven weeks? That is an achievement! I can barely go two weeks before I NEED something.I just signed up for these two classes too, at the last minute. I know Karen's started today - I need to go check it out. Still pulling photos and page kits for Stacy's though, but I'll be ready for next week. :)

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Congratulations on making for seven weeks! I feel like I have not gone 7 days without shopping and it must stop! I have a lovely new stash to create with that should last me a nice long time. So glad to see you Karen's class. I think this is going to be a great class!

Sian said...

Seven weeks is pretty good going! I'm so glad to see you in Karen's class - I think it's going to be great too :)

cate said...

seven weeks is great without shopping! I went to my LSS yesterday to buy white cardstock and a budget of $50... I walked out having spent $55, and have some new papers to play with in both those classes!

Ginger said...

7 whole weeks is an accomplishment!! Your hymnal pages are going to look great with your layouts. I bought some music books at the thrift store and I'm learning to look for things in places I wouldn't normally. I took Karen's Book of Stories (don't remember if you were in the class) and I loved it. She really has a way of making you think about things.