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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Finding Your Way Layouts

We are in the second week of the Finding Your Way workshop at BPC. The main focus of this workshop is to pay attention to our scrap process and discover what we most enjoy and is most authentically us. I had hoped to create one layout each day, however the first thing I discovered about my style is that I like to scrap when I'm inspired, not on a schedule. Therefore, I am simply completing layouts as time permits and inspiration hits. Here are my latest layouts and what I'm learning along the way.

Finding Your Way #3 - Inspired by a birthday layout in a recent Creating Keepsakes magazine. I liked the idea of grouping photos from throughout the day with a small strip of journaling to describe the day. I also included two pieces of memorabilia - the wrapper from a mint at lunch and the logo for the restaurant cut from a business card where we had dinner. This layout will go in our LOM Days We Celebrate album. One thing I'm certain about my scrapping habits - I like to scraplift layout ideas!


Finding Your Way  #4 - The March challenge at Scrapbooker's Anonymous is to use at least seven flowers on your layout. I had saved the invitation to our dear friend Iris's 60th birthday party to use on a layout with the group photo taken at the party. I knew the layout wouldn't need much else since the invitation was so colorful and contained all the journaling information that was needed. I simply added seven flowers to create some dimension on the layout. This layout will go in our LOM Family & Friends album. Another lesson I'm learning about my scrapping - I like to use memorabilia on my layouts.


Finding Your Way #5 - I created another 2-page layout for my 8x8 DIY album. These pages showcase the Decoupage TV Stand that was my first ever furniture decoupage project. It's a simple layout, but my favorite part of this layout is the album it will go in. I really like having this DIY album that I can continue to add to.


I pulled out the 8x8 album I purchased last year to house this theme album and decided it was time to decorate the cover. This album will hold layouts about our DIY projects (like the compost bin and paperback bookshelf Robbie made) and crafts (like these diaper cakes I make as gifts). I adhered the pocket of an old pair of jeans to the front of the album, then added stickers and letters.


Since this album highlights projects and crafts that both Robbie and I create, I was delighted when he added some detail to the tan Projects letters, thus adding his touch to the album cover.


I am enjoying the Finding Your Way workshop, especially all the interaction on the message boards and reading what others are learning about their scrapbooking style. Here's a recap of what I've learned about my style so far:
1. I like to scrap when I'm inspired, not on a schedule.
2. I like to scraplift.
3. I like to use memorabilia on layouts.
4. I like ongoing theme albums.

13 comments:

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

So glad you are enjoying the class. These are all great layouts and projects, such a variety!

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

Oops, I also meant to say that I love your flowers layout for Scrapbookers Anonymous! Love how you used flower paper along with your flower stash!

Sian said...

Another interesting post! I have learned that I need a big pile of ready printed photos to inpire me - having this really helps my whole process.

I love your idea of a DIY album. I have been taking photos here of projects we have done round our house because I had the idea of using them for a Saturday Five Things post. Now you've given me a different idea altogether!

Tammy said...

I couldn't commit to scrapbooking every day either. Does it count that I think about scrapbooking every day????? I think so! But I'm the same way, I can't just do it bcause someone says so, I need to feel it first. :)

Deb Hickman said...

Gorgeous LO's, thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous.xxx

humel said...

I love how you've got so many photos (and memorabilia!) onto the first layout yet it looks clean and simple and not overcrowded :-) I also love the jeans pocket on the cover of the DIY album, inspired! Most of all, I love the way you've structured this post to show what you've learnt xx

Stephanie Joanna said...

wow, we are very similar scrappers! I also prefer to scrap when I'm inspired rather than on a planned schedule, and boy oh boy do I *love* to scraplift!! :)

Ginger said...

I like that you are doing the layouts on your schedule. I did sign up for this class last minute. I am keeping up with the boards but I'm not going to be able to do a LOAD. Great job at getting so much accomplished.

Lynnda Hosni said...

Oh WOW... beautiful layouts... thank you so much for playing along with US at scrapbookers Anonymous...hugs..xoxo

S said...

It's cool to discover things you kinda already know about yourself; and putting them down in print. Thanks for sharing.

Karen Williams said...

love the way your flowers tie in with the colours on that cheerful invitation- thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous

Theresa said...

great layouts. I love what you did with the flowers for Scrapbookers Anonymous. that layout is so bright and fun. Thanks for digging in your stash and playing along with us. =)

Lea said...

These are great and I must say that I love that TV stand! The flowers are also beautiful! Thanks for joining in the fun at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!