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.

Friday, March 25, 2011

An Introspective Look At 2010

This week I completed my album for the BPC i.scrap workshop taught by Stacy Julian. The album is designed to be an introspective look back at 2010. The workshop was only two weeks long: the first week was devoted to assembling our pages (you can see mine here) and the second week was devoted to journaling. The journaling assignments took me a little longer and then I had to find time to add the handwritten journaling to my pages. I am so excited to have this album completed (and less than ten days after class ended). I truly enjoyed this look back at last year and love that I have recorded these reflections.

I'm trying something new today! Stacy shared her completed album with us on the last day of class with a slideshow presentation showing her completed pages as she read her journaling. This is my first time to post a presentation here and I must say that it is not professional quality, however I am excited to share my look back at 2010 with you.

video

I also created a layout about my i.scrap album - this layout will go in our All About Us LOM album. I used scraps from the various patterned papers I used in my album and a collage of the photos I chose for my "I" statements.

17 comments:

saner4 said...

I loved hearing you read your journaling from this album. It was very introspective and it was a joy to hear how the Lord was working in your life in 2010. He is so good, even in the tough times.
I love your layout too. I have to remember to make one for my LOM album as soon as I finish my i.scrap album. I still have to finish a few pages and journal all of them. I hope to be as open and honest as you on my pages.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Mariangeles M said...

I've enjoyed so much listening to your words, love your album!
Thanks for sharing :)

Mine is still in the making hehehe

Lorraine said...

What a beautiful expression of what God is doing in your life. You had my heart on the first page. AND after going through a similar time in my own life I was right there with you.

humel said...

Melissa, I love this! I'll have to come back and listen to it properly another time though, as it's disturbing The Doctor to have the sound on right now - but I'll look forward to that :-)

Ginger said...

Beautiful Melissa! So wonderful that you are able to share your faith with God and trusting he will take care of you and Robbie. Also, what a lovely surprise today to hear your voice! Now I will be able to hear it when I read your comments :)

Tammy said...

This is awesome Melissa! So fun to hear you read your journaling. I can relate on so many levels. I'm going into my 22nd month of unemployment and just keep praying that the right job will come at the right time....but certainly enjoying my time off and have made the most of it with lots of travel and scrapboook projects and starting a blog. :) See...much relating here.

I got my iScrap layouts done quickly but I have not made the time to journal yet. I need to do that! Thanks again for sharing yours.

Winnie said...

Loved your album and well done on uploading the presentation. Just dropping by from BFS to say hi!

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

Wonderful presentation - this was a great project and I can tell it really spoke to you.

scrappysue said...

Hi Melissa (sorry, I forgot to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving kind comments). Many congrats on getting your i.scrap album finished, I am very much looking forward to checking it out in the morning. Dinner calls .... Love your LO too!

Sian said...

Very, very cool Melissa! I loved it. Out of all the pages the one I love the most has the picture of you looking radiant in your hat.

Scrap-diva said...

Great work, stopping by from BFS.
Hugs
Natalie

Scribble Monster said...

I have just found your blog through Shimelle.com and it is great this presentation is superb and really personalises it hearing your voice.

Rachel B said...

Great work Melissa, I like your new blog background too :)

Mandy Lou ♥ said...

Hi Melissa,

I've come across your blog from a comment that you left on Stacy Julians blog. {isnt she amazing} I just wanted to let you know that something that you said in our video really struck a chord within me. You stated that upon some major life changing issues you decided that you were going to take the year off. You see, I am a stay at home, recently homeschooling, mom and next year ALL of my kids will be attending a private Christian school. This means that for the first time in, what will be, eleven years I will be alone for a few hours each and every day. Some people close to me have been asking what will I do with all of my time and honestly, I dont know. I've tried to come up with something to say, to do. But honestly, I like your approach and it feels right to me. I am going to take the year off. Of course, I will take care of my responsibilities, I am a homemaker and I love it. But, thanks to you, I am going to take the year off from any big commitments and really {re}discover myself, strengthen my relationship with God, my family, myself.

So, thank you. Thank you for sharing your story.

{gosh that was long... sorry} =)

Patti said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! I really enjoyed hearing you read your journaling and hearing your introspective on 2010. It has inspired me to get in gear & get my journaling written in my iScrap album!

Rebekah said...

Love your recording and all that you shared. I'm thankful for my place at home and recently have been freshly inspired to be less tempted by all I see in the world to make me less content.

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

I love that you also made a page for your LOM album about the project. That's a great idea!