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, April 21, 2011

And The Two Became One

Yesterday I had all the necessary motivation to create a layout - inspiration, permission, and reason.

The Inspiration
1. While I have a scrapbooked wedding album, I wanted to take one of our wedding photos and create a nice 12x12 layout for our Robbie & Melissa (All About Us) album.
2. I wanted to use some of the techniques I learned in Nic Howard's Dimensional Details workshop at BPC last year - inking, layering, creating embellishment clusters & using a page border to give the layout a framed look.
 

The Permission
The Library of Memories Community Challenge for March 3 (yes, I'm a little behind on these) was to "create a layout and pull out the stops. One of the reasons you have a LOM system is so you can choose when to really go hog wild. Find a photo you love and settle in for a nice long, super-creative adventure. Use as much product as you can and make a masterpiece."



The Reason
Scrapbookers Anonymous is having a Design Team Call. I enjoy the challenges at Scrapbookers Anonymous for two reasons. First, there is one challenge each month, allowing plenty of time to complete a layout. Second, it encourages scrappers to use the forgotten supplies in their stash. (The challenge for the Design Team Call is to use stamps to create a piece of patterned paper and three embellishments.)

I am thrilled with the completed layout, but more importantly I had fun creating it - spending time in my craft room, listening to a Paperclipping Roundtable podcast, and using some of the stamps from my stash that had never been used!

25 comments:

Photographing Mom said...

Beautiful page, Melissa!

Brenda Kay said...

I think this is one of your best layouts to date. So much attention to detail.

Kim said...

Nice work on both your layout and blog post! Great details!

Cheri said...

I rarely get this "fussy" with a layout but I love your finished product!

Mary Ellyn said...

Love the wedding attire - I have always been a fur muff fan!

Alison said...

Beautiful LO and wedding photo Melissa...great post!
Alison xx

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Gorgeous work and I love the way your blogged it!!! xoxo

Karen said...

Beautiful . . . the bride and the layout!

Jimjams said...

Wonderful piece of work - those stamps have created BEAUTIFUL embellishments. Very ebst of luck with the DT call too.

Tammy said...

Beautiful page! Absolutely gorgeous. I love the back ground and the swirly embellishments you created, the doily in the background. Everything is great. Good luck with the DT call! :)

MonicaB said...

Absolute masterpiece! Love all the detail and texture. Best of luck with the DT call.

Cheryl McCain said...

What a gorgeous and intricate layout! Job well done!

Connie said...

your work is beautiful~you should go for the DT~good luck!!!

Katie said...

First, I have to say I love your outfit in this picture. So beautiful. The page is gorgeous. Love the flowers and the swirl.

Amy said...

Well done Melissa, you have photographed these beautifully :-)

Kirsty.a said...

Love the details of this layout and the way you left the final photo of the whole thing until the end

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

Don't you love it when so many things come together like that and you end up with a wonderful scrapbook layout? Good luck with the DT call. I hear there are terrible fires in Texas and trust you and your loved ones are safe.

Sian said...

Oh, wow! Both to the layout and to the gorgeous bride! I'm wishing you all the very best of luck with the DT call - I think you have a fabulous chance if you submit this one!

S said...

How charming the two of you look. And, what a fabulous layout - I'm going to have to try using a background stamp to make paper.

Gail said...

Gorgeous layout! I need to get back to my LOM.

Rebekah said...

Wow, everything is beautiful for this page. Beautiful embellishments, stamping and your photo is stunning!

scrappysue said...

This is absolutely stunning Melissa, well done! And WOW your dress is stunning too! Best of luck with the DT. Sue x

Lisa-Jane said...

I simply LOVE your outfit! That looks like a dream wedding to me and you've done the photo proud with a gorgeous layout - I love the stamping and the swirls particularly.

Rachel B said...

Gorgeous layout Melissa, the stamps you have used are lovely :)

Nancy Gaines said...

Wow!! Simply gorgeous, Melissa! Your layout is amazing! And that is one of the most beautiful wedding ensembles I've ever seen!! 😍 You look stunning! ❤❤❤