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, April 4, 2011

April Purples

When I  posted my April Preview a few days ago, I wasn't sure what this month's color would be. However, Brenda emailed me yesterday to say the color is PURPLE. She is planning to create two lap quilts, a table runner, bowl rug, two mug rugs and two 12" squares with her purple fabric scraps. Gosh, I'm just hoping to do four or five purple layouts! [For those of you new to my blog, Brenda is my sister and a fabulous quilter. Each month she participates in a scrappy quilt color challenge, so I'm playing along with her by creating layouts using my paper and scraps in the same color.]

I had the photos for this first layout on my craft table and had already decided to use some eyelets on it when I saw the Scrapbookers Anonymous April Challenge to use at least 23 eyelets on a layout. I had only pulled out eight eyelets, but I added 15 more for the challenge. Can you find them all?


For this next layout about souvenir pennies, I used Shimelle's March 23 Sketch of the Week and several patterned papers, all striped. I pulled the green and purple colors from my photos and include penny wrappers as part of the title.

Anyone else have lots of purple paper or scraps you want to use from your stash? I'd love to see your creations if you do.

19 comments:

Lea said...

What cool eyelets! Love the purple and how you journaled on the first layout! What great pictures on the 2nd layout! Great idea using empty penny rolls! Thanks for joining in the fun at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!

Mary Ellyn said...

Purple is my favorite color and the biggest section in my paper stash, can't get enough purple!

Ginger said...

I use to think I didn't like purple, but I actually have several pieces of clothing with various hues of purple. I think I have only ever made two purple layouts, but might have to challenge myself to make a purple layout! Love your layouts Melissa:)

cate said...

purple is my favourite colour (who woulda thunk it?!)

but I haven't scrapped with purple for awhile, think I'll have a play!

great layouts, by the way.

Cheri said...

I don't know why, but purple does not join the list of colors I love. I don't wear it and would be unlikely to scrap with it. But you certainly do it justice!

Sian said...

I really struggle with purple I have to admit - so I'm going to be following along closely this month to see how you use it!

Lynnda Hosni said...

How cool is that!!!... Cutest eyelets used... Awesome... Love the purple and how you journaled on the first layout...Lovely photos too... Thank you so much for playing along with US over at scrapbookers Anonymous...hugs...xoxo

Margie S said...

I'm happy to say, I found all 23 eyelets! Cute eyelets too. How fun to play along with your sister like that. I wish I had a sister or even daughters to do fun crafty things with! You're lucky!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

What a fun way to do a challenge. I don't think I have a lot of purple in my scrap stash? I'm looking forward to seeing what else you make! BFS
xoxo

Tammy said...

I was wondering what your April color was! I have done two layouts with purple recently, two more than the last several years combined, so I've hit my quota! I love purple, have nothing against it, just have a hard time using it! Love your layouts - especially with penny sleeves! Fun. :)

Deb Hickman said...

I love your colour combo and great use of eyelets. Thanks for playing along with Scrapbookers Anonymous.xxx

alexa said...

You are really creative with those purple colour combinations! It's not a colour I often use (if ever) - off to see what I've got in it!

Theresa said...

fantastic layouts!!! I struggle to use purple. You did a great job and I love how you used the eyelets to create a banner. Thanks so much for digging in your stash and playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous. =)

Karen Williams said...

this is great- love the colours you used- are they the traditional Mardi Gras colours? brill whatever. thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous

humel said...

I think I found all the eyelets! :-) The Girl loves souvenir pennies, she collects them wherever we go xx

Karen said...

I do like purple, and am wearing a purple scarf as I type this, but I don't often scrap with it, or even use it for cards often. I'm not sure why.

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

What cute eyelets, and they look great on your purple layout! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!

Yara said...

Great color combo for the Mardi Gras! Love how you used the eyelets! Thanks so much for playng along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!

Rachel B said...

I currently have purple nails, with sparkly bits! Great layouts :)