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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Me & Minnie Pearl

I am so excited about the layout I created today because of the memory it records. I was flipping through my storage binders looking for a photo to showcase with the Sketches in Thyme Thursday Takes #42 sketch from PageMaps when I came across a photo of me standing in front of a painting of Minnie Pearl at the Grand Ole Opry. That photo sparked a memory from my freshman year of high school, and the layout was underway. Here's the sketch that started it all.


I chose a blue Core'dinations cardstock wtih a flower texture to match the wallpaper in the photo. Instead of sanding the cardstock I inked a darker blue over the texture.


Of course, I had to include a price tag on the layout, so I borrowed an idea from Mastercard.


As I've been working through the Finding Your Way workshop at BPC, I am finding that I enjoy using sketches for inspiration and that I love color!


Journaling reads: I remember growing up watching Hee Haw and Minnie Pearl always wearing a hat with the price tag dangling from it and yelling a big How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E welcome. My freshman year of high school, I took a drama class as my elective. One of our very first assignments was to perform a monologue while impersonating a famous individual. I mounted the stage wearing the big lacy pink hat I’d worn for Easter a few years earlier with a price tag dangling over the edge. I yelled out a loud How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E and then told the story of how “I” (Minnie Pearl) had purchased some artificial flowers for “my” hat on the way to a performance many years ago, and how during “my” performance, “I” swung my head and the price tag from the flowers dropped over the edge of the hat. It was a huge hit and after that “I” always wore the $1.98 price tag dangling over the edge of “my” hat. In 2007, Robbie and I were in Nashville, Tennessee, and had the opportunity to tour the Grand Ole Opry. Robbie snapped this photo of me in front of this beautiful painting of Minnie Pearl wearing a hat with flowers and her trademark price tag dangling over the edge.

17 comments:

Jimjams said...

Super page - nice sketch too - and a lovely piece of journalling!

Maya said...

Great story and lovely page!

Dawnll said...

Love the story- I remember Minnie Pearl.
Such a fun layout and such great details.
Thanks for sharing with us.
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sketches In Thyme
Hope you come back real soon.

Tanya R said...

What a great layout. Love the tag, and yes I too remember Minnie Pearl.

Thank you for playing with Sketches In Thyme this week.
Hugs
Tanya

Ginger said...

What a great memory Melissa! How full of life she was... The Grande Ole Opry is on my must see list. DH used to tape it and we would watch every week, but now it's hard to find up here.

WendyB said...

Lovely combination of colours you've used there, great story too.

scrappysue said...

What a great story Melissa, and your page is beautiful!

Sian said...

That's a wonderful story Melissa! And your gorgeous blue page really does it justice. I've got to say that's one of the nicest sketches I've seen in a long time too. It really appeals to me.

Alison said...

Great page,,love the colours and the journalling-though I must confess to never having heard of Minnie Pearl
Alison xx

Tammy said...

Gorgeous! I love the blue floral cardstock and that's a great sketch. I went to a concert at the Grand Ole Opry recently. I'm not into country music much (which I know is a crime since I currently live in Nashville...) so I don't know the people, but memorabillia of any kind is interesting to me so it was fun to walk around and see all the things they've collected over the years. You've captured a great memory! :)

humel said...

Love it! The inking is gorgeous :-) Minnie Pearl was a new name to me though (I've led a sheltered life here in the UK!!)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

beautiful work with lovely picture!

Karen said...

Fabulous layout; I love that blue Core'dinations cardstock.

Katie said...

Love the color combination. Stunning!

Rachel B said...

What a cute sketch, I may have to use this one! :)

Erin R said...

this is such a great project!! love those colors and your detail is fab! thanks for playing at sketches in thyme!!

Missus Wookie said...

Glad you linked - really like the inked textured background and fun story too.