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.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July Red, White & Blues

When Brenda and her family were here to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend earlier this month, she surprised me with a gift of this beautiful red, white & blue table runner. I am delighted to add this to my collection of table linens and will definitely be using it often, especially during patriotic holidays.


Of course, we both got a good laugh when the colors for her quilting scrap challenge was announced for this month - it's red, white & blue! I guess she gets credit for being an early bird since she finished this one last month!

In my quest to play along and use my reds, whites & blues, I created the following layout about Why I Scrap for the week 1 assignment in the Mother LOAD workshop at BPC. I pulled this photo from my category drawers and used lots of different letters to describe my reasons for scrapping.

In the Mother LOAD workshop we are in training for the marathon of scrapping 26 layouts in 26 days during the month of September. These first two months of the workshop are designed to get us ready for that scrapping marathon!

This will be the first time I've tried to do a Layout A Day and I'm really excited about it. Have any of you completed a Layout A Day challenge? If so, I'd love to hear any tips you have for getting ready.

9 comments:

Sue Althouse said...

That is a beautiful table runner and a fun layout! I'm also taking the Mother LOAD. Never done a LOAD before, so we'll see how it goes. September is a pretty busy month for me!

MonicaB said...

Lovey table runner! I like the playfulness of your layout.

Ellyn said...

love the pretty table runner & your great layout. Good luck with your page a day challenge, sounds like fun!

scraphappy said...

What a pretty table runner. It is so fun to be able to change things up a bit for the holidays. Fun page layout.

S said...

Such a pretty table runner - you lucky girl! And good luck with your first go-around at Layout A Day - it is a very addictive way to scrapbook. Once you've done it, you'll want to do it again and again, after a good rest of course. My best tips would be to have your photos readily available, lots of adhesive on hand and at least start with a good clean space. I'll be following how you do - good luck.

Ginger said...

Brenda did a lovely job on that runner! Like "S" I will be watching how you go along with load... Great layout!

Alison said...

No LOAD for me, but I'm looking forward to seeing yours!
Alison xx

Tammy said...

You are so lucky to have a thoughtful sister. That runner is gorgeous! I have never done LOAD before. I could definitely do some scrapping every day, but I'm not sure that I could complete a layout everyday. But I'll be excited to see how it turns out! :)

Beverly said...

Adorable layout, love your happy smile :) I have not done a layout a day challenge but maybe that would force me to actually SCRAP!