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, September 2, 2011

LOAD Day 2

Do you remember the last time you laughed, really laughed? My layout today is based on a fun time we had this summer during Pun'kin Natashia's visit. I started out thinking  I would create a one-page layout, but there were so many fun photos that I decided on a two-page spread instead.



Journaling reads:Instructions for an Evening of Fun & Laughter
1. Gather together one aunt, one uncle & one teenage niece on her summer visit.
2. Sprawl out on the floor & get comfortable.
3. Shuffle one deck of SKIP-BO cards and deal everyone a hand.
4. Find "errands" for the niece to do so there's time to add lots of cards to her stock pile.
5. Keep a straight face (as long as you can) when the niece does not realize she has 1/3 of the deck in her stock pile and enthusiastically says, "I'm doing really good!"
6. If all else fails, hide behind your SKIP-BO cards.
7. Finally, let the niece in on the joke and then laugh as hard and as long as you can.
8. Looking back, remember simply lying on the floor and playing cards leads to much fun & laughter.


[This layout is based on The Mother LOAD Day 2 prompt and also shares a lesson learned (#8 above) which is the focus of Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class that takes place each September.]

Yesterday, after finishing my LOAD Day 1 layout, I was able to also complete my digital monthly overview layout for August and create five cards that I need for September and October. The first two cards were simple with just a few scraps of patterned paper & cardstock plus some simple stamping.



This next card was created with leftover scraps from my LOAD layout.


And the final two cards were inspired by this post on Jacky's blog.



Thanks so much to those of you who left lovely comments on my LOAD Day 1 interactive layout. I have already checked a couple of the items off my goal list for today. I'll share the completed layout at the end of the month.

8 comments:

Alison said...

Great LO Melissa and cards too
Alison xx

MonicaB said...

Love how your journaling is a recipe. Fun layout and wonderful cards!

Natashia said...

I possitively adore the lay-out and cain't wait to lay on the floor for hours next time i come to visit.

Amy said...

I am in awe of your productivity!

Ellyn said...

cute layout... and I always love your cards!

Ginger said...

Those are wonderful cards Melissa :) Your journaling really shows how much fun you have when your niece visits... She is sure growing up!

Sian said...

Your lovely layout just exudes fun! And you have got me thinking about the last time I had a really good laugh. A nice thought. Thank you!

Rebekah said...

Love good laughs..such great therapy! Beautiful cards! I spent the afternoon cleaning and reorganizing my corner...so inspiring after being gone from it all summer.