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, September 26, 2011

LOAD Day 26 & September Blacks

Today I truly embraced my philosophy of scrapping non-chronologically by pulling some photos from 1983 to use on a layout inspired by another two-page sketch from the Double Take workshop. These were terrible photos, originally 3 1/2 x5 in size, taken from the audience of a school auditorium during a high school musical production, blurry, bad lighting, and I had already unevenly trimmed down many of the photos. On the positive side, I had quite a few photos to choose from and I had my original program from the musical. I pulled the best photos, trimmed them straight, and used the program as my title block. (In my quest to play along with Brenda's quilting color challenges, I'm also counting this as a September Black layout.)


Yes, I really was in a production of Guys & Dolls! I saved a few of these horrible photos for a future layout about this past summer when Robbie and I went to see a professional theatre production of this same musical. I want to create a connections layout about my high school production, the production we saw this summer, and Robbie's high school production where he worked on the stage crew. It might be a little while before that one all comes together, but it's on my layout ideas list.

Anyone else scrap some really old photos lately? Did you find it hard to work with them?

7 comments:

Tammy said...

Fun layout! I love the older photos and that you saved the program all these years. That is too cool. The hardest thing for me is going back and forth between wanting to recolor and enhance the photos to make them look the best they can and just embracing the originals in all their discolored glory. I do both but it's always a conflict!

Ginger said...

I haven't scrapped old ones lately but have in the past. I think you did a great job on your layout, the photos look great against the black background, they standout and this makes them the focus.

cate said...

you've definately made lemonade from your lemons, great layout! I don't have any old photos to scrap, although I am hoping to be able to scan a heap of my grandmother's when I visit her in a few weeks time.

MonicaB said...

This layout is wonderful! I haven't scrappbooked anything in awhile and I think the last time I did old photos was during Ali's Yesterday & Today class. I need to do it more often because I always love those layouts because of the stories they bring out.

Sian said...

I just love old photos like these. I keep meaning to scan in the precious few I have and bring them back to life. You have made a fine job of bringing these ones back with that programme too. I love this

Sue Althouse said...

I think those are great photos, but yes, scrapping older photos is a challenge. I guess when you have a story to tell, you just bite the bullet and go for it. Love your idea for the connections this play has for you!

Sandra said...

I have a good friend that scraps old original photos, it's lovely to see :)