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.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

LOAD Day 4

Sundays in The Mother LOAD workshop are all about simplicity. This week Lain encouraged us to think about what we "must" have on a layout to make it feel complete. I like a variety of scrapbooking styles ranging from over-the-top to very simple. A layout doesn't have to have a lot of product or a ton of photos to make it complete. Another factor in simple scrapping, for me, is scraplifting - one of my favorite ways to create! So, for today's layout I scraplifted the style of Lain's sample layout and came up with a reminder that I now have attached to the front of the refrigerator. (The two little Russian figures at the top are the magnets holding it in place.)

Journaling reads: My goal is to eat healthy in order to be healthy. Having healthy nutritious food on hand and easily accessible is a very important part of being successful. I need to choose fresh fruits and vegetables over sugary snacks every day!

This important lesson is one that I know but need to be reminded of on those days when I want to reach for a quick snack. Shimelle stresses in the LSNED class that some lessons will not be new to us, the main thing is to be aware of and pay attention to the lesson, therefore I have this layout in a prominent spot in the kitchen to keep this lesson in the forefront of my mind.

Here's another layout that I created late yesterday. I was scrolling through the gallery in The Mother LOAD workshop and was inspired by a cute layout using a photo strip. I didn't have a photo strip, but I knew the perfect photo to use for a similar layout. (Thanks Cyn Vilela for the inspiration!)

Both of the layouts I've shared today are 8 1/2 x 11 rather than my usual 12x12. I enjoyed the different size since it's been a while since I've created anything other than 12x12. Do you change up the size of your layouts on occasion?


Sian said...

Yes, sometimes I do and then I file them all away in the same album. I like the mix of sizes in one. Gosh, you are so organised that you are even pulling together two classes which are sparking off each other. I love it

MonicaB said...

I never use to change. Everything was 12x12 but when I took on of Ali's classes I started seeing the beauty in changing it up. So now I will mix it up but I'm still 90% 12x12. I'm in awe of your work - I'm a LOAD flunky. Haven't done one page yet.

Alison said...

Two great pages Melissa...I tend to work on 12x12, though sometimes 8x8
Alison xx