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, October 22, 2011

In Good Company & Only 64 Days Until Christmas!

Have you heard about In Good Company? Susanne is inviting everyone to join her in using up some stash by focusing on a particular manufacturer each week. It sounds like fun, but there's one little problem for me. I really don't pay that much attention to who manufactures a product, I simply choose items that I love. However, when she issued this week's invitation to join her using some Graphic 45 products, I decided to flip through my specialty paper file to see if I might just find a piece of paper that had that little strip across the bottom telling me it was from Graphic 45.

Luck was with me! I found this beautiful paper that Robbie picked up for me a while back.

Some of you are probably asking yourself the same question I've been asking every time I pass over this paper in my stash - how do I use such a beautiful piece of paper? There's so much detail and the page is absolutely perfect all by itself. This is exactly one of the issues that Shimelle has been discussing at the Pretty Paper Party, and she reminds us that if we use that paper and put it in our scrapbook, we will be able to enjoy it every time we look through our layouts. So, I took the plunge by adding one small photo from the storage binder that houses my childhood photos.


This Easter photo was perfect for the Once Upon a Springtime paper. I added a small cluster to the bottom right of the photo so I could include the date and our ages.


I still think the paper is absolutely beautiful and now it's ready to follow the Journey of a Scrapbook Layout until it reaches its final destination in my childhood scrapbook.


The countdown continues over at Life Behind the Purple Door where I am guest posting today to share one of our favorite cookie recipes. (Check it out here.) Cate has been sharing ideas and inspiration for getting ready for Christmas since September 16, counting down the 100 Days to Christmas.

18 comments:

Fiona (angelfish) said...

What a beautiful sheet of paper and you've used it perfectly. I love the Graphic 45 designs, but know myself well enough not to buy them. I couldn't bear to cover them up!

Sian said...

I think that's a perfect choice of photo for that amazing paper. Nicely done!

Ellyn said...

Perfect use of that gorgeous paper!

S said...

Wow, that layout is wonderful - the beautiful paper showcases the photo and vice versa. And good for you for jumping into the challenge.

Amber Letuli said...

Lovely Layout and a lovely piece of paper, I am not sure that I could bring myself to use it at all if I had it. Great job.

Tammy said...

Very cool Melissa! I love that you found a smaller photo to highlight. You've captured a great memory but can still enjoy that gorgeous paper! I loved that Shimelle said that this week - you'll enjoy that paper far more in your album than in your stash! :)

Cheri said...

What you did totally works! And I think small was probably the only way to go.

Helen said...

What a great use of that paper - perfect! Alas I have no Graphic 45 paper (sob) and can't play along. You did briliantly at using up such uncuttable paper!

Rebekah said...

What a beautiful layout! Perfectly placed photo and embellishments!

humel said...

Good for you :) I don't think I have any Graphic 45 but I'd struggle to cover up any of such a sheet - I think you've handled it perfectly :)

Alison said...

a perfect way to use that oh-so-pretty paper! I'm off to have a look at your post over at Cate's (and you've reminded me that I have a post to get ready for her for next week!)
Alison xx

Alison said...

Just wanted to say that the Magic Bars look wonderful...I love ANYTHING with condensed milk!
Alison xx

Ginger said...

Simply beautiful Melissa!! i love how you made this paper work for the challenge!

Nihao, Cupcake! by Margie said...

Very pretty paper. I have never heard of Graphic 45. I like how you used that extra special piece of paper.

Kirsty.a said...

I think you've that pefectly. I aways struggle with those Graphic papers

Karen said...

This is stunning! I would never buy that piece of paper precisely because I wouldn't have any idea what to do with it. You've used it perfectly, and now I might be less hesitant to pick up a piece with this much detail.

Beverly said...

You scored an A on this challenge. I don't buy papers like this for the exact reason that I can't see how to use it and still show the paper's beauty..really why buy it if you are going to cover it all up? Thank you for giving me a glimpse of the possibilities!

Debbie P said...

What a beautiful patterned paper! I don't think I could of covered it up....let's put it this way, I don't think I would have known how to use it and still maintain the beauty of it. What a great layout! Love it!