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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October Pass the Book - Tantalizing Textures


It's time to start the October Pass the Book:Year Two book on its journey. (If you're new to Pass the Book:Year Two, check out all the details here.) Tantalizing Textures: Ideas and Techniques for Scrapbookers by Trudy Sigurdson is filled with inspiration and ideas for adding textures to your layouts and other projects using textiles, metals, natural elements, art mediums, paper and clear elements. There are tons of layout ideas and examples.



And step-by-step instructions for many techniques.


And examples of various craft projects including cards, album covers, and other altered items.


One technique that I just had to try out involves using mini-brads as decorative elements on flowers to add color and texture. Here's one that I made using a white paper flower and red and blue mini-brads.


Following along with prompt four at the Pretty Paper Party, I created a layout using stripes and dots. I used four patterned papers and a few strips of solid cardstock for this layout plus four different sizes of ric rac and a sheer ribbon. Once I'd added my title and the embellished flower, I decided it looked complete and didn't need further embellishment. What do you think?

Journaling reads: You just gotta love it when you try a new recipes and it looks just like the picture in the magazine and tastes even better.

If you'd like a chance to be the first recipient of Tantalizing Textures, please leave a comment telling me how you add texture to your pages. I'll post the winner on Friday.

16 comments:

Sue Althouse said...

Your layout looks delicious! I think with all the colorful paper strips, you were right to not further embellish the page. Go Rangers!

Rebekah said...

Wow, I love your pages. The texture adds so much to that pretty white flower! Thanks for your continued inspiration Melissa!

scrappyjacky said...

What a great page,Melissa....and I so agree with your journaling!
The book looks fascinating....would love to read this one.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh my - does this mean I need to get a move on with the one I have from last month? I've been enjoying it - but slowly. I think I'll take it with me on my upcoming business trip.
Rinda

Jo.C said...

Fab page and it matches the fruit colours so well. Looks like a great book - I add the embellishments but need to transfer my art journalling techniques more to my scrap book pages x

Alison said...

That flower looks great Melissa, as does the whole LO!...would love a look at this one...I use the usual buttons, lace, ribbon etc. but could do with learning a few new techniques!
Alison xx

Kimberlee said...

Fun page with the red, white and blue. Nicely done. :D

Denise said...

Wow,this is a fab page and I love the way you have colour co- ordinated your fruit in the photo with the papers!

Lynn said...

Melissa - love, love, love your red,white & blue layout! Its amazing! I never did much with texture until this past year and now I'm saving all kinds of materials - I've gotten some unique packaging materials I've used on my layouts. I'm playing with some bubble wrap and paint. I think its just a matter of looking at everything as a possible source!

Becky said...

Your layout is great! The flower is just perfect. I usually add texture to my layouts by tearing paper and also adding ribbon and buttons and so on. Would love to read this book, it looks really interesting!

humel said...

The book looks fabulous, really interesting - and so does your lovely layout! :)

Me, I tend to mainly add texture via the papers I add - sometimes by crumpling and distressing, sometimes by layers. I quite like machine stitching, too. And using paint is fun for particular layouts. And, of course, I add Thickers for a dimensional title nearly every time!

Sian said...

I love the look of this book Melissa - what a wonderful choice! I would love to be included in the draw this time round, thank you.

Those mini brads are so effective on your gorgeously vibrant page - a very neat trick.

Sewjoe said...

Love your layout and the food looks delicious. The idea of passing around the book is so fun...I should start this in the sewing world.

Ginger said...

Please include me in the draw for this book Melissa, it looks wonderful and I need to learn a few new things :)

furrypig said...

this book looks amazing Melissa what a great choice! I really like your red, white and blue pages the brads in the flowers are brilliant. Looking at your smiling face always brightens my day, thanks for smiling xxx

Debbie P said...

Wow! Love this layout! I adore the bright colors and patterns. Great photo and it looks soooo yummy!