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, April 14, 2012

Shimelle's Sixth Challenge & 500th Post Giveaway

I can hardly believe that this is my 500th post since I started this blog over two years ago! I'm sharing Shimelle's sixth challenge, but keep reading and scrolling down because there's also details about my 500th Post Giveaway.

The challenge for this layout is to scraplift a layout with a twist. Special crop guest Relly Annett-Baker shared how she took one of Shimelle's girly layouts and changed it to create a boy-themed layout. I decided to use the same layout design that both of them used, except that mine does not have a kid theme at all. I also left out the embellishment clusters in my layout because once I had the photos & journaling, I really felt that the layout was complete.

Random Thoughts reads:
1. 2 Heads @ Nasher Sculpture Ctr
2. 1 Head @ Dallas Museum of Art
3. 2 Heads by Naum Gabo
4. 1 Head by Pablo Picasso
5. 3 Heads "thinking"
6. 1 made of plaster
7. 1 made of stainless steel
8. 1 made of celluloid plastic
9. 3 photos taken
10. 1 question - What are they thinking?

Now on to my 500th Post Giveaway. Leave a comment below telling me how long you have been reading my blog and what you most enjoy about it to be in the draw for a miscellaneous selection of scrapbooking supplies! As I've been in such a scrapping frenzy these past few days, I've been organizing my supplies along the way and am feeling truly blessed to have such an ABUNDANCE . . . and I want to share with you! So be sure to leave a comment by noon (CST) on Wednesday, April 18, when I'll draw a random winner (or two).

15 comments:

Cynthia said...

Those head photos are pretty cool! I'm just stopping in from Shimelle's blog, so I've only been reading your blog for 2 days! =D

Jimjams said...

I can't keep up with you Melissa - every time I check my reader there's another great page! I had to work today so am glad that the deadline for all these challenges is generous.
Congrats on your 500th post (makes my 200th seem sooooo small LOL) - and I know exactly when I started reading along regularly on your blog - from Shimelle's Blogging For Scrapbookers once she explained how Google Reader worked ;o)

Rebekah said...

How fun Melissa! I didn't get to scrap at all today, but I'm getting ready to spend some time working on my PL album right now before bed. I just couldn't go into next week still behind on housework that didn't get done the last couple of days! But I've enjoyed looking at all your creations. Fun, fun, fun!

I've been following your blog for maybe 2 years? Or is it just one? Don't know, but I've enjoyed it very much. I think we first met up in Shimelle's blogging for scrapbookers class maybe?

Maria Ontiveros said...

Hi Melissa! congrats on that 500th post! I've been following you for 1-2 years. My favorite thing about your blog are the wonderful layouts.
Rinda

Jo.C said...

From Shimelle's Blogging class last year. Another great page. You are on a roll :0)

Relly Annett-Baker said...

Lovely layout - I love the soft clay colours you used.

helena said...

I love the list of random thoughts about the photos as a journalling method - squirelled away in my ideas folder now

I've had you on my google reader since Shimelle's blogging class

The thing I enjoy most about your blog is summed up in your header photo - the sunny disposition you bring to everything that you write about

Alison said...

Love your method of journalling on this one Melissa..and what intriguing pics! Have been following you for just over a year...500 posts is fairly awesome..Congrats!!
Alison xx
PS..Becky has confirmed that 'The Girls from Ames' is with her now!

Sian said...

Wow, could the papers you have chosen be any more perfect for those photos?

Many congrats on 500 posts - that's a fine achievement! When did I start reading? Now you've got me! It's been a while, that I do know.

Here's to another 500 (at the very least..)

scrappyjacky said...

Perfect papers for the photos,Melissa.
Congrats on the 500th post....I think I've been following you for about a year....and really enjoy the variety in your posts....and, of course, the wonderful layouts.

Shonie said...

Congrats on your 500th post!! I've been following your blog for over a year. You have great layouts!

furrypig said...

Hiya and congrats on 500 wonderful posts! I am not sure how long I have been following your wonderfully smiling happy blog but guess it might be a year now?? Here's to many more xxx

S said...

500 posts - congrats. I'm not sure how long I've been reading, but I do know yours is one of the first blogs I started following. We probably "met" in a Big Picture class. I like that you are such a prolific scrapper - I also enjoy seeing your pages.

Beverly said...

BFS definitely brought quite a few of us together. I am thinking that's been a good two years, right? I always enjoy your layouts, your journaling and your stories but the thing I love is the beautiful and sweet spirit that shines through in your posts. Congrats on now having 500+ posts!

Jane said...

I'm so glad I came upon your blog through Shimelle, I think less than a year ago but time goes so quickly! I look forward to seeing more of your layouts and organisation skills, you put me to shame!!