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.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Challenging Myself: Pre-Printed Patterned Papers 5

I really surprised myself at how much I've enjoyed the first challenge I set for myself this year! I had thought it would be harder to use these pre-printed patterned papers, but it's been a lot of fun.

 
I used the basic layout of this paper (3 photos spots) as a starting point to complete the layout showcasing photos of my twin nieces creating tag mini-albums at the end of their summer visit a couple of years ago. I had a few extra tags that I used as embellishments, along with a few word stickers from the same book as the pre-printed paper.

I started with the basic layout of this next pre-printed paper as my starting point also, however I once again covered the pencil and apple border as it didn't go with the theme of the layout.


Adding a patterned paper strip along the top and bottom, then a piece of wood grain washi tape along the edge of that, matting the photos on cardstock, choosing letter stickers for a title, and writing in the journal box were all the steps it took to complete this layout.

What do think? Do these layouts look old and dated like the original papers? Or does the addition of a few "new" items bring them up-to-date?

10 comments:

Karen said...

I have to say you've done a great job with these. I saw the first one and thought to myself I'd have given that one away! But you layout transformed it.

Barbara Eads said...

I love how you managed to alter the paper. I especially love that little blue check. Nice layout!

Beverly said...

Definitely up to date :) Be careful you are inspiring me to use up some old papers!

Cheri said...

Your additions have totally changed the papers! Instead of using them "as is" (I would totally have donated them) you basically just used them as a layout template and built from there. Kudos!

Elizabeth said...

How many more pre-printed pages do you have? Not that I'm complaining--I enjoy being dazzled by your creativity!

Sian said...

No, I think they look great! In fact, it makes me think it's time for new pre printed pages, maybe in a Project Life style? I think they could catch on

S said...

Oh you are doing so well with this challenge - everything old can be new again!

Alison said...

Fantastic, Melissa-,
Alison xx

Tammy said...

Another great challenge! I love that you are using the spirit of the original paper but still adding in your own supplies. Both layouts are great! :)

Missus Wookie said...

I agree with Cheri - I donated the ones I'd been given as they weren't my style. I'm so enjoying seeing how you've created something quite different from them. Definitely don't look dated.