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.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Challenging Myself: Pre-Printed Patterned Papers 4

I'm having so much fun with my challenge to use some older pre-printed patterned papers that I have another layout to share with you today. This layout also demonstrates one of my favorite ways to scrapbook: non-chronologically!

If you're a regular visitor to my blog, you already know that I scrap my photos and stories out of order. It's so easy to scrap whichever photos inspire me since I set up my Library of Memories system several years ago. (BTW-the new Finding Photo Freedom workshop starts today and there's still time to join in! You can find me coaching there for the next 10 weeks and read about how I became a coach over on Sian's blog.)

Today's layout reaches all the way back to 1986! I started with this pre-printed patterned paper with a school days theme (notice the pencil & apple border along the bottom).

I actually followed the design of this paper as well as the school theme for a layout showcasing a photo & the program from the graduation ceremony when my Grandma received her GED. (Yes, that skinny little girl on the left is me as a high school junior!)
Journaling reads: I remember helping Grandma study for the math portion of the GED and how proud she was at the age of 56 to finally have obtained her high school equivalency certificate. She was a beautiful graduate.
I've completed a few more of these pages using pre-printed patterned papers and have two in progress, then I think I'll be ready to move on to a new challenge.


Elizabeth said...

I love what you are doing with your pre-printed pages. Your latest layout is a great memory for both you and your grandmother.

Sian said...

Your story fits on that printed page perfectly - excellent choice!

I do love your "Photo Freedom" post

Alison said...

You're doing so well with these papers...and WTG Grandma!
Alison xx

alexa said...

Well done to both you and grandma on your achievements - looking forward and wondering what your next challenge is going to be!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh well done on completing another page. I purged all my pre-printed papers years ago and then was surprised to get one from Basic Grey recently in a Studio Calico kit...

S said...

What a well-chosen oldie you've put to use. Well done.