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.

Monday, February 11, 2013

January 2013 Art Journal Page

I've created monthly overview layouts each month for the past few years, however I hadn't planned to continue that this year. Then the final January weekly challenge in the Library of Memories Community was posted. Stacy Julian encouraged us to journal our thoughts about January. So, I took a few minutes on February 1st to journal my thoughts and saved them on the computer.

Then while I was blog hopping, I saw Karen's January art journal page and was inspired to try something similar. I started with this journaling:

Then I pulled out some stamps and colored pencils and ended up with this page.  The letters spelling out January are those stamps Robbie got me for my birthday last summer.

Along with my boxed journaling, I included these two lists for the month:

Read 8 books
Saw 2 movies:  Lincoln & Last Stand
Watched 13 episodes of The Waltons Season 2 

Watched  final 3 episodes of Last Resort  & 1st episode of Dallas Season 2
Creative Pursuits:
Crafty Tuesday at Ellyn’s
1 get-together to scrap with Michelle
1 online chat in the Library of Memories Community
4 layouts created
12 blog posts published

I'm not sure if I'll do this every month, but I have to admit that I enjoyed putting this page together. Are you planning to document each month this year in some way?


Sian said...

It looks excellent! Yes, I'm thinking maybe I'll continue my "What's Hot and What's Not" every month through the year.

Ellyn said...

a great month despite your sickness... so glad to be included in so many pieces of your January! I did document my creative finishes with a blog post....

Karen said...

I'm always interested in folks' monthly summaries, and like Cheri pointed out on my post, it's so fascinating to see us use the same materials and ideas and yet come up with such different interpretations.

Elizabeth said...

Your layout page is great! I'm not one for making lists--just don't see the appeal for me. I think there must be something wrong with me because everyone seems to be doing lists! I can never remember how many times I'v done something, or remember to record the books I read, or anything like that.

Tammy said...

This is a great review! When things change so fast, it's so nice that we have a way to document and keep track of it all. Love this page! :)

Alison said...

Love how your layout turned out Melissa...it IS amazing how quickly things can change!
Alison xx

Ginger said...

I really like how you have captured what has happened in your month of January and I like this format. You have some numbers here, but you have done some reflecting too and I like that :)

Lynn said...

I love this idea and that you did it in your art journal! I've been wanting to do something similar as part of OLW and this has given me some great ideas. Thanks, Melissa!

Missus Wookie said...

Hope you are feeling 100% and that the new job is going well. I always enjoy seeing other people's review pages and occasionally think of going back but it doesn't happen. I'm enjoying flicking through the completed PL:Gratitude pages though and seeing the photos slide into the monthly title pages too.