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, April 15, 2013

My Own Starting Points

I created the A Mixture of Cruise Memories layout for my 2011 yearly album while I was at Ellyn's for Crafty Tuesday earlier this month. I did not have any other photos to work with, so I decided to use some of the scraps and a few additional papers to create my own starting points while I visited with the other crafters. Back at home a few days later, I flipped through my storage binder of larger photos and pulled a 5x7 photo for each one.

The first layout started out with a piece of off white cardstock and a maroon colored leaf patterned paper and ended with a cluster of smaller paper pieces in the bottom right corner.


 
I found an older photo of my parents with my nieces and nephew that worked perfectly with this color scheme. A punched scalloped circle, some flowers & brads, and a stamped sentiment adhered to a gift card envelope completed the layout.
 
The second starting point began with a piece of yellow cardstock, simply because it was the only other piece of 12x12 paper I had with me that day! I added an 8 1/2 x11 sheet of striped paper, a few scraps, and a 6x6 sheet, which ended up looking like this.
 
I chose an old black & white photo to use with this layout and found a matching piece of yellow cardstock to mat the photo. Two additional photo mats and a title block rounded out this layout.

I'm excited to have these two older photos scrapped and proud of myself for trying my own starting points without a sketch or any inspiration piece to begin with. Have you created your own starting points? Did you enjoy it?

12 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

These both turned out great. I love creating blank layouts for fast and fun scrapping later on.
I love the tone-on-tone reds in the first layout.
Rinda

Barbara Eads said...

Thanks for sharing your process! It's always fun to see how other scrapbookers approach a layout.

Jane said...

love what you've done here, so good to get old photos scrapped

Ellyn said...

I love your layouts so much. someday I will learn to take more time and create more detailed pages.... maybe. or not.

Elizabeth said...

I like your starting points and the way you built upon them. Since I only scrap digitally, I often do much the same thing in PS Elements. Then, when I have the photos, I fill in to complete the layouts. Yours turned out very nice.

Alison said...

Such a clever way to have spent your time, when you didn't have any photos with you!
Alison xx

Tammy said...

Love how these turned out. Shimelle has inspired me to try my own Starting Points too. There is something very satisfying about taking some scraps, squares and rectangles and mixing them up to create a background. Great job! :)

Missus Wookie said...

Creative use of the scraps and some cute pages too. Always fun to scrap with friends too :)

Karen said...

I think I'd have a hard time with starting points, but I love what you've done with them. I especially like the first layout---probably because you've used one of my favorite colors.

S said...

I have been toying with the idea of starting points - it looks addictive. Love your pages, especially the second one.

Arty Bec said...

Love the old barn one - I keep promising to get more old photos scrapped but I never seem to have the time, I need to dedicate time! These look great!

alexa said...

I always find it fascinating to see how others create their pages, and this is no exception - your red and yellow work really well with your photos. I realise I always start the other way round!