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, August 10, 2013

Camp Scrap 2013 - class review

I've enjoyed working through the multitude of inspiration in this summer's Camp Scrap 2013 workshop, which officially ended on July 3rd. I did a pretty good job of reviewing each week's materials during the workshop, however there was so much inspiration that I knew I would need time to review and act on it once class was over.

One of my favorite aspects of this class is how May Flaum set it up just like a summer camp. Each week she provided three mini-classes (like workshops you would sign up for at a summer camp) complete with a video and a handout. That's 12 mini-classes within one workshop! In addition, each week included a Make & Take video, daily emails with inspiration and challenges, and an active message board where May occasionally posted extra challenges and links. I also enjoyed the variety of projects (multi-media canvases, scrapbook layouts, cards, mini-albums, journals, etc) and techniques (stamping, inking, using "bad" photos, including memorabilia, etc) included in this class. I created these two travel themed pieces after watching a video where May used stencils and inks and stamps.


In addition to these pieces, I have so far created 7 layouts, 6 cards, and 1 travel journal. I'll be sharing a few of my favorite techniques in a future post, and I have a list of ideas and plans for several more cards, layouts, and a multi-media canvas based on the mini-classes. Here's a look at a layout based on one of the week two mini-classes about layering on scrapbook layouts.


This class was a great value at $29, however I was fortunate to have a $10 BPC Reward and only paid $19 for four weeks of creativity that included 23 videos (averaging 15+ minutes each), 14 handouts, and 28 emails (filled with 54 new projects according to May's count), plus the additional challenges, links, inspiration and interaction on the message boards and in the gallery.

This is the second Camp Scrap workshop I've taken at BPC - the first was in 2010 and was also packed with inspiration. (Click here to see all my posts for both Camp Scrap workshops.) While this class will not run again, I highly recommend any of May Flaum's classes as she always packs them with lots of inspiration and is very active in the classroom. (I'm definitely hoping she'll lead another Camp Scrap next summer!)

8 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great class review. Thanks for posting it.
Rinda

Missus Wookie said...

I was tempted by this class - wish I had taken it. Thanks for the review and I'll be hoping May does another next summer too :)

alexa said...

The class was clearly great value as well as enjoyable with lots to stimulate creativity as your pages show. Thank you for the info - it is always good to get feedback from someone who has personal experience.

S said...

Cute page with you and Stacy. I look forward to you sharing more of your camp experience.

Debbie P said...

Beautiful work Melissa! Love it! You and Stacy are so cute together! You lucky ducky!

Cheri said...

Sounds like an enjoyable class. Where did you meet Stacy? Looks like a casino lobby!

Becky said...

Loved reading this review. Would love to do some classes but don't seem to have the time at the moment, perhaps soon! Really like the layout on this post :)

Sue Althouse said...

Love the photos of you and Stacy! May is a very popular teacher, it's easy to see why. Thanks for the review!