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, August 29, 2013

Remember That First Inspiration Day?

Back in March, Ellyn and I headed out for our first "inspiration day" - a day to get out and practice photography and look for inspiration for our crafting. I recently created two layouts with some of the photos from that day, both of which began with one of my own Starting Points.

This first starting point uses blue and brown papers and a couple of strips of washi tape.

When I flipped to the photos of me and Ellyn at the Dallas Blooms, I knew they would work perfect on this layout. I added yellow as an accent color and love the way it turned out!

Here's a couple of detail shots.

I created this next layout with supplies from our local scrapbook store for a class I had planned to teach earlier this month. (Unfortunately, I had to cancel the class because I arrived home from our vacation with a case of shingles, which are all cleared up now. My energy level, however, has not yet returned to normal!)

I always have fewer portrait orientation photos than landscape, however I really like the look of this layout and will have to remember to turn my camera on its side more often.

Did you notice those cute heart embellishments? I made those with washi tape, using a technique from the Camp Scrap workshop earlier this summer - I'll be sharing more about it in an upcoming post!

Ellyn and I took a little break from our inspiration days over the busy summer, but I'm excited that we have one scheduled for September. What will you be doing for inspiration this fall?


Cheri said...

So on 9/12 you and I should have a little Inspiration Day of our own! You pick the place. Can't wait to hang out with you!

Debbie P said...

Fantastic layouts! That is awesome!

S said...

I like how both of your 2 page spreads turned out - and those hearts are darling. I, too, forget to take portrait photos with my camera. Have fun on your next day out in search of inspiration.

Ellyn said...

can't wait til our next day.... I'm ready to get back in the groove!

Karen said...

I'd love to have a local inspiration partner. It sounds like so much fun! Occasionally a friend and I go on a photo shoot, but we're rarely both home at the same time recently.

Beverly said...

Sweet Girl is fun to do inspiration days with :) Love both the layouts and can't wait to hear about the hearts!

Missus Wookie said...

I like wandering and taking my camera while looking for fun or interesting shots. Always come home having a great time.

Hope the shingles are completely gone - and your energy levels come back, there are some horrible side effects.

Sue Althouse said...

So fun to see your backgrounds and then the finished page. Great two-page layouts!

Sandra said...

So fabulous to see how the layouts started, didnt they turn out beautifully.

Take time out Fi yourself and rest, hope you're on the mend soon x

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Love those little washi hearts and the idea of inspiration days. I hope your energy levels are soon back to normal x