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, September 30, 2013

2009 Complete

I finally completed my 2009 albums and am sharing the final layouts here today. I ended up with two volumes and really enjoyed getting these final stories and photos scrapped to make them complete.

2009 was the year my Daddy retired and my parents moved closer to us. I'd already documented the many trips they made searching for a new home and the story of the home they were leaving, so I captured the story of finding their new home in this 8 1/2 x 11 layout.
Journaling reads: The phone rang very late one night in April, waking me from a sound sleep. Without even a Hello, Mama said, "I need you to go look at this house tomorrow." So early the next morning I did. It had everything they were looking for - a big sewing room for Mama, lots of shed and garage space for Daddy, and a place for Sandra's RV.

I documented our fall trip to Tennessee with several layouts, including this two page spread showcasing photos of the luxury cabin we enjoyed. I used a few pieces of memorabilia including a map of the resort and pieces cut from a postcard.

I used some distressed Tim Holtz papers to display photos of our Christmas trees. that year.
And finally a fun layout showing us relaxing at home on New Year's Eve.


Missus Wookie said...

Congratulations on finishing the album - always a nice feeling :) Lovely pages too,

Becky said...

Well done on finishing the album. I like the double page spread using the map and memorabilia x

Debbie P said...

Awesome! What a good feeling that must be! Way to go!

Tammy said...

These are great layouts. I love that you documented the story of your parents new house. Congrats on completing your album. That must feel great! :)

alexa said...

That must be a great feeling having the whole year documented! I do like your neat writing in green on the photos - clever to put it up the driveway like that :).

Alison said...

Oh well done Mellissa!...I don't think any of my albums are completed!
Alison xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

Woohoo! I'm standing up and cheering (well not literally, but definitely figuratively). What a great feeling.