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.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Games We Play

We love to play games! A couple of years ago I had the idea to create a mini-album with photos of us playing games over the past ten years or so. I began collecting photos, patterned papers, stickers, and miscellaneous embellishments in a Project File. I even cut up an old Scrabble board and made the cover using Scrabble tiles and letter stickers.

I had a chipboard mini-album - the kind where each page is a little longer than the next - that I planned to use. However, I simply put all these items in the Project File and let it sit, collecting more photos and papers and stickers along the way, waiting for just the right inspiration to work on it.

That time came during the crop in Corsicana last month! I had everything ready and started working on this album about 3 o'clock on Thursday afternoon . . . and by midnight it was all done!

I am so excited to have this project completed and absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. Here's a look at some of the pages.

I had kept some old score sheets and used one on this page of me and Robbie playing Canasta.

This next one is one of my favorites. I added a pocket with additional photos and Skip-Bo cards (with photos on the back). It's a fun interactive element! 

I had some more score sheets in my Project File and used those on the back cover of the album.

I had quite a few leftover photos and bits and pieces once I completed the album, so I threw together a 2-page layout that will go in our Things That Matter scrapbook.

This was such a fun mini-album to put together. I'm not sure why I waited so long, but I definitely think it's time to pull out the Project File with the puzzle pictures and get to work! What projects have you been putting off for a while now?


Beverly said...

Very cute idea, Melissa! I have way too many to list :/

scrappyjacky said...

This is such a fun idea,Melissa....love how it turned out.
I really don't want to think how many projects I've got waiting to do!!!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh now that is such a neat idea. I've got a couple of those photo albums. I've scrapped us playing games on occasions but never thought of a mini album

Sandra said...

Oh wow, this looks just fabulous, you must be over the moon with it.

Oh I've just so many projects to do and also so many on the go. I've actually written myself a list with a doable time scale, so hopefully that will help me get started

Karen said...

I love games, but Tracy's not as big a fan so we don't play very often. This is a wonderful project!

Sian said...

That's such a cute album: exactly the kind of thing someone in the future will love to discover on a shelf waiting to be enjoyed. TSO would love to have you over for Games..she's the biggest fan in this house

Jane said...

what a great idea, we play a lot of games with the family.

Debbie P said...

Oh my gosh, that is the cutest album! Love, love, love!!!

S said...

We love playing games too. Your mini-album looks like a fun project, and kudos for using the extra stuff on a layout. I'm trying to have enough discipline to complete an old project or idea in between every new idea I come up with on a whim. Almost like making a game out of it!! Thanks for the nudge to keep at it.

Tammy said...

I love this idea! It turned out fab! So cool that you've been collecting items for years. When the time it right, you know it. This is a really fun album. :)

Cheri said...

Catching up on your blog today. So glad to see the finished project! Great job!

Alison said...

Love how your mini turned out,
Alison xx