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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Learn Something New Every Day 2013

Back in late August I shared my learning goals for this fall, one of which was to complete my LSNED divided page protectors with photos and journaling by October 15.


I used 12x12 divided page protectors for my LSNED lessons this year, with two 4x6 sections for each day. I shared my title page here and my completed pages for the 1st through the 18th here, here, here, here and here. I got off track a little after that but I was still journaling my activities and lessons for the day, so I took time one morning to go through and print photos for the 19th - 30th and got all my journal cards completed a few days ago.

On the 19th as I was getting ready to head to the crop in Corsicana, it occurred to me that I am never going to be mistaken for a light packer. At the crop I remembered that cropping with friends means someone always has the tool or embellishment I forgot. And after three full days of scrapping (and a little less sleep than I'm used to), I had to admit that sometimes I may have to miss out on a little fun (and head home early) in order to take care of myself.

After a good night's rest, the next day I had to laugh because Robbie tends to make more food than we need for just the two of us . . . which, of course, makes for wonderful leftovers. I also contemplated how a productive Monday at home is the best way for me to begin a new week. And then at a friend's Pampered Chef party, I decided sometimes it's fun (& perfectly OK) to splurge on something new even if the old items don't necessarily NEED to be replaced.

At the Bible study I'm leading, our lesson for the 25th was that our greatest desire should be to do the will of the Lord. The next day we decided that we like the new Marvel TV series - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And another day of scrapping with my friend Michelle confirmed that scrapping and chocolate are the perfect pair!

And finally to round out the month, I was reminded that it makes me so happy to see photos of our nephews and what they're up to so far away. I also realized that weekend cooking is one the ways Robbie relaxes and unwinds after a long week at work. (Lucky me!) And I learned that my new video and article about encouraging women to speak at events will be published on the womensministry.net website on October 9th. (You can check out my video & article here!)

I had the back of the final page protector left, so I created a page similar to my title page.

I added a little journal box as a conclusion to this fun project!

Did you participate in LSNED this year? What lessons did you learn?


Sandra said...

You must be so pleased with this, it looks fabulous

Barbara Eads said...

Your layouts look great---such happy and cheerful colors!

Ellyn said...

great lessons documented!

Jane said...

looks like you had an action packed month!

Cheri said...

beautiful job with this Melissa. I opted to let it go this year.

Debbie P said...

Good for you! It looks awesome!

Tammy said...

I am sad to say I didn't follow along this year. I really enjoyed it last year and got a lot out of it. But this year I just couldn't fit it in. Love the color combo you used. Super fun. Your divided pages look great. :)

alexa said...

I am so impressed that you have completed this - your thoughtful preparation and design choices were clearly so helpful, as well as your stellar determination. It looks just lovely!

Missus Wookie said...

This is such a bright and cheerful album - I like the variety of lessons you've recorded here. Congratulations on completing it too!

S said...

Congrats on finishing it. I'm going to have to give it a go one of these years.