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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

LOMCOM September Weekly Inspiration

September began a new year and a few changes in the BPC Library of Memories Community. While I am no longer actively monitoring the classroom, I am (of course) following along and enjoying the weekly inspiration from Stacy Julian. In this year's weekly emails, Stacy shares a page or project from her personal Library of Memories and pin points a specific idea for us to adapt as we use our own Library of Memories systems. Here's a look at the layouts I created based on September's emails.

First, we were encouraged to sift through our Cultural Memorabilia Box to find evidence of a favorite retail destination. I had several tags from one of my favorite clothing retailers, Coldwater Creek, in my box and decided to use those on a layout with photos of me wearing some of my favorite jackets - all of which came from Coldwater Creek!


The next inspiration email encouraged us to flip through our Storage Binders, pull out a set of photos, and create a quick layout. I used photos showcasing my birthday gifts from Robbie last year along with several pieces of memorabilia (including a piece of the wrapping paper, the label from my new Crocs, and a piece cut from the Kindle box) to complete this layout.


This next layout took a turn from Stacy's inspiration to use a black background to highlight some beautiful scenery photos. I started with a black cardstock background, but then used the front of a playbill and photos from our outing to see The Addams Family theatre production last year for this two-page layout.

However, I did include hidden journaling as Stacy suggested.


And, lastly, we were encouraged to look at our current routines and think about what we would miss if things changed. I started with a VERY old sheet of cardstock that's been in my stash probably 8 years (YIKES)! This red sheet had squares ready to punch out, so I punched them all out and adhered the sheet to white cardstock to use as a background.


I had some photos of our local library in my Storage Binders and decided it was time to scrap about the library and the book club I've attended there for the past six years. I pulled several bookmarks from the book club to use as well.


I included journaling on two Project Life cards, which I slipped into a clear pocket.


I'm enjoying the new inspiration emails in the LOM Community and using different aspects of my Library of Memories system to get our stories and photos scrapped! I especially enjoyed sifting through my Cultural Memorabilia Box and discovered inspiration for several other stories I want to tell soon. What's inspiring you lately?

12 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

That's a lot of inspiration,Melissa. I really like the retail page....it's great to document that.

Jane said...

your organisation always inspires me, lovely pages

Debbie P said...

Awesome job Melissa! You are doing a wonderful job getting these pages done and following the challenges! I love the punched out square background!

Sandra said...

Do you know, I love seeing your pages :) ... They make me feel I know you, and I love that

Tammy said...

Sorry to hear that you've been under the weather. Hope you are on the mend now! :) These are great layouts. I totally remember that mosaic paper! Love how you used it in the background. Really love the Coldwater Creek layout too. I'm always looking for a way to incorporate clothing tags. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

alexa said...

I am always inspired by the way you can lay your hands on things and pull them together on the page :). I especially like that cool little yellow pocket with the hidden journalling.

Missus Wookie said...

Coldwater Creek is a favourite of mine - I'm planning a trip there in December whilst in the US. Might do some online shopping beforehand too.

I've been getting the LOMCOM emails and hope to work through - but at the moment the two creative classes are inspiring me most.

Sian said...

There really is some great inspiration here! So many ideas and you know how much I love pages with memorabilia on them. Love it.

S said...

Great work! Now, what are you going to do with your freed up time?

Karen said...

I just love the way you've incorporated so much memorabilia on these pages. I love the retail page; it's something I don't think I've ever included in my scrapbooks.

Sue Althouse said...

Wow, these are great prompts and you've created some wonderful pages! Love the topics, especially the retail page. Mine would be about Land's End.

Barbara Eads said...

Great ideas for some every day type layouts. Love that!