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, February 28, 2014

Scrapbook Expo & Clear Scraps

Last Friday,  I drove out to Grapevine (about an hour away) and met up with my friend Amy (from Austin) at the Scrapbook Expo. I've never attended one of these large scrapbooking shows, so I was excited to head out for a few hours and see what it was all about. First, we toured the show floor where vendors are set up selling all kinds of scrapbooking goodies.

Then we met up with Amy's niece and five-year-old great-niece for lunch at a wonderful Mexican restaurant inside the Atrium at the Gaylord Texan. I'd never been to the Gaylord Texan (a huge resort and convention center), so it was fun to check it out. Here's a look up at the top of the atrium.

I was especially excited to have a new friend to continue my year of FUN skipping.

Amy and I took a class from Clear Scraps and put together two 12x12 pages. This was my first experience with Clear Scraps acrylic pages. Here's how the pages looked at the end of the one-hour class.


I have these on top of a piece of cream cardstock for the photos, but here you can see that the background is clear.

The next day at home, I added photos and embellishments to complete these two pages. They were actually designed to be a two-page layout, but I decided to use them as two separate one-page layouts. This first one will go in my Early Years album, which holds all layouts about me before I met Robbie. (Again I have this on top of a sheet of cream cardstock for the photo.)

And this second one will go in our All About Us album. (For this photo, I simply laid the layout on the table, so you can see the tabletop through the Clear Scraps acrylic page.)
I'm so glad Amy invited me to join her at the Scrapbook Expo! It's always so much FUN to get together with scrappy friends!

11 comments:

Karen said...

What gorgeous portraits on these layouts! Looks like a lot of FUN! I haven't been to a crop or convention in years.

Debbie P said...

Looks like fun! Lovely layouts and photos!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Gorgeous pages and perfect photos for them. I love love love those colors.
Rinda

Barbara Eads said...

More great layouts! You must be having FUN creating them! You are really cranking them out!

S said...

Scrapbooking and skipping - you are a lucky duck! Those are great pages too.

Ellyn said...

what a fun day! good for you

Sandra said...

What a lovely time you had. You're really living your OLW

Missus Wookie said...

Oh what a fun visit - I found some acrylic pages whilst sorting and thought I should use 'em up. Not been to a retail convention in years.

Meant to tell you - I skipped and thought of you :)

Sian said...

It looks like you are having a lot of fun these days reaching out and doing some "social scrapbooking"

Becky said...

Love the photo of you and the little one skipping! You really are embracing FUN this year :)

Beverly said...

Those layouts are gorgeous, Melissa! I've never used acrylic pages, not sure I have heard of them. I love that you had a new friend to share in the FUN with you!