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, April 20, 2015

Inspired by Paige's Pages

My free month of membership at the new Big Picture Classes site ends in less than a week! I have to admit that I've found quite a bit of INSPIRATION there so far this month.

Along with the two pages I created using buttons, I've completed three additional layouts based on INSPIRATION in the Paige's Pages class. This first one was based on the lesson challenge to use circles on a layout. Paige's example used circles cut into fourths to create a large circle on the page, however I scraplifted this half page design by Jennifer Grace from the class gallery.


Paige's next sample also used multiple little pieces of paper (1/4" squares!) in her challenge to use quilts as INSPIRATION for a layout. Once again, I chose to use a little bit larger design and created a patchwork look around my photo collage.


Last week, when I created this layout, I was actually at my friend LeAnne's home for three days of scrapbooking! It's so much FUN scrapbooking with friends from online classes. After I adhered everything onto this page, I said, "Do you have one of those roller things Nic Howard uses?" She immediately pulled a pastry tool out of her scrapbooking tool tote, and I had to smile because she knew exactly what I wanted without any other explanation! So I created faux stitching lines around my layout. Thanks LeAnne for inviting me to visit and crop in your lovely home!


The final challenge in the Paige's Pages class was to create and use a die cut title. I don't use software with my Cricut, so I cut each letter individually. However, I did use Paige's ideas of combining different fonts and patterned papers for the words. I even used my sewing machine to stitch on this layout.


This layout recounts the story of how I somehow miscounted doilies that I was separating (or had help separating) for the ladies in my Valentines Card class, so, of course, I had to use doilies in each embellishment cluster!


Will I continue my membership at BPC once my free trial ends? That's the question I'm pondering this week as I'm sharing my creations based on the INSPIRATION I've enjoyed there so far. One of my biggest concerns is whether I'll actually have time to work through classes in the coming months as I have a several other things I'm working on: a scrapbook-for-hire 40+ page retirement album, a Pocket Page Scrapbooking & More class I'll be teaching at Scrappin' Goodtime in early June, my Top Five layouts each month (which reminds me I need to get started on my March layouts!), and my review of classes from the old BPC site! Decisions, decisions, decisions!?!

8 comments:

Sian said...

I'll be interested to see what you decide. Certainly it's clear that you have made wonderful use of all their inspiration in your free month. These are such lovely pages

Ellyn said...

I love these pages... they look like quilts!

Sandy Trefger said...

Awesome layouts! Such fun and different techniques!

Sandra said...

I'm always in awe of just how much inspiration you gain from each class.

On a different note, I will certainly look you up on the big picture site xxx

Karen said...

I'm enjoying the class I'm taking at BPC right now, but I don't think I want the commitment of a monthly subscription. I'm really disappointed that they went this route. I'll be interested to hear what you decide.

alexa said...

A semi-circle out of semi-circles - now that's clever :). I can understand your hesitation - a monthly financial commitment when you're not sure you will use it doesn't sound like a good investment. Though you've clearly been inspired so far!

LeAnne said...

I'm deciding too. I need to collect some of the ideas to have for this summer when my scrap time will be more limited.

Maria Ontiveros said...

That first one is really cute! You've sure gotten more than your money's worth (LOL!).
Rinda