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, June 14, 2016

Spring Break 2015 Scrapped!

The final layout I completed with photos and memories from our 2015 Spring Break vacation is actually the page that will appear first in the series of layouts from that time. Last March, Robbie's brother and his family joined us in Texas for a week, and we enjoyed lots of FUN and adventures . . . some of which I've shared previously (like the Huey UH-1 helicopter ride, the lemon story, visiting Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown, the Terminus BBQ, and Galveston Beach). Here's a look at some of the other places we visited.

San Jacinto Monument - I was having trouble with this layout until I moved the middle photo up and placed the journaling underneath. This format helps emphasize the height of the monument.


I included a little handwritten journaling along with the printed information from a brochure about the monument.


Kemah Boardwalk - There were tons of colorful photos from our time at this waterfront amusement park, so I narrowed them down by choosing ones that best reflected the stories I included.


Frontiers of Flight Museum - We've been to this museum several times, but we were surprised this time to find out there was an outdoor exhibit (as well as the helicopter rides!).


Johnson Space Center - I used a divided pocket page to showcase photos and memorabilia from the space center. There were several new exhibits since Robbie and I first visited back in 2011. The Boeing 747 shuttle aircraft carrier and the shuttle replica Independence were being installed in a new plaza outside the Visitor Center. The plaza wasn't open at that time, but now visitors can tour the plane and the shuttle. (We just might need to make another trip to Houston soon!)


There was one exhibit that Robbie was particularly excited to see - the Galileo shuttlecraft! This is the largest prop from the original Star Trek television series - so FUN to see this piece of iconic sci-fi history. (Of course, Robbie had a trading card that I could use on my layout!)


I also created a pocket page to hold maps from the space center and showcase our group photo.


And, finally, the last page I created. I had saved this Scrapbook Customs Texas themed paper specifically for the title page. I added two random photos of the six of us, a few stickers and a short paragraph of journaling.

Journaling reads: We were so excited when Tommy, Kathy, Thomas and Jacob arrived in Texas. From the time we met up at In & Out to the Terminus BBQ, a day in Dallas, and four days on the road to Houston, Galveston and Beaumont, we enjoyed every minute of it . . . except, of course, that trip to the Emergency Room and Tommy's kidney stone pain!

11 comments:

Patio Postcards said...

Fun trip. My Mr Man would like to see the Star Trek shuttle, Galileo. The new Star Trek movie franchise had him going back to all the original stuff. Ouch to Tommy's kidney stone pain - hopefully they have now passed & will cause no more pain or attention.

Susanne said...

It looks like you had a great time. Kudos on getting all those photos scrapped so nicely.

Sian said...

Yep: that's a whole lot of fun right there, all pinned down and ready to be enjoyed again, over and over again.

Ruth said...

So fun that we have visited all the same places ... only I had to travel much, much further than you!

Karen said...

Scrapping photos like these is so much fun; you get to relive the experience! I love that first layout! Your placement of photos turned out to be really fabulous!

Barbara Eads said...

You've just about got a whole album already! It sure looks like y'all had the best time!

Sandra said...

I'm in awe! Well done for getting your amazing photos in layouts so beautifully and quickly

Cheri said...

Just had a quick catch-up with your blog - my you have been busy! Looks like you are having fun and enjoying life - good for you!

LeAnne said...

Yes, you should come to Houston again. 😀 I just got the boys and my self memberships to SCH (Bill gets in free). We'll have to have him be a tour guide.

helena said...

I love that the museum has star trek as well as historic craft and I love how you raised the photo of the tower to emphasise its height - such a great design solution

Missus Wookie said...

Oh the Star Trek shuttle would be a hit here too. Sorry to hear about the ER visit but glad the rest of the trip was fun.