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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blooming Grove, Mary Poppins & Friends

After sorting all those photos on my craft table yesterday, I was so excited to finally do some ACTIVE  scrapbooking! I had just read the Get It Scrapped Clean+Simple post, and I was able to use that INSPIRATION for my first layouts of the year.

I used Megan Blethen's layout as the beginning INSPIRATION for this first layout showcasing photos from my Bible journaling workshops at First Baptist Church - Blooming Grove last year! I added a few layers and changed things to fit my photos, but that basic grid design got me started in the right direction.
 

Next, I scraplifted Karen Poirier-Brode's layout design. I'm not sure I would call my layout "simple" as I ended up fussy cutting the title & Mary Poppins from a copy of the playbill. I also used distress ink over some of my papers after I realized that the bottom strip of houses drew the eye with its stark white background. This was a FUN page to put together.



And finally, I used Kristy T.'s one-photo layout as the INSPIRATION for my friends layout.


I was feeling especially crafty today and even took time to emboss those butterflies! I'm not an expert embosser, as you can see if you look closely at the large butterfly. (In fact, I stamped & embossed this one twice because the first time it looked worse!)



I think the stamp I used for the middle-sized butterfly was too detailed for my embossing skills, but the small butterfly came out just right.


It doesn't matter to me that the embossing is not perfect; I'm just thrilled to have three more memories preserved for our 2016 chronological albums.

Do you still have stories to tell from last year?

5 comments:

Karen said...

When I looked at the last layout (which I love) I didn't even notice the embossing issues until you pointed them out. The strong photo draws your eye right in.

Patio Postcards said...

Lovely layouts & as my Gran would say, a blind would be happy to see that ... I agree with Karen, never could/would notice anything other than a lovely layout.

Patio Postcards said...

oops - not some nimble fingers this morning - my Gran's quote is a blind man would be happy to see that ...

Sian said...

I wouldn't have noticed either! They're lovely pages and I'm delighted that you are finding inspiration at Get It Scrapped.

Cheri said...

Love that last layout - and funny how that picture keeps reappearing on your blog! :)