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, April 7, 2017

51 Years

I only snapped one photo when we went out to visit and celebrate my parent's 51st anniversary in February. When I saw the Athentique April Sketch Challenge, I pulled the 5x7 print of that photo and set to work creating a layout using the sketch. I rearranged some of the elements so that my embellishments covered up distracting items in the photo.


This layout uses papers from two of Authentique's collections. The black and white papers are from the Everlasting collection, which I've had in my stash for a couple of years. The papers with fall colors are from the Harvest collection, which I picked up at Personal Scrapbook this past December.


The letter stickers, flowers, and bling all came from my stash and add lots of dimension to this page.


This was a great challenge to help me with my goal to be ACTIVE in using my stash this year!

8 comments:

Sian said...

I enjoyed seeing the close up shots here: you made such a clever job of your strategic placement!

Karen said...

Clever idea to add embellishments to hide the distractions--very effective design-wise, too.

Sandra said...

What a lovely layout and I love the heart

Heather (goldiecar) said...

This is lovely! Thank you for playing with Authentique's Challenge!!

Patio Postcards said...

A really nice layout - I particularly like the heart in the leaf. I agree that your very cleverly placed embellishments add & get our eye drawn to the star(s) of the page.

alexa said...

That's a great tip about finding ways to cover up distracting bits of a photo. What a great achievement to have been together for over half a century ... Your page is a lovely tribute.

Barbara Eads said...

Great photo of your parents and a great layout to match!

Missus Wookie said...

Great use of details and I like the layering, and how you've added dots to the paper designs. Dots on flowers is one of my favourite things.