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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

First Time Ice Skating

When I had the opportunity to teach  my oldest niece Nichole to ice skate on our trip to New York in 2007, I had no idea that I would eventually teach all my nieces. Honestly, I'm not really all that good of an ice skater myself. I was 30-years-old the first time I tried ice skating at an outdoor rink in Beaver Creek, Colorado. It was wonderful! It snowed and my skates made little tracks through the snow while I was skating around. I remember thinking how it was very similar to roller skating (which I'd been doing all my life), yet different because the blade was so narrow and the ice was really slick!

Back in 2010, I created a layout about that first ice skating adventure.


Over the past ten years, I've had the chance to teach all four of my nieces to ice skate. In fact, one of the ACTIVE things I've been up to over the past month was taking each of the twins on their first ice skating adventure. When I saw the asymmetrical sketch and layout assignment in Week One of Cathy Zielske's new workshop, Design Your Life 2.0, I knew this was the story I wanted to tell.


I printed a photo of me with each of the girls and absolutely love the way this layout turned out. It just makes me so happy to have this connections story scrapped!


It's been a couple of months since I've created a layout, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in my craft room with pretty paper and FUN photos! What story have you scrapbooked lately?

4 comments:

Karen said...

Great layout, and great class! The album I made doing that class is one of my all time favorites!

alexa said...

Such a sunshine-y page! Love the yellow background, picking up on the jackets in the photo. Glad you are enjoying the class; when I did it first time around, it was hugely influential for me.

Ruth said...

That is such a fantastic looking page - so vibrant, and with a great story as well!

Patio Postcards said...

Great layout & story. Can't wait to see more layouts from the workshop.