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, December 7, 2011

Come Away With Me

Remember these papers and pages from a previous post?

They now reside inside a new handmade journal that I created to use on our upcoming cruise. I got this great idea from the FREE BPC self-paced class by Kimberly Lund. The class is called Come Away With Me and has directions and printables and templates for creating a vacation journal that will allow you to journal as you plan and prepare for your vacation as well as during the vacation and your thoughts after returning home. I often journal and make note of funny stories and significant events on our travels, so I knew I wanted to give this a try.

 I chose some digital papers from Jessica Sprague and the templates provided in the BPC class to create section dividers for my journal.

I created a section page for Where & When, To Do Lists, Packing, and one for each day of the trip itself.

I pulled out a variety of papers & pages from old books and dictionaries (shown in photo above), coloring pages, cardstock, envelopes, patterned papers and even a map. I laid all these items out on the floor beside my craft table and set to work putting the journal in order.

My favorite recycled item for this project was an old picture storybook of Herman Melville's Moby Dick - I found this at a flea market a few weeks ago and knew it would be perfect! I took the book apart and used the front & back cover for my journal. I also included some of the pages inside the journal. Here's a look at the complete journal.

This is my first handmade journal! A few months ago, I watched this episode on My Craft Channel, which provided the inspiration to use different sizes and types of pages. Here's a look at some of the pages inside the journal.

There's a total of 58 pages in the book, with lots of "white" space for journaling and gluing in memorabilia. One of my favorite pages holds two library cards/pockets where I'll record the books that Robbie and I read while we are cruising (we always take time to read - it's a vacation after all!).

I'm off now to journal about the planning of the trip and start my packing list! Are you planning a trip anytime soon? If so, check out the FREE Come Away With Me class for ideas to create your own journal.


Rebekah said...

This is SO totally awesome!!! Wow. I'll have to check out that class. I found some fun books at the thrift shop the other day!

scrappyjacky said...

This looks wonderful....perfect for a cruise journal.We've been on 2 cruises...and loved them both....I'm sure you will too.

Kim said...

This is amazing. I love how you used the different sizes and styles of papers and put it all together. Thanks for using my class to be the framework for your journal! I'm honored.

Beverly said...

Melissa, it looks fabulous! Very creative and really liking the mix of page sizes, only thing better will be when it's filled with your and Robbie's memories :)

Sian said...

Melissa, this album is a stunner. You are really working the Bind It All! It looks wonderful and that's before you even get on the trip! (which I hope you really enjoy)

Alison said...

Great job Melissa!
Alison xx

Karen said...

This is fabulous! And I'll bet the cruise is too. We took our first one this summer, and we loved it!

Cynthia said...

This is SUPER CUTE! Thanks for sending me the email (from the BPS class)!