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.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Play! in Anaheim

I'm home (& almost rested up) from the BPC Play! in Anaheim event. It was definitely a great way to begin my year of FUN! There was so much FUN and creativity and motivation and inspiration in those four days that I hardly know where to begin, so I'm just going to try to share the highlights (and lots of photos) today.

It's been a long time since I've taken a big trip without Robbie, but he sent me off with his blessing and instructions to have lots of FUN.

And, as is his tradition, he had flowers delivered to my hotel room.

My friend Amy (from Austin, Texas) had called me after I signed up for the event and we ended up traveling and rooming together. [Amy and I originally met through a BPC class and have since visited and cropped together several times.]

When we arrived, we immediately linked up with Blayne (from Georgia), who coached with me in the last Finding Photo Freedom workshop.

And shortly after that we made a new friend, Heather (from Oregon).

We made lots of other friends and met many that we already "knew" through BPC classes during the week, but the four of us hung out together throughout the event.

We got a chance to say hello to Stacy Julian shortly after we arrived, and (of course) she had cute fingernail polish and ....
 ... was wearing her short boots! I was wearing the new boots Robbie got me for Christmas and had to have a photo.

I loved the festive atmosphere of the entire event.


It was FUN to meet the teachers and presenters and BPC team.


I didn't actually create very much at the event because I was busy listening to the teachers and simply having FUN, although I did try coloring these 3x4 Project Life cards by blowing colored bubbles at them.

And I completed the canvas in Tammy Tutterow's class.

We received step-by-step instructions for lots of projects, which I'll be working my way through over the next week or so. For now, here's a look at the new stash I brought home (this includes kits from the classes as well as free product from manufacturers who presented at the Product Playground)!

I stayed for the optional day at Disneyland, and the weather was beautiful (sunshine & 80 degrees)!

In Stacy Julian's presentation at Play!, she encouraged us to cultivate a spirit of play by adding playful activities into our days. One of the things she suggested was skipping, so I took time out to skip with Stacy at Disneyland.

Another highlight was the Thor exhibit, which showcased some of the actual movie props . . . and a visit to the Asgard throne room where we could get a photo with Thor himself.
But what truly made this trip special were my friends (new & old) and the FUN we had together!




When Stacy was explaining how BPC events are different than other scrapbooking events, she mentioned that at BPC we are a community and these events help us get to know others in the community in person and to strengthen and build relationships within the BPC community and the scrapbooking industry - we can always finish the layouts and projects at home - the event is about community and making friends and learning new techniques and being inspired . . . and that's exactly what it was for me!

15 comments:

Ellyn said...

so glad you had a wonderful time! I can't wait to hear more about what you learned

S said...

Lots of play in a happy place - it looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Really sounds like lots of fun. The workshops must have been so interesting. I love seeing the art techniques. Glad you had a great time. Michelle t

Debbie P said...

OMG, you lucky ducky! To have met all that scrapbooking royalty and going to Disneyland all in one trip! I can only imagine the FUN you did have! Thanks for sharing the photos! Love the skipping one the most!

Barbara Eads said...

OMGosh, Melissa!! It looks like you had so much FUN!!! What a way to start your year!

Beverly said...

Every photo or paragraph I had a comment so i will narrow it down..I love the photos, it looks like you got your word off to a glorious start. How cool is skipping through Disneyland with SJ?!?! Great job on the canvas, I can't wait to see what you create this week :)

Sandra said...

I can honestly say you've really lived up to your word. Talk about FUN ... You really did have an amazing time didn't you. And look at you with all those famous faces with you

Blayne White said...

Good for you posting so quickly!!! I may just have to post a link from my site to yours - it'll be next week before I recover/get caught up at home/work and have a chance to post. Can't wait to get copies of the photos - am going to a retreat this weekend to actually CROP with all my best friends. Can not wait. So awesome to meet you and all my new Play friends. I hope we can get together again soon.

Sian said...

I don't think anyone could read to the end of this post without feeling a big smile appearing! It does indeed look like a whole lot of fun

Stacy Julian said...

fantastic overview! love all the photos...thank YOU for coming, for skipping and for sharing the FUN. I'm still unpacking today, but full recovery is close!

Karen said...

I can't imagine that there would be a better way to start out a year devoted to FUN! What a great post, and Sian is right, we all have smiles on our faces by the time we get to the end of the post!

Cheri said...

I enjoyed joining you from home, but still would have LOVED to be there! I am so envious... You got to meet all the teachers I most adore and hear them speak in person. so cool.

Missus Wookie said...

Definitely sounds FUN! Like Sian I read through and smiled broadly - so much inspiration and playfulness. Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you got to go :)

Tammy said...

Sounds like an AWESOME time! What amazing memories you will have. Thanks for sharing your photos with us. :)

Amyih said...

Melissa, your blog stirs up the memories! We had a fantastic time! Thanks for being a big part of the FUN! May your year be blessed with lots more!!