Monday, 22 March 2010

You are the gold...

The Sunday challenge for the Something From Almost Nothing class was to use up ten of something and hence to 'bust a lot of stash'. I decided I'd go with ribbons, and looking at my colour co-ordinated jars made me think of a rainbow - and thus this layout was born...


For once I actually didn't use white cardstock for the background!! I went for blue Bazzill instead, and stippled on a bit of white acrylic paint for clouds. The rainbow is made from ten different ribbons, and I added black and white pics of my gorgeous The Children at the end, using gold ribbon to create a heart 'frame'. (So in fact I used up eleven of something, yay!! Bonus point!!) I painted some chipboard letters white for 'You', and added gold alcohol ink to acrylic letters for 'gold'; the rest of the lettering is die-cut* using two different fonts and some white and rainbow-coloured scraps of card.


(Since taking these photos I've machine-stitched over the gold ribbon because it wasn't sticking too well, and over the 'gold' letters because they weren't stuck at all!!)

The Children like this layout so much they've forgiven me for taking photos of them while they were sleeping ;-)

The Doctor, however, took one look at it and said 'I thought I was the gold at the end of your rainbow!' *sigh*...

* Elizabeth, I'm sorry, I realise I've been making assumptions when I talk about 'die-cut lettering' :-) What I mean is that I've used my Big Shot die-cutter and alpha dies to cut my lettering - I only have a couple of different alphabets though so I don't get much variation!

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20 comments:

Enjoy the Ride said...

I love both the simplicity of this and the depth of meaning. Love it! Great way to use a bunch of ribbon!

scrappyjacky said...

Well....you can't please everyone all the time!!!
Love your use of the ribbons.

Ruth said...

Oh. My. Word. A simply stunning LO, I LOVE it!!

debs14 said...

How clever! Love the way you have even managed to carry it through to the word 'rainbow'.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Awesome! What a great tribute to your kids - Deb's got that vibe today, too!
Rinda

Lizzie said...

Poor "The Doctor" ... I'm sure you can make it up to him - give him his very own special layout, all about how important he is...

It is a great page though. I love how colourful it is and the pleated ribbons lined up into that rainbow. It's kind-of old-style really; how scrapbook pages used to be, before we started to get too bogged down with the latest fashionable embellishments/papers/cardstock stickers/rub-ons etc etc. Nice to see a bit of good old-fashioned, traditional PAINT!

Sian said...

Very clever! I especially like the texture you've given it by scrunching up the ribbons a bit.

sharyncarlson said...

Gorgeous! Love how the ribbon looks on this LO!

Cheri said...

How very creative Mel!

Heather said...

love this Mel!! can I scraplift it please? It might kickstart my scrapping again - its been ages since I've done any :(

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Lovely layout!

Jane said...

It seems perfect for the week of St Patricks Day ;)

Gorgeous and colourful and such a fun layout :) I love it!

Amy said...

Love the page and WOW! How much ribbon have you used .... this is so effective Mel :-)

Cheryl said...

Wow Mel love it and so sincere great stash buster to boot xx

Elizabeth said...

Thanks, Mel. I wondered what you used and how you had chosen it. I do love fonts!

Your pages really stand out on the forum.

Deb said...

I love this layout, Mel. Great idea using the paint to make your pretty clouds.

What do you use to adhere your ribbon strips? They look so smooth on your page.

humel said...

Thanks, everyone :-) I really appreciate all your kind words x

Heather, you're welcome to scraplift any of my work, I would take it as a huge compliment :-)

Deb, I ran pieces of double-sided tape along the back of each ribbon - it shows slightly through the sheer organza ribbon but it's not too obvious and really just adds a subtle shine so I was happy with that!

furrypig said...

that is so cool! Great use of the ribbons and a great sentiment xxx

so loving the Shimelle class and seeing all the fabulous layouts

Rachel B said...

I love this Mel, It is so effective. Cute little piccys at the bottom of the rainbow too!

The Scrappy Tree said...

I adore rainbows and this is no exception :)