Saturday, June 27, 2009

I went there...

Today's inspiration challenge was definitely a challenge for me. We were to take the artistic work of Sarah Collier and use it as our inspiration for a card. As I looked through her gallery, I realized she was a genius at collage, particularly taking seemingly unrelated images and layering them into a single piece.

I was inspired by her works relating to musicians. My favorite work, was this one of an aging U2 I. I love the sheet music as a layer. She created a similar look for the Stones and the Beatles.

I have resisted collage, mainly because when I try to throw things together and make them look like one piece, my finished pieces tend to look too intentional... not haphazard enough. I looked at the SCS Challenge this morning and really let it brew all day before I knew what my inspiration would be.
Back when I first saw the movie, Mr. Holland's Opus, I was touched by its portrayal of Mr. Holland's acceptance of his son's hearing impairment. When he sang the song, Beautiful Boy, by John Lennon, to his son, I remember tears just falling down my face. What a gorgeous song to write for your child.

So, today's card blends that song with a favorite picture of Max and me. I will probably end up using this for a scrapbook page hidden journal. We waited so long for Max and almost gave up on him coming in to our lives. I can bond with Mr. Holland and his road to acceptance of what his son's "normal" would be.

If I could alter any part of the card, it would be to make our photo a bit more transparent. But, for a gal who's wary of collage, I think I done good. :) I think I will even duplicate the idea for Ignatius and for Scott. Hmmm, which songs suit them...?

Card size: 4-1/4 x 4-7/8"
Cardstock: SU! To the Nines DSP; SU! Bashful Blue
Stamps: SU! Always
Ink: Color Box Chestnus Roan (for edge distressing); Tim Holz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Alphabet: Spare Parts Alpha Chips
Ribbon: SU! Chocolate Chip twill, Kraft taffeta, and Bashful Blue taffeta
Sheet Music: Music


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One4Joy said...

what a sweet story and great card for the IC. I love your arrangement of your pieces. Very nicely done!

SmilynStef said...

Loved getting to read the story behind your wonderful inspired creation ... so glad you took the plunge because the result is fantastic.