The Wizard of Oz is a popular theme and I have had the opportunity to work in several ABs over the years with this theme. The challenge for me becomes how to keep the theme fresh and fun...I have done a spread on "Wicked." I have done a black & white spread depicting the tornado scene. I used the wishes of the characters to do a spread in a "Three Wishes" AB.
The inspiration for my spread in Amanda's book this month came from the paint chip samples that I have been playing with for the past several months. I initially created "inchies" from them for a chunky swap. I had a lot of leftovers laying around and that's when this vision came to me. I would do a paint chip rainbow as in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." That was so much fun to make. The hardest part was trying to figure out what order to adhere the different shades of reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, indigos and violets (ROYGBIV).
I was very meticulous when I punched out a 1" square from each color chart. I made sure to label the backs with a code so that I would not get confused which color went in what order. I also grouped them into color classes to keep them in order. I actually ended up using a 1/2" punch to create the squares for the rainbow because the 1" squares were too large.
To make my yellow brick road, I took all of the yellow paint chips, cut out several sets of 1/2" squares and then cut them in half to make my bricks. I then paved the bottom of the page with yellow bricks.
Dorothy and the two quotes you see here are from a greeting card that I cut up. I decided to have Toto deliver the punchline. I got an image of Toto from the internet.
The last picture is my sign-in tag for Amanda's book. I embellished an image of the ruby red slippers with red glitter glue topped with red glitter. I outlined the image with a yellow marker for brighter contrast and cut them out to create a tag.