cultural extras stairway to heavenHi again! Just as i promised we are back with more ideas and creativity in the “Cultural Extras” section!
In this monthly project we’ll be sharing creations inspired with all this which is an important part of our life: art, music, books and movies, traditions and customs. Today we start with one of the most recognisable songs of the XX century: “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.  Be prepared for the real feast to your eyes and ears!

First, we start with beautiful mixdmedia layout  “Family {is but another heaven}” made by Heidi. Isn’t it just amazing?

Heidi Kelley says:

Using “The Stairway to Heaven” has endless possibilities! For me, I wanted to create a layout about creating family, and how each and every day, every step, is a little slice of heaven here on earth.
“Sweet Dreams” from the Dreamer collection made for a beautiful backdrop, and “Daydreaming” built the dreamy looking stairs without any effort. On the right side of the page I layered, upon layered, lots of strips and bits from the remaining “Daydreaming” paper, as well as adding in some of the die-cuts from the same collection, and of course, lots of messy paint and mist to top the whole project off!

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and details: cultural extras stairway to heaven

cultural extras stairway to heaven

cultural extras stairway to heavenSupplies:
7 Dots Studio: 12×12 Elements – Dreamer
7 Dots Studio: Patterned Paper: Daydreaming, Sweet Dreams – Dreamer

Here is how this song inspired Hege to create a lovely,  sweet layout:

Hege AL says:
I’ve used a Prima mask to get te misting effect on the bottom of the layout. Love det look it gives. I’ve also cut out the details on the Elise Rebel paper. I absolutly love the colors and shape of them. Also used prima flowers to go with the colors in the photos an paper/misting. 🙂

cultural extras stairway to heaven

and some details:

cultural extras stairway to heaven

cultural extras stairway to heaven

cultural extras stairway to heavenSupplies:
7 Dots Studio: Elise Rebel – Imperfect
7 Dots Studio: Elise Rebel – stickers 12×12
7 Dots Studio: Elise Rebel – stickers 6×12
Prima flowers and alphabet.
Tattered angels glimmermist.

And now detailed, breathtaking layout from Tara:

Tara Orr says:
I had so much fun with our assignment of being inspired by the song “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zepplin. There were endless possibilities on how to interpret such a beautiful piece.

cultural extras stairway to heaven

Firstly, I wanted to keep the overall feel to my project very light and airy – to represent the sky. I chose to focus on tones of blue and white primarily – especially towards the top of my layout.

cultural extras stairway to heaven

I decided to tier the bottom level of my project to represent a stairway. The title has been taken from part of the lyrics in the song…

cultural extras stairway to heaven

I just love all the coordinating stickers and elements that are part of this gorgeous Dreamer collection. Here I decided to frame one of the stickers with some inked grungeboard. I accented this embellishment (as well as several others throughout the project) with metal to represent the ‘heavy metal’ band Led Zepplin.

cultural extras stairway to heaven

Lots of soft layers here – just love having the page look ‘full’. The musical note paper was included to represent the ‘song’ and I added some wings to myself to represent ‘angels in heaven’.

cultural extras stairway to heaven

Many people have argued that when played backwards, this song has a hidden satanical meaning. I chose to include hidden journaling to represent this message.

cultural extras stairway to heaven

I quoted the lyrics on my journaling “and a new day will dawn, for those who stand long, and the forest will echo with laughter”. I love this particular part of the song. To me, it simply means, when you are going through a difficult time in your life, if you stay strong and don’t give up, eventually, everything will work out and everything will be ok. Love this.

cultural extras stairway to heaven

Some more close up shots of the metal pieces I’ve incorporated into this project as well as the soft scalloped layers which I’ve meant to represent the clouds.

cultural extras stairway to heavenSome more lovely stickers that I’ve hilighted by framing in a grungeboard frame.

Supplies:
7 Dots Studio: 6×12 Stickers – Dreamer
7 Dots Studio: 12×12 Stickers – Dreamer
7 Dots Studio: 12×12 Elements – Dreamer
7 Dots Studio: Patterned Paper: Drive All Night, Night’s Fever, City Lights (both sides) – Dreamer

Making Memories: Edge Scraper
Colorbox: Mix’d Media Inx in Peridot
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz in Gingerale, Gold Glow and Splash
Fiskars: Border Punch
Tim Holtz: Grungeboard
Misc: Acrylic Paint, lace, metal pieces

Well, that is all from us for today, we hope you’ve enjoyed our inspirational post – our designers surely did enjoy creating them for you:) Soon we’ll be back with more 7DS creations – stay tuned!