Later it became the name of a legendary "Lost City of Gold" that has fascinated - and so far eluded - explorers since the days of the Spanish Conquistadors.
Imagined as a place, El Dorado became a kingdom, an empire, the city of this legendary golden king. Deluded by the legend, Francisco Orellana and Gonzalo Pizarro would depart from Quito in 1541 in a famous and disastrous expedition towards the Amazon Basin; as a result of this, however, Orellana became the first person known to navigate the Amazon River all the way to its mouth.
I used to stitch my ribbon, but then I visited Gabi's blog "Such a Pretty Mess" (link provided on my side bar) and discovered this much easier way! Simply use your single hole punch and punch 2 holes close together, then weave your ribbon through. Gabi provides pictures on her tutorial.
I have so admired the stitched borders on so many of the layouts at SB.com, but do not have a sewing machine, so decided to see if this Sassafras Lass - Nesters Clear Stamp Sets - Stitched Borders 2 stamp would accomplish a similar look. It doesn't, but I like it just as well. I used it all the way around the outside border, as well as around the photo, in the space between the circle and ring and on the journal tag. I think it brings cohesiveness to my page. I also used 2 of the new Martha Stewart border stamps I recently purchased at A Cherry on Top on their buy 2 get one free sale.
For the embellishment cluster I used: Zva Creative - Self-Adhesive Pearls - The Fountain Flourish - White; Prima - Medicci Collection - Flower Embellishments - Venice, BRAND NEW; Prima - Grand Dame Collection - Fabric Flower Embellishments - Sterling, BRAND NEW.
The bird cage and bird are Silhouette cuts.
Thanks so much for taking a peek.