Was working on some "old" photos - have to scrapbook those too - and needed some jumbo gold brads and some gold ribbon. Instead of buying something I figured out how to make what I wanted with what I already have on hand. Give it a try - many items in your stash can be altered with versamark and embossing powder and many of your ribbons can be altered with dying, sponging, markers, etc. Save a few pennies for staples such as Big shot dies, ink pads, punches and GET EXACTLY what you want on a page!
JUMBO GOLD BRADS - BUILD A BRAD - smoosh in versamark, coat with gold embossing powder - shake excess off - heat and VOILA jumbo gold brads.
GOLD RIBBON - run ribbon through Gold encore pad until desired shade of gold obtained. Does not dry well so use last on your page. (If anyone has any tips for getting it to dry thoroughly let me know).
FIRST LT Bars - Coated a piece of silver cardstock with versamark and embossed silver, cut to fit inside my stylized silver hodgepodge.
US ARMY PAGE - Hunter Green Cardstock, Sahara Sand Cardstock, Simple Serif Big Shot Alphabet, Build a Brad, White Organdy Ribbon.
FIRST LT - Sage Shadow Cardstock, To the Nines DSP, Orchard Ribbon Originals, Brushed Silver Cardstock, Versamark, Silver Embossing Powder, Timeless Type Big Shot Alphabet Stampin' UP!, Stylized Silver Hodge podge.