One of the things I struggle with when I'm putting away scrapbooking supplies is double-sided patterned paper. I mean—I love it. (This is coming from me, who started scrapbooking in the mid 90's when the patterned paper choices were gingham, polka dots, and stripes!) I love the flexibility. But it's hard to decide which drawer to put it in. Do I love the green pattern best, or the yellow one?
Sometimes I have the same problem using double-sided patterned paper, especially when I love and adore and really, really like both sides. And yes: I can always buy two. Or four. Who am I kidding—I usually do buy in multiples. But I still dislike hiding away that other gorgeous side.
So for awhile now, I've been thinking about the possibilities of double-sided patterned paper. I wanted to make something that exists mostly to show off both gorgeous sides—a project that was as much about the paper as it was about scrapbooking.
Luckily, the kit that Little Black Dress sent to me included some of my most favorite recent papers. I decided to make a mini book for documenting the next forty books I read.
A spot to jot down some notes while I'm in the middle of the book, to record the dates I started and finished it, and to keep track of whether I'd blogged about it yet.
But it's not just that! It's also a gathering of patterned papers. Between each page of book notations is a sheet of patterned paper. I guess I could think of it as a divider, but really it's there for no other reason than it's gorgeous.
Well, some of the patterned paper dividers also hold some of my favorite quotes, embellished with the gold alpha stickers that also came in the kit. But some of them are just the papers, separating the notes.
I made the album by cutting every piece of paper included in the kit into a 4.5" x 6.5" rectangle. My very favorite papers I used twice. I supplemented with some scraps of other recent favorites until I had a total of twenty dividers. And then I had my copy store bind it for me.
And now I have a little book that combines two of my favorite things!
The fun thing about making this with a kit is that the patterned papers all had the same "feel," even though they're really fairly different in scope. This made it sooo easy to pull everything together. (It made it harder not to swoon over the gorgeousness. But still.) Thanks, Little Black Dress, for a great kit to work with!