It’s no secret that I love patterned paper—I don’t think I could scrapbook without it! Lately, I’m especially crazy about shaped patterned paper. Scalloped circles, scalloped squares, fancy edges—you name it, I love it! However, I do have a couple of small problems with it.
Problem #1: The price
Shaped paper tends to be more expensive than regular sheets of 12×12 paper, and understandably so. But because of my cheap, I mean, frugal nature, if I’m splurging on an item like this, I’d like to get the most for my money.
Problem #2: Storage
I store my layouts in drop-in-loading page protectors and I almost always use my full sheets of shaped patterned paper as backgrounds for my layouts. The problem? When I put these page protectors in my drop-in-loading 12×12 albums, with another layout behind it, I can see some of the back of that layout peeking out behind it. (I don’t like this—either it doesn’t coordinate with my layout, or it detracts from the shape of the layout I created.) And, if I put it in a separate page protector, when I turn the page, I can see the back of my shaped layout. And because I often sew on my pages, I don’t like seeing the back of them either.
The solution: to use both sides of the shaped patterned paper to create two layouts.
On my “Easter ‘08” layout, I used a piece of Making Memories themed shaped paper. Because I store my layouts in my albums in chronological order, I made sure that the layout I created on the back took place around the same time. So for this layout, I created a layout on the back about decorating our Easter eggs.
These layouts also work well with shaped cardstock.