I have a confession. I am a bit of a paper snob.
When I first started scrapping, I bought a slab (or 2--or THREE! LOL)
at Michael's and just went WILD! It really is a great investment
for a beginner scrapper-it gives you plenty of choices for scrapping
& the papers are usually coordinating and easier to match.
But THEN, I discovered the LSS and cardstock quality pattern paper and
my snobbery began. I gave away my economical slabs and switched to individual sheets
of designer paper (which I still
hoard adore to this day).
When I started designing for ATD, Momenta I was a bit nervous
of using the 'paper packs' as it really is ALOT of paper
(and a DIE HARD addict like me is hard pressed to
find a place to store THAT much paper) BUT
I also love challenging myself and knew I would find a way to
make it work. What I MUST say right now is that I am pleasantly surprised to
be re-disovering the benefits of paper pack slab-
ESPECIALLY for a project like this-
which uses a TONNE of paper.
For this project, I started by making a 4x6" template of an isosceles triangle.
I then picked out a variation of colors from my paper pack
(since the Momenta Value packs have 4 of each pattern,
you will have MORE than enough choices for a project like this)
and cut out 12 triangles (my 2 words only contain
11 letters but I added a 'spacer' to keep my words seperate).
I then matted and adhered each triangle on a contrasting color cardstock
(I wanted this project to be as colorful as possible) and then trimmed the
edges of each triangle with shaped scissors.
**Make sure to use enough glue to cover the whole surface
of the triangle which will keep it from warping in the future.**
Using paper punches, I punched a 3.5" scalloped circle from
colored carsdtock and a 3" circle from white cardstock, layered them and adhered.
Next, I made these little accordian circles from various scraps
(paper strips were 1" wide) that I learned to make from THIS blog-- Thank you Helen!!
and adhered them with one more smaller circle (about 1.5")
I then finished it off with black corrugated alphas and
then threaded it all together using hemp cording.
I worked on this for about 3 evenings (in 1-1.5 hr hour increments).
By using a paper pack, I was able to make a multi layered project that is still fairly lightweight
(and thus, less likely to fall apart from the weight).
Another benefit of using a paper pack (as opposed to a cardstock pack) is that a
lighter paper goes through a paper punch THAT much easier since it is thinner
(and the accordian circles were alot easier to work with as well) and
makes a project like this ALOT easier on the hands
(since you have to make so many of each element).
While I still prefer to use a heavier cardstock on my LOs
(Momenta makes alot of their patterns in cardstock too!)
I hope I have given you a reason to take a second look at a pretty paper pack.
Thanks for stopping by!