There was one particular paper in my June Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit that quickly became my favorite - this sheet of patterned circles from Pink Paislee's Fancy Free Collection:
I love that all the colors and patterns of the entire collection are represented on this one page and I was determined to see how I could make the most of this one sheet of paper. I began by cutting a few circles and using them on this layout that I've already shared:
The piece of paper that remained after I cut about a dozen circles wasn't really big enough to use as one piece so I knew I'd be cutting the rest of the circles. For my next layout, I loosely arranged the cut circles in color groups as a garland on the page:
So it wouldn't compete with all that color, I changed my photo to black & white and added it to the top third of the page. I stamped the sentiment/title right on the photo and then also stamped a trio of hearts in three spots on the page. Both stamps are from a recent Felicity Jane kit. After I mounted the page on a sheet of black & white striped paper, the top looked a little incomplete so I cut the teeny pieces of circles from the edge of the original paper and adhered them to the top.
I finished the page by sewing two wavy lines over each "row" of the circle garland. I think this might be my favorite page this month. Now I know that I always talk about telling a story and this page has no journaling at all, but I just wanted to highlight one of my favorite pictures of my daughter with her close friends celebrating their college commencement. I have plenty of other photos from that event and will be telling their stories on other layouts.
So by now I just had a few whole circles and a few half circles left from that paper but I was determined to squeeze just one more layout from them. I cut the whole circles in half and then pieced together the halves to make multi-patterned wholes.
I had just enough of the mixed/matched circles to take up a decent amount of the white cardstock. To fill in the rest of the page, I added two sizes of white cardstock punched circles and a few small circles punched from black & white polka dot tissue paper. (A hint for punching tissue paper: sandwich it between sheets of thin copy paper and you'll get a clean edged punch.)
I added a photo of the handles and basket of the bike I rented on vacation, and kept the circle theme going by using the "happy" letter circles from the ephemera pack in my kit.
The final touches included a few pink word/phrase stickers, some gold puffy hearts and a hand-drawn black outline around my photo mat and the page edges.
And after three pages, this is what was left of my favorite paper:
I think my little experiment was a success! I'd also like to add that I've since ordered another sheet of that paper; I still love it and I couldn't resist when I found it in-stock while ordering a couple of items online.
How about you - what paper is your favorite right now?