Inspiration came easy for this month's chunky page swap! I had wanted to try the bargello technique (a quilting technique). Our "Black & White" theme gave me the perfect opportunity to try it out.
I have the most beautiful collection of black and metallic art papers. I selected an array of these papers and began cutting them into thin strips. I then glued the strips (one of each design) onto black cardstock.
After I finished covering the black cardstock with the different patterned strips, I then cut the cardstock crosswise. This way you get a cross-section of all the pretty papers in each strip!
Next, I glued down the cross-section strips onto 4 x 4" squares of black cardstock (the size of my chunky pages), carefully staggering them to create this stair-like effect. You can play with the layout to create the effect you want. I trimmed the edges to fit the 4 x 4" pages and glued two pages together back-to-back so that the bargello design is visible on both sides of the page. Gives my pages a nice weight too!
My bargello pages turned out beautifully, but there was still something missing...I decided to tie a silver ribbon around each page like you would wrap a gift. Now they were just perfect!