Dad headed back for Thailand - I put this book together for him in about 4 hours which is amazing for me. I have only created about 4 four scrapbook pages during my entire scrapbooking career most of my layout ideas are in my head. For this book, I purchased a Martha Stewart extra large (I think 24" x 24") sheet of paper - chocolate brown - from Michael's for $3.00. I am happy with how it turned out. I journalled in White pen in the blank spaces. A couple more hours would have made a huge difference, but deadlines.... haha!!