I love paper pads, but with a 6x6 pad costing roughly £5-£10 and a 12x12 pad at around £15 a time, they can get a little expensive. One alternative is to go down the digital route, but that has its own hidden costs and limitations.
The other day, while looking for a new mirror at B&M Home Stores I happened to walk down the wallpaper aisle when a few rolls caught my eye. Among them was this one:
Isn't it lovely? There's 52cm x 10m of paper on this roll, which works out to the equivalent of one 12x12 pad with 32 sheets, and two 6x6 pads each with 32 sheets, and paper left over. And because it's all a continuous length it can double up as wrapping paper. All that for only £4.99 - an absolute bargain! Even at £10 or £15 a roll, that's still amazing value.
The only downside might be that it's all the same pattern, whereas a paper pad will generally offer some variety, but if you choose a design with lots of different elements in it, you can make it go a lot further.
Here are some of my favourite designs that I found on the B&M website: