And then I had to make it complicated.
I didn't want to make a blank book, so once again I began searching for appropriate content. The origami nature suggested something Asian. I knew I wanted small slips of paper with text tucked into the wallet pockets. Then I remembered that the mother of my old friend Carolyn Lamb had been a haiku poet. In fact, she was one of the finest American Haiku poets of her generation, much published and an Honorary Curator of the American Haiku Archives.
I googled her and found some of her work, printed it out on lovely gingko and flower print paper. About three hours after I started looking for a simple and fast project, I had my book.
There are three origami "wallets" for pages, each with pockets on all four leaves. A dark green poster-weight paper serves as a wrap-around cover, tucked into the end folds on the outermost wallet.
A very pretty and delicate little book. I like it a lot.
Here are a couple of the haiku tucked inside:
deep in the world
of Monet water lilies...
the year turns--
on the harp's gold leaf
in full bloom--O'Keefe's
I cross the courtyard--
shadow of ravens, flying
beneath my feet