Choosing the Perfect Scrapbook Paper

Did you know that there are more than 10,000 different types of unique scrapbook paper designs? These days it is nearly impossible for a scrapper to create boring layouts given the amazing array of paper on the market.

With the boom in scrapping, companies are eager to provide creatively-challenged scrappers with one-of-a-kind paper designs to help display their favorite photos and memorabilia. Personally, I choose paper that offers a classic design. My goal is to have my layouts look as timeless and beautiful 50 years from now, as they do today.

When selecting scrapbook paper, be sure that it is acid-free. In addition, if you are looking for a way to make your layouts pop without much work, then consider using paper that features designs that match your theme. For example, if you are creating a party layout from your son’s 5th birthday, then consider using paper with a confetti design. The colorful and playful designs are perfect to use as the backdrop for birthday parties. What’s more, most scrapbook paper that features specific designs also come with coordinating paper, stickers, borders and other matching embellishments.

Typically, I use standard flat paper for my layouts. However, if I am working on an extra-special layout, then I will splurge on specialty paper. This elaborate scrapbook paper is a bit more expensive than traditional flat paper, but it is worth every cent when you use it to your advantage. Some of my favorite specialty scrapbook paper includes:

*Stitched paper

*Die-cut paper

*Foil paper

*Thermography paper

*Shimmer paper

*Glitter paper

*Frothed paper

The luxurious pages you can make from specialty paper are beyond compare. The paper is rich in texture and design, which makes them ideal if you are creating layouts for memorable occasions, such as weddings, baptisms, milestone anniversaries and big birthday celebrations.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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