I haven’t bought new scrapbook paper in more than a year. After crunching some numbers following the purchase of my new computer printer, I discovered I could save money by buying additional ink and simply printing out free paper offered on the Internet.
For nearly a decade I spent wads of cash purchasing stacks of patterned paper from scrapbook supply stores. The selection at my local shop is incredible and I don’t regret my buys; however, these days the World Wide Web is the gateway to a plethora of paper options, some of which you don’t need to spend a dime to take home.
If you own a computer and have Internet access, free or low-cost printable scrapbook paper is available right at your fingertips. You simply download the pattern, and then print it at home using an inkjet printer. If you have a high-end printer, the results are so incredible it’s hard to tell the difference between your version and the store’s. You’ll also love how convenient it is to have your own mock printing press at home.
My favorite sites for free or low-cost paper include Creativity Portal, ScrapbookScrapbook, DIY Scrapbook and Scrapgirls. Depending on the site, you may have fewer pattern options, but don’t get deterred. With a little research you will likely be able to find what you are looking for.
Of course, free doesn’t always equate to perfect. There are a few disadvantages associated with printing your own scrapbook paper. For starters, you’re not going to be able to enjoy the same texture with home-printed paper as you do with store-bought versions. The solution to this issue is to flock or emboss the paper yourself. You could also sand or stamp the paper you print out at home if you are looking to spice up your backgrounds.