I am in love with glittered cardstock.
The pretty paper has plenty of bling and goes a long way to add a festive touch to any page design.
The cardstock is covered with a glittery background and allows you to place mementos, photos and other embellishments on it, though to avoid making your layout appear too busy, you don’t want to cover the paper with a slew of items.
That’s just one of the factors you must consider when deciding on the type of paper to select for your scrapbook. While cardstock and patterned paper are essential for any memory album, they are not created equally. The former is typically thicker and features a solid color or pattern on both sides. Meanwhile, the latter is usually thin and decorated exclusively on one side.
However, new paper trends are popping up all the time. For example, patterned papers from BasicGrey weigh 65 pounds, which means they are essentially light-weight cardstock. In addition, the paper is also decorated on both sides instead of having a plain white back. This is something to consider, especially if you are accustomed to running your scrapbook paper through an ink jet printer. Some basic printers don’t handle cardstock well and you could be out a lot of money if you force the paper through.
Then, there’s white core cardstock. This type of scrapbook paper is generally reserved for sanding and distressing. Another popular trend in scrapbook paper is textured cardstock. The heavy-weight paper features a linen or canvas texture. While this type of textured cardstock is very durable and quite sophisticated, it is also very hard to get rubber stamps to show up on it.
Finally, with the holidays fast approaching, many scrapbook fans may be tempted to purchase metallic cardstock to add pizzazz to page designs. This type of paper is available in gold, silver, and copper, and is a great alternative to using metal embellishments.