Design Your Own Paper

In a previous blog I detailed ways you can save a ton of money by printing your own scrapbook paper. If your wallet is still hemorrhaging from Black Friday buys, you’re probably looing for ways to create holiday scrapbooks without further damaging your bank account.

One way you can reduce spending a lot of cash on your memory books is to flex your creative muscle and design your own scrapbook paper. In addition to printing out free patterns from various scrapbook websites, you can also scan photos and craft your own designer paper. Some photo software programs make this task even easier by allowing you to tile or enlarge images. This option comes in quite handy, especially if you are designing a specific motif for your page. Imaging packages are also a great option if you enjoy working with clip art and want your paper to fit a particular theme.

Making your own paper is definitely economical, but it’s also an easy way to customize your layouts. Just remember that not all paper is created equally, especially when it comes to scrapbooking. Quality and acid content are two important factors to consider when printing your own paper. If you are adding photos to a layout, you need to work with acid-free paper. You can buy this type of paper in bulk, though you should check the packaging for the words “acid-free.” If you don’t see those words on the label, use a pH-detecting pen to determine whether the paper is safe for use with photos.

In regards to quality, it’s best to use a heavier weight paper. Cheap printer paper won’t cut it if you are planning to add photos, embellishments and memorabilia to the page. Another option is to print on lightweight cardstock. Doing so will add texture to your layouts’ background.

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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.