How to Pick the Perfect Paper for your Layout-Part I

Sometimes, beginning scrappers just simply don’t know where to start. Picking papers can be an overwhelming task. Especially if you are in a scrapbooking store. There are so many choices. But, what about when you have left the store, have a huge stack of papers already sitting at home, and you want to create a scrapbook page? What papers do you choose first?

There are lots of ways that I decide on which paper to use. Sometimes, I simply pick the paper that I’m really itching to use. You know, the one that is newest on my shelf. The one that I saw in the store, and was immediately inspired to scrap. In that scenario, I usually look for a photo that will go with those papers, and not the other way around. However, in my day to day scrapping, most likely I choose the photo first, and then base which papers I am going to use on that photo.

First, I decide on the background page. My personal taste is not to have anything too busy for the main paper, because that is most likely what you will see the most of. If it is too busy, it might take the eye away from the photo. I prefer a solid color. However, in scrapbooking, you can’t really make a “mistake”. I usually look at the photo and pick a color in the photo that I might want to emphasize. Recently, I did a layout of my daughter who has beautiful blue eyes. Her eyes were especially bright in this particular photo, so I decided I wanted to make them stand out even more. I picked a gorgeous blue background to do that.

Black and white are always great ways to start too. They coordinate with pretty much any paper. So, you really can’t go wrong with choosing either one of those papers as your main color. I also love black and white, because everything else on the page will stand out even more. Your papers will be noticed, and the photo will also be noticed. No matter which one you choose, make sure that it is the paper that will make your photo get the respect it deserves.

Check back tomorrow for more tips on picking the other papers to go with your layout!

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at