Paper Picks


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.

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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.