Picking Paper

Cardstock and patterned paper; when it comes to selecting the foundation for scrapbook layouts, that’s about all most crafters have to work with. Fortunately, advances in the field of papermaking are opening new doors for scrappers when it comes to their essential supplies.

For example, BasicGrey offers a hybrid that is essentially lightweight cardstock. However, unlike traditional cardstock, which typically features one solid color on both sides, the new combo version is decorated on both sides of the paper.

If you are more comfortable working with cardstock there are different types you can experiment with that stray from the standard solids. For example, scrappers, who love the distressed look and often sand paper to achieve eye-popping effects, will have a field day with white core cardstock.

Personally, I am a huge fan of textured cardstock. The heavy-weight paper usually comes with a linen or canvas texture, and can be used to add a luxurious touch to a wedding, anniversary or First Communion layout. The downside to using this type of cardstock is that rubber stamp designs don’t show as well.

Recently, I’ve gotten into using glittered and metallic cardstock on a number of layouts, especially birthday-themed pages. However, you can use the blinged out paper to as a festive touch to any page. Metallic cardstock, which comes in gold, silver, and copper, is also great to use in graduation, prom and Christmas layouts.

As much as I love the look of cardstock, I also use a ton of patterned paper, as well as mulberry paper, and vellum. When shopping for the latter, it’s important to keep size in mind. The most common sizes of scrapbook paper are 6 x 6, 8 x 8, 8 1/2 x 11, and 12 x 12.

Do you prefer to scrap with cardstock or thinner patterned paper?

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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.