One of the main decisions you have to make in scrapbooking is on the scrapbook paper. Besides the usual cardstock and patterned paper, there’s a variety of other paper you can consider using.
As scrapbooking paper will form the foundation of your layout, please remember to use paper that’s acid-free and lignin-free to preserve your memories for many years.
Acid-free paper: Use acid-free paper because contact with acidity can cause your photos to fade, change colors, darken and decay over time.
Lignin-free: Make sure your paper are lignin-free too as lignin reacts with light and heat to cause yellowing of your paper.
Paper for scrapbooking come in a huge range of varieties and it can be a dizzying experience trying to select the best paper for your scrapbook pages. You’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to paper selection. There’s no lack of variety of choices.
Just be warned, you could get addicted to acquiring more and more beautiful, gorgeous-looking scrap book paper! ;)
Your choice of paper will ultimately show off your personality and set the tone for the layout. So have fun choosing your paper.
Types of Scrapbook Paper
Let’s take a quick look at the basic and common types of scrapbook paper available in the market. They include but not limited to:
Heavyweight, acid-free paper available in a rainbow of colors, textures and weight. Cardstock are usually used as background paper and mostly plain-colored. Cardstock are frequently matched with patterned paper for added interest. Common uses include creating photo-mats and die cuts.
Acid-free paper that come with a variety of designs, colors and themes to be used as background paper or to add interest to backgrounds and page accents. Also used to support the theme of the scrapbook layout.
Translucent paper used for layering, dry embossing, stamping and more. Come in a variety of colors and textures too. Great at providing a distinctive look or to soften the look of bold colors.
Clear acetate sheets ideal for overlays and windows. Can be used as background paper too. Also come in pre-printed sheets. As many varieties are heat-resistant so they can be used for heat-embossing and printed on with computer printers.
Die-cut paper come in very interesting shapes of football, cupcake, tea-cup, scalloped-borders, and more. You can add them to a background paper as a big decorative element.
Normally, you’ll get better value with packs paper. So it’s something you might want to consider getting.