Monday, July 16, 2012

Paper, the foundation to a great card or layout.

Construction paper colors
Construction paper colors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What comes to mind when making that one of a kind scrapbook layout or card?  Paper.  Yes, there are all sort of paper from newsprint to the real heavy cardboard type of paper.   When scrapbooking was just an infant, photos and all sorts of memorabilia was placed in books.  Today, you can use cardstock paper, which looks like construction paper, but do not be fooled by the name cardstock.  Cardstock paper is NOT construction paper.  According to Wikipedia, Construction paper (sugar paper) is a tough, coarse, colored paper. The texture is slightly rough, and the surface is unfinished. Due to the source material, mainly wood pulp, small particles are visible on the paper’s surface. It is used for projects or crafts.  

Textured craft card, in a variety of colours. ...
Textured craft card, in a variety of colours. The visible texture is a characteristic of this type of card. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cardstock (card stock), on the other hand, which  also called cover stock or pasteboard, is a paper stock that is thicker and more durable than normal writing or printing paper, but thinner and more flexible than other forms of paperboard. Card stock is often used for business cardspostcards, playing cards, catalog covers, scrapbooking, and other uses which require higher durability than regular paper. The texture is usually smooth, but can be textured, metallic, or glossy.

The next type of paper commonly used is patterned paper.  This paper come in both heavy and lightweight varieties, have designs on them, and looks like untreated wallpaper.  It can be used as a background or used for mats in both layouts and making cards.  To match the patterned paper to the cardstock, find a common color in the patterned paper the match it up with the common color of the cardstock.
Vellum paper look like un-waxed paper but thicker.  It comes in solids or patterns, mostly white (but comes in a variety of colors).  Use this paper when you want something softened, such as a photo.  You can also use this paper as a liner in invitations (especially something elegant like a wedding)
For homemade (not manufactured) scrapbook albums, chipboard (pressed fiber thick paper) make great covers, letters, and other embellishments.   They come in different weight as well, from cereal box-type weight to heavy moving boxes, but the ones most commonly used are the chipboard made for cereal boxes.  This thickness can be used in die cutting machines such as the Cricut and the Silhouette to cut out letters and other shapes.  The good thing about chipboard is you can paint it, distress it, and cover it with patterned paper or fabric.  Chipboard makes projects more stable.  
These are the most common types of paper used in the papery crafting industry.  Some tips…Please note, if you want your photos to last, all paper, no matter what, has to be photo friendly (acid and lignin free) if you are using the paper your photos.  Otherwise it does not for a non-photo project.   You can find paper in dollar store, there is nothing wrong with that.  You can print your sentiment on printer paper on your computer is you are not comfortable with your own handwriting (for cards and journals). Before leaving this topic, I would like to share with you my favorite brands:  
Cardstock- Bazzill, because it comes textured, blinged, or both. Bazzill also comes in a smooth variety as well.  It does tend to get confused with construction paper, which as explained earlier, is not construction paper at all.  American Craft paper is a close second when I cannot find Bazzill.  Bazzill also make a line that can take the bleeding that Copic markers give out when you color with them and the printing the Cricut Imagine machine does, so I like that cardstock as well.
For patterned paper, I have four favorites: Bo Bunny, BasicGrey, Graphic 45 and K & Company. Bo Bunny and Graphic 45 for whimsy paper, Basic Grey for the antique look, and K and company for everything else. I use all kinds, but I tend to go back to these four.  I am not choosy about my vellum or chipboard, except they do have to be of good quality and you can find good again at the dollar store.

Try different line of papers to see what will become your favorites.

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1 comment:

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