How to Pick the Best Paper for Your Scrapbook

If you’re new to scrapbooking, then keep in mind that you can’t afford to scrimp on quality paper. After all, paper forms the very foundation of your album. With all the choices available out there, it pays to choose well.

Printing paper, though quite affordable and easy to find, is generally not a good choice because it is fragile and very messy to work with. Your choice of paper can directly affect the beauty and durability of your scrapbook.

With these things in mind, it may be a good idea to check out scrapbooking paper of various textures. Paper is typically porous, which means that you’ll also need to use safe materials such as acid-free like glues and pens. Meanwhile, papers with slick surfaces of plastic film layers often require stronger adhesives and inks.

Paper color is also rather important, especially if you intend to follow a particular theme. Paper products can be monochromatic (different hues of the same color) or complementary, so it would be a good idea to be familiar with the color wheel. Know which color combinations work so you can create a balanced, coherent, and visually appealing palette. In any case, know when to use contrasting colors for maximum effect.

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