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Pick a Pack of Paper

Aug 17, 2007
The most overwhelming and beautiful isle in your scrapbooking supply store is probably the paper isle. Scrapbooking paper comes in all colors of the rainbow and in too many designs to count. If there is an occasion to scrapbook, there is most certainly a paper to match your theme, but with all the choices, it is easy to leave the store with papers you will never use and without the kind you really need the most.

To prevent having to take out a second mortgage to buy paper, first decide what size album you will be making. Papers come in two standard sizes-8 1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12. You can also make albums in smaller sizes as well. Larger paper can be cut to size and smaller papers can be used for embellishments and matting, but you will need the most paper in the size of your album. Also, check out the different types of paper available. Scrapbooking safe paper comes in everything from thick cardstock to light velum and each type of paper has a specific use. You will probably use most of the medium-thickness paper.

Next, take stock of the solid colors you own. On most pages, you will use at least one solid color for the background, for mats, for journaling, or for embellishments, so you will probably run out of plain colors first. As a rule, you will need more black and white than other colors, but you can find rainbow packs at an inexpensive price and then buy single sheets of black and white, as you need them.

You can also buy packs of designer papers. These packs are a good investment, because they are usually color coordinated. This gives you a good starting point if you are a beginning layout designer. Another good place to start if you don't have a lot of experience with layout design is with papers that suggest a layout already. For example, some papers come pre-printed with frames or other layout elements, so all you have to do is crop your photographs and add embellishments. You can also buy books of papers. These books are usually set around a theme, such as "vacation" or "Christmas." At the end of the book, there are guidelines and ideas for creating layouts with these papers.

Buying paper can get expensive, but if you wait for the sales, you can often get 50% or more off. Another good way to make the most of your money is to trade papers with other scrapbookers. When you buy a kit or a book, there will always be a few papers you don't like or can't use. One of your fellow scrapbookers might have a perfect use for this paper, and will trade you for a paper that they don't want but that you could use. By taking advantage of these resources and buying only the paper that you need, you won't end up with too much unwanted paper. When in doubt, leave it at the store-you can always go back for it if you create the perfect layout for that paper.
About the Author
Tom Ambrozewicz is one of the pioneers in using breakthrough audio technology on his web sites. You can read, you can listen to professional narrator reading to you or having MP3 files ready to download if you hate to keep printed files. You can check all scrapbooking tips at Ask-How.info now.
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