Paper and embellishments are where you can be most creative with scrapbooking. There are so many different patterns and textures, you may have a hard time choosing just a few! Here are some of the different types of papers and embellishments.
Cardstock is usually a heavy-weight paper to be used as backgrounds (or bases) for your layouts. Cardstock can also be used for photo mats, cutting in die-cut machines, stamping, etc. It comes in every color of the rainbow, and it can be plain or have a subtle pattern or texture. The varieties are truly unlimited.
Choose a cardstock to compliment the theme of your page or to evoke a feeling. A neutral cardstock base helps the papers, photos, and embellishments take center stage, as the background stays in the background. A bright or patterned cardstock can provide movement or emphasis on your page.
Just like cardstock, patterned paper comes in an unlimited number of patterns, textures, and weights. There are cardstock weight or light weight, single or double-sided patterned papers. The type you choose will help your cardstock to reinforce your theme or feeling.
Specialty papers include vellum (a translucent paper), textured, glittered, embossed, flocked. These types of papers are usually used in smaller doses on layouts (however, there are no rules!). They will add a special touch to your layouts, so keep these in mind while you are shopping for papers.
Embellishments are like the icing on the cake–the finishing touch to make your layout special. Most manufacturers offer accents that coordinate with their paper packs. Have fun choosing embellishments for your page–they can be quite addictive!
Here are just a few examples:
- Brads (plain or decorative)
- Punched accents
- Dots (glitter, epoxy, or enamel)
So, what are your favorite papers or embellishments that you can’t seem to get enough of lately?