Selecting the Right Paper

Selecting the right paper is like selecting the right type of glue.  They are both just as important when paper crafting.  Since I started paper crafting I can honestly say that I have used my fair share of designer papers.

I had started paper crafting in 2008 shortly after my mom past away.   I fell in love with Stampin Up and to be honest I still love their cardstock, but not their designer paper.  Their designer paper was lightweight but at first, I didn't know any better.

With time I would find myself touching and feeling the paper.  I wanted to see if it could resist all the torture that I would put it through.  If the paper is lightweight, you can't do a lot with it as far as applying gesso or any type of medium.  The paper seems to tear more easily when its lightweight.  However, a designer paper that is lightweight can be used for junk journals and cards since it doesn't require a lot of manhandling.

About 2 years into, my paper crafting experience, I would come into contact with other paper brands.
I would soon discover other brands such as:  DCWV, Graphic 45, Prima, BoBunny, Authentique, and Stamperia.  

I had stacks upon stacks of DCWV, but although the paper was thick it would crack and the glitter would make it hard to score.  Can hold up to sprays, mediums, and gesso because the paper is very thick.  Very pretty, but for some odd reason they don't change their designs as often. 

There are paper companies that release papers every month, but those are the ones that I have a hard time keeping up with because it starts to dig deep into my pockets.  I love the paper lines that will come out with something amazing every three months, because it makes you anxious to see what is up next.

Graphic 45, which is an amazing brand was one of my favorite back in the day when I got into altering projects.  Although at the time I had a very limited budget and could not afford the paper I would try to save up for it.  Nowadays, the quality of the paper is awesome, but I am not digging the designs.  Its one of those lines that you have to dig their designs.  

Prima Marketing makes amazing products and their paper flowers and papers coordinate very well with each other.  The quality is awesome and there is definitely room to create a mixed media project with their paper line.  You can use gesso, mediums, and sprays on these papers.

BoBunny had an amazing collection back in the day but now they have gone another direction.  To be honest, I have not purchased their paper in a very long time because their new designs are not to my liking.  They also had coordinating products to go with their paper and I love to be able to coordinate embellishments with the paper because it makes it much easier when creating a project.

Oh, baby oh baby... along comes Authentique...what's not to love about Authentique.  Their paper is just amazing.  I absolutely love their products and coordinating stickers.  The quality is definitely there and they always bring out a new collection which is awesome.  You can definitely use all sorts of mediums, gesso, and most importantly spray.  The anticipation of what they are going to bring out is next is just awesome.  It's like an adrenaline rush when new paper come out and you rush to get them.

But what is there not to love about Stamperia...its absolutely gorgeous!  The quality, the designs, and the fact that its imported which makes the paper more desirable.  I love their paper and I love the quality of their paper.  I have created some amazing Dex Cards with their brand and they are just stunning.  Stamperia is not a product that is easily found in the US.  They have just about everything under the star and moon.

I am a bit picky about paper and I love to find a great deal so before I leave I want to share with you a link to where you can purchase Stamperia for a reasonable price.

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