There are various types of scrapbooking paper that can be used for backgrounds or journal entries for various effects.
For instance, rice paper is a fine paper that can add elegance to a scrapbook page. Conversely, papyrus is a coarse almost wood like paper creating an exotic feel to a scrapbook page.
Be aware, however, that some of these paper alternates are extremely difficult to work with, break easily, and may not preserve well
Patterned scrapbooking Papers
Patterned paper can be used for backgrounds, borders, and embellishments. Often plain white backgrounds look rather boring and dull. Patterned backgrounds add a touch of excitement to your page. The right pattern tailored to your theme and purpose can also increase that professional look.
Colors and patterns can be used to coordinate with your photographs or to add dramatic effects. Paper with various themes and patterns is widely available. For instance, a birthday scrapbook could have a background made of your favorite gift wrap. This could add a touch of elegance or a touch of humor depending upon the patterned paper you choose.
Textured paper can add extra dimension to your scrapbooking page.
Textured paper can be used to highlight focus items on your scrapbook page. Textured paper can also be used as a backgrounds or border to give your page an interesting fresh look.
Textured paper is available in a variety of textures and colors and is available in most craft and office supply stores.
Vellum scrapbooking papers
Vellum is a transparent, translucent material. Vellum can be used to create a slight shadow or shade change to background or embellishment colors. This can be used as a softening agent for baby scrapbooks, as a touch of elegance to gift scrapbooks, or to create dimension in a boring flat page.
To reduce the cloudiness effect caused by gluing, apply only a thin line of glue along the edges of the vellum. In this way, you will see a slight shadow only along the very edge. This will look like a border to the vellum. Vellum is available in both acidic and non acidic forms.
Shrink scrapbooking Papers
Shrink art can add an abstract or child like feel to your photographs or scrapbook pages.
Shrink art is easy to use. First, print a photograph directly onto shrink plastic. Next, punch a small hole into the top of the photograph. You will use this hole to later attach your photograph to your scrapbook. Then, cook the photograph until it shrinks.
Shrink art paper is available at your local craft store
Colored scrapbooking Papers
Additional color can be easily added to your scrapbook page through different colored backgrounds, borders, and embellishments. A light colored background creates a soft, farther away feeling; while a darker background sharpens the focus.
Complimentary colors can be slightly lighter or darker than the background to direct the focus towards or away from portions of the page.
Contrasting colors can also be used to create a more dramatic or focusing effect away from or towards various photographs or mementos.
Simply add, fold, or paste additional sheets of paper into your design for the desired effect.
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