Backgrounds for Scrapbooking

In a scrapbook album, backgrounds refer to the base used to mount your photos. These could be either a light-weight or heavy-weight cardstock in shades of white, grey or black. Cardstock paper is available in various sizes but the most common ones are 12"x12", 8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 5.5". It is very important to make sure that the cardstock you are buying is acid-free and lignin free. This assures the safety of your photographs and memorabilia. Cardstock also comes in patterns and textures. A textured cardstock aka mulberry paper, is made with linen which gives it a perfect hand-made look but is expensive compared to a regular cardstock. In my later posts I will be showing different ways to create textures on a regular cardstock. However, for now let us continue on backgrounds for scrapbooking.

In scrapbooking cardstock can be used in many different ways. It can act as a sturdy base for your layout or for matting your photograph. With heavier cardstock you could also use patterned scissors or pierce brads, eyelets or any other metal embellishments without wilting the paper. You could also tear the edges of a textured cardstock to give it a ripped effect. Alternatively, you can stamp or print alphabets on a cardstock and then cut them to create a title for your page. It is also easier to punch a cardstock paper as it gives a perfectly crisp cut compared to a regular paper. When embossed, heavy weight cardstock gives a more sharper and pronounced look around the edges. Thus, it is a must for any scrapbooker to stock up good quality cardstock in various color tones  such as jewel tones, earth tones, pastels, neutrals and bold.

Plain Cardstock

Textured Cardstock

Now that we have talked enough about cardstock lets move on to what enhances the look of your layout. A patterned paper (henceforth termed as B&T paper) is a key ingredient in scrapbooking that makes your album bold and beautiful. It adds color and pattern to your layouts. There are endless variety of B&T available in international market, however its important to choose one that is acid-free and lignin-free. Another important factor to consider is to match the color and pattern of your B&T to your photos. Just like cardstock, B&T can be used in various ways, it can be used as a background, can be pasted on a cardstock and cut in shapes of an alphabet to make a title, can be used as an embellishment or for matting your photograph. The sky is the limit when it comes to imagining ways of utilizing a B&T.

Below is an example of Close to my heart Twitterpated Level 1 Packet:

And here is a double-spread layout from House O' Stamps using the above packet:

Keep visiting my blog to see more of my artwork that I will be posting at the end of this year.

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