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Cardstocks and Patterned Papers

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Cardstocks and Patterned Papers work hand-in-hand. They complement each other. Plain cardstocks are normally used as a background while patterned papers are used to give life to any layout. A layout is what you call your finished product.

The image above is what you call a 1-page LAYOUT. It is a combination of cardstocks and patterned papers plus some other embellishments. In this layout, I have used Bazzill cardstock for the background paper and Chatterbox patterned papers (papers with vertical lines). I have also used the matting technique (i.e. placing paper to “frame” the photos).

Cardstocks and patterned papers come in different sizes, 12×12 (inches) or 8.5×11. 6×6 and 8×8 are gaining popularity as well. The cardstocks can be used as either your background paper or for matting. Size of cardstock depends on the size of the album you are using.

On thickness, plain cardstocks are normally thicker than the patterned papers. Normally, patterned papers are the same weight/thickness as your bond paper. Cardstocks are heavier.

One tip though if you want to use an 8×8 album, it is cheaper and more cost-effective to buy the 8×5.11 sized cardstocks as they are so much cheaper than the 12x12s. Using your trimmer, you can re-size your 8x5x11 into an 8×8.
Here are the popular cardstocks and patterned papers in the market today. I have ranked these based on my favourites and what I use myself:

Bazzill – most popular and widely used cardstocks – their cardstocks are textured. Yummy!
Chatterbox
Basic Grey
KI Memories
American Crafts
Die Cuts With a View
EK Success
Making Memories
K&Co
Provo Craft

You have the option of buying these papers in packs or a combination of cardstocks and patterned papers.

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