Finding The Right Decorative Scrapbook Paper

Sometimes finding just the right piece of decorative scrapbook paper to use in a project can be stressful.

I have been working on a project for a client who wants to have her original printed photos in a traditional scrapbook-style album.   This will be the third album (and probably fourth) that I have done for her over the past two years.  I work virtually with her and her administrative assistant as she lives over 3 hours from me.  Because of that, I don’t have the option of reviewing the decorative scrapbook paper options and page layouts with her in person before I get started or during the project.  Needless to say, for each album I have done for her I have stressed myself out trying to find just the right paper and embellishments to use on the pages even though she has repeatedly told me that she has complete faith in me, my capabilities, and my design style.  She has loved the previous albums so I’m not sure why I continue to struggle so much with each page.

Currently, I am working with photos from her high school, college, and post-college years.  The paper for the high school years for sports was an easy pick – I used the school colors.  But the pages for the non-sports photos of theatrical productions she was in was not so easy.  I have made several trips to the craft store in hopes of finding the perfect paper.  The first time I went, I bought some paper but when I got home, I didn’t really love it so it is sitting on one of my work tables, along with the receipt, waiting. other day I was in the craft store to order a custom mat for a picture I wanted to have framed and, on the way out, decided to just walk down the scrapbook paper aisle.  I studied the racks, again, and then all of a sudden, this paper just called out to me.  It was in a section that I hadn’t really looked through before.  I pulled out a sheet and said “this is it – it will be perfect!” and bought four sheets to get started.  It is working out so well in the album that I am going to buy more.

It is just so crazy that I work myself into a tizzy over decorative scrapbook paper but then something unexpected, unplanned makes it all work out and pulls the whole project together.

How do you pick scrapbook paper for your projects?