Crafty Chat: Printing Digital Paper Crafting Supplies

I don't know about you, but I love digital goodies. Paying a fraction of the price of physical items, and being able to print them as many times as I want, is pretty much as good as it gets.

I've had quite a few people ask me about printing digital goodies, and my tips on the topic, so I thought I would share a few with you today!

 
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Use Good Quality Paper

Not all paper is created equal, but if you're a paper crafter, you probably already knew that. For printing patterned paper, planner inserts, and other elements that need to be thin, but of good quality, I use 32lb paper. It's smooth, not as porous as my regular printer paper (which means it needs more dry time so the ink doesn't smudge), and produces a bold/high quality print.

For items that I may want a bit sturdier - journal cards, certain embellishments, etc. - I use 80lb coverstock. This was at the recommendation of Andrea of retrohipmama, and I couldn't be happier with it!

Only Print What You need

I don't know about you, but I hate wasting printer ink. The chances of me liking every element in a digital kit are slim. So, I only print what I like and know I'll use. If there are 2 pages of journal cards and I want 2-3 from each page, I'll add a white block over the ones I don't want to print as to not waste the ink on them. Same with embellishments. I love a cut apart embellishment sheet, but I only print the items I like and know I will use!

Try Sticker Paper

Sticker paper is seriously a game changer - especially CLEAR sticker paper! I go for matte because I'm not a glossy kinda gal, but either will work. I love printing different elements on sticker paper to fussy cut and use in my projects!

Get Creative

This is the biggest tip I have for you - get creative with your digital supplies. Print patterned paper on clear sticker paper to use as a background element in your layout, use journal cards as layering elements in your scrapbook layouts, print patterned paper on regular sticker paper to use as washi tape, etc. The possibilities are endless! You can stretch your digital supplies SO much further if you think outside the box and really get crafty with how you use them!

I hope these tips help you out! For details on the paper(s) I mentioned above and links to buy them, visit the resource center

If you have additional tips for us, leave them in the comments below. I'd love to know how you're using your crafty stash!