Do you have a scrapbooking project that needs a more elegant, sophisticated feel? Why not try a linen paper scrapbook?
If you’ve never worked with linen before, you’re in for a treat – it’s been the high-end choice for invitations, tasteful fine dining establishments and yes, even for scrapbooking.
Why do people gravitate to linen paper for scrapbooking?
Why Use Linen Scrapbook Paper?
Linen, whether worn, laid on your dining table, or used for invitations, has long been considered a sophisticated fabric option. This goes back to the days when those who offered linen napkins and tablecloths were usually upper class.
High-end restaurants thoughtfully choose linens for their patrons – it’s considered to elevate the atmosphere and overall elegance of any establishment.
Whether you’re using linen paper that is more of an embossed scrapbook paper type, or the natural fabric linen paper, a linen paper scrapbook style is going to lend an eye-catching flair to your project!
Are There Different Kinds of Linen Paper?
You can find linen paper made to look like fabric but is more like cardstock with a textured, embossed design. The linen paper texture looks and feels just like the real thing – a woven, man-made cloth.
You can also find more natural linen paper, made from flax plant fibers. This makes it extra durable and more difficult to rip or tear because it’s fabric.
If you want a professional touch, linen scrapbook paper is a good choice. The natural linen paper will have a more antique feel, while cardstock linen paper is smoother and easier to apply things to, which is why you see people using it for business cards and invitations.
Top Tips When Making a Linen Paper Scrapbook
A linen paper scrapbook will likely end up looking more interesting than your everyday smooth paper finishes, such as vellum or bond paper. It’s no surprise that it’s one of the most common textured paper finishes you can find!
The lovely texture that makes it stand out can also be more difficult for you to keep a smooth finish if you are writing directly on it. Using it as an embellishment to add on top of cardstock is a great option, and can look like a naturally textured sticker.
Cardstock linen paper can be easily laser printed, stamped or written on, since it’s more like traditional paper with added texture, but natural linen paper is not as easy.
Other bonuses from using linen paper:
- Linen does not absorb water quickly (But don’t let it get too wet)
- It comes in a rainbow of colors, including metallic
- It works with watercolor pencils
- Sponging and stamping work well with the texture
- Works well with die cutting
- You can find adhesive-backed linen paper, so no messy glue
Pro tip #1: The natural linen paper scrapbooking material is quite delicate when you remove the adhesive backing, so tread carefully.
Pro Tip #2: If you are using blending markers on the natural linen paper, don’t go too close to the edges, in case of bleeding.
Pro Tip #3: Natural linen paper can make it harder to achieve a fine, even edge when cutting it. This can be amended by using foil, ribbon or tear and tape adhesive along your edges to hide any rough edging.
Are You Ready to Try Linen Paper?
You have multiple options when creating a linen paper scrapbook!
You can use the card stock with the more subtle linen texture and feel, or one that is more like natural fabric, but either will give you some pretty gorgeous results.