GSM – Grams per Square Meter
Generally speaking, the higher the number of GSM means the thicker the scrapbook paper. So, I will list some popular brands of solid cardstock below so that you can see the measured differences.
Bazzill 270 gsm
CrafTangles 250 gsm
American Crafts 216 gsm
Recollections 176 gsm
How do you choose which scrapbook cardstock to use?
Bazzill and CrafTangles are a heavy, thick weight. They are great for mixed media layouts since they can handle liquid sprays, modeling paste and paints. I also like to use these papers on my Cricut or Silhouette if I want to cut out a custom template. This paper is very thick. It will eat up your blade on the cutting machines, so I don’t use this paper if I have a lot to cut out. I really like this type of cardstock for the base of my greeting cards. It will score for a fold without tearing. American Crafts is my favorite to use for Project Life backgrounds in pocket scrapbooking. They are not too thick, so I can add embellishments without worrying about it being too thick to fit into the pocket page protectors. This is also my preferred cardstock for cutting out titles and embellishments for scrapbook layouts. It’s not so thick that it will eat up my blade, but it’s not too thin to where I have to worry about my letters in the title getting torn. Recollections serves it’s purpose even though it’s not my favorite. I use this brand when I’m creating objects in bulk for parties. For example, I will cut photo booth props and laminate them for parties. Or I will buy a certain color in bulk to match a baby shower and then cut out party favors on my Cricut. A word of caution, only use the light grip mats for this paper. It has a tendency to stick to the mat and rip. Use an old, used mat if you want to use this in a machine.
Watch the below video to see the comparison of each brand:
Price Comparisons of Scrapbook Paper per sheet
Bazzill 59 cents (OR 4 for $1 when on sale at 25 cents)
CrafTangles 23 cents (149 rupees = $2.31 for 10 sheets)
American Crafts 33 cents (60 sheets for $20)
Recollections 20 cents (sometimes less if using a Michaels Coupon)
CrafTangles Scrapbook Paper Colors
For the quality and the thickness of the paper, CrafTangles is a great value for the price. It’s very smooth to the touch and the variety of neutral shades allow for a large array of background colors for mixed media layouts. Visit their website and see the value of their products for yourself!
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- Colleen Hollis