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Old 05-10-2022, 01:25 PM   #1  
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I spent some time scrolling today through a paper designer's Facebook page and got to wondering - what kinds of papers are you most drawn to?

Full sheet scenes
Larger splashy designs
Smallish repeating patterns
Vintage/retro designs
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Geometrics
Florals
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I went through my own collection and the ones I like best are smaller patterns with layered textures.

What kinds of papers are you not drawn to?
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Smallish repeating
Vintage
Collage
Florals
Nothing larger than 6x6 - 12x12 patterns if not small aren't practical on cards.
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Geometrics, smallish repeatingAbstractsTexturesBright happy colours and a slightly muted heritage-style colour palette.

Don't like full sheet scenes or anything too busy to do much with.
I still miss Basic Grey.
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Apparently, I love all of it! What catches my eye most is the color rather than the actual pattern, though.
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Anything Shabby Chic...................Love the vintage look!
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Vintage
Collage
Some florals

I don't scrap, but quite enjoy some 12 x 12, as long as they're not full sheet scenes - although I have been known to somehow create several cards from papers like that, a nice challenge if you acquire a job lot of papers. It does mean that you often have to make custom-size cards and envelopes to fit, though.

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@dini Did you mean to say what papers are you not drawn to?

I have about 50 sheets of various-sized patterned paper, all of it over 10 years old, lol. I punch out a few little flowers here and there, but I'm not really into papers. I have four or five pads of plain coloured paper and cardstock (12" & 6") and mostly use that to complement whatever I'm doing on a card. Even that is years and years old because I use so little of it. I'm mostly into artful cards, so papers aren't my style. So, to answer the question, I'm not drawn to many papers at all, lol. (I must admit, a little block of Papillon designs 'got me' a few years ago because it was so beautiful, but I just end up looking at it and not using it, lol).
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As I'm not that much of a stamper or colourer ( is that a word?) so I like large motifs that I can cut out and apply. Preferably flowers, fruit or animals. I suppose these are in full sheet scenes and what you have called "big splashy". What I particularly find difficult to use are the repeating patterns of small people, animals, pieces of fruit etc that feature so much these days. For me these are hard to use as backgrounds and too small to cut out.
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I really don't care about the size, as I can easily cut to the dimensions I need. I prefer textures, geometric and small prints. However I never buy that kind of paper. I find it here a and there and recycle wallpaper, wrapping paper, etc.
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@dini Did you mean to say what papers are you not drawn to?

I have about 50 sheets of various-sized patterned paper, all of it over 10 years old, lol. I punch out a few little flowers here and there, but I'm not really into papers. I have four or five pads of plain coloured paper and cardstock (12" & 6") and mostly use that to complement whatever I'm doing on a card. Even that is years and years old because I use so little of it. I'm mostly into artful cards, so papers aren't my style. So, to answer the question, I'm not drawn to many papers at all, lol. (I must admit, a little block of Papillon designs 'got me' a few years ago because it was so beautiful, but I just end up looking at it and not using it, lol).
I read it as a two-part question, that she was asking both.
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I'm mostly drawn to florals, stripes, checks, plaids and polka dots. I like smaller scale patterns since I rarely scraobook anymore That said, I have enough paper to last me a couple of life times!
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I am drawn to any paper prints that are blue and white. Small prints mostly, but large floral too., just not too many colors. I keep saying I'll use more dsp, but don't think of it most of the time.
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I had to learn the hard way about 12 x 12 re scale for cards. Now I have a pretty good system for that. Plus a friend is showing me how to just cut parts of oversized prints to use on cards. I was pretty myopic about just cutting card sized pieces. Plus I am seeing cards in the gallery where people cut out images and it is great looking.

I like florals but not impressionist types-more real looking. Stripes, Damasks, Cute tiny theme prints. I have a TON of Christmas and Halloween. Lawn Fawn mini checks and plaids.

I am very into holos at the moment. And mirror/glossy CS. Esp black for sentiments. No need to glossy accent it! (my fav right now is Tonic glossy black) Paper Rose florals. Graphic 45. Stamperia. Paper Boutique. But Tonic also has some seriously beautiful satins. Rich in color. Oh and rice paper is my newest thing. SO pretty!!

At the same time, I love BG stamps and want to make my own but I know I HAVE to work down the piles. Even though I did just send a friend a 14 lb box. In my defense, it is many years of collecting. And part of my evolution. Before I did not think about BG stamps and relied on DP.

I can honestly say though I am not hoarding any paper. I just have not gotten to it yet.
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Being a paperholic I must confess that I basically LOVE all paper. I do, however, find myself always looking for that Special Something that is something that I have never seen before...something that will enhance a die that I have or a special color that I've been working with or has a pattern flow that emphasizes a curve or angle on a die I'm using. I have some narrow paper ribbon (I think it's about 4 in. wide) that has some preserved grasses and weeds that are adhered to it that I plan on using soon. I will probably use it as a background to a flower die of a single color or maybe just white so the grasses will really pop on a white card. I also like to use some of the finely open woven papers, like a glorified mesh, as backgrounds or some of the outstanding different types of holographic papers (not the run of the mill) that I've found. My favorite place to get paper from was Paper Mojo, but that's no longer around. Sob. Thankfully I've found some other sources.

What kind of paper am I not drawn to? Can't think of any. Any paper can make it's own statement when paired with your imagination.

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As a card maker I prefer paper with smaller prints, lines, etc. But I also have collected beautiful papers with large prints and am turning them into a personal scrapbook where I write can put poems or other writings that I like on top of them. I also love any textured paper.

I do not us distressed paper as much as it is difficult to cut down to card size and get a good look.

A friend has gotten me into gel printing and that has opened up a "whole new world" in paper!
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