PAPER CHOICES

DIFFERENT WEIGHT VARIOUS PURPOSES - 

Listed below is a shore list of papers weights commonly used for printable projects. My favorites are the 24LB Text for a light weight paper, and the 110LB Cover for my card stock needs. You can try these, but if you already have a favorite weight paper, by all means feel free to use what you are most comfortable with. 
 

TEXT WEIGHT - 

  • 20LB Text - A good all-purpose paper, for copying machines, etc.

  • 24/60LB Text - Used for laser/ink printing and letterheads, etc.

  • 28/70LB Text- Used for letterhead & other important documents, etc.

CARD STOCK WEIGHT - 

  • 65LB Cover - Used for greeting cards & post cards, etc.

  • 90 LB Index - Used for light weight business cards, door hangers,
    post cards, etc.

  • 80LB Cover - Used for business cards & art prints, etc.

  • 100LB Cover - Used for business cards & art prints, etc.

  • 110LB Cover - Used for business cards & art prints, etc.
     

LUXE CARD STOCK WEIGHT - 

  • 75LB Cover - Used for invitations, announcements, place cards, etc.
    This soft white paper is made with cotton, giving it a slight texture.

VARIOUS PROJECTS USE DIFFERENT PAPER - 

When choosing paper for your printable projects, always consider what the paper is being used for. Listed below are the most commonly used papers and their uses with printables. 
 

TEXT WEIGHT - 

Text weight is great for: Cupcake or Straw Flags, Water Bottle Wraps, Candy Bar Wraps, Chocolate Kiss Circles, Juice Box Wraps, Napkin/Bubble Wraps, Labels and Placemats.

CARD STOCK WEIGHT - 

110lb cardstock, my favorite, is a good weight for a number of projects: Invitations, Photo Booth Props, Food Tent Cards, Cupcake Toppers, Badges, Thank You Notes, Circle Tags, Treat Baggie Toppers, Signs, Favor Tags, Cupcake Wrappers, Banners, Photo Mats, Activity Printables, Crayon Boxes, Favor Boxes, my Bridesmaid Ring Pop Boxes... and let's not forget Artwork and Posters. 
 

STICKER PAPER - 

If you would like to use sticker paper with some of my designs, I suggest using the full-page of sticker/label paper. None of my printable designs have been formatted to any pre-cut label paper (ie: Avery). Once you've printed your stickers, you will need to punch out or trim the designs. 

A FEW NOTES - 

• When buying paper be sure you know what you are buying, don't get the "80LB text" mixed up with "80LB cover" they are not the same. Just remember 'text' is light weight paper, and 'cover' is card stock paper.  
 

• It's good to know your printer... because although most home printers can print 80LB, 100LB, even 110LB card stock... so because paper thickness and home printers do vary, it's always good to test your printer with the paper you want to use. 


• Now, if you are unfamiliar with the paper weight system, and you want to know how to convert paper pounds to grams... OR... grams to pounds... so you get the right paper for your project... check out this handy weight calculator... This calculator quickly converts from one paper system to the other... so you get the right paper weight for your projects.

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