Please welcome new reporter Kelleigh Ratzlaff!
Kelleigh Ratzlaff is a Work At Home Mama to two wonderful little boys, and wife to a fantastic, handsome man. The “work” part of her job title may be a little misleading, though, because she enjoys every minute of her crafty job. Kelleigh designs papercraft templates and sells them electronically in her virtual boutique at The Digichick. She enjoys sharing her adventures in papercraft on her blog where she also expounds on her love of decorating with garage sale finds, getting her groceries for free, digital scrapbooking, becoming a runner at age 33, playing with “not yo mama’s” funky fabric and so much more. Her blog is a dumping ground for her creative thoughts (to her husband’s profound relief!), so you never know what you might find there!
Reported by Kelleigh Ratzlaff
As a hybrid papercrafter and digital scrapbooker who likes to print out pages at home, it is important to me that I print my projects and pages on top quality paper. I learned through much trial and error that choosing the wrong paper for printing can turn a “Wow!” project into an “Eh” project. Since I like to go for the “Wow!” factor, I always print on matte photo paper rather than cardstock.
When Red River Paper Company sent me a sample box of inkjet paper to test out, I was super excited! And, when I opened it, I was even MORE excited! I couldn’t believe all of the options they carry! I typically print my projects on matte double-sided photo paper, so I was expecting to see some of that in there, but I was NOT expecting to see the lovely textures, the slight gloss or the natural (off-white) color option.
Of course, I was super excited to print a project on the paper to see how it measured up to my old stand-by paper. I chose a matte double sided (just to compare apples-to-apples), and fell in love!!
Check out my project!
Digital paper by Karen Lewis (The Digichick), template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff (The Digichick), traditional supplies by Close To My Heart
I followed the suggestions for printing that Red River included, and set my printer to “Fast Normal” which uses less ink than “Normal” and the quality is still wonderful! I also love that the box is so nice and sturdy! This paper is much thicker than my regular “go-to” photo paper.
I was anxious to try some of the natural colored paper, because it is just a little bit off-white, rather than stark white. My printed image did turn out a little bit darker (which makes sense, right?), but I was pleasantly surprised with the results! I like this option because when I make hybrid projects it is nice to have a bit of color on the inside of a project.
I had the most fun testing out the textured paper options. I have never printed on textured photo paper before, and I was so excited to see the results! Red River Paper Company sent me a box of pre-scored cards in many of their most popular papers, so I chose the Glossy Cordovan for this card.
You can see the details in the Glossy Cordovan on this photo in which I printed digital papers onto the card base:
I also tried out the Linen textured paper on these digital elements. Can you see the texture? So beautiful!
Here is a close up of the textures:
I love seeing the different textures on the same card!
- The paper is nice and thick! Perfect for cards, printing digital layouts, hybrid boxes, photos and more!
- There are many textures available, which is super fun.
- Using paper specifically for inkjet printers will help me save on ink costs, especially since it is recommended that I print on “Fast Normal”
- Fast drying time. I was able to touch my project right after it was printed! However, I didn’t actually try to smear the ink on the glossy paper until about 10 minutes later. I just didn’t want to risk it!
- My papers printed out exactly as expected. No washed-out colors!
- Not as readily available as my old stand-by inkjet paper.
- Shipping costs can be rather high. The lowest cost for 1 pack of paper was $11.48. Yikes!
There are so many paper options to choose from, and just as many price options, but I would be most inclined to buy:
60lb Polar Matte Double Sided (50 sheets) = $16.95
I usually use Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-Sided, however the quality of the Red River paper is so much better that the closest comparison is probably:
Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper (50 sheets – but NOT double sided and not as thick) = $16.00
Bottom line: I love this paper, and I will be very sad the day I run out of my sampler pack!
So, tell me – Would you spend extra money on shipping costs to have higher quality paper, or would you just swing into Staples to pick up some Epson? Leave us a comment and let us know!