Picking the Correct Printer Paper
Quite often I get asked, "what paper should I use to print printies?" Unfortunately, there is no universal answer to the question.

First, not all printers use the same paper to create top quality print. What I use is not necessarily what will work well in your printer. So follow what your printer's manufacturer advises, or Google 'clay-coated paper for HP inkjet printers' or 'clay-coated paper for Canon inkjet printers'--just fill-in your printer's manufacturer where I have HP and Canon. Use other Googling terms such as 'high-end', 'state-of-the-art' or high-quality' printer paper. It may take some time to research paper, but anything worth doing takes time. By the way, glossy photo paper tends to crack and flake, and anyway most real world products are not glossy so why should your printies be glossy! Most products around you are either matte or semi-gloss.

Secondly, weight is important. I do not understand why so many folks think everything must be made with thick cardstock weight. The weight of the paper should coincide with the size of the product. Using cardstock weight on a tiny scale item will become bulky and clumsy looking when you start folding edges and corners and glue edges. Conversely, a larger 1:3 scale printie may need the weight of a heavy paper. Trial and error plays a big part in making perfect printables.

Third, clay-coated paper vs. office or copier paper. Everything I sell as a pre-printed Paper Minis is printed on high-end clay-coated paper. The color is beautiful and saturated, is long-lived and water-resistant. If that is what you want for your printables, then you will want to purchase clay-coated paper. Remember to use the highest print setting you can on your printer--it's counterproductive to spend a lot of money on paper and then skimp on ink. Now, if you want a low-cost hobby, then feel free to use office grade inkjet paper or copy paper, especially if you are printing for kids. Rule of thumb when buying copier type paper is to choose the most brilliant white, smoothest and most opaque.

In your experimentation process you may have to buy several different kinds until you get the best for your projects. Some print paper houses (websites) offer a variety pack of paper. This allows you to experiment without having to buy a ream of each kind.

For laser printer users
and using a color copy center.
Honestly I do not have much experience with that type of output. However, I recently took a pdf file (that's the format of Paper Minis complimentary projects) on a little thumb drive to a color copier center. The print was terrific and I did not experience cracked ink when I folded the project, which was what would happen in the old days when color copiers first hit the market. If you want a different weight of paper discuss this with the copy center operator. She/he can direct you to paper in the store to purchase then return to the copy center with your specific paper. This could be an economical solution for those of you without a decent home printer.

Like all skills you develop in life, this one will take time, practice and a little bit of money but you will have fun and a great sense of accomplishment when all is said and done. ~Ann at PaperMinis.com