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Your Quick Guide On Choosing the Right Printing Paper For Your Project

So you have a project that you need to print. Awesome! All you need to do now is to find the right paper. You hurriedly go to the shopping mall and search through piles of paper and – found it! You pay at the cashier and go straight home. You insert the paper and ready the printer, making sure that all settings are correct.

Then, you hit the PRINT button. Finally, here comes your perfect project!

…But wait. How come it doesn’t look as grand as what you were expecting it to be?

Now, if your project is of utmost importance, a “printing paper disaster” like this might require another trip to the mall. Choosing the right printing paper for your project is more complex than what many believe. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Knowing how to choose the right printing paper for your project will not only maximize your resources but also guarantee an output that is of best quality.

Choosing the right printing paper for your project maximizes your resources. If you are unsure about the kind of paper that you need, you might end up buying several packs of paper, printing your project on each paper, and choosing the one to your liking while disposing the rest. That’s a huge amount of paper, toner or ink, time, effort, and money down the drain! Here are four paper basics that will guide you in this step.

4 Paper Basics That You Need To Know

1 – Weight

GsM (grams per square meter) refers to the thickness and sturdiness of a paper. The higher the number, the thicker or sturdier the paper.

  • Copy paper – 75 gsm
  • Business letterhead – 90 gsm
  • Resumes, flyers, and business graphics – 120 gsm
  • Photographs – 120 gsm up to 300 gsm and over
  • Sticky labels – 150 gsm (total sheet weight)
  • Brochures, postcards, menus, and posters – 175 gsm
  • Business cards – 215 gsm

Source: Flickr/shutterblog | Using the right weight will make your project best serve its purpose.

Gsm is usually printed on the package, but sometimes “lbs” or “substance” are used instead. You can search the Internet for the right conversion or ask a staff to help you.

2 – Brightness

Source: Hollandlitho.com | The color image appears duller as the paper brightness lowers.

Brightness refers to the paper’s ability to reflect light. The same printed image will appear vibrant on a paper with high brightness but dull on a paper with low brightness. For commercial use, 80 is lowest and 100 highest. The higher the number, the better the paper.

3 – Texture

Source: Breathingcolor.com | Theater of the Desert – the Amargosa Opera House. Renee M. Besta advises that this image is best printed on a smooth paper. A textured paper will compete with the intricate details of the wall murals.

Texture refers to the smoothness of the paper, both visual and tactile. A paper can be smooth or textured. It can also be uncoated or coated, which has a glossy, dull, or matte finish. Coated and smooth paper is best for high-quality images, and uncoated and textured paper is best for softer image.

4 – Opacity

A paper’s opacity determines the amount of light that can pass through it. It can have a low, medium, or high opacity. The higher the opacity, the less translucent the paper.

Having the ability to choose the right printing paper for your project also guarantees an output that is of best quality. Therefore, it is important to know which paper to choose for everyday use and for special occasions.

Choosing the Right Paper for Everyday Use

Copy paper, also called a multi-purpose paper, is your best option for this purpose. It is the cheapest and most accessible paper. It also works well in a laser printer (waterproof) and an inkjet printer (water-based).

Source: Coloring.ws | Keep your little ones busy while teaching them colors at the same time! More FREE and printable coloring pages are available on Coloring.Ws from DLTK’s.

A typical copy paper is 75 gsm and has brightness as low as 80. Furthermore, this paper is somewhat translucent and uncoated. It can be used for printing coloring pages for your kids, daily homework for school, and daily reports in the office. Depending on the use, you can even print on both sides of the paper.

Choosing The Right Paper For Special Occasions

It is important to remember that a specific project requires a specific paper. Aside from the mentioned weights, a paper used for special occasions usually has a brightness ranging from 90-100. Coated paper is also highly advised, except for letterheads.

Opacity will vary depending on the purpose. For example, translucent papers are preferred in printing certificates. Moreover, an inkjet paper or a laser paper is also preferred. Inkjet paper is designed for sprayed-on inks. On the other hand, laser paper is designed to attract dry powder. Therefore, an inkjet paper must be used in an inkjet printer, while a laser paper must be used in a laser printer.

Source: Paperbecause.com | Indeed, “Memories are more fond on paper.”

Being able to choose the right printing paper for your project maximizes your resources and guarantees best output quality. As long as you know the paper basics and which paper to choose for daily use and for special occasions, rest assured that you will find making your project all the more enjoyable!

Celebrate World Art Day with These Free Art Printables

Art is very important, it’s all around us. It’s impossible to live in this world without seeing an artist’s creation, or some aspect of art. It allows everybody to express themselves, art doesn’t stereotype or discriminate or hate, and without it, the world would be just plain and dull.

There are many special days that we celebrate every year.  We have Peace day, Women’s Day, Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day, Worker’s day and so on. However, we don’t have that “one” special art day that would unite the world. Fortunately, art authorities organized and voted April 15 as the “World Art Day”. Interestingly enough it is also the birthday of the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci.

This coming World Art Day, show your appreciation to art through these free printables that would surely make the event more meaningful, and serve as a tribute to the world’s best artists.

Art activities help our children’s social and emotional development. Children learn about themselves and others through various art activities. It is their opportunity to show their uniqueness through art and allow them to express happiness, pride, and joy. These printables can help your children develop an appreciation for art and enhance their creativity.

Free Colouring Printables

You’ll surely enjoy colouring with your kids using these Heart Colouring Printables from Arty Crafty Kids

With this fun coloring printable material from Arty Craty Kids, parents and children can color together for a good bonding activity.  This activity can help enhance your child’s cognitive development, and boost their self-esteem.

Free Printable Tangrams and Challenge Cards

Give your children a fun brain challenge with these Free Printable Tangrams by One Mama’s Daily Drama

Art is a good way to keep your children busy and productive.  They can boost your children’s creativity and ingenuity – like these Free Printable Tangrams from One Mama’s Daily Drama.

Tangrams is a 7-piece dissection puzzle that originated from China during the Song Dynasty.  The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all 7 pieces without overlapping.  While most tangrams are made of wood or metal, these tangrams can be printed on cardstock and they come with challenge cards so you can turn it into a fun art activity with your kids.

Free Origami Printables

Make story telling more fun with this Free Printable Teddy Bear Cootie Cather by Easy Peasy and Fun

You can add a little art to your story telling through this free origami printable by Easy Peasy and Fun.  This is especially useful if your children love creating stories during play.  You just need to print it out and fold it and voila – instant Teddy Bear!

Make Art into a Family Activity

Your children’s creativity and love for art starts at home.  You don’t even need to be an art connoisseur or expert to nurture their inner artist.  You can start by providing them with the right materials for their arts and crafts or helping them when they need “adult supervision” on some projects.  What’s most important is that they can feel that you are engaged and supportive with their art projects.

Fun Print Activities and Free Easter Printables Inspired by Easter Traditions Around the World

Easter is always a festive occasion for everyone.  When we think of Easter some of the first things that come to mind are: Easter egg hunts, lots and lots of sweets, and the Easter Bunny.  It symbolizes long weekends and celebrations with friends and family.

Easter is also a very important Christian holiday because it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Although many believe that the Christians and Hebrews started the holiday, there are many things about Easter that are pagan in origin.  In fact, there are many different Easter traditions from all around the world.

We’ve put together some fun print activities and free Easter printables inspired by Easter traditions all over the world to help you plan your Easter celebration.  If you have kids at home, this would be a good opportunity to give them a quick lesson about the history of Easter!

Pin the Tail on the Bunny Printable

Many thanks to Amber of From ABCs to ACTs for this Pin the Tail on the Bunny Printable

Let’s give the donkey a little Easter holiday break by adding a fun twist to this popular children’s parlor game!

Easter wouldn’t be the same without the Easter Bunny (otherwise known as the “Easter hare” in Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).  Although there is no concrete explanation as to where and how the Easter Bunny was conceptualized and turned into a tradition, the thought of having a cute, fluffy bunny delivering Easter eggs filled with sweets and chocolate is too appealing that you wouldn’t really care about why it’s part of Easter, right?

Amber of FromABCstoACTs.com shares these wonderful free easter printables for Pin the Tail on the Bunny that will definitely keep your children entertained while you are preparing their Easter egg hunt.  It’s reusable and it offers a great color-matching activity for younger children.

Free Easter Bilby Printables

Our WorldWide ClassRoom was thoughtful enough to put together these Easter Bilby Printables

Not everyone is too keen about the Easter Bunny – particularly our friends in Australia.  No offense to the Easter Bunny, but his fellow rabbits are considered a pest in Australia due to the damage that they tend to cause the environment.

And thus – the Easter Bilby was born!  The bilby, also known as the rabbit bandicoot, is an endangered animal which also has soft, long ears.  Like the Easter Bunny, the Easter Bilby also gives out chocolates and sweets to children, so we can consider them to be on the same team.

This Easter Bilby Printable Pack by Our Worldwide Classroom will give you a great opportunity to introduce a new animal to your children and feed their interest in animals.

Free Printable Kisses Labels

Your Easter treats will be much sweeter with these free personalized kisses labels by Anders Ruff Printables Shop

Easter wouldn’t be the same without Easter sweets!  Easter is one of the favorite holidays of candy manufacturers, particularly in America where it is the second best-selling candy holiday after Halloween.

We can trace back the origins of Easter chocolate eggs as early as the 19th century.  Jelly beans are also another type of candy that is associated with Easter because they are shaped like an egg, which is associated with new life.  The National Confectioners Association reports that over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the USA each year in preparation for the Easter holiday.

Surprise your children and guests with an assortment of sweets packed in a nice Easter egg container.  You can personalize these sweets even further by printing out labels for individual candies such as this Free Printable Kisses Label from Anders Ruff Printables shop.

Printable Easter Silhouette Craft

This Printer Easter Silhouette Craft by Easy Peasy and Fun! offers the perfect bonding opportunity for you and your kids

Easter is a celebration of life.  And what better way to celebrate life than with the ones you love the most?

Make Easter a meaningful holiday for you and your family by finding fun activities for you to bond with.  You can engage your children in your Easter celebration planning by working together on this Printable Easter Silhouette Craft.

You can use these as decorations for your Easter celebration or give them as gifts to family and friends.

Don’t forget what the season is all about

It’s easy to get caught up with all the Easter celebrations, Easter activities and giveaways that we often tend to forget what the season is truly about.  Easter symbolizes new beginnings.  It’s about life and new experiences.

We hope that regardless of which activities you choose to do this Easter season, you will take some time to pause and reflect on how you can make the most out of your life and create new, meaningful experiences for yourself and the ones you love.