Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com; by Rachel Myerson

I usually try new brands one page at a time, but when I noticed the Webster's Pages Nature's Storybook collection I decided to try the entire collection. I live in a family of boys and men who are interested in masculine things, so I am not usually able to use "pretty" papers, but the colors in this collection looked just masculine enough that I thought I might be able to use them.

The collection came sealed, so when I opened it I got to experience that wonderful new paper smell. There were 12 beautiful double-sided patterned papers, two each of six designs. The papers are a good, heavy quality with a beautiful print on the front and a more basic pattern on the back. There is also a sheet of vellum and a bonus sheet of patterned paper, which is the reverse of the kit cover. There were also two sheets of cardstock stickers; one has a variety of shapes including borders, journaling blocks, and birds. The other sticker sheet has alphabet stickers in a script-type font in four colors; one color (the blue) is larger than the others. The stickers are repositionable at first, but become permanent after a little while, a feature I love as it allows me enough time to get my title straight.

Sometimes I find that papers with words already on them are difficult to use because the words are just not right for me. No problem here, because I found that the Nature's Storybook papers say just the right thing. That is particularly true of the paper I used in this layout describing my son as we approach his sixth birthday.

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I thought the word "Grow" as well as the tape measures and clock were perfect for this topic. The clock is particularly perfect since the journaling talks about how he is learning to tell time. I loved the opportunity to work with such beautiful paper and still make a layout that was masculine enough for my son.

The colors of these papers are perfect for fall too. I used both sides of identical papers for this layout.

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The rounded edge strip is cut from the back. When I was shopping, I used the new color matching tool at Scrapbook.com to order a few sheets of cardstock that would match my new papers. One that I chose is the tan Bazzill cardstock which I used in this layout.  I will definitely continue to use this tool to choose cardstock colors to match my patterned papers. Since I had already cut the second sheet of this patterned paper, I used the leftover pieces to make a quick card.

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Although I have been using these papers for masculine topics, I think the flowery images are perfect for females as well. As you can tell, I am thrilled with this paper collection. I made the three projects shown here within days of receiving the papers and I'm sure there will be more to come. Webster's Pages also makes a few other collections which I'm sure are equally high quality and lovely. If you would like to try some beautiful papers for your future projects, I strongly recommend that you consider Webster's Pages.

 

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