Are you looking for cute, FREE digital paper to use with your scrapbook, digital scrapbook, planner or crafting? Look no further because we have GORGEOUS FREE digital papers you’ll want to download immediately for use! We’re starting out with a great selection of FREE digital papers but we’ll be adding to this over the next few months!
What IS digital paper?
Digital paper is created in a graphic design program using bright background colors and repeating pattern graphics. The paper is sized in either 12 x 12 in (for traditional scrapbooking) or 8.5 x 11 in to be printed at home for physical projects. This digital paper can then be used in a variety of digital or physical crafting projects.
What can I use digital paper for?
Digital paper can be used to beautify many digital and paper projects such as:
-Memory keeping scrapbook
-Digital or paper greeting cards
-Gift tags (This tool makes gift tag making EASY)
-Gift boxes (Check out this box making punch board)
-Gift wrapping paper
-Background wallpaper for your phone/tablet/computer
-Decorative accents or components for a digital planner and/or paper planner decorating
How can I use digital paper in my planner?
Most of our readers will be interested in how they can use FREE digital paper for their planners and we have some ideas for you! Keep in mind our paper is sized at 8.5 x 11 US letter so that you can print at home with no special resizing procedure. Here is just a short list of ideas you can try…
- Print our digital paper out on heavy glossy cardstock and make a planner cover. Add interest by using contrasting papers for the inside of the cover. We have a full tutorial available on How To Make Planner Covers or you can watch a short video overview below:
- Print our digital paper out on glossy sticker paper and use a box punch to create decorative “box” planner stickers.
- Print our digital paper out on glossy sticker paper and use a straight line cutting board to create custom sized washi tape or decorative margin, header or footer stickers for your planner pages.
- Print out our digital paper on heavy cardstock (120 lb) and use a tab punch to create tabbed planner dividers, pocket dividers and “today” planner page markers.
What type of paper should be used to print digital paper?
This highly depends on the end use for the digital paper but you will want to use paper that is heavier than standard printer paper. I highly recommend using medium to heavy cardstock (110 lb cardstock to start) for most crafting applications (sticker paper if you’re using this digital paper in your planner). The reason being is that digital paper puts down a fair amount of ink (especially when the background color isn’t white). This amount of ink can cause plain paper to curl and warp which isn’t visually desirable for many applications.
Do I need a special printer or print settings to print this free digital paper?
No, you don’t need a special printer but you should adjust your print settings to “high quality” so that the paper moves slowly through the printer. This will eliminate lines and gaps during printing and give you a high quality printout. If you are using glossy cardstock or sticker paper then you’ll want to also select something like “glossy photo paper” for the paper type in addition to selecting “high quality”.
If you don’t have a printer at home you can send your files to places like Kinko’s or Office Depot for color printing.
We’ll be adding tons of free printable digital papers to this post over the coming months but since we’re starting heading into the good weather months I thought we’d share some summer themed digital papers that you can use for scrapbooking, memory keeping, cards, gift tags, crafts or decorating your planner!
Free Digital Paper – Vintage
I’ve always said…if life gives you lemons…make some lemon themed digital paper! I mean…doesn’t everyone say that? This bright & elegant collection of 5 FREE printable vintage digital papers is beautifully pre-coordinated to perfectly mix and match.
These digital papers feature the bright colors of summer (cornflower yellow, leaf green & creamsicle orange) along with dreamy summer themes like sun drenched lemons & vintage florals. Let’s take a closer look!
These papers are often termed chinoiserie which is a fancy term for western patterns or motifs that emulate the style of art of the far east. These vintage digital papers are perfect for bringing a classic look to any paper crafting, fussy cutting, scrapbooking, card making or DIY planner project.
I always get questions about how I am able to print edge to edge with my digital scrapbook papers so no cardstock is wasted. I use a Canon Pixma similar to this model which has edge to edge printing. It’s really is the ultimate crafters printer with this dandy little feature.
If you do a lot of at home printing and want to save beaucoup bucks on printer ink for just about any printer out there I suggest you head to Amazon and look for non-manufacturer ink. I use a company called EZ Ink on Amazon. As an example, can get 3 COMPLETE printer refills for 1/3 the price of 1 complete refill of Cannon’s brand ink. AND there is NO difference in quality. Look up your cartridges on Amazon by number/brand and you’ll probably find someone who is making it for much cheaper.
I decided to make some summer themed planner dividers with these gorgeous printable scrapbook papers. Summers are the slowest part of the year for me so I take that time to do some brainstorming for new creations for the website. I wanted to create a special section in my planner to capture these summer brainstorms.
The company that makes these products (We R Memory Keepers) has a quick video that shows you how the tab punch board works & all the things you can make. Their video is better than any I could ever make so I’ll just drop it right here. It’s a quick 59 second watch. If you’re addicted to your planner this is a fun & handy tool to have around.
The result is some pretty professional looking planner tab dividers! I mean…check these out!
There are two pro-tips from my experience making these DIY planner tab dividers that I want to quickly share…
First, I would definitely recommend that you print your pattern on both sides of your cardstock so you don’t have to see plain white on the back of your dividers when you flip the divider over. The same pattern looks nice but if you want to change it up you could pick a contrasting pattern. In some cases the pattern direction is important (some have a “right side up” so pay attention before you start cutting).
Second, I also think I’m going to laminate these so they’ll last longer. I have an inexpensive Amazon Basics Laminator that I use with professional grade .5 mil laminating pouches. It makes all of my planner paper crafting projects last for the long haul.
While I used these printable scrapbook papers for planner tab dividers there are lots of paper crafting projects that you can use them for (see our lengthy list at the top of this post). Next, I want to make some blank note cards since I really like to send little notes (via snail mail) to friends and family. Download them now so you have them when you need them!
We provide all of our 5 free printable digital papers pre-sized in US letter 8.5 x 11 inch PDFs. This makes them easy to print at home on cardstock. They are for personal use only.
This is a FREE download from our digital printables shop that you can find at the link below. Use the coupon code VINTAGEPAPERS at checkout to get them for FREE! If you want to grab a larger selection of 13 coordinating papers (which remove watermarks & include JPEG files for digital projects), you can grab those HERE or click on the image below.
Free Digital Paper for Christmas
All of these digital Christmas papers are color coordinated so you can use them together interchangeably. We’ve put together 15 different options that you can play with at home.
These digital papers have plenty of traditional colors and graphics with red, green & baby blue…but we’re also sharing some unconventional pastel florals & abstract/stylized faux bois within our free digital papers.
You’ll find plenty of Christmas themed objects like mistletoe, poinsettias, Christmas decorations and all the coordinating buffalo plaids to go with them! Here’ a preview of just a few…
I don’t know about you but I love unconventional Christmas colors like PINK! I know our readers gravitate towards this color so I hope you will enjoy them too! I used some of these papers to make a pink planner cover.
Which started out as this…
And became this…
Watch the step by step video here:
Supply List (from video):
- Corner Rounder
- Straight Line Cutter
- Glossy Heavy Card Stock
- .5 MIL Heavy Duty Laminating Pouches
- Tape Measure
- Elmer’s Glue Stick
- Existing Planner Cover
- FREE Digital Papers (link below)
We provide all of our free printable digital papers in US letter 8.5 x 11 inch PDFs. They are for personal use only. You can download them from our printables library at the link below:
Free Digital Paper for Valentines Day
If you’re looking for FREE digital paper for Valentines day we have you covered! You can instantly download our Valentines day Digital paper pack and create lots of cut things like the planner cover we made below with contrasting inside covers.
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