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What is digital paper?

What is digital paper or digital scrapbooking paper?

Digital paper is an electronic artwork file, often in jpeg or png format, featuring a pattern like those found on traditional printed scrapbook paper. The "paper" is typically offered as 12" x 12" or 8.5" x 11" images. After downloading, the paper can be used to create digital scrapbook pages or printed to create crafts,  invites, decorations or anything else that typically uses traditional paper. Especially Paper offers a line of digital paper packs featuring a range of patterns and color schemes.  


What's the best way to try digital paper?

Check out the Especially Paper free printables page to select a free digital paper pack! Complete the checkout procress and you'll get access to a downloads page and receive an email with the link to download a zip file containing ten png files. Once the zip file is downloaded, open it to unzip and access the png files inside. When you open the zip file, most computers will recognize the file type and automatically select the right program to unzip it.  Once you have the image files, how to open and print them depends on your goal and the programs you have on your computer. You can open the image directly or both png and jpeg files can be inserted into a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint document.  


How do I print my digital paper?

You can print your digital paper on a home printer or take the files to a local copy shop to have them printed. A bright white paper or card stock will give you the best color contrast and crispness. Print as many as you need for your personal use, but it's not okay to share the files or print copies to share. Even 12" x 12" papers can be printed at home on 8.5" x 11" paper — either shrink the image to fit the page or print at full size and you get just a portion of the original, larger image.  


What can I do with digital paper?

Use digital paper to create digital scrapbook pages (which can then be printed or used digitally). Or, print your paper to use just as you would traditional scrapbook paper. Digital paper is a great way to create party decorations that coordinate with a related Especially Paper bunting banner. Here are just a few party or shower decorations you could make with printed digital paper: napkin rings, placemats, water bottle labels, straw flags, cupcake toppers, tray liners, vase wraps, favor tags.  


What does all that DPI stuff mean?

Especially Paper offers 300 DPI images, as do most other high-end digital paper shops. This means you’ll get quality files that can be printed at the stated size without the pixelation that typically comes from printing web files. DPI stands for dots per inch, dots being points of ink on a printed page. These days it more often refers to pixels per inch rather than actual dots of ink. Files designed for printing need to be a higher quality than those used on the web, which is why printing images designed for web pages often results in pixelated or jagged prints. Learn more: Interested in diving into digital scrapbooking? Check out this article from Scrapbooks Etc.