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The Best Paper for Printables you should be using NOW!

There are lots of places to get great printables. You can find free printable cards, printable calendars and more! : Here at YayDay Paper Co, we offer monthly bundles of printable stationery, craft projects, printable planner stickers and more. But if you’re going to use those printables, you should use the right paper. In this post, we’ll be teaching you all about the best paper for printables so that your projects look fantastic everytime.

TOP FIVE BEST PAPERS FOR PRINTABLES

NAMETYPEFINISHCOST (for Letter Size) SIZES AVAILABLEUSES
Hammermill 32lb, 100 brightnessNon-Photo PaperMatte$0.03/sheetLetter, 13×19, 12×18Everyday printables, to-do lists, printable calendars, printable planner inserts
Koala 29lb Photo Paper (Single Sided)Matte$0.11/sheetLetterParty printables, planner inserts, treat bag toppers, wall art
Red River 26lb ColorJet Photo PaperMatte$0.07/sheetLetter, 11×17, 13×19Party printables, planner inserts, treat bag toppers, wall art
Koala 32lbPhoto PaperGlossy$0.13/sheetLetter, 11×17Chip bags, DIY printable wrapping paper, brochures, flyers
Koala 66lb CardstockPhoto Paper Matte$0.19/sheetLetter, 13×193D craft projects, ephemera, card making, greeting cards, signs, decor
CanonPhoto PaperMatte$0.34/sheetLetter, 12×12, 7×103D craft projects, ephemera, card making, greeting cards, signs, decor
If you want a thinner weight paper that still gives high-quality colorful prints, we recommend the Koala 29lb Inkjet Matte Photo Paper. The only downside is that it has a watermark on the back. For a double-sided version of this paper, use the Red River 26lb ColorJet Paper
For the best glossy paper for printables, use the Koala 36lb Inkjet Glossy Photo Paper. We love making chip bags with this paper!
For your crafting projects that need a bit more durability, use the Koala 66lb Double Sided Matte Photo Paper. Many YayDay Paper Co. collections include a 3D project like those adorable heart shaped boxes! Subscribe to YayDay Paper Co. and never miss a printable!
Canon provides some of the best paper for printables. Their paper is available in several sizes and is perfect for projects like greeting cards, scrapbook paper and dimensional crafts.

WHY SHOULD I USE PHOTO PAPER?

If you’ve been printing with regular copy paper all this time, get ready to have your mind blown! There is a big difference between regular paper and copy paper. Spoiler alert: photo paper is the best paper for printables!

Photo paper has a special coating on it that allows for more even distribution of inkjet printer ink. This results in more vibrant colors and better overall quality of your prints!

We compared a few of our favorite YayDay Paper Co. printables on the Hammermill 32lb. paper and on Koala 29lb Photo Matte Paper. Here’s the results:

We printed our “Like a Snack” note sheets on Koala 29lb Photo Matte Paper and Hammermill 32lb paper. The photo paper resulted in much brighter colors! For this kind of project, you may be fine with a less bright print, though, since it’s just a note sheet..
Check out the difference here! The green and yellow colors on our Citrus Planner sheets is much brighter when printing on Koala 29lb photo paper.
When it comes to printing out our colorful “Sun’s Out” patterned papers, we highly recommend using photo paper! In this photo, we printed onto Canon Photo Matte Paper and the difference is incredible.

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