Let’s Talk Photo Paper

Let’s talk about the two types of photo paper I’ve been using within my oldest son’s school album. 

At first I was using the Pen + Gear because it was affordable and I thought it would be similar to HP Everyday Photo Paper. Boy, was I wrong!! Pen + Gear photo paper is just plain awful. I truly can’t say anything good about it and I was hoping I wouldn’t have the issues I’ve had with this paper. If you see in the video and pictures below, if I rub on the photo, the ink will come off. It was really bad if it was a picture with dark areas such as, if someone was wearing a black shirt, the color of it will rub off. Then after I added the photo into my photo protectors, the ink would also come off and leave a film on the plastic. I was not happy at all and since I brought a pack of it, I wanted to use what I had.

Needless to say, I got very aggravated with Pen + Gear photo paper and brought the HP everyday photo paper. This HP photo paper is what I’ve always used but it is costly. Plus every time I would go to my local Walmart, they would always be out of the 4 by 6 inch photo paper. I do check every time I go and this last time, I was luckily enough to find one pack of 4 by 6 inch HP Everyday Photo Paper. If I can’t find the 4 by 6 when I run out, I will either by the 8.5 by 11 inch HP photo paper or order from Amazon. 

I much prefer the HP Everyday Photo paper when printing pictures at home. The images are very crisp and clear. Plus, the ink DOES NOT rub off. For now on, I will use HP photo paper and not purchase an alternative photo paper. Yes it’s good to save money when you can but when it comes to scrapbooking memories and printing out your own pictures, you want to use a good quality photo paper.

The whole point of this blog post is to make you all aware on what type of photo paper you purchase to print your own pictures at home. Sometimes I do get my pictures printed through a print company but more often I do print out my own pictures when scrapbooking. It’s just easier for me to do it this way so I can sit and plan out what pictures I want to use and which ones I want to make into collages.