Post # 1
anyone use paper from paper-source to print their invitations? i was browsing their website and am interested in their paper-luxe white 300gsm. i’m not well versed in paper, but that’s the heaviest paper i found there (the next one down is 80#). at least, i think that’s heavier than 80#? anyway, i need to get my invitations printed (non-letterpress) and was wondering if it’s okay to use that paper or if that’s too thick? thanks!
Post # 3
I have no idea. I am also curious to what others have found to work the best. I think 80# is what is generally recommended. I suggest purchasing a sheet of each and running it through your printer to see what it can handle. I think you can purchase paper by the sheet at an office supply store, if you go to the counter where they do all the cutting, printing, etc.
Post # 4
I know 300 is def too thick for the average printer. That’s really heavy card.
80, though, would only be suitable for the text insert, it’s like regular copy paper, as far as I know.
Lucky you. Paper Source charge $80 to ship anything across the pond.
Post # 5
We used paper source paper and we loved them! Used luxe fino white which I think is 78lb. We mounted them to the diagonal fold enclosure. We did not do letter press. My husband’s cousin works for a printer and they did them for us for cheap! It totally worked perfectly.
Post # 6
Oh just thought of something. some measurements are in pounds, some in grams per square foot/ yard/ meter whatever. Def best to buy a few to see!
Post # 7
I just read that 308 gsm COVER is equal to 114lb. The gsm to lb conversion changes based on the type of paper (cover, text, etc)
In which case, I think it would be lovely paper, but for sure test it out before buying a huge quantity. I used 130lb paper and wanted to die. Because the paper was so thick, my printer would grab it at a very slight angle so everything was a little bit off. Also, paper this thick is very hard to cut. I used the cutter at Kinkos and still had a hard time. My Fiskars left jagged edges and turned some pieces into curling ribbon. If I had to do it all over again, I would use 80-110lb paper.
Post # 8
thanks everyone! i am probably going to bring them to my local printer, but they’re all closed right now. i’m trying to price out my invitations now though:) i was going to get them online as i’ve read some other bees have done, but it’s kind of late in the game for me to order samples and stuff, so yes, i’m very thankful that i could walk into a paper-source:) 80.00 shipping is insane! good to know about the gsm vs lb. too. thank you!
Post # 9
that will make a nice weight for invitations, and you’ll need to have your printer approve the paper first. Do you have time to order some as a sample, then reorder if your printer approves? if you’re printing at home, most newer ink jet printers will print well with this stock, but you need to make sure your printer settings are correct. Hope this helps!
Post # 10
no, i won’t be printing at home. too stressful for me:) i have printing nightmares from other projects i’ve had to tackle:) i have a paper-source near me, so i’ll see if i can get some samples and bring them to the printer. thanks!!
Post # 11
Paper Source splits it’s paper weights into “text” (lighter weight) and “cover” (heavier cardstock). I printed on both with my home printer for my invites, and it turned out perfectly. A “real” printer should have no problem!