Memories Forever specialty 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper packs come in three collections of colored vellum, corrugated, pearlescent and metallic. The $5 vellum packs have 10 sheets of four colors and the other packs have six sheets of six colors for $2.50. www.westrimcrafts.com
NagPosh embossed velvet papers are 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheets with perforated frames, photo corners and embellishments. Insert your photos into the openings and use the punched-out shapes with another background paper for a coordinating page. The $2 papers come in nine colors, and NagPosh also makes plain solid and patterned velvet papers. www.nagposh.com
Karen Foster Design has created a line of watercolor-look plaids in beautiful color combinations, some subtle and some bright, for scrapbook pages ranging from traditional to whimsical. Available in 8 1/2 x 11-inch and 12 x 12-inch sizes. The papers retail for 35 cents per smaller sheet and 50 cents for each large sheet. www.karenfosterdesign.com
Paper Adventures Woodstock 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheets are actual wood veneer that’s easy to cut and photo-safe for scrapbooking. Available in four shades from walnut to aspen, they’re great for paper piecing or country-themed pages. Glittery Diamond Dust papers add extra sparkle in 26 colors and 24 patterns. The fuzzy, napped surface of Flannel Sheets 9 x 12-inch papers, available in 12 colors, is good for making baby blankets and cuddly teddy bears. Prices range from 79 cents for the flannel sheets to $2.75 for the Woodstock line. www.paperadventures.com
As you toil at your genealogical research, you may vow that your descendants won’t have to look so hard to find details on your life. Be proactive. By registering your life’s milestones on a timeline at Memory Mountain www.memorymountain.com, you’ll establish your family’s place in history. For example, list your July 20, 1969, marriage date right where it belongs under “Man first walks on the moon.” You can also create an electronic scrapbook to store photos, journal entries and video. A password lets you share your timeline and album with family members. Founder Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and writer, has constructed the site for maximum longevity, so your 4th great-grandchildren can whip out their pocket computers and look at your baby pictures.