This trend has been around for awhile, but it seems to be ever increasing in popularity: using regular, run-of-the-mill office supplies in scrapbooking layouts and related paper crafting projects. Examples of this are plain ruled paper, masking tape (as discussed in this previous blog post), paper clips, date stamps, manilla folders, index cards, staples, folder tabs, clipboards, rolodex cards, envelopes, tags, etc.
It has been such a popular theme that you’ll now see paper, stamp and embellishment manufacturers creating these products specially suited for scrapbookers. Check out Catslife Press , Paper Source, and Stampin’ Up for rubber stamps. For embellishments, Foofala has some fun products. Not only are product designers coming up with scrapbooking-related office supply embellishments, but so are digital designers. Some digital sources are: Digital Design Essentials, Heather Ann Designs, and Rhonna Farrer from Two Peas in a Bucket.
This layout, to the right, is by Celine Navarro. She uses ledger paper a lot in her work. Celine tells us that this particular paper is from Making Memories. You can see some recent work of Celine’s in an article she did for Somerset Studio in the July/August 2006 issue.
Another layout, shown at left, is by Emily Falconbridge. Notice the folder tab she uses here.