I have a love of using script papers and vintage book pages on my layouts. Sometimes these things are hard to find so I thought why not create one for myself? I thought I would show you how I created and used my homemade script paper.

I opened up my Photoshop program; a word processing program will work for this too, and typed in a bunch of text in a simple font that I liked. To make things fast, find some text that you like and paste into your document. You can fix it to fit your page as desired. Poems works great too! My photo-editing program allowed me to “distress” my paper before printed but this step can be done to your regular word-processed document after printing too. I added some fun digital elements like age spots and water splatters to make my paper look aged and yellowed.

Here is what my paper looked like after printing it on normal copy paper:

I wanted to distress my paper even more so I first crumpled it up in a ball.


Then I used my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator and rubbed some of my fun Distress Inks across the crumbled surface of the paper.


I carefully flattened the paper out. An iron works well for this task but I skipped it this time.

Now it’s ready to use!

I had also printed a smaller version of my newsprint papers and so I decided to make some cute little circles to add to my page as well. I die-cut some simple circles from the paper using my Spellbinder’s Nestabilities and then I applied some fun rub-ons to match the papers for my finished layout.

Here’s my finished page using my homemade newsprint paper:


double 3’s by Allison Cope

Why not try making your own newsprint paper at home? It’s fun!