It’s funny how you kind of ignore some products until a specific need arises. Such was the case with Post-it Brand Craft Paper. Sure, I’ve seen it in the stores, but it wasn’t until my son needed to do a project with a poster board that I thought, “This is just what I need!”
As my son is telling me that he wants to make his Invention Poster all by himself-and to use my Cricut- I realized that a sticker paper would make life easier all the way around. And there, right by the tri-fold poster displays was the Post-it Craft Paper! (A sign from the crafting gods if ever there was one!) He picked out a few packs and we headed home.
Here’s how the product is described on the website:
- Medium weight specialty craft paper – just cut, peel and stick!
- Full adhesive back
- Strong and lasting hold with Post-itÂ® super sticky adhesive technology
- Acid Free, Lignin Free
- White Core
- 12″ x 8 1/2″
- Available at Joann’s in-store or online at joann.com and at www.shop3M.com.
The packages we found had 6 sheets and came in white, black, and these duo-tone sets. I’ve also seen them in color-family packs, where you still get 6 sheets, but one of each. The site says there are 20 colors to choose from. I also want to point out that the sheets are 8 1/2 inches by 12 inches- so if you want to use them as borders on 12X12 layouts, you’re in luck!
Usually, I would start with using punches for this kind of product, but since the poster is due this weekend we jumped right into using the Cricut. (Also note that right on the front of the packaging is the Cricut logo and the words “Endorsed by Cricut.” ) I had my 10-year-old son load the paper up on the mat, select his letters, and cut. (By the way, the speed=3 and the pressure=3.) Here’s what he got:
Nice, perfect cuts. I was a little worried that maybe the backing on the adhesive might slip around on the mat, but it grabbed well, cut clean through, and lifted easily off of the mat. I decided to try a more intricate cut next:
Also great results! It was easy to separate the adhesive liner from the paper, too. By the way, the paper is described as “medium weight.” And it is, too. Thicker than copy paper, thinnner than cardstock. Just right, as Goldilocks would say. I wish more paper came in this thickness! It’s so nice for layering, too, as you’ll see later in the review.
Of course then the next thing I decided to try was using some punches. As you can see, the paper shapes came out cleanly, even the very-intricate Martha Stewart punch. And how great is it that all I have to do is remove the backing and now this intricate shape is a sticker? No more glue-y mess, hurrah!!!
I also decided to check and see how it embosses- I was surprised at the depth of the deboss. I did see a little bit of cracking. Here’s how it looks both plain and with some chalks.
Which, of course, brings the next point- that it behaves just like any other paper. It took chalk and spray inks well. The Post-it paper did curl when I sprayed it with ink, but it straightened back out after it dried about half-way and then I weighted it a bit.
The other benefit I saw on the package was that it’s repositionable. I tried this out by layering the Cricut-cut image onto the spray-inked piece, then layered that on another piece of solid Post-it paper. It was a skinch off…
So I lifted it, and repositioned. See? No residue. When I smoothed it back down, it stayed put. As I mentioned, it was beautiful for layering- since the paper is a nice medium weight, my card is 4 layers but not overly heavy. Know what I mean?
Now the big question is, how will the adhesive hold up? Since it’s repositionable, I wonder if it would be scrapbook worthy. (It is acid- & lignin-free, so it will last over time.) However, I will say it gets my absolute endorsement for cards and school projects- its SO nice to be able to cut shapes and just have the kiddos peel off the backing and stick it where they want… and then be able to move it if they make a mistake. Love it, love it, love it.
And for about $6 a pack ($1 USD per sheet) I don’t feel that it’s over-priced for the sheer convenience of it. What do you think? I’d love to have some feedback. (Oh, and I will update this post once my dear son has his poster project finished!) Have a crafty day, y’all!
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