My Favorite Photo Paper

I do all my photo printing at home and hinted earlier that my favorite paper is a store generic.  Yes, it’s the truth!  You can catch up on why I print at home in this post.

I only buy 8.5×11″ photo paper.  I can never get 4×6″ sheets of paper to work for me.  Plus, I rarely print just 4×6″ photos, but when I do I can lay them out on an 8.5×11″ sheet and cut them out.  Printing on larger sheets lets me do cool things like photo blocks like I did in this layout or tiny photos as in this layout.

What if I need to print a picture now but can’t fill up an entire 8.5×11″ sheet?  I save the rest of the sheet for later so there’s no waste.

Staples Photo Supreme Satin Paper

Satin.  Not gloss, not matte.  As far as I know, Staples is the only manufacturer that offers satin paper.  I don’t like the glare of glossy paper and it’s too easy to fingerprint.  Matte photo paper pretty much looks like a sheet of cardstock.

What’s so great about it?

  • No fingerprints:  this is great when I’m cutting out the pictures and handling them while scrapbooking.  I don’t have to be that careful with them.
  • Dries fast:  I can start using these photos 20 minutes after I print them (and that’s with me waiting to be on the safe side).
  • Heft:  the paper has a nice heavy feel to it and the pictures don’t look like they were cheaply produced.
  • Satin sheen: the photos have a matte finish with a nice sheen to them.  It’s kind of like glossy taken down a notch.

I can’t find this in my local Staples and have to order it online.  I really hope they don’t discontinue it because it’s a fantastic product!

Note:  I was not paid by Staples to endorse this item just as I am not paid to endorse anything.  I only feature items that I love and actually use.


5 thoughts on “My Favorite Photo Paper

  1. Hmmm… I’ve always wondered if the generics are OK. I have an HP printer and the only time I tried a generic the results were awful. So I immediately went back to HP paper. BUT – I do not like glossy and that seems like the only thing anyone around here carries. I’ve had to order photo paper online to get the semi-gloss which is not quite matte but not at all glossy. I’m intrigued by the satin finish so I think you’ve talked me into it! The next time I need photo paper that is. 🙂

    • Ditto ditto ditto. That’s pretty much everything that happened to me when I picked paper. I’ve tried other generics, including other Staples generics and they were awful. I used to buy Kodak Matte but then they switched their matte to essentially be cardstock. I knew I didn’t want gloss and really had to think about my choice. I decided to go with the Staples Satin and have never looked back! They sold it in the store that first time I bought it and I think I was able to take a sheet out of the package and feel it.

  2. Staples Photo Supreme Matte has been my go-to for years for everything; mostly card making. I purchased Epson brand on a BOGO deal, and am in process of returning as it is not nearly the quality of the Staples brand.
    I would like to try the Staples Supreme SATIN for those projects that would do well with a slight gloss. But one reviewer posted that the back side of the paper does not take a ballpoint pen well (for cards). Do you have experience with this? Also is it printable on both sides?

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