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Vendor Spotlight: Marks Paper Company

This week’s vendor spotlight is sure to appeal to cardmakers and scrapbookers alike! Marks Paper Company is new to the scene, but definitely has their finger the papercrafting pulse. In addition to awesome traditional scrapbooking kits, they also have matching digital kits!

Here’s a link to the About page on their site, so you can read a little more about Stacy & Dan Marks. We have scheduled six articles over the next three days, so you’ll be able to see just how versatile these kits are. First up, the always inspiring Julia!

Reported by Julia Stainton

When I first heard of Marks Paper Company on the net, I knew it was a paper line I was going to have to try. Paper that looked like fabric, gorgeous colors and prints…I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I love paper and I was so excited to have the opportunity to review Marks Paper Company new English Garden Collection for Craft Critique.

Marks Paper Company is a new scrapbooking product company in the crafting market. English Garden is their third paper collection and has just been released. This paper line, as well as all Marks Paper Company lines have a beautiful vintage look with its own fresh twist. I love how on trend this paper is. The unique feature of Marks Paper Company offerings is the fabric-look that is part of each of their papers.

Upon receiving my new goodies, I was so excited to get started with them, I actually forgot to take a photo of all the papers spread out. I’m sure you can get a good representation of the line through the various projects I’ve created. I loved each and every paper in the line. The English Garden line consists of 5 different double sided papers featuring the palette of soft blue, dark olive and eggplant. The textured print on the papers looks quite convincing, especially on-line. I actually expected the paper to have a textured feel to it but the paper is smooth. My teenaged daughter was actually thought that it was fabric on the altered project piece and wondered how I did that. I think the fabric look is a fabulous one and works so well with stitching and distressed techniques. One thing I did notice when working with these papers was how the A & B sides of the papers were laid out. Each paper has a more floral feminine side and the other side is more graphic. If you are more interested in creating feminine rather than masculine projects or vice versa, this works extremely well with little waste. Love this concept. Also part of the English Garden line are a 1″ covered buttons package and a sheet of die cuts. The die cut sheet is new to MPC and I found it really useful and easy to work with. I’d love to see this again in their next release.

When working with patterned paper, there are many different techniques and projects I like to use and create. I found that this beautiful collection worked extremely well for creating cards, altered projects and scrapbooking layouts. I’ve broken down my favorite criteria for great paper below and how the English Garden line worked for me.

Stitching: I love stitching on my projects. This paper works great for stitching on and the fabric look makes this a great choice for embellishing projects

Stamping: I like to stamp on patterned paper or use it in conjunction with stamped elements. While most of the papers in this line were too patterned to stamp on top of…the patterns themselves worked well with other stamped elements. Inking worked very well on these papers without smearing. I especially loved sponged and inked edges.

Sanding: The white inner core in this paper looks great sanded. While the paper is not especially thick, it does sand well and hold up to this technique.

Die-cutting: MCP paper is extremely easy to die-cut and cut easily and cleanly.


One of the really exciting things about Marks Paper Company is the digital option that is available. While I didn’t end up with time to create a project with it…I love the option of creating hybrid or digital designs with this line. Just think…if you run out of paper, you can print some more or simply use it to create digital scrapbooking pages with. It’s sooo pretty! As well as the English Garden Digital Kit (only $4.00 btw!), there is also a add-on digital printables kit. The printables kit is in pdf format and which makes it super easy to use for beginning hybrid crafters. No Photoshopping required.

Pros:

  • great colors and patterns that work well together…I loved every piece in this line and found it extremely easy to create with
  • love the fabric-look to the papers…it really is subtle but fairly convincing
  • double sided paper in a nice 65# weight…sturdy enough to hold up to distressing but not so thick that it is difficult and bulky to work with
  • great paper or digital options for traditional scrapbooking, digital or hybrid papercrafting

Cons:

  • the fabric-look is just a print…I’d have loved to see some texture to the paper
  • as Marks Paper Company is a budding company, the line is small… I’m hoping to see a larger line and more embellishments as the company grows
  • because of the newness of this company…this paper may be difficult to find in local stores… try an on-line option

Where to Find it:

Marks Paper Company – purchase direct from Marks $.90 a sheet

Scrapfreak.com

Where to Find MPC links

Marks Paper Company paper and products are extremely easy to use and at $.90 US for a double-sided sheet, the paper cost is right on market trend. Marks Paper Company papers are a great value and fun to use and the fabric-look theme is an original and unique selling-point. I’d rate them as a 9/10 and would love to use more of Marks Paper Company product in the future.

I used almost every scrap of my papers and die cuts as I just loved this product. I loved the way the line was put together and after initial use, I’m definitely a Marks Paper Company fan. I can’t wait to see what their next line is! I’m following their newsletter and blog to find out.

So, what do you think? Have you tried Marks Paper Company products? Is this a line you want to try? We’d love to hear from you!

Giveaway! Stacy at Marks Paper Company has agreed to send an English Garden collection to one of our readers from the USA. Leave a comment on any of the Vendor Spotlight: Marks Paper Company posts to be entered. Contest ends Friday night at midnight, winner will be announced on Saturday, July 11, 2009.

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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65 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Marks Paper Company

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    StampinCathy July 7, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Love this line of paper. Love the look of fabric, texture and details. The projects are beautiful and so inspiring. Thanks

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    JPScraps July 7, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    Beautiful paper. Love the patterns and texture!

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    Jenn July 7, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    Beautiful projects, you rocked their paper!

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    Deb Neerman July 7, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    This paper is sooooooooooo pretty … and your samples are just gorgeous. Can’t wait to try this paper!!

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    Gina Wrona July 7, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Wow, I love all kinds of designer papers and textures.
    Thanks!

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    Christine July 7, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Wow, I love your projects. That paper is gorgeous!! The color scheme in this Victorian line is so beautiful. I am so excited to see more from this company.
    xoxo, Christine

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    msfreida July 7, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    WOW! This paper is GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to give it a try! These projects are BEAUTIFUL! AWESOME job! 🙂

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    Chikad35 July 7, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    Beautiful paper! I thought what you did with their papers was lovely. I can’t wait to try it!

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    H. July 7, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    interesting, and I love the fabric look!

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    Anna July 7, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    I would love to check this paper out. Looks wonderful.

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    kyliejo432 July 7, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    this looks like a pretty cool line. i like th color combo.

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    Candy July 7, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    I would definitely use this paper — esp. in making books since it has the look of fabric. Sure hope I can find it in stores soon.

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    Lisa R July 7, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Love the texture of the paper! Looks like a great line. Can;t wait to see it in person…will they have a booth at CHA this month?

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    cory July 7, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    I have a long-standing love affair with paper! It is my biggest addiction, as my family can testify to. I am so excited to use what I’ve seen, even more excited to see what else they come up with!! Oh, to be able to create something so yummy! You did a fantastic job with your demo ideas, gives a great cross section of what there is to work with. Thanks for the tantalizer!!!

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    Lori Barnett July 7, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    I seriously LOVE this paper! And because of this post…I now have another paper to try 🙂 Thanks for the review and all the wonderful sample pics!

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    Mrs E July 7, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    I never would have known about his if it wasn’t for Craft Critique. I love the colors, really great stuff!

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    Cassie July 7, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    I also just found Marks Paper Co. I love the paper!! I agree with you that it would be nice to have some texture. They are gorgeous, heavy weight papers though. Everyone should try them!!!

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    MrsETaylor July 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    This line of paper is really scrumptious.

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    Beth W. July 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Love the patterns! Your projects are great! Thanks!

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    java diva July 7, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    I love paper that has a fabric look to it! Those flowers are so pretty. I love the way you used the paper!

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    Rachel July 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Oh wow, gorgeous! They all match/blend so well!

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    Donna July 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Gorgeous paper and fabulous projects. Really cool! I’d love to win this one.

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    Aznewmom July 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    Very pretty papers. I had not heard of this company before. I look forward to seeing more patterns. Hope to check them out soon!

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    Christina July 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    love the colors!

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    mita July 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    Wow, that closeup of the texture was beautiful!

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    Sara-Jane July 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    The colors are just lovely! I’ll start to look for their papers.

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    Tammy July 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    Wow, those papers are absolutely gorgeous, I love those colors and textures. And your projects are absolutely stunning!

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    Jen_in_Kansas July 7, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    This paper is so pretty I may end up hoarding it…you all know how that happens.

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    Sandra July 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    always love options and learning what is new – thank you!
    Sandra

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    sandyh50 July 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    I love your samples and the paper is gorgeous!

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    daizee July 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    I love this paper, the textures are just great.

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    rlo July 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    what beautiful paper. i can’t wait to touch the texture….and thank you for a chance to win.

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    mswillie July 7, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    beautiful papers, love texture and colors!!!!!

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    rush8888 July 7, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    we haven’t seen anything like this before. they are showing up with a very unique line. i can see using this for myself!

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    Erica Hettwer July 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    I love the colors on this line. Can’t wait to see more from them.

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    Tricia July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    This paper is lovely and your work is beautiful, Julia

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    melita July 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    WOW! Love this! The cards are beautiful!!!

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    Jen July 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    great review. the double sided idea that follows a different style on each side IS a fantastic idea. Love your cards.

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    Kelly S July 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Wow! I never heard of Marks Paper Company before. That is what I love about Craft Critique – learning about great new products or companies. I will be a Marks fan from now on that is for sure!

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    Angie Marion July 7, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    These papers are gorgeous!!! And flexible!

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    Elaine July 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    What a great review on a fantastic paper line! I too love all of the patterns shown on the projects shared! I hope this line is available somewhere in the Seattle area soon!

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    huntla1 July 7, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    I have never heard of Marks Paper Company until now. My next stop is their website and email list. What a beautiful collection of papers. Your projects really demonstrated the beauty and versatility of the paper line. Thanks for the review.

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    KanataNewf July 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    They have certainly managed to achieve a textured look to the papers. Too bad the draw doesn’t include Canada! Best of luck to the winner!

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    Michelle (mla1111) July 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Love this paper…love the texture & the designs. Fabulous!

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    .................... July 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    Wow…gorgeous! Beautiful samples!

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    c.darwin July 7, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    Agree that these are some awesome patterns! I’ll be looking for them.

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    pattyo22 July 8, 2009 at 2:24 am #

    The paper is absolutely refreshing. And it’s pretty too! It’s not overly distressed and really doesn’t need a lot of embellishments. Can’t wait to see more!

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    Janet Z July 8, 2009 at 6:05 am #

    I love this paper! I have some of their line in my stash. Your projects are great.

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    JeanFB July 8, 2009 at 6:49 am #

    This paper line is gorgeous!! I love what you’ve done with it, and I appreciate the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ weigh-in. Thanks so much for a chance to win this lovely paper!

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    Lisa V July 8, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Holy cow! This collection is awesome—as well as their other collections. I couldn’t wait to place an order! Thanks for letting us know–this will definitely be a company to watch!

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    Irene Lenihan July 8, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Love that paper. It is different and that is hard to find these days. Thanks for sharing.

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    LeAnne July 8, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    Gorgeous! All the projects highlight the papers so well!

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    inkedx2 July 8, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Love the texture on these papers.

    Robbie

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    Stephanie July 8, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    I’m totally with Julia, love the vintage look with up to date color combos of this line of paper. Lovely projects, too, Julia!!

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    Jingle July 8, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    I really love their papers!

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    Bogner's July 8, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    All of these sample projects are great. I’m gonna go visit the featured site now!

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    cards4u July 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    This is wonderful! Thanks for the introduction and the chance to play!! BTW -love your samples : )

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    SueB July 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    What a fabulous line!! And great to have the digi alternative to fill in! Thanks so much for the great report and the bonus chance to win!!
    Sue Brailey

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    Mary July 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Oh, I love your style…

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    RAP July 9, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    Beautiful papers!

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    LauraB July 9, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    what a beautiful paper line! I have already made a spot for MPC paper and products in my collection and can’t wait to fill it! off to find a local vendor.
    thanks, Julia and Craft Critique for spotlighting such a unique line!

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    ellen July 10, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    I love the projects that each of you have made with this paper! THey are inspiring!

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    Chriss Blagrave July 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Beautiful paper! Love this texture, the colours are beautiful and have a vintage look to them. Thanks for the chance!

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    MOM July 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    This is my kind of paper ~ beautiful texture, artwork, and vintage feel. I’ll be buying some of this paper very soon.

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    Sharon August 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    I carry English Garden and two other of Marks Paper Company’s paper packs in my store, Sharon’s Crop Studio, in Greenwood, IN, and we love love them. Marks is a great company to work with and I also cannot wait to see what their next products are. Those will be in our store as soon as we can get them delivered.