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!
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.
- 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
- 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
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.