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Paper Perfection, A Few Good Reasons

Hey, I know you know about paper and card. I imagine that you use it almost everyday, much like me. In this post I am not going to be telling you about card BUT I am actually going to be telling you about card.

Make sense? No, well, do have a read and hopefully it will.

Ok, let me make things a little clearer.

Over the last few months I have been searching for a one-stop papercraft supplies source – more specifically for upcoming projects that will require a variety of cardstock weights and types. Now, whilst there are some awesome stores out there, that have a good turnover of great paper and card, I really struggled to understand their offerings based on the content of the website.

In addition, I was always unsure what the colours actually looked like and so often ended up spending cash on things that have already been put in the “maybe one day” pile.

Not great given the volume that I am going to be needing.

Anyway, the search continued until on one of the more recent searches I stumbled across the Papermill Direct website. I had heard of these guys before, from my previous creative adventures and also from random visits to independent craft stores that had their pick n mix boxes available.

What I had not realised was just how extensive their cardstock collection was. Plain, sparkly, textured, all in different weights!

After a while browsing and basket filling I came to the conclusion that this will be my “plain” cardstock source for some time to come.

Why? Well, as ever, I do like to have a set of reasons to put a brand or supplier on a pedestal like that so, in addition to the obvious huge selection that I mentioned earlier and the good postage rates, here were three more very good reasons (for me).

Reason 1 – Swatch Books

I mentioned before how I struggled to get the “right” colour when ordering online, well, what if I could check the colour in my own home BEFORE ordering?

Well, turns out that these guys offer a pack of swatches (complete with split rings) that show 292 samples of their range to see in your own home!

Image of swatch collections from Papermill Direct.

LOVE that I can compare the colours against my project embellishments or compare the coloured sheets with the sparkly sheets AND see them in daylight BEFORE buying! I think that you can tell that I am a little excited about this. Well, it’s a genius idea isn’t it?!

Another awesome benefit of having these swatches is that the paper/card type, colour names and weights are printed on each piece – even the fancy pants glittery stuff – so that I know what to order from the website and don’t have to go hunting!

To be honest, when I got mine, I actually spent a while just looking at the pretty card, lol!

*happy sigh

Reason 2 – Offcut Boxes

If you run workshops, classes or groups – or just like a surprise – are their offcut boxes. Budget bundles of random pieces of their cardstock in three different configurations.

Image of an offcuts box from Papermill Direct

Reason 3 – Sample Boxes

If you won’t need to see all of the collection but want to get a look at some specific bits and bobs, the website has a “sample box” offer too.

For £1 you can order 10 samples. Each sample is sized at 105mm x 50mm so you get a good idea of the quality and colour of the card. To be honest, you could even die cut a few things from that size too or a great way to get some “special” bits.

Image of the Papermill Direct website.

Where To Find All The Things

Any of this of interest to you? If it is, here’s a bunch of links to all of the relevant places.

Papermill Direct Main Website
Swatch Books
Offcut Boxes
Sample Boxes

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21 thoughts on “Paper Perfection, A Few Good Reasons

  1. It’s realy a paper paradise John but not for me. if they already ship to the Netherlands, it will be an expensive piece of paper. But thanks for the tip, you never know if it will be handy in the future.
    Stay safe and have a great day.

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  2. Great post been using these for a while now, Lovely card with a great service. Also for those with Facebook/Instagram if you sign up for their e-mail they have regular competitions and great offers. (Currently a Home School Goodie Box.)

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  3. This is the best supplier ever!
    I buy there since many years and never had anything bad.
    What I especially love are the boxes one can fill with what one needs.

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  4. Thanks John .Just read your post. Never even heard or thought of getting crafting stuff in this way, from a paper mill and so much choice. A complete revelation to me so thanks for sharing. That is why you are so good at what you do and we all appreciate it. x

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  5. Thank you for this interesting post. This company used to have a shop locally and I still have a lot of their card from when I started paper crafting 11years ago. (I was like a child in a sweet shop!) Unfortunately a lot of their card is very fibrous and doesn’t cut well on my Silhouette Cameo. I may send for some samples though to try again.

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  6. Hi John! I love PMD, I invested in their swatch books last year and, like you, love to look through them!
    Their offcut boxes are fab! 💕 Clare x

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  7. Great piece of information. I was mot aware of the company and have been sitting here getting a stationery high looking at the lovely card stock. Thanks I will be using them when I next need card stock.

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  8. Hello
    I have bee using papermill direct for many years. The website, the variety of paper and card their colours and ‘styles’ and the size of paper/card has developed over the years.
    FAB site that I use all of the time, I highly recommend them!

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  9. I have been using these for years as their 300 GSM White Smooth card is second to none and l use this to make majority of my card bases and am in fact waiting for a card delivery! They have always been so good and I love the colours and quality they always have. Something great to shout about! Stay safe.

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  10. I remember years ago I went to one of their shops when I was on holiday somewhere. It was awesome choosing a pick and mix box from all the shelves! But to choose from home with the swatches will be even better. I feel a long browse and some (or even more) parcels arriving! Thanks for the very helpful info.

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  11. Very interesting read John, thank you. I have bought from Papermill before at shows but didn’t know they did all these helpful swatches etc. Quite useful.
    Take care & stay safe

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