Like I totally need a new addiction when it comes to crafting supplies, but here it goes.
Papertrey Ink (PTI) is a manufacturer that I've watched for a LONG LONG time. I've read the blogs, I follow the designers' work, hang out for as much of the release parties as I can being that they start so late and I'm on the east coast. I've commented, viewed pictures, drooled, added things to my cart, taken them out when I saw the final bill, emailed customer service with questions about the products, then decided to just go for it.
I thought I would start first by getting the cardstock sampler. It is a great value ($10 for 50 sheets are you kidding me!) I'm always leery to purchase from a company for the first time because you just don't know what you are going to get. Sure, you can read raving reviews about something but I'm still a skeptic. And I figured that with paper, even if it doesn't live up to your expectations, you can still use it as a photo mat or something.
Let me tell you....the paper = TO DIE FOR. The first thing I noticed was the care that is taken in getting my paper to me without any creased corners. They take major precautions to keep everything perfect and pristine. Don't you hate that when the corners are all crinkled during shipping? It's like your paper just shrank in size because you can't use that crinkled bent corner. And it is never just one page either, it's the whole stack! What kind of chimp is throwing the boxes around at the shipping place? Anyway, it won't matter because PTI puts these cardboard guards around the edges. I think the most barbaric of shipping personnel still could not damage the paper stack.
So how is the quality of the paper? When they say 110lb they mean every bit of 110lb weight paper. The cards I plan to make could literally stand up for themselves in a fight. My other fave company (Stampin' Up) has 80lb cardstock that is pretty durable, but obviously we cardmakers know the stronger the better.
I also purchased the little ink cubes in a variety of colors, but I haven't used them yet. I will post later on my review of the ink. I'll say right now that I am already expecting great things!