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Are you a fan of double sided papers?
I am. to the extent that I'm a tad disappointed if I see a sheet I really like and it's single sided. I think this is because it goes to perception of value though. Some of the 'top brands' available sell their single sided stock at the same price as other marques that are double sided.I don't buy double sided papers to particularly use with fab and clever folds that expose both sides, or anything artistic and clever like that.
Do you worry about the 'matching' of each side? For example, a heavily patterned face and the reverse being a lighter plain or check of the main colour?
I don't. No matter which way the shop displays the paper, I turn it over. Having thought about it, my decision to purchase is based entirely on me liking the design on one side or the other, not on whether they match or team well.
Do you buy sets or individual sheets?
I buy both. But mostly individual sheets. And I've learned not to buy a pad of papers too..unless I can genuinely 'ooh' over every page...I don't like 6 each of four designs..for example.
The sets I buy are usually a few sheets, some die cuts and borders. I love them, they are enabling for 'short of time or idea' scrappers like me; everything matches but nothing looks the same or erm, really matches. Love that about a set. I find journaling cards useful and will often use more than one on a page. At this point, I should say that I've had a quick scan of my papers...My Minds Eye sets are the most bought (and used) - Laundry Line and Oh La La. It would seem that other brands I only buy by the sheet. Interesting. There was a time when I bought every 'collection' by Basic Grey.I had not noticed that I no longer do that.
Is there a price sensitivity?
Yes, inevitably. I still shop on the 'see it, want it, buy it' theory for papers. I can't help myself. But it's probably very telling that I used to think that 55p per sheet was reasonable and now, my papers average £1 each. I think £1.30+ is pushing it...but I have to confess to that not actually stopping me. (These are die cut or double sided, I should add.)
If you buy sets, are you happy to see die cut sheets included?
Yes..again, it goes to perception of value and that feeling of a 'collection'. I frequently do not use the die cuts with the papers...and I know that's perverse, but as a card maker, it's quite easy to use them up.
Do you like a page of printed borders?
I do. They compliment the way I like to make up a page. If there's an irritation with this as a product, it's that often these sheets are double sided too..and you end up having to slice through another border that you'd like to use from the other side. I guess this is particular to single sheet sellers....it's just a great way to get some of us to buy two sheets. Where I think this is the reason, my mind instantly accuses the manufacturer of treating the consumer cynically and I don't buy one, let alone two. It's a teeny tiny protest!
Do you want to preview some of our designs and be our Design Team?
Yes. Even though I made this question up.
Thank you - I know that Dori will be analysing your answers with a fervour that would be embarrasing if it weren't so important to her!