The joys of the unknown

I’m a control freak. I’m not afraid to admit it.

When I buy bookbinding supplies, I rethink my choices repeatedly until I finally pull the trigger. And even then I’m not sure I’ve made the right decisions. I think it’s because supplies are so expensive and as is often the case with handmade papers, not returnable.

About once a year, I put myself to the test when I place a very specific order with Creative Papers Online, one of my favorite places to buy paper. The magical item is #99-99-99 – the Super Value Assortment.

Here’s the item description from the website:

What a deal! We’re clearing the shelves for some new papers and there are many limited stock papers we are making available in lots of 10 assorted for a blockbuster price! 10 sheets for $10.00! Savings up to 80% off the original price. Your selection MAY include, but is not limited to colorful handpainted batiks, silks, blockprints, recycled organics, loktas, florals, marbles, metallics, cardstocks etc.

How can one resist?

Of course, it’s a crap shoot as far as what you’re going to get. You’re probably not going to love everything, but if you’re lucky, you’ll end up with something you love that you never would have purchased otherwise.

Today I offer you a glimpse into the 2 orders (20 sheets) of paper that I received in my recent purchase (a.k.a. “The paper’s here! The paper’s here!”):

Handmade papers

The paper on top has shells in it

Handmade papers

The evil glitter batch - and I mean shedding EVIL

Handmade papers

Assorted swirly goodness

Handmade papers

I love the red crackle paper on the left

Handmade papers

Hmm...paper embroidered with metallic stars...

Would I do it again? Hell yeah! Random paper discoveries = most fun I’ve had all week 🙂

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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