Hello my fellow art journal addicts ;)  

I don't know if this is 'common knowledge' or not, but I have just discovered a treasure trove for art journal/altered book/junk journal, etc supplies.

FREE samples!

I have been in the UK for a little over a year - and have had a lot of difficulty finding supplies for my artistic endeavors - just because I am not familiar with the brands, companies, etc that are available here.  I've also just delved into the altered book and art journal world for the first time in years and was struggling to find good papers, tags, etc for those...until someone mentioned free samples!  

So I went on a search...there are SO many wallpaper and decorator companies online that you can order free samples of their wallpapers from, they are usually A4 size sheets (approx 8x10) and YOU choose the designs you want as samples!  For FREE - most companies offer between 2 and 8 free samples, and some companies will even let you order fabric samples for free, and paint colour booklets (make perfect ATC bases).  I also delved into 'other' free samples by typing in 'free paper samples' and that came up with a large selection of printers who are just gushing to send out samples of their kinds of papers, business cards, post cards, greeting cards - the list goes on!  

Maybe this is - as I said "common knowledge" - but just in case there is someone like me out there, who covets all those fabulous textures, graphics, colours, the like for their art journal, or really any artsy project - start searching for free wallpaper samples!  

Love and Glitter,

~Alisa

xx

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That is very nice of you.  Thanks much.........Maggie

Alisa Manning said:

No problems!  I am in the UK, so my search is for companies that ship there...but I do often run across links for US & Canada only shipping...so I'll just put links in here as I find them.  That pinterest link a bit up in the comments has about half and half uk and us sites - but those are mostly fabric - many have wallpaper sites too.  I'm pretty good at digging so I'll update this as I find some ;)  Always glad to share the wealth - for me the best part of the creation process is the creativity of the whole process...supplies, seeing the world from a different perspective and finding 'alternative' canvases ;) 

Alisa, you are so kind to provide all this info for us!  ~~thank you thank you.

linda
 
Alisa Manning said:

Some Business Card/cardstock/flyers, etc free sample sites...have not checked them out to see if they charge postage or not - I only filled out ones I could get for free. 

http://us.moo.com/about/paper.html 

http://www.printingforless.com/Printing-Samples-Request.html    (email or call for samples)

http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/scrapbooking-paper-crafts/87046... (a link to a website that contains a HUGE list of links to free sample paper products ;)  Jackpot link right here! )

http://www.thepapermillstore.com/product-resources/paper-samples-an...

http://www.youthedesigner.com/2007/12/05/10-free-printing-samples/ (another link to a list of links - pretty sure most of these are in the US)

WALLPAPER SAMPLE SITES:

http://www.wallpaperdirect.com/us/  ( 2 free)

http://us.farrow-ball.com/#1 (5 free samples and free colour card sample too)

http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/content/support/services/wallpaper_sampl... (4 free)

http://www.lauraashley.com/ordering/page/ordering (Laura Ashley samples up to 8! - gotta call or use contact form for them though)

There's some to get started ;)

Thanks a bunch Alisa. I never thought to get stuff for Art this way. I'm excited!!! (((HUGS)))  Kimmie

Thanks so much for all of this info! How very generous and nice of you to think about others here. I'm not (per-say) in an area where I can't get to well, the majority of art items. There are things that seem to be plentiful on the west and east coast and I'm in the mid-west (Wisconsin) but I am a single mother and especially as of late am really struggling financially. I am an artist and art is truly my life's emotional outlet, I just can't go a day without "arting" <--- is the term I use - lol. So this is really great info as I was very un aware that companies did this.

Thanks again,
Sharon


Alisa Manning said:

Some Business Card/cardstock/flyers, etc free sample sites...have not checked them out to see if they charge postage or not - I only filled out ones I could get for free. 

http://us.moo.com/about/paper.html 

http://www.printingforless.com/Printing-Samples-Request.html    (email or call for samples)

http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/scrapbooking-paper-crafts/87046... (a link to a website that contains a HUGE list of links to free sample paper products ;)  Jackpot link right here! )

http://www.thepapermillstore.com/product-resources/paper-samples-an...

http://www.youthedesigner.com/2007/12/05/10-free-printing-samples/ (another link to a list of links - pretty sure most of these are in the US)

WALLPAPER SAMPLE SITES:

http://www.wallpaperdirect.com/us/  ( 2 free)

http://us.farrow-ball.com/#1 (5 free samples and free colour card sample too)

http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/content/support/services/wallpaper_sampl... (4 free)

http://www.lauraashley.com/ordering/page/ordering (Laura Ashley samples up to 8! - gotta call or use contact form for them though)

There's some to get started ;)

Found this older thread via a google search for samples for crafts. I had totally forgotten about Laura Ashley used to buy from them many years ago. So I asked for samples yesterday. I am in Europe and is difficult finding international free samples.

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