I have a range of quality in the supplies I use on my pages. Some are the most inexpensive craft supplies all the way through artist quality items. I am in agreement with the majority — use what you have and what you can afford. Learning how to work with the materials at your disposal is what will make your pages magnificent.
I am working on a baby book for a special person in my life. In it, I have used both levels of material. The pages created thus far are beautiful, yet there is a difference which I can tell in how the pages are rendered. The texture of the dry paint is different as is the finish. The craft acrylics dry to a very matte finish while the higher quality acrylics — studio and artist grades — dry to a satin finish. In my opinion it is easier to write on the craft finish because of its “drier” finish.
Although there is a difference in the finish, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the craft quality paints did a poor job. There may be situations where the matte finish is the desired effect, as well as times when the satin finish is what you are looking for. I encourage you to play with all qualities of supplies. You may be surprised at which ones you prefer. Just don’t spend more than you can afford — beautiful pages can be achieved with any level of supplies.
I will post pictures of the baby book as well as videos of the process once the book is complete.