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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: i made a journal! on: October 13, 2005 08:26:53 AM
ooh... i love that!  I am into maps too.. I should post my map book.  Hm.  This is super creative though.  Looks great!
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: question about paper... on: October 13, 2005 08:23:57 AM
ooh!  dangerous!  hehe.  thanks for the tip!  (and I really like the idea of actually using the kiddie paper to make journals for kiddies.  instead of for college students that like strange papers.   Roll Eyes)
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: question about paper... on: October 13, 2005 08:07:55 AM
thanks onthinice... I'm really glad someone identifies with my paper obsession.  Smiley

I work in an office supply superstore that will remain unnamed... the best part of my job, of course, is the paper!  (lol.  I may be truly in need of help.  ah well.)  So this morning I noticed that the little kids composition books (1st, 2nd, 3rd grade) are compiled in one big signature, just like the "big kids" composition books... only these ones have those really cute dotted lines that show you how far to extend your letters!  Different sized lines for different grades.  I am pretty excited about this prospect... so I had to share it with you two.  It's not really sketchbook quality paper, but it's definitey cute for a notebook.
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Transfer Using Goo Gone and Photocopies??? on: October 13, 2005 07:44:16 AM
just to be clear.... ink is water-based, so the paper just soaks it up and solvents (ie acetone, xylene, etc.) don't work on it because there's nothing to dissolve... it's all soaked into the paper fibers.  toner (from laser printers and copy machines) is a dry powder that is adhered onto the paper through heat... so when you apply a solvent, some of the powder is loosened from the print/copy, and when you rub it, you transfer that loosened powder onto a new surface.  if this doesn't make sense, let me know... but hopefully it will help someone (anyone?) have a successful transferring experience.  Smiley
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Old friend/Host & Hostess/Newlywed gift? on: October 12, 2005 04:31:41 PM
Ok... so I'm going to Salt Lake City, Utah next week to attend a papermaker's conference (Friends of Dard Hunter!  So excited.)  I knew that an old friend from high school lived in the area, so I called him up to see if he'd want to get together while I'm there, and he was generous enough to invite me to stay with him -- and his new wife!  I would really like to take something nice to show my appreciation of their hospitality.. and congratulations. 

What I know: 
They are Mormon.  I don't know much about this. 
Chris (my friend) is a comedian (well, he'd like to be) and when we were in high school (graduated 5 years ago), he was very very big into music... but I think not so much anymore?
They don't have a ton of money, and live in an apartment, so probably things that dont' take up a whole lot of space would be good.


I know this is vague... I am just having "Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage" (this is pretty miscellaneous, isn't it?) and hoping you guys can help.  Any ideas, no matter how random, and even if not crafty! are appreciated.
26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Amazing Knicker Swap -- Signups CLOSED -- send by Nov 14th on: October 12, 2005 04:04:35 PM
I still can't believe more people don't want to swap Amazing Knickers!  I think this is going to be so much fun.  Maybe if the signup list stays smallish, we could send more than one pair to each person.  (That way I could carry out more of my design ideas too!)
27  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Transfer Using Goo Gone and Photocopies??? on: October 11, 2005 07:57:47 PM
lots of blending markers are specifically xylene-free... but it's the xylene that is the solvent you need to make it work.  I have only found the xylene in Chartpak brand markers, so that's what I use.  It's not particularly nice to breathe in, so I understand why companies look for other "blending" ingredients to use instead, but we crafty idiots just go ahead and try to have really good ventilation.  Smiley
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: question about paper... on: October 11, 2005 01:13:30 PM
hehe... no it really is difficult!!  I dont know why it's so hard to find good paper... and I'm really relieved you dont think I'm a huge freak for launching into such a giant monologue about paper.  Yay.  Smiley  If there's more paper you want at Hollander's (so glad you have already found it & ordered!  They rock.), call them and see if they will add it to your order.  I bet they will, if they can. 
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: question about paper... on: October 11, 2005 12:48:38 PM
ok... didn't mean to go off like this, but finding good bookbinding paper is something that occupies way more of my time than it should.  Really, why is it so hard to find something nice??  I feel your pain.  Here is my advice.

if you live near a Michael's or a Hobby Lobby (or similar) you can get large sheets of paper (usually about 19 x 25 inches) that is a nice quality... suitable for drawing or papercrafts, but not as heavy as cardstock.  Usually $1.15 - $2.50 for what I pick up (Drawing paper examples: Canson Mi Tientes I think?  Also Fabriano Tiziano).  You just cut it down to the size you need.  All different colors, sometimes with flower petals or threads in it, and usually different weights are available too.  Kind of nice because you can tear the edges with a butterknife if you want kind of feathery edges, or you can make really sharp cuts with some kind of blade.

These oversized sheets are ALSO nice because you can make sure the grain of the paper goes in the right direction.  Take a sheet of paper -- any sheet not made by hand -- and bend it so that the top and bottom are together.  (Don't fold/crease it, just bend.)  Now unbend, and bend the two sides toward each other.  See how it's easier to bend in one direction than the other?  That's the way the grain runs, and if you utilize that natural quality of the paper, your bookbinding will be easier and neater, and will resist warping over time.  (Most types of office paper have a grain that runs parallel with the longer edge; i.e., hot-dog bend is easier than hamburger bend, haha)  ::Phew::  Sorry for that tangent! 

*If you DO end up using cardstock, try getting coverstock instead, as it folds a little easier, try folding with the grain direction, instead of against (perpendicular to) it, and definitely use a bone folder, or at least the bowl of a spoon, to help you make sharp creases and avoid that cracking effect.

Back to paper sources.  I have my eye on some paper at this site: www.paper-papers.com.  They offer lots of nice paper in "Full Sheet" (~19 x 25 inches) size, and they will ship it that size or cut it down for you.  This is kind of pricey though. 

Also check out bookbinding shops like www.hollanders.com -- I am partial to these people because they are an awesome local business, very helpful and knowledgeable! -- here's a link to their papers: http://www.hollanders.com/decorative_papers.htm  scroll down to the last category and check out some of the offerings. 

If you are looking online, search for text-weight papers, and choose something in the 70-100 gsm range.  70 gsm is like a nice writing paper; 100 gsm is nearing cardstock thickness, but not as stiff.  (These would be similar to a 30 - 40 lb paper, if that helps.)

I guess I would mention the full sheets at Michael's/Hobby Lobby again, or else pads of drawing or sketch paper.  Pastel paper is nice because it's heavy, but not so heavy it doesn't want to fold.

Sorry this was so long... I am a little bit of a paper whore.   Roll Eyes  Hope it helped a little.
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Amazing Knicker Swap -- Signups CLOSED -- send by Nov 14th on: October 10, 2005 06:20:19 PM
"Are you a guy who loves something cute?"

Lol... I forgot about that website too.  It's so fantastic.  I don't know how helpful... but pretty entertaining nonetheless.

i just noticed you didn't add a "what's your size?" question to the list. Just thought I'd point that out since we're all so different.

I think we are all sending patterns based on our own sizes (if we can) during the first week... so those details will get worked out then.
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