I tried looking through old threads but I'm sorry if this has been posted before. I'm wondering how squishy everyone's felted animals are. Everything I needle felt ends up really squishy and soft, and doesn't look or feel as compact and other people's work does. I have no idea why this is, because it doesn't have much to do with time, as even pieces I've spent ages working on still feel very loose and shapeless. Help? Thank you!
I'm not sure if this is super belated, but my suggestions:
A nice blank notebook. You don't have to spend a small fortune on any fancy brands, you can get any random one as long as the pages are thick enough to hold glue, ink, etc.
A small shoebox with random things to use in colleges, like colourful paper, old postcards, buttons, ribbons, etc.
A couple of magazines or catalogues with lots of images that can be cut up
Good glue - at least two types, like stick glue, regular tube glue, glue that can be applied with a paintbrush over collages, fabric glue, etc.
A brand new pair of scissors (you wouldn't believe how much difference it makes to have a pair of scissors you can use comfortable and which cuts well, most people probably have scissors at home but they're likely not the type that can be used for long periods of time and which can be used just for really basic things)
A compilation of links and tutorials, this is probably one of the best things and a good source of inspiration
Links to places where you can get public domain images for collages
As to books, I'm not sure as I've never really used any, but I've heard good things about Wreck This Journal (I think that's the title).
What type of ink is it? Depending on the ink, you could probably get a nice nib pen and write things with it, or even use a very fine paintbrush and add little details to drawings, etc. I'm sorry if this isn't much help, it's hard to say without knowing what kind of ink it is and what project you're trying to do. For example, I love colourful writing ink and I would use it to add some flair to journal entries and letters.
I have lots of spare beads, old catalogues, and sometimes I get vintage postcards. I also have loads of interesting-looking labels. Most of these don't work out so well with the look I like on my own journals but they come in handy while making things for other people. I'm trying to expand my collection a bit, though.
You could probably print them out yourself using some nice paper (depending on your printer), if your printer can't handle that sort of paper you can probably take it to a professional copy shop. I'm not sure what type of paper to suggest, I guess that depends on the look you're going for -- but I suggest something thicker and more resistant, and probably not off-white but maybe ivory or very light cream. I don't know where you live but sometimes local paper shops have a good selection of paper types, especially for business cards. If you're looking for nice fonts, there's dafont.com and 1001fonts.com
As to adhesives, you could use some a very light adhesive paper over the label, or use some glue adapted to the material you're using if you don't want it to look glossy.