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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rice paste on: April 13, 2008 05:03:17 PM
I use rice starch paste in the conservation lab where I work.  In order to mix it up easily, we use a self-stirring, self-warming pot.  It also absolutely has to be refrigerated, and even then will go bad after about a week or so.  You'll be able to tell it's bad because it's no longer tacky and it doesn't smell so nice.

As Sdia said, it's very strong, acid free, pH neutral, and water soluble.  However, for bookbinding and box making purposes in the lab, we still use good old PVA.  I agree that paper artists should learn more about glues and the paper materials they are using, because let's face it: a book made of Elmer's, cardboard, and construction paper is going to deteriorate much more quickly than a book made with quality archival materials.  And when you spend so much time creating, don't you want the end result to last?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Online Coptic Binding Tutorial/Video on: April 13, 2008 04:16:51 PM
I was perusing the other coptic bindings and found one by the man I learned from:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMSrm0QOt0&feature=related

Good for me as a review, but it doesn't start from the very beginning as the one posted above does.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Secret compartment book question on: April 13, 2008 04:08:37 PM
My suggestion would be to glue the pages together first, then cut the hollow.  Then you'll have a solid block to work with, and single pages won't buckle up under your knife.  Also, ditch the Xacto and use a utility knife you can easily switch blades out of - you'll need to change blades often to keep your cuts clean and going quickly.

I've never done this, mind you, but I spend lots of time thinking about books and how they're made.   Grin
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Calling all Craft Bloggers! on: April 13, 2008 03:50:07 PM
Deadline for survey-taking is Tuesday, April 15th, at 11:59 pm.  If you haven't done so already, please visit:

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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Calling all Craft Bloggers! on: April 02, 2008 05:51:46 AM
Please note: this post has been pre-approved by sweets4ever.

Hello there!  My name is Lisa, and I am a graduate student at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library Information Studies.
 I'm part of a group that is studying the information seeking
behaviors and needs of craft bloggers.  We want to know where you find
your craft information, how you find it, and why you use it on your
blog.  We would love it if you could take about 5 minutes to fill out a
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As a bonus, we're also offering a drawing for a grab-bag of handmade
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Please consider taking a few moments to fill out our survey, and don't
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Thanks for your time, and happy crafting!

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Room 4217 Helen C. White Hall
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6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reliable Paper Source - Large sheets! on: November 08, 2005 09:29:35 PM
hmm... do you want a card stock for mounting your photos?  it's thick and sturdy, and you can buy sheets of it in 18x24 inches.  ordering paper online is kinda tricky if you don't have sample books of their selection, but you can get cardstock at stationery and craft stores.  the university book store on my campus also stocks it, as do many local art supply stores.

the only other thing that comes to mind is thick watercolor paper, which may be nicer in terms of texture (not just flat and smooth), but it's considerably pricier.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Snowflake paper bow & box on: November 08, 2005 09:21:56 PM
I agree!  so pretty!  I don't own any glitter, but... I may have to get some for this project.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Just finished my first book.. on: November 08, 2005 09:17:22 PM
i really like the cover material!

aren't books fun?   Cheesy
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with journal please! on: November 07, 2005 01:26:45 PM
i'll try with sandpaper. thanks!

oh, and be sure to try on a piece of scrap paper first!  wouldn't want you to make things worse on the project itself.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sushi book on: November 06, 2005 06:39:12 PM
neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat!  my book arts class didn't even have a midterm, so I've just been making blank books to try out different binding styles.
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