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1  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
short survey we've devised:


As a bonus, we're also offering a drawing for a grab-bag of handmade
goodies to any craft blogger who wants to take the survey and leave
their contact information.  Don't worry - your responses will not be
linked with any identifying information, nor will we give/sell your
contact information to anyone else.  It's strictly confidential.

Please consider taking a few moments to fill out our survey, and don't
hesitate to ask your craft blogging colleagues to do the same.  The
more the merrier!  You can visit our research blog at
http://craftybloggers.wordpress.com/ which we'll be updating with our
findings.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Thanks for your time, and happy crafting!

Lisa Muccigrosso
Graduate Student
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Room 4217 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / japanese style bindings (pics) on: November 06, 2005 06:34:43 PM
this weekend I sat down and tried a couple of japanese style books.  I think they're all right - once again, my pictures turned out a bit yellowy.
click to enlarge!

ledger binding:

four-hole binding with Khanxi variation:

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / aww, my first flat-back spine book! on: October 23, 2005 06:58:29 PM
I thought I'd post this little book I made last weekend.  it's about four and a half by five and a half inches and has seven signatures, the first and last signatures being single-sheet mulberry paper sigs that I laminated together after sewing the book and then laminated into the covers after I had cased the book in.

my photos are a little yellow - sorry about that.  the following images are clickable thumbnails, so if you want a bigger image, just click it.

the exterior:

interior page view:

interior view with inside covers visible:

cover detail.  I used embossed paper for the spine, which was kind of hard to work with, but I like the result:

and there you have it!  any constructive criticisms would be great - I know that since it's my own work I'll see more flaws than others probably do, but feel free to point anything out.  thanks for looking!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Injured hand = Bunny! on: October 18, 2005 04:58:56 PM
I was making a cased-in portfolio to store some prints in yesterday.  I was cutting some book board with my trusty metal straight edge and craft knife, when - UH OH - the knife jumped the straight edge and went into two of my fingers!  I went to the ER and got all patched up (no stiches, woot), and then decided to make my injury into something funny.


is this an actual project?  only the moderators can tell us that.  Tongue  but I thought I'd put it here anyway.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for ring binder parts... on: September 26, 2005 08:42:45 PM
Okay, maybe my terminology is incorrect, but I'm looking for binder parts, as in the pieces that one would use to construct a ring-binder of the sort that holds papers with holes punched in them together - you know, school binders.  I've tried any number of google searches and come up with any variety of topics, the most (remotely) relevent pertaining to industrial binding machines such as the ones used by kinkos.

what I specifically want are the metal pieces that attach to the spines of binders and have the ring mechanisms on them - the actual binding part of the binder.  I want them in small sizes, such as are used for refillable day planners.  does anyone have ANY idea as to where I can find these?  any help or suggestions are much appreciated.  thanks!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / coolest paper airplane ever! on: September 25, 2005 05:06:19 PM
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