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« on: May 12, 2007 03:54:16 PM »

I'm here with a question of frugality. I love to pick up ephemera whenever I can from yard sales and such, but I like the idea of having a more steady supply. Does it make more sense to buy the 5,000-image CD's or buy the real thing from ebay? Which one has worked out better for you?

If the answer is yes, the CD's, then which one did you buy?

Thanks for your time!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2007 10:22:41 AM »

I have had great success with CD's from enchantedmercantile .com, missmary.com, and Luna Girl (summertownsun.com/lunagirl/index.htm). I like to buy the images because I can alter them in my computer to whatever size, color, etc. that I want. The image quality is excellent.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2007 04:02:07 PM »

Dover Books has very reasonably priced image cds that usually come with printed books,too.. I tend to use real ephemera because I like the "feel" and also because my computer programs for images suck Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2007 08:26:41 PM »

The more I work with ephemera, the more in love I am with the real thing.  I am always disappointed when I have to print something, rather than use real pieces.  Also, I've read that ink jet ink is not very stable and deteriorates rapidly -- I hate thinking of my art fading to nothing in just a few years.  Of course, now I can't remember the source for that, so I can't verify it.  Does anyone else know something about it?
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2007 08:53:43 AM »

Those are great links, vegasgirl.  Thanks for sharing!  I'll be making some purchases as soon as I can make up my mind which of those CDs I need most.  Hehe!

PurpleCat, I love your icon!  It looks so much like one of my own kitties!  Did you create the icon?  Do you know if it's copyrighted or is in the public domain?
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007 01:39:47 PM »

I had trouble with printing stuff with an inkjet too, but then I invested in matte presentation paper. After you print, you have to let it dry between sheets of paper for 24 hours, but I think you will find the quality is excellent. It prints cleanly, and I've actually been able to make the Omnigel transfers from them. See if you can get a sample from Epson, HP, etc., and give it a try! Let me know what you think. (Of course, I might get different results because there isn't any humidity here!)
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2007 08:29:22 AM »

I don't like having to print things myself.  It seems like it never looks as good as the professionally-printed jobs.

Also, I like the different textures of paper you get when you buy books/catalogs/etc.
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2007 10:14:57 AM »

FYI...Dover publications http://www.doverpublications.com/summer07/index-a.html
 is having a summer sale and they have great wrapping papers, cards, etc, CDs...if you like old images. I like their stickers and art cards best.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2007 07:39:49 AM »

There is a beautiful online place where you can join for $19.95 (Lifetime membership)...things are added all the time, and there are graphics, frames, cards, all kinds of stuff.

Here is the link:

http://www.mangelsdesigns.com/

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