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Topic: Probably the best Happy Hooker project I've ever done...  (Read 12443 times)
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« on: September 01, 2007 09:53:20 AM »

...and I have to thank the good people at FedEx/Kinkos for it:



I got tired of having to hold the pages open with paperweights, my knees, my dogs, whatever, thus causing many of the pages to fall out, so I took my book to FedEx/Kinkos to have it spiral-bound.  I only paid about $6.50 and it was ready the next day...

Hehe, I know it's not a crochet project and probably more like a suggestion (or an ad for Kinkos), but I'm very excited. Smiley This will make the projects so much easier!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2007 10:02:22 AM »

thats a really good idea Smiley i love that book. its how i learned to crochet Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007 10:06:27 AM »

holy cow! Thats a great idea! I always get frustrated with holding my Debbie Stoller books open. Time to go find a Kinkos!
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2007 10:10:19 AM »


To be honest - I can't understand why they didn't print/publish the book in this method anyway.  I have the SIMPLICITY'S SIMPLY THE BEST SEWING BOOK and it was sold to me in this similar method.  However, being from the UK I don't know of anywhere that would do a book like this so will have to check this out - but it's a great idea.

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2007 10:13:56 AM »

Genius!  I remember fighting with Stitch N Bitch as much as I did with double pointed needles...

Great hack!
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2007 10:19:20 AM »

very good idea, especially since you already had pages falling out!

did you have kinkos cut off the spine or did you do it yourself?
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2007 10:25:40 AM »

Artsy idea:

I went to Office Max and bought a ream of cool paper...it was acid free, flecked with little spots of color and my daughter and fiance looked at me like I was crazy when i asked them to make it into three notebooks.....I spent about $10 on the whole thing then i showed them the awesome notebooks it made. The pages don't fall out, they lie flat or fold over and it's great for sketching clothing ideas and such.

Smart of you to do when these types of paperbacks do fall apart after lotsa loves.

I heart my Happy Hooker book. Inspiring ideas!
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2007 10:34:20 AM »

 Shocked That is a GENIUS idea! 
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Ya know, I don't know why knit and crochet books don't come like that anyways.  I practically have to break my book in order for it to stay on the page.
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2007 10:56:42 AM »

Haha, thanks you guys!  I was surprised at how cheap it is!

Charlotte--I'm sure if you have any sort of office supply store or photocopy store, they'll do it for you.  I've heard people get it done at Staples or OfficeMax...I don't know if they have anything like that near you, but worth a shot.

Kategirl--Nope, I just brought the book as is and said I need it spiral bound.  They did the rest. Smiley I guess it kind of helped too that the lady behind the counter crocheted too...she asked if she could look through the book while it was there, LOL.
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2007 11:02:39 AM »

Any OfficeMax copy department will do the same for your books.  They can laminate the covers as well, which is usually what I have done.
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2007 11:50:21 AM »

Awesome idea! I must get that done lol
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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2007 11:54:30 AM »

Wow, I never knew you could do that! And the price isn't bad for the convenience! Do you think they would do hardbound books?
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« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2007 12:11:16 PM »

wow! thats awesome!
i need to do that to my happy hooker book, seeing as though it's literally falling apart. lol
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2007 12:16:36 PM »

Wow, this is such a good idea.  I didn't even know this was an option.  *filing away for future reference*
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2007 06:30:03 PM »

Wow, so you just take it to Kinkos and ask them to spiral bound it? For some reason I thought that would interfere with some copyright thing. I don't know WHY I thought that.
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« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2007 06:51:02 PM »

Wow...that gives me so  many ideas lol Thanks for posting this! I think I'll have to get that done with several books! I definitely know the frustration, personally i try to memorize what i have to do for a few rows so i can just book mark and close the book flat while i work, but this is way better! Thanks again!
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« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2007 10:04:52 PM »

Definitely getting this done, and soon. Like tomorrow.  Wink I'm always fighting with craft books and just never thougt to do this.
I hope they can do the stich dictionary I inherited from my grandma from the '60s. It's falling apart, and there's so many I want to try but I'm so afraid I'll kill it.  Embarrassed

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« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2007 11:56:54 PM »

Did this cut off any of the instructions inside in any way?
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« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2007 07:42:46 AM »

Did this cut off any of the instructions inside in any way?

Nope.  They bound it right in the margin. Smiley It's perfect!
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« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2007 07:43:45 AM »

Do you think they would do hardbound books?

I'm not sure...I don't see why not.  They offered to add a plastic cover to mine...so they'd probably do it if you can change the cover...but I don't know.  Let me know what you find out.
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« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2007 08:05:49 AM »

What a great idea! I never would have thought of that, but I bet it helps immensely.
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« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2007 08:57:48 AM »

Wow, so you just take it to Kinkos and ask them to spiral bound it? For some reason I thought that would interfere with some copyright thing. I don't know WHY I thought that.

I can't see why it's a problem if it's a single, personal copy.  you already bought the book, so it's not like you're profiting from the author's property by copying it or anything.  it might be in issue if you were planning to resell them (I'm not sure if it would or not), but if it's personal it should be fine.  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2007 10:30:48 AM »

That's why I'm so confused as to why I always thought that. I mean, it's your book, you can write in it, you can tear it up and use it for a craft. But for some reason I thought doing something like that would send the copyright police after you! lol
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« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2007 11:54:44 AM »

I don't know you, but I love you!  This is amazing.  I am going to have to do this eventually, because all of my SNB boks are falling apart.  You are my new hero!  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2007 01:55:22 PM »

BEST IDEA EVER!

I HATE holding it open! soo frustrating.
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« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2007 01:57:03 PM »

brilliant.
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« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2007 02:18:43 PM »

ooh, great idea!!!  for the next volume they really should just print the thing spiral bound, but this is a fantastic fix!  i never would've thought to rebind it, how useful! Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2007 03:17:42 PM »

I've actually been thinking about doing this, Seeing that it doesn't cut the instructions off is only encouraging me to get this done ASAP that was the only thing keeping me from doing it.
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« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2007 05:30:03 PM »

You are my hero!! I might have to do this for all my craft books that are hard to keep open!!

It's also one of the reasons I always make a working photocopy of my project so I can write, highlight, light on fire if I want to! lol

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« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2007 06:10:07 PM »

I don't know you, but I love you!

Wow...talk about an ego boost, LOL.  I love you too, stranger.
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« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2007 06:12:35 PM »

Sooo, you are a basically a genius in my book!  (Pun wasn't intended, but is enjoyable).
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« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2007 11:08:42 PM »

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« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2007 09:28:46 PM »

Love this idea!  My book is getting a little worn, I might go to Kinko's and get that done.  It might even save a little wear and tear on the book.
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« Reply #33 on: September 10, 2007 12:48:38 AM »

What a great idea!  Luckily we have FedEx/Kinko's here in Japan, because I am heading there tonight to get this done.  Thanks for all of the info!
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« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2007 12:08:43 PM »

Brilliant! I had been resorting to photocopying the pages I wanted at school just to have a flat-laying copy to work with (this also helps when you have multiple-page projects).
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« Reply #35 on: November 16, 2007 09:22:51 AM »

my book is already falling apart..... i am goingto have to get this done to mine!  and all my other crochet books!  good idea!
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Thank you for this!  I had no idea that it was possible.  Mine cost $12, but it included clear plastic covers and it's still cheaper than replacing the book.  I was about to lose pages. Hooray!
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« Reply #37 on: December 18, 2009 06:26:58 AM »

okay, this is totally the best idea ever!  I am definitely going to end up doing this with my copy too
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« Reply #38 on: November 02, 2010 02:54:01 PM »

I will now have to get this done for all my crochet books & maybe put a whole year of magazine patterns together like this also. Since mine always end up looking as if they are halfway destroyed after i finish a pattern.
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« Reply #39 on: December 07, 2011 04:09:44 PM »

Like everyone above me said, this is pure GENIUS. I must do this... although after Christmas... I'm making too many Christmas presents out of it this year...
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