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« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2007 12:07:40 PM »

You could get a good start on your business by furnishing all participants of this future swap with a book!

Just an idea.

Um... yeah.  I don't think that's going to happen.  Wink  My day job is really kicking my hiney right now. 

Don't you hate it when that happens?
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« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2007 12:48:08 PM »

Come to the darkside!

It just occured to me that the word "spiral" might be misleading. In the office supply world what we are talking about are called something like wire combs, I think. They look like a wire spiral binding, but they are actually just kind of clamped closed so you can pretty easily pry them apart and take pages out.

This might help show what they are. http://www.neat-office.com/GBC_9775019.html

Racky & I both used this book in our other 2 rounds and they have the kind of binding we're talking about.

That's exactly what I was thinking of. I guess I've never taken any of my sketchbooks apart but it doesn't seem like it's the easiest thing to realign pages. But then again, if using a heavier weight paper, there would be less pages and therefore also less issue with trying to keep the pages and their stupid holes together. Or do places like Kinko's have the wire combs? I've never worked with a wire comb binding machine, I've only ever worked with the stupid plastic spiral combs and the velo binder. Are they easy to rip out and replace?
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« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2007 02:45:47 PM »

Come to the darkside!

It just occured to me that the word "spiral" might be misleading. In the office supply world what we are talking about are called something like wire combs, I think. They look like a wire spiral binding, but they are actually just kind of clamped closed so you can pretty easily pry them apart and take pages out.

This might help show what they are. http://www.neat-office.com/GBC_9775019.html

Racky & I both used this book in our other 2 rounds and they have the kind of binding we're talking about.

That's exactly what I was thinking of. I guess I've never taken any of my sketchbooks apart but it doesn't seem like it's the easiest thing to realign pages. But then again, if using a heavier weight paper, there would be less pages and therefore also less issue with trying to keep the pages and their stupid holes together. Or do places like Kinko's have the wire combs? I've never worked with a wire comb binding machine, I've only ever worked with the stupid plastic spiral combs and the velo binder. Are they easy to rip out and replace?

Kinko's or someplace like that should be able to do it with no problem, I think.

I have two binding machines here at work...a plastic comb binder and then one that uses these metal ones. I've only used that one once or twice because I find it hard to get the metal comb bent back to the right size without squashing it. But I have used my hands to do it and I can pull it off somewhat decently. I wouldn't do it that way for anything professional, but I do for myself.
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« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2007 04:14:54 PM »

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« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2007 06:27:35 AM »

Lurking and stalking the thread...
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« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2007 06:34:37 AM »

I'm going to lurk around El Corte Ingls sometime this week and see what they have in the way of sketchbooks. They're generally pretty good at selling everything! Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2007 06:38:39 AM »

This one is 5x10, which seems like a really cool size....and 20 pages
http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supply/KMSK15510_4883_kilimanjaro-original-bright-white-lb-watercolor-paintbook-x.asp

Kat has a good idea about the books...If one of us bought the watercolor paper, had it professionally cut and bound, we could all get exactly what we want and make sure everyone is using the same thing.  We could easily use somebodies Etsy shop to do it.

I'll research it and come up with what it would cost...

What is the IDEAL size for these, and # of pages?  And what would we want for covers?
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« Reply #27 on: October 02, 2007 06:44:20 AM »

The thing I liked about the book that many of us used in the first couple of rounds was that it had a sturdy cover. We all decorated our own before we sent out the books. If we make this type of swap work, I'd have the first round be that everyone decorates their cover and posts in the gallery before we start sending pages. It's a great way to get a sense of what sort of thing people like (cute, vintage, distressed, etc.)

I think about 20-40 pages would be good. I'd like to have a big full book, and would hope that we'd have lots of interest and several rounds.
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« Reply #28 on: October 02, 2007 06:57:38 AM »

Those are great ideas, Racky.

What about using Bristol Vellum?...it has a really smooth finish and is pretty sturdy (100lb.).

Or even 110 pound card stock?

Do you know what weight the WC paper you used before is?'

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« Reply #29 on: October 02, 2007 07:08:57 AM »

I have 120 lb Bristol vellum, its nice and smooth and as weighty as watercolour paper.  I just personally like using watercolour paper because of its texture.   I know, I know everyone has an opinion-good luck getting us all on the same page, with the same pages  Grin
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