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« on: October 01, 2007 07:08:21 AM »

amaryllisroze and I are working on coming up with another journal swap. We, along with kaesea, goatgoddess, katxena, and Stifflersmom, have been doing a long swap where we have been sending actual books around to each other. While it's really fun to get to see all the art and to have a complete book when the swap is done, it's getting expensive to mail them out every couple of weeks. It's so much fun, though, that we don't want to quit!

Here's where the twist comes in. We thought we would find an art journal with a removable spiral binding, and everyone that joins the swap would be required to buy that same book. Then, everyone could do art on the pages of their book and mail it on to their partners, who could assemble their book at home. It won't be as neat as getting a book in the mail, but it will be a lot cheaper, and could open the swap up internationally.

If we have a ton of people, we could split into groups, and multiple rounds are certainly a possibility. What we need to do is find the perfect journal. I've been searching online at Dick Blick, but suggestions are welcome. What do you think?

Here are links to the two galleries of our US journal swap:
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007 07:22:09 AM »

Sounds good! I'm a little swamped with swaps at the moment though so it would depend when it was Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007 07:22:55 AM »

Sounds good! I'm a little swamped with swaps at the moment though so it would depend when it was Undecided

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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007 07:33:23 AM »

oooooh, I can feel the tracter beam of this idea sucking me in......   Like Phizzy I'm a little swap swamped right now, but maybe in a few weeks?  I'm guessing it would be awhile anyway for book acquisition.  Love the galleries from the first few rounds!
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007 07:37:01 AM »

I've used a lot of sketchbooks, but I don't know of any with easily removed and replaced spiral bindings. It's a really interesting idea though!
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2007 07:38:41 AM »

I know the feeling of being swap swamped but...what was it, a tractor beam...sucking me in. Hehe, I like that. Will keep my eye on this.
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2007 08:03:40 AM »

is there a reason why you specifically want a spiral bound book? what if everyone were to get a set of bookbinder's screws, and you set a size requirement? you'd need to make a cover, but that could even be one of the rounds, and then you wouldn't have to worry about finding a book everyone could afford/have shipped to them.

just a suggestion! i've been really tempted by the tip in swaps, and it's something i've thought about doing if i ever had the time to sign up.
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2007 08:11:26 AM »

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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.
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2007 08:23:52 AM »

Thanks for that link, aroze. I guess "spiral bound" wasn't the best of terminology.

crafty_dame, I guess we could make the books, but it worries me a bit that people will mis-measure. If we use a premade book, all the pages will be sure to fit, and there will be no margin to worry about.

In a perfect world, I wish we could all mail the books back and forth. It's been so fun this last year to actually get to see everyone's work close up. But cost and time (especially with international sends) have just gotten in the way.

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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2007 08:27:10 AM »

Thanks for that link, aroze. I guess "spiral bound" wasn't the best of terminology.

I'm the lucky gal in my office who orders the supplies, so that's why I knew what it was called.
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