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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2007 10:07:52 AM »

wonderful idea - hubby should be better by the time this starts up  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2007 10:19:31 AM »

I do like this idea, and would be very interested in participating.

Were you thinking of choosing a journal with watercolor paper?  I know that's what you and a-roze and a few others used in our journal ring.

I have trouble getting stuff to stick to watercolor paper -- I kept having to resort to gel medium in our ring! -- if you want to consider something else, I can recommend the cachet wirebound sketchbooks with canvas covers.  I like the pages because they aren't white, and I like the covers because they are really easy to decorate.
http://www.dickblick.com/zz103/93/

But if you all have your hearts set on watercolor paper -- I've got plenty of gel medium!  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2007 10:23:48 AM »

The only reason I'm a fan of the water color paper is that I like the weight of it. That's strange that nothing else would stick to it. I don't know if I had that problem  but if I did, I didn't notice it.  Undecided
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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2007 10:26:44 AM »

The only reason I'm a fan of the water color paper is that I like the weight of it. That's strange that nothing else would stick to it. I don't know if I had that problem  but if I did, I didn't notice it.  Undecided

Well, it's not that nothing else would stick, but that my regular glue stick (Elmer's extra strength) wouldn't.  I used double-sided tape on several of my spreads, and that worked fine.  But for gluing large areas, nothing I have would work except for gel medium.

I agree, the pages had nice weight and didn't curl or wrinkle.
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« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2007 10:38:26 AM »

The only reason I'm a fan of the water color paper is that I like the weight of it. That's strange that nothing else would stick to it. I don't know if I had that problem  but if I did, I didn't notice it.  Undecided

Well, it's not that nothing else would stick, but that my regular glue stick (Elmer's extra strength) wouldn't.  I used double-sided tape on several of my spreads, and that worked fine.  But for gluing large areas, nothing I have would work except for gel medium.

I agree, the pages had nice weight and didn't curl or wrinkle.

I gave up on glue sticks awhile back because it seems like mine just weren't holding once they were totally dry. It could very well be user error, though. When I'm sticking down really big stuff I run it thru my Xyron and then brayer the heck out of it.

Does anyone think the watercolor paper is too heavy?
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« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2007 10:59:44 AM »

I liked the watercolor weight and didn't have a problem (at least I hope I didn't!) having things stick. I used a glue stick (Avery) on some stuff, my Xyron on others, and mod podge on some. Did anyone have troubles with what I sent?  I used a brayer too, to try to really stick stuff down.

How heavy are the pages in that book you sent, kat? As long as they can hold up to tags and lots of stuff glued on them, I'm open...
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« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2007 11:04:04 AM »

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.

oh, good point! i was just curious!
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« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2007 11:06:13 AM »

How heavy are the pages in that book you sent, kat? As long as they can hold up to tags and lots of stuff glued on them, I'm open...

It's a sketch book, so the pages are a medium weight paper.  I'd guess about 32 lb paper.

They would hold up, but obviously not as well as watercolor paper.

If I had the $$ to start my own business, I'd make & sell wire bound sketch books with 90 lb paper in them for collage art.  I can't believe no one sells something like that!
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« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2007 11:10:50 AM »

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

Just an idea.
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« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2007 11:27:43 AM »

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. 
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