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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Help! Binding that allows me to add/remove pages freely? on: May 28, 2009 01:37:31 PM
Hey y'all!

LONG VERSION begin here:  I decided to do my first foray into altered book land this week, using a free book I picked up, read, and thoroughly disliked. I covered the exterior in fabric and it looks quite nice.

I really want to have a blank interior for my book -- so I don't have to read it again every time I open it, blegh -- so I tried to gesso the pages, tearing out every other page. This would take forever to do 150 pages, plus they're very thick and warped it really looks shoddy. Sad

I tore out the book part, which left me with the sad (kinda floppy) cover... I found an old three-ring binder, and glued the metal part into my book, but now it just looks like a three-ring-binder covered in red fabric. Not really what I was aiming for.

SHORT VERSION begin here:
I'm going to go out and buy some pages tonight to fit my book cover. I want to find a way to bind it so that I can freely add and remove pages.

If I put the pages in, do you think it will look less like a boring, three-ring binder? What if I 'cover' the rings from showing on the outside by having bookmarks with, er, tassels or something?

Are there other binding options that will permit me to add and remove pages as I wish? Ribbon? String? Brads?

I want my book to have a sort of ancient/magical feel, if that helps at all. Smiley

Thanks in advance for your help!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / M&P Soap bases without coconut, etc.? Edit: Or cold process, instead? on: October 07, 2007 05:57:22 AM
Hello fellow Craftsters!

I have a very extensive list of allergies; among these are soy, all-nuts-except-peanuts, and coconut.

I'm having a hard time finding soaps that don't contain these, especially the coconut oil! Even products I found that said there were an "olive oil soap base" contained coconut oil as one of the first ingredient, and the olive oil was more like an additive...

I've found M&P bases without these ingredients, but they, in turn, seem to contain lots of chemicals! Sad Yuck!

Is there a good, natural M&P soap base that is coconut- and soy-free?

Links are definitely, definitely welcome!

Thanks a million!


Or maybe I should just bite the bullet and go for cold-process soap, and make my own soap base?
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / FDA Regulations on Cosmetic, Drugs, Soaps -- and implications for sellers? on: September 22, 2007 02:55:35 PM
First of all, a huge thank-you to whatever Craftster it was that posted this link on the board: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-lbl.html

I found it through the 'search' function and it helped me a lot.

I apologize in advance for the size of this post -- but it really isn't as dense as it looks! I would really, really appreciate it if you all would PLEASE take a look.

I still have a lot of questions, though! Smiley I hope you all don't mind, there will be a lot of info here that I need a lot of help analysing. Sad

The concept for the small business I am planning to launch (please don't steal this idea, y'all, even though it may already be done, I'm trusting you for help!) is, I think, a fun one.

I was inspired by the old, 19th-century Patent Medicine labelling and the general Victorian fascination with the orient... I love steampunk and Victoriana, so I wanted to reflect this love in my product packaging and designs.

I have a desire to create bath products of the following varieties:
Sugar scrubs
Bath salts (or herbal "bath teas" -- for use in bathwater, not for drinking!)
Bath oils
Lotion bars
Shampoo (herbal)
Shaving oil/cream
Lip balm
Face powder (cosmetic)
Hair rinses  (for various conditions -- dry hair, oily hair, scalp problems)

I would also like to venture into the production of natural household products and cleaners -- mild detergents, things like that.

Because of the FDA ruling about drug claims, I know that I can't have any of the over-the-top claims of healing and curative properties that patent medicines had... Not only because the FDA would then classify my cosmetics as a drug,  but because I'm liable to get slapped with a lawsuit by a disgruntled consumer!

So I understand I'll have to be very careful about my wording on products.

However, the FDA says that I can't even make aromatherapy claims without my product being classified as a drug??

They give the examples of aromatherapy sleep aids and aromatherapy to help people quit smoking... Are they just saying that I can't claim to treat the conditions of addiction/insomnia? Or are they saying that offering any products whatsoever that mention the herbal/aromatherapy properties of ingredients (lavender or kava kava to soothe/calm, for example, or sage to help repair damaged hair) are disallowed?

And if it's common knowledge that something has a certain property (like kava or valerian to calm), and I include that in a bath tea/soap/cosmetic product, am I crossing the line from soap/cosmetic to drug?

And even if these products ARE considered drugs, if the ingredients are generally considered safe and effective for certain conditions (ie, I can't be found guilty of misleading info on labelling), doesn't that mean that I don't require New Drug Approval? So I'm fine? The FDA site says: drugs must either receive premarket approval by FDA or conform to final regulations specifying conditions whereby they are generally recognized as safe and effective, and not misbranded. Meaning that if the herb I am using is premarket approved (such as a store-bought herbal extract or loose leaf), it's okay... Is that right??

Because drugs either have to have a New Drug Approval or conform to an existing FDA OTC monograph (ruleset)... This means that I can't make an herbal antidandruff rinse, because the current antidandruff monograph says that it has to contain one of the many commercially-available chemicals (salacylic acid, pyrithione zinc, etc.) to be labelled as an antidandruff, or to make the claim of treating dandruff... Which is just downright depressing. Sad Is there a way to get around this? Can I claim that a product will soothe symptoms of dry scalp? Can I indicate that a certain herb has been shown to reduce flaking, without actually making the claim that that's what MY product does?

I'm feeling really sad and crappy about all of this right now. I feel like the FDA just rained all over my parade. Sad I was really excited about marketing an herbal anti-dandruff and some cool themed soaps with cool names (ex: Professor Longbottom's Soothing Soap for Nervous Persons, crap like that) but now it looks like I won't be able to? Because making an allegedly 'relaxing' or 'soothing' soap crosses the line from cosmetic/soap to drug?  Huh

Is it true that if I'm only selling locally at craft fairs and such, then I'm not manufacturing a product that has to be FDA-regulated? Are there special rules for online sellers of herbal cosmetic/soap products?  If I'm such a small-scale operation, do I even need to worry about all this?

I don't know! Can anyone help me??

I could just go cry!  Cry
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