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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: A few questions about using greeting cards on: April 26, 2009 11:03:24 AM
Scanning them is an interesting thought!  Many of the envelopes are decorated, too (my DH is an artist so he personalizes all store-bought items; he even makes all the xmas gift tags, so I've got a bunch of those saved up over the years, too).  I could scan for the scrapbook, and then keep the originals organized in a box or something.  I'm going to think about this for a bit, I think it might work.

Yes, the multiple-scans per page idea definitely makes sense, I've got a whole CD to take up to Walgreens today with photos that I've resized/cropped/edited in some way - I used PhotoShop to put 2-4 pics on each 4x6 layout; it's cheaper this way, too-  instead of paying for each individual print to be reduced or enlarged, I'll pay for the 24-photo deal and end up with maybe 50-60 photos  Grin

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Ink jet printing for a scrapbook? on: April 26, 2009 10:53:43 AM
Is ink jet printing really okay?  In my experience just using it for work and stuff, the ink isn't very stable and fades or even scrapes off after  a while.  Is this just because of the cheap paper I use for everyday printing?  And/or should I be using the photo ink cartridge?  (My printer has a black & a color cartridge, and for photos you use the color cartridge and a special photo one.)  And/or should I spray with something to set it?  I really like the idea of being able to make my own headlines, notes, etc. but I worry about the permanence and stability.  I've been searching all week for answers but am not really finding anything, so I'd love to hear some experienced thoughts.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / A few questions about using greeting cards on: April 21, 2009 10:24:55 AM
Hi all.  So, I've acquired scrapbooking as a new hobby, or rather it has been thrust upon me - DH has assigned me the task of the family archives.  Okay, fine - it does look rather fun  Smiley

My biggest quandary at the moment is greeting cards - we have saved a bunch over the years.  Should I de-acidify them before applying to my scrapbook page?

And I welcome any and all clever ideas about incorporating whole cards (I don't want to cut them up)!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby quilt questions on: February 16, 2009 06:26:42 PM
If you expect her to use it, you also have to expect that it will have to be washed a lot, especially since baby might make messes on it, so it needs to be very durable .... sounds like you already know this Wink  Not sure if you do this or not: but the first thing I do with any fabric that comes into my house is wash on hot, dry on hot, iron on hot.  I suggest doing the same thing with any embroidery thread you plan on using; you can do it by hand, but agitate a lot and try to 'abuse' it.  Just to make sure everything shrinks and bleeds as much as possible before you use it.

I've never used nylon thread so I can't speak to the durability of it, but good quilting cotton does hold up well.

I love that you're thinking of the symbolism and meaning you'll put into it, that is so sweet and thoughtful!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: London Roads and Yeeehaww! on: February 16, 2009 06:08:11 PM
Those are both wonderful! I love the bright blue main fabric in the first one, it's so pretty and cheerful.  And the cowboy one is an excellent pattern!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilt for a boy (LOTS of PICS!!!) on: February 16, 2009 06:00:59 PM
Awesome!! Nice bright colors and the geckos are wonderful!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: spring umbrella quilt on: February 16, 2009 05:55:38 PM
That is absolutely gorgeous, I love the pattern!  And the fabrics are wonderful.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for a quilt pattern with these fabrics on: February 16, 2009 10:48:51 AM
Not sure about a pattern (everything I make is random) ... but I would suggest picking up another yellow with a bit of bright green in the pattern; not much green, just a touch of brightness.  Or a bright green with a touch of yellow, and use it sparingly.  I think it would really make the yellows pop.  Can't wait to see what you do with it, I love yellow, so cheerful!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: happy monkey baby quilt on: February 16, 2009 10:41:48 AM
I love it!!  The monkey fabric is excellent.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Lemons and Lillys on: February 16, 2009 10:37:57 AM
How pretty!!  Very cheerful - I want it for myself Smiley
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