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« on: July 29, 2008 06:56:43 PM »

lately i've really gotten into paper crafts. i have a few nifty ideas i want to try out for handbound journals, but i have a few questions first
1. can you run cardstock through a regular printer? or would it have to be a heavy duty one?
2. anyone know where i could take paper to get it professionally cut to a size? i have a paper cutter, but it's cheap and the paper doesn't come out even. there is a staples about 45 miles from the town i'm in
3. i have a pretty ungood printer. it does it's job, but when i try to print pictures, they come out really low quality. is there anything i can do to fix this?
4. does anyone know where i can get book binding glue? a website i found says i need a PVA glue, but that elmer's would also suffice. what would be best? i want to see these on etsy, so they need to be sturdy and reliable
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008 01:33:35 PM »

anyone?  Huh
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2008 06:49:31 PM »

I can answer the cardstock question, it can be put through a printer. Some printers have a setting for it. Mine I just run it through like I do regular printer paper.

I don't know the answers for the rest of your questions.

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008 08:36:04 AM »

okie dokie :] thank you very much
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2008 12:37:27 AM »

With the printing, what sort of paper are you using? Ordinary copy paper is never going to get a good result, photo paper will give much better results.

PVA glue is pretty widely available. If you are having trouble finding it, try a hardware store. It's used in woodworking too.
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2008 09:44:10 PM »

Most printers will accept cardstock. It you are unsure about it, check your printer manual but if that missing try looking it up on the manufacturer's website. My printer is a Lexmark (bought in 2003) and it accepts cardstock just fine.

FedEx Kinkos and the UPS Store both offer services for cutting paper. Both have professional paper cutters for you to use and if you have any trouble, the staff is very friendly and helpful (at least, in my experience they are).

Many printers offer different quality settings--ranging from Quick Print to High Quality. Check the manual or view your printer's preferences/settings to see if there a higher quality setting you can put it on. And if anything, FedEx Kinkos and the UPS Store both offer printing services as well.

If you are using glue for binding, you should really get some PVA glue. You can find it at most hardware stores and Hobby Lobby also carries it. It dries clear and doesn't yellow over time like Elmer's can.
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2008 02:45:14 PM »

ahh thanks for all the help guys :] i'm all excited to dive into bookbinding now lol.
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