It's New Year's Eve and we're having a great family trip, hanging out together, playing in the snow, playing Wii, and readying for some fun with friends for dinner and cocktails tonight.
As I go into 2008, I'm feeling hopeful and optimistic about moving closer to my goals. There's kind of a spike going on in my motivation right now, that comes from the doing, the making, and I'm looking forward to getting back home to keep it going.
Having this blog has been a source of inspiration, motivation and a good creative outlet for me and I really appreciate the sharing that happens here. For every kind remark and question I am thankful. So, as far as questions ... yes, questions are welcome. But, please know, I'm just somebody, like you, who learns as I go, through trial and error and experimentation. I had a few questions about the mini-books I made as Christmas gifts, and since a few people showed interest, I'll address those answers here, rather than with individual emails.
With regard to:
For the 3 recent little books, yes, I did print my own photo enlargements using a matte photo paper, standard 8.5 x 11 size and then cut to size. The matte stands up to fingerprints, doesn't have that high-shine and, a bonus ... it's less expensive than premium. I prefer it. I have an HP 7700 printer - it's okay, but my older Canon (don't have the #'s right now) printer does even better pics. At other times, I order photo enlargements, from scrapbookpictures.com, but these were quick turnaround projects.
I tried to find a link on the Office Depot site to no avail. The same item/different brand is here. But these sheets are readily-available off the shelf in the paper section at my local office supply chain. I love using these to add texture and interest. I really like the specialty canvas words and phrases you can purchase, but I'm picky about what they say and the fonts (and, I'm cheap). With these sheets I can design whatever I want and spread that cost out over many, many projects. I use InDesign to design these elements and then just cut them to size.
I used 3M super 77 multipurpose spray adhesive, with newspaper spread all over the floor area of my kitchen. It holds the paper strongly to the chipboard and the photos really well to the cardstock. It doesn't dry too fast, so my items are temporarily repositionable (you can peel it back to better align things.) The drawbacks are obvious, it's tacky (i washed my hands throughout the assembly) and messy around the workspace.
Recently I saw an episode of Martha Stewart that featured a positionable mounting adhesive, by 3M that comes in rolls, evidently holds strong, but without the aerosol mess. It's expensive, but I'm pretty sure I could use it all the time. I want to give that a try. Would love to hear about alternatives that are used for photo, chipboard, paper, etc. Have never used a Xyron machine and that might be a good next step for me. Any suggestions out there?
Here's hoping that your evening is and your new year begins brightly, happily and warmly. Cheers!