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Re: Advanced Search Problem
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983313 by Phoenix Rizing
Feb 9, 2020 11:05am
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I just did an advanced search for active boxes within 15 miles of Peekskill and got letterboxes.
Re: Advanced Search Problem
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983313 by Phoenix Rizing
Feb 9, 2020 11:11am
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When I go to do an Advanced Search under Letterboxes, I get an All Trackers Search.

I've experienced a similar issue. A week or so ago, I was doing some event searches. When I was done, I selected Advanced Search under the Letterboxes menu, and it brought up the Events Search window instead of the Letterbox Search menu.

I just tried to replicate that problem, and it happened again. I did an advanced event search for events in a particular geographical area. Now when I click on Advanced Search under the Letterboxes menu it's stuck on Events Search again.
Re: Advanced Search Problem
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983315 by Dawnkey
Feb 9, 2020 11:15am
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As a follow-up, refreshing the browser doesn't solve the problem, nor does signing out and back in to AQ. I got it unstuck by doing a simple letterbox search, since that still worked. After doing a simple search for something I was then able to do Advanced Search under Letterboxes and have it bring up the Traditional Boxes Search window as expected, instead of the Events Search menu.
Re: Advanced Search Problem
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983313 by Phoenix Rizing
Feb 9, 2020 1:55pm
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I've been meaning to comment about this, too. I noticed after one of the last updates that whenever I choose "Advanced Search," it automatically pops up as whatever the most recent type of search I've done.

For example: I click on "Trackers" from the drop down menu and I get a list of trackers. Then I want to look up some traditional letterboxes, so I click on "Advanced Search" from the drop down menu under "Letterboxes," but it comes up set on tracker search and I have to select traditional letterboxes.

The same thing happens if I click on "events." I get a list of events. But if the next thing I do is to go to "Advanced search," it starts off set to search for events and I have to select traditional letterboxes.

Only if I do one search for traditional letterboxes and then I click on "Advanced Search" will I get the search pre-set for traditional letterboxes.

It's like the "Advanced Search" seems to be remembering the type of query that my profile made to the entire database.
Re: Advanced Search Problem
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983320 by Rocket Raider
Feb 9, 2020 1:58pm
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OK, so I just tried it again and it doesn't do it if I just click "Events" from the drop down, but it does do it if I click "my signups" or on my page if I click the events near me in the widgit. I didn't try it, but it may be the same with the trackers--it's if I click on, say, "untagged."
Re: Advanced Search Problem
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983313 by Phoenix Rizing
Feb 9, 2020 3:11pm
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I'm not sure why this "problem" is suddenly getting so much attention. (I just got an email about the same thing just yesterday!)

When you run a search, it stays "sticky." So people who are running a lot of a certain type of search don't have to keep changing the search type. Whatever the last search you ran was, that's what it will default to. According to my notes, I made this change on October 18th of last year. It's been like this for awhile now!

But I've gone ahead and updated the link under the "Letterboxes" menubar option to default to traditional boxes. You kind of expect that link would default to boxes being located under the "Letterboxes" menubar option.

But depending on the link you follow, the Advanced Search page might default to all sorts of things. The tracker page, it defaults to a tracker search. The events page, it default to the Event search. But other places on AQ might default to whatever it was that you last searched.

-- Ryan
Re: Copy box number with clue
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983312 by Green Tortuga
Feb 13, 2020 3:57am
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Ok I see now. Thanks GT
LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Feb 14, 2020 4:55am
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I seem to use black ink for a lot of my outlines on an LTC. I usually use a standard size versafine jet black ink pad and seem to be needing more really quickly. I have tried using the rejuvenating spray, but then my pad looks washed out after a while.

What are some other tools, methods to use as a black outline? I love embossing my cards so it needs to be wet enough to stick.

Is it worth buying a jumbo pad?
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983460 by Damselfly
Feb 14, 2020 6:26am
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Do you have a reinker?
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983460 by Damselfly
Feb 14, 2020 7:11am
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Definitely a reinker is the way to go. I have sometimes "re-inked" my standard size pad 2-3 times while stamping 20 or so cards. And I have still not used up the small bottle of ink.
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983460 by Damselfly
Feb 14, 2020 8:12am
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Confession time- I have an obsession with my ink pads in that every time I buy one, I HAVE to buy a re-inker for it. If it doesn't have one available, then I just don't buy it. It really extends the life of the pads, and also keeps you going through a project. Distress Ink Pads can be "refreshed" with a spray that Ranger sells as well. Also, you can use ink from the re-inkers if you want to paint on any of your projects or if you want to create a background paper. 😊
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983462 by LROSEM
Feb 14, 2020 3:25pm
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No I do not. Just a spray I borrowed to try out... clearly I need to buy a reinker. Sounds like the right product. Thanks everyone all the positive feedback. Super helpful:)
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983472 by Damselfly
Feb 15, 2020 4:20am
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Bring your ink pad over to house today. Now that I'm thinking about the question and what you need, I may have a large bottle of black ink in the craft closet that might work.

Question: Does it matter if the brands match or the age of the re-filler bottle?

How often should you need to refill a pad once you start doing it? Can you refill markers as well?
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983477 by Tri-Colored Paws
Feb 15, 2020 4:24am
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Will do. Thanks! 😁
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983477 by Tri-Colored Paws
Feb 15, 2020 4:26am
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I use the refill brand that matches the ink pad because the inks are different. Some are thicker than others. Maybe the type of ink in the original question is part of the problem. Versafine is one of the best inks - pads last a long time, and refill bottles are available from Stampeaz. The extra cost is totally worth it!
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983477 by Tri-Colored Paws
Feb 15, 2020 6:43am
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How often should you need to refill a pad once you start doing it?

That depends on how much stamping you're doing, how long you leave the pad open/uncovered while you work, etc. As soon as you see that the stamped image seems less than crisply saturated, add some ink to the pad. And yes, match the refill to the brand and type of ink for best results.

Can you refill markers as well?

Copic markers are refillable, and that is by far, the most economical way to go if you color with them regularly.
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983482 by Wise Wanderer
Feb 15, 2020 6:47am
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How about Marvy markers or Tombow? Can you refill those and how do you do that?
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983477 by Tri-Colored Paws
Feb 15, 2020 7:20am
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I prefer to re-ink as needed. Different stamps require differing amounts of ink due to how much uncarved surface there is on the image.

I find trying to load the pad up too much causes my stamped image to be less crisp. I would prefer to ink up a little at a time throughout the run if needed.
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983483 by Damselfly
Feb 15, 2020 7:50am
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How about Marvy markers or Tombow? Can you refill those and how do you do that?

I have some rarely used Marvy markers in my backpack for that occasional stamp in the wild that needs multiple colors. They have not dried out on me yet, and I don't use them often enough to use up the ink, so I have no idea if they are refillable. Haven't used Tombow at all.
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983483 by Damselfly
Feb 15, 2020 8:04pm
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How about Marvy markers or Tombow? Can you refill those and how do you do that?

Someone (Deniserows?) once told me that she pulls the "cap" off the back of her markers when they have dried out and added a few drops of water. I have not tried it myself yet as my markers have "tips" at both ends.
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983499 by PI Joe
Feb 15, 2020 10:14pm
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Interesting. Thanks for the tip.
We use markers a lot while “Seeking” boxes, so if we can find a way to keep them longer that would be nice.
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983499 by PI Joe
Feb 15, 2020 10:35pm
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ers when they have dried out and added a few drops of water. I have not tried it myself yet as my markers have "tips" at both ends.

I have been doing this for years. Still using the same set of markers because of it. I have double ended Marvy. I use a small pair of pliers to remove the black plastic cap on the small end and take the cover off the large end then have the water going at a very slow drip and drip in about three or four drops from the sink, basically enough to allow color to come out the big end. Then I put the lids back on leave them sitting big tip down in a cup for a while to let the water soak through and continue using them. They are at least 10 years old now
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983500 by Damselfly
Feb 16, 2020 4:20am
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If you store your markers tip down (And ink pads upside down) that also helps extend the life, I believe.
Re: LTC question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983504 by Mama Stork
Feb 16, 2020 4:39am
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If you store your markers tip down (And ink pads upside down) that also helps extend the life

I agree but when you use them constantly, they run out steam. I notice the cold weather bothers them as well. Come on spring!
Help finding a boxer
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Feb 16, 2020 7:57am
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So I know her name is something like Jean Gray and she lives in TN maybe? I can't figure out how to find her, I've typed her name in a number of ways but I'm sure I'm just screwing it up and it's spelled outside of ways my imagination can come up with :) Anyone know her? She's rad.
Re: Help finding a boxer
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Reply to: #983512 by PiggyJaunt
Feb 16, 2020 8:17am
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I met Gene Gray at L&BXX from Tennessee. Maybe she is who you are looking for.
Re: Help finding a boxer
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Reply to: #983512 by PiggyJaunt
Feb 16, 2020 8:52am
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Yes thanks so much :D I knew the community would be able to figure it out for me.
Re: Help finding a boxer
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #983512 by PiggyJaunt
Feb 16, 2020 10:25am
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How about Gene?
Re: Help finding a boxer
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Reply to: #983518 by BEBO BEAR
Feb 16, 2020 10:45am
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Re: LTC question
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Reply to: #983510 by Tri-Colored Paws
Feb 16, 2020 2:16pm
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I notice the cold weather bothers them as well.

If I'm boxing in cold weather, I'll keep my ink pad and markers in my jacket's inside breast pocket. Body heat keeps them a little warmer.