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Re: Best size for letterboxing journal/notebook?
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Reply to: #841811 by DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Apr 16, 2014 4:45pm
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...it makes dozens and dozens of log books.

How do you bind your books?
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Reply to: #841812 by DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Apr 16, 2014 6:06pm
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And no one complains about the lipstick marks?

I worry more about the "Oooooh, baby, you're the one for me."
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Reply to: #841797 by Ddraig
Apr 16, 2014 6:32pm
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I bought a journal with lined paper when I started. A cheap one, too. Man. :/
I didn't realize I would become addicted. I love my notebook tho :)
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Reply to: #841797 by Ddraig
Apr 16, 2014 6:41pm
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I've gotten some cute logbooks at Hobby Lobby, but I always open up the package to feel the paper first.
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Reply to: #841813 by Ddraig
Apr 16, 2014 6:50pm
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I found this video very clear for binding books using coptic stitch. It makes a nice book with as many pages as you want, and you will be able to open it up to lie flat which is essential for stamping.
How to Make a Sketchbook

It suggests buying a sketch pad to use the cardboard backing as the cover and the sketch paper for the pages, but DON'T use sketch paper! It's still textured. Also, the video talks about using waxed linen thread. I've tried dental floss instead, which worked pretty well.
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Reply to: #841838 by Intrinsically Knotted
Apr 16, 2014 7:29pm
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plain old cardstock and candlewicking thread works as well. i make a lot of my logbooks. . . well, i made all of them until my daughter went through her closets and gifted me with 3 sketchbooks.

frankly, the sketch paper is ok for stamping. i'm not expecting to archive any of this; i simply want a record of my having been there.

~tigs
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Reply to: #841842 by tiggermama
Apr 16, 2014 7:50pm
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I agree, the sketch paper is not horrible for stamping, but I'd still prefer something smoother. One of the first series I found after making my current logbook was the Woodland Folk & Legends series, which has incredibly detailed, gorgeous carves by 3 Blind Mice among others, and I would have preferred a clearer imprint.

On the otherhand, one of my friends who came on that hike stamped the same stamps into her identical logbook (I made two), and they came out much better. So maybe I just need to learn better stamping techniques!
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Reply to: #841813 by Ddraig
Apr 16, 2014 10:22pm
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How do you bind your books?

With a Bind-It-All (BIA). IMO, spiral-bound is the way to go for large, personal log books as well as the tiny ones you put in the boxes.

Doublesaj
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Reply to: #841805 by PiggyJaunt
Apr 16, 2014 11:36pm
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I started with 3 by 5 index cards, which work almost always, and are easy to carry. But switched to a 5 by 8 book, and am taping the cards inside, cutting off any excess blank card areas. But all those cards are making the book kinda thick.

If portability is your most important feature, use cards. With cards, it makes no difference if you make a bad copy of a stamp. Just do another one, and you can discard the bad copy. If you walk a lot for the boxes, cards are much easier to carry. 4 by 6 cards would be great. If you mostly drive, carrying a book is not a problem at all.

If having a hardback for stamping ease is more important to you, go with a book. If you attend events, you will need a 5 by 8 to accommodate event stamps. With the book, I just accept that there will be both a good and bad copy of some stamps. I like being able to see a whole series at once. But I miss being able to walk carrying a tiny hip bag and almost no weight.
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Reply to: #841737 by Ddraig
Apr 17, 2014 6:05am
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My absolute favorite logbook is the Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook in the large 5" x 8.25" trim size. The paper is heavy and very smooth. It has a special elastic band to hold it closed and a ribbon marker to hold your place, and it lies flat very easily.

Once I bought the wrong kind of blank-page Moleskine (not the sketchbook) and was disappointed in the lightness of the paperweight. I'll never make that mistake again!
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Reply to: #841885 by Parhelia
Apr 17, 2014 6:39am
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I use the same book. The paper is thick enough to stamp on both sides and the little pocket in the back is also handy.
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Reply to: #841885 by Parhelia
Apr 17, 2014 6:49am
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Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook in the large 5" x 8.25" trim size

I use this too. I can usually get three stamps along the left margin of each page with room beside each stamp to record the name of the stamp, planter (and carver, if different), location, date planted, and date found.
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Reply to: #841838 by Intrinsically Knotted
Apr 17, 2014 8:10am
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this video

It is a very good tutorial. There are others on AQ under "Toolbox". I punch my signatures from the inside out. Measure and mark one signature and use it as a template for the rest of the signatures. Place a sheet of foam to punch into through the paper. Old Reader's Digest books are a good size for covers. For paper I use Cougar brand, 11"X17" , smooth, Text, 100lb, White from a print shop. The paper is folded twice making four page signature. The top fold is trimmed off and edge to fit the cover. If they do not have this text paper use "cover" paper.
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Reply to: #841742 by FloridaFour
Apr 17, 2014 8:57am
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If you want to invest in the best go to Oberon.com ...handade leather bound cover with hard cover replaceable log book inside. Had mine 8 pluse years...love it!! Plus when book is full and replaced you can shelf them as a real book does. :-)
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Reply to: #841832 by Topcollector
Apr 17, 2014 9:16am
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I have found some great log books at Michaels - especially in their sketchbook section. Plus, they have coupons for 40% off one item on a semi-regular basis. Yay discounts.
Lock n locks
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Apr 17, 2014 11:00am
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Are on sale at www.locknlock-usa.com. The 1.5 cup (5 x 4 x 2) is $2.38 each.
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Reply to: #841940 by judithandsparky
Apr 17, 2014 2:33pm
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AND 10% off! Use code "egghunter"
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Reply to: #841982 by Raven
Apr 17, 2014 4:24pm
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Wished there was a code for "free shipping."
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Reply to: #841997 by scouttrekkie
Apr 17, 2014 4:37pm
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Your wish is granted: USA Free shipping on orders over *$100!
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Reply to: #841997 by scouttrekkie
Apr 17, 2014 5:28pm
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Do you want to go in on an order with me? I asked someone else and she has enough. Maybe ask Keri Yokey (and I can ask Rachluabster) if she wants to split, or I could get $50 worth.
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Reply to: #841784 by Wry Me
Apr 17, 2014 5:38pm
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Smacks forehead, geeeshhhh don't encourage her please.... I just know I am gonna get a paper cut on the lips now, I just know it.
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Reply to: #842001 by Wronghat
Apr 17, 2014 5:53pm
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USA Free shipping on orders over *$100!

Well, is that all it takes to get free shipping. I must have missed that small print, teehee. Don't know if I need $100 worth but I can go on some especially since I'll save $12 from shipping. I pm you CC.
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Reply to: #842011 by DustySandStorm
Apr 17, 2014 6:00pm
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Therves ooo wite.
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Reply to: #841918 by T REX
Apr 18, 2014 6:28am
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If you want to invest in the best go to Oberon.com

I tried that but someone is parking that domain. I'm interested in looking at their products. Do you have another URL?
If you shopped at Michaels
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Apr 18, 2014 8:33am
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News is reporting that if you shopped at Michaels last year over an 8 month period, your credit card info may have been compromised. Yuck.
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Reply to: #842095 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 18, 2014 8:59am
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Wow! My bank got the alert in February. The news is a little behind.
Re: If you shopped at Michaels
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Reply to: #842095 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 18, 2014 12:53pm
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Isn't that the second such breach at Michael's? Time to start paying cash there.
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Reply to: #842126 by Angel and Demon
Apr 18, 2014 4:13pm
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Time to start paying cash

Children or cash

Chose one
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Reply to: #842069 by Oberon_Kenobi
Apr 18, 2014 8:24pm
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I'm interested in looking at their products. Do you have another URL?

http://oberondesign.com/journal-covers.html
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Reply to: #842148 by dingus dufus
Apr 19, 2014 5:59am
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Depends on the day!