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Scrapbooking Poems from a Fishbowl
haikujaguar requested that fishbowl poems be made available in concrete form, as scrapbook pages. I can do that; for that matter, I can scrap any of my poems. I've been scrapping my poetry as presents for several years. Most poems fit on one page; a few turn into spreads of two or three pages. I use scrapbook paper, both patterned and plain. Embellishments include stickers, rub-on decals, paper punches, and borders of contrasting paper cut with decorative scissors. If you want specific colors, you can ask and I'll see what I've got in stock. Autograph available upon request.

Figure $5-$10 per page. $5 would cover poems I can print out onto a single matching sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper, or plain paper embellished with stickers or simple cutouts. $10 would cover poems that require more complicated cutting and piecing, laser cuts/stickers I have to buy special, premium paper like metallic or handmade stuff, and 12" x 12" pages. Most poems could go either way, depending on how fancy a page you want. Some are an obvious match for easy-to-find paper (I can usually find leaf frames, flower frames, etc.) and others are just so exotic that I have to do a lot of piecing or stickering to make the presentation match the poem's content. Add postage for mailing in a cardboard envelope. After I've done this a few times, I'll have a good idea how much that will cost. Probably $1-2 since that's what most of my manuscript submissions cost.

If you're interested in buying a scrapbook page, contact me and we'll discuss details.

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haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: February 21st, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I must buy myself a present. The only problem is choosing which...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 21st, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there's no way I'll be able to keep up my habit of sending you copies of everything related to your work for Midwinter. I'm doing too much stuff now. Same with Mom's folder, which I was trying to keep full of everything that had appeared online or in print magazines she doesn't get copies of. *laugh* You know you're insanely busy when you can't even keep up with yourself.

Anyhow, let me know which one(s) you want.

It occurs to me that the two epics would darn near fill a pamphlet by themselves. I'll have to look at the scrapbook store next time I go in; sometimes they have miniature pamphlet-style scrapbooks available.
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: February 25th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
As an aside, you should memory this post so that readers (and you) can find it quickly when they want to buy from you. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 25th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay ... how do I use the memory function? What does it do? I haven't used it before.

I was planning to add a summary of the scrapbook option to my Poetry Fishbowl post.
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: March 1st, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you look at your own post (clicking on the comments is easiest, to get the one you want in particular) and glance at the top, there should be a row of buttons: a pencil to edit, a little thing that says 'tag' to tag. Then there's a heart--that's the memory button. Hit it and it will tell you how to put in a keyword for this particular entry (I'd try something like 'goods for sale').

Then when people check your profile under User Info, they'll see that you have 1 Memory tagged, and can click that link to look at a list of the things you have Memoried, listed by your keyword. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 1st, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have marked the scrapbook-poetry post as a Memory. While I was at it, I also Memoried several other posts that I frequently point people to.
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