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Posted 1/25/2013 by looser in General Stamping

The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 1/25/2013 1:41:49 PM
Ran across an issue of Rubber Stamper (july/august '03). I probably picked it up at the last CHA Expo I attended.

Haven't looked thru it too much, but it's going to be fun to see what was going on in the stamping world 10 years ago. For some stampers that's a 'lifetime'. For all of us stampers it's history. Apart from the pix & articles, I'm going to pay attention to the ads & see who's still around & who's not. See what the still-around mfrs & retailers are doing...etc.

So! Do you have old hardcopy mags that you look at? If not... Do you ever explore stamping 'history' using the Internet? How?

Let the sharing begin!

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 1/25/2013 2:11:41 PM
That would be fun to look through! May I also ask how much the magazine cost? I am by the prices on some of the current magazines!



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Posted: 1/25/2013 2:34:28 PM
LOL at Heidi!
Your question about the price of the magazine was enough to get me out of my chair to go look at my old magazines. And I was comfy too.

I found a May/June issue of Somerset Studio for get this.....only $5.95! Wow! Those prices have sure increased! The earliest issue of RubberStampMadness that I kept was an issue from May/June 2006 and it was $5.99.

As far as magazines go, I don't keep them all. I usually only keep them if there's an article about a technique or a stamped piece I thought was really inspiring. (That issue of Rubberstampmadness had an article about soot stamping. I never did try that. I was afraid that I'd burn the house down.) And I also found a few things from Art Continuum 2000.
I don't keep the newer issues of magazines. I always pass them along to someone else. Spread the love. They are too expensive to just throw away.

I think I'll go through those again and purge. Big weekend plans. Woo-hoo!

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The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 1/25/2013 2:35:11 PM
My issue was a 'freebie', but cover price is $5.99 (US) $7.99 (Can). I hearya on the 'sticker shock', Heidi.

Still haven't gone thru the issue, but front cover is about doing 'faux postage'. also keeping tools sharp & using envelope liners. Also? Last page looks interesting. It's about 'creative clutter'. A continuing matter for so many of us.

Another thing a quick look has provided? Lots of advertisers were including a web address or email access.

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:21:17 AM
Jan (Far North) sent me some magazines in a RAK. I loved looking through them! There are still a lot of techniques to learn and reminders that what was old is new again! I really miss The Rubber Stamper.

I'm surprised that even 10 years ago the advertisers had web sites. And also surprised at how much the prices have gone up (I hadn't even realized it), but then so has postage. Some magazines (generally not stamping) are priced so low I wonder how they make a profit. I do enjoy looking through the old ads.

It's sad to see so many companies out of business.

Yes, I do have some hard copy magazines around, too many actually. I have a hard time throwing them out. I've taken some to the free bin at our local library. While I've been trying to cull some of the newer ones I do have some old favorites I hang on to. One fave is the first issue of "Joy of Card Making", a Paper Crafts mag special issue. It has "card recipes" aka sketches. For some reason I liked that first edition the best. It went missing for awhile and I was so bummed I almost tried to re-buy it. I was so happy when I found it again! I guess it was that "creative clutter" that was hiding it.


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