Welcome and a Little News

July 6, 2010

My website is Swiss cheese, and other issues.

Note, this message appeared at the top of the blog for several days. Current posts will provide updates.

Skip immediately to the most recent post if you have read this introductory post.

Welcome to Roz Wound Up!

My goal:
I started this blog in October 2008 to provide product reviews,
instructions, workshop schedule updates, profiles of other artists, and encouragement for visual
journal artists. I hoped at the same time to share other items of
interest to me (movies, books, bicycling, baking, and of course rants). With 686 posts as of July 6, 2010, I am sure you'll find something of to read if we have overlapping interests. You might want to start with my series on Journaling Superstitions (in the category clouds as "Superstitions"). That series will give you as sense of my perspective.

You may contact me through the comments section of any post or at the following email address (please do not use any other email addresses at this time because of the problems listed below):

If this is your first visit to my blog…
be sure to check out the "Pages" list in the left column for additional topics of interest. Also in the left column you'll find a link to my other blog "The Official International Fake Journal Month Blog," and pod cast interviews people have posted with me (talking about journaling, and of course art materials). Make use of the search engine and category cloud also in the left column.

Returning readers and new readers…
Please note that I have been experiencing a meltdown at my website host. I am currently in the process of transferring my website to another host. I appreciate your patience during this transition. I will announce when the transfer is completed. You can expect to find problems with my website ( through
July 15.

I understand that while the transition is in progress you may not be able to access my website ( at all, or, when you are again able to access it, you may find broken links from this blog to the website. I apologize for the inconvenience and frustration. Believe me it frustrates me.

My planned summer hiatus, built on Monday posts themed to draw examples from my website, is now on hiatus. Early in the summer my website was reduced to Swiss cheese when my host moved my files to new equipment. The result has frustrated my plan. I have actually spent much more time on line this summer than anticipated and published many more posts per week than scheduled (because I was already on line—it's kind of hard for me to resist blogging).

My current goal is to keep posting 3 to 4 times a week. Please subscribe if you are concerned about missing any posts.

My hope is that once the website host transfer is completed, posts linking to my website will work again. If not, I will appreciate hearing from you when you encounter a broken one, and will attempt to fix broken links.  My main focus, however, will be to move forward with new material and new links.

I appreciate your readership and your comments. I hope you'll continue to visit this blog and enjoy the posts, while I work through the technical difficulties at my website.

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    I am new to your blog and I’m enjoying it very much. Thank you.

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    Julie, thank you. I clicked on your name which is a link and just popped over to your blog which looks like great fun. I look forward to going back and reading about your adventures in making decorative masking tape. And I LOVED the photos of the sand sculpture. I have always been fascinated by these events.

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    Hi, Roz! Thanks for the update. Sorry you’re having so much trouble with the website. I’ll send good vibes for network health your way. 😉

    Don’t know if you got the email I sent to your tcinternet account or not. I was just wondering if you have any thoughts about cutting book board. My bookbinding adventures are in full swing, but I’m having a devil of a time cutting the Davey board with my utility knife.

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    Melinda, nope, the email address you’re referring to is one of the ones that was giving me fits.

    I always cut my bookboard with a board shears. If I have a lot in the same sizes to do I go to MCBA and rent one of there large board shears. But I have a 24 inch and a 12 inch at home and I can cut most of what I need on the 24 inch.

    It’s the one task I actually think you do need some equipment for.

    If you have to use a utility knife I recommend that you invest in a Safety Edge by Rodahl. It has a raised center behind which you can keep your hand. And it is covered with a non-slip surface on the bottom.

    Then I recommend that you use a fresh blade in your utility knife and be sure that you place the blade so it is perpendicular to the straight edge and you are cutting STRAIGHT DOWN, not at an angle either tilted in or out. You need that STRAIGHT DOWN cutting action. If you can make it in one pass that’s great, but if you aren’t Jesse Ventura in his prime, then you’ll need to do several passes with the blade. Make sure the positioning stays the same and in the same groove. It takes a little practice but it can be done.

    I find it’s hard on the shoulders, hence the use of the board shears.

    Good luck!

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    I hope it all goes smoothly for you. I love your blog and enjoy it several times a week..

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    Thanks Sandy, it looks a little more hopeful today. You should still be able to enjoy the blog, however, I have new posts planned daily through Monday, with a revised post on Monday that isn’t critical to have my website (but it would be nice!).

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    Thanks, Roz! What sort of board shears do you recommend? I’m definitely not having fun with the utility knife method. Are you familiar with the Kutrimmer? I was thinking of one of those as an option.

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    Melinda, it’s a function of space and budget. The Kutrimmer is on the price-ier side if I recall correctly, but I’ve used one in schools and friends have various models that they like.

    If you can afford a large, stand alone model with a blade guard and all sorts of fancy stuff that’s great. But most people aren’t going to go for the $1,000.00 needed for the smallest of some of those.

    Check out the NASCO catalog/online because they have some options that are reasonably priced because they sell to schools and teachers.

    Also check old print shops and online sales where people are getting rid of old equipment. You can find some great deals on equipment that is in great order, or is really inexpensive but just needs a little fixing, like a blade sharpened (but you need to know, or have someone with you who knows how to tell soundness).

    The alternate way to go is with inexpensive table top models that you just use as long as you can and then replace. Some can be resharpened, others can’t. Ask when you are purchasing. You want to make sure the board edge is straight and not dinged and that the blade cuts straight without curving as it progresses. Most out of the box brands I’ve seen do this at the start.

    You have to juggle what’s important to you, price, easy repairs, no-repairs and tossing and replacing.

    Look in your local paper/online lists too for people who are closing down their studios (different from print shops) and are looking to get rid of stuff.

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    Great info! Thanks so much, Roz.

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