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Introduction to Blogging Part Five;

Product Reviews

In this article I’ll describe how I put together my reviews. An important point to make clear at the start of any review is that unless you do work for the manufacturer, that your review is a personal opinion, based on the experience you have had with the item. Your reader will not know that you don’t work for the company and if you have an authoritative style of writing could easily think that you did. 

Introduction;

This is where I write a short paragraph to describe what I will be reviewing. Including a back story as to how or why I bought/received the product.

Photograph;

It is a good idea to include at least one photograph of the item you review

Details;

This would be the manufacturers name, the brand name, item name and any other descriptive information included with the product. For a book I would include ISBN number.

 

Keep in mind when you write the why from Part two. Why would someone read this. What would you want to know if you were considering buying the item.

 

Purpose;

Describe what the item does, what it is designed for.

Pros/Cons

List what is good about the item and what could be better. Rather than a rant about why you hate it, consider making a more constructive comment like ‘this ‘?’ would be improved if…’

Build Quality

Is the product robust and well made? Here is where to add a description about how well put together and how well the item works.

Value for Money;

 This is where to write if you think the item is worth the price. There is little value including the price, as the article could be read some time after it was published, by which time the price may well have changed. If you do include a price add ‘the price at the time this article was written is…’

Good value for money;

Items that are worth the price tag for how well the product performs or how useful it is. 

Poor Value for money;

Items that you feel were over priced for what the item does, perhaps you feel the item doesn’t work as well as the price tag suggests it should.

It is very important to have given details such as pros/cons and build quality and to explain the reasons for your value for money mark. It is also vital to state that this is just your opinion based on what you wanted to use the item for and how well lit did or didn’t do that. This gives a balanced review. Other people may use the item differently or want it for a different purpose to you.

For example, for a tool to which you give a con mark, because you think it is too heavy to carry around to a class, give details as to how much the item weighs so that others can decide for themselves as to weather they would consider it heavy. Your reader might say weight is not an issue for me, as I don’t want to take this to classes.

Would I buy It Again?

List your reason or reasons as to why you would or wouldn’t buy the item again, knowing what you do now having tried it.

Links;

Give links to the manufacturers of the product to enable your reader to discover if there is a store near them. Also add a link to the item itself on the manufacturers site, to enable your reader to look up any details they wish.

 

Remember you are not trying to sell the product,  just giving a review of how you got on with an item. 

 

In the next instalment

Part 6; Links to Inspiration

 

Written articles have been covered by this series;

Introduction to Blogging Series

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Here at last is my first voyage into creating a video tutorial. For regular viewers you will remember back at the beginning of September I made a photo tutorial about colouring linen thread, well this is a video presentation of the techniques I use for that.

 

Translation

For those of you coming to this blog for the first time thanks to You Tube link who would like a translation of the tutorial;

 Copy and paste  http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/dying-linen-thread-for-bookbinding-tutorial/

into http://translate.google.com/translate_t#

Select the language of your choice.

Encouragement would be appreciated as this is my first one. If you have any crafting subjects you would like me to do video’s on in the future please leave me a comment below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This tutorial is intended to be read in order, if you have not read the earlier parts, please click here to take you to the introduction. From there you will find links to all the parts of this tutorial.   http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-one/

If you have read the earlier parts of the tutorial you will now have;

  • Folded pages.
  • Two cover boards.

Here we go, we are now going to assemble your accordian book that will be your Moo card holder.  

Double sided tape to hold the ribbon closure 

19. Select the piece that you would like to be the BACK cover of your book. Decide where you would like your ribbon closure to be positioned, and then place a piece of double sided tape across thecover board to hold the ribbon.

 

Attaching the ribbon closure 

20. Remove the backing from the double sided tape, centre your ribbon on the tape and press the ribbon down on to the tape to ensure a good fix.

 

 We will now attatch the book’s pages to the cover boards.

 

 Attaching the cover boards 

21. Apply glue to the back of the BACK page of your folded accordian pages. Press this firmly on to the back cover. If you have used a wet glue place a piece of waxed paper between the last two pages before you move on.

22. Place your front cover board on the table, apply glue to the page that is now at the top of the book, bring this top page over and place this neatly onto the inside of the front cover. Press this firmly on to the front cover. If you have used a wet glue place a piece of waxed paper between the first two pages before you move on.

If you have used wet glue (PVA or similar) remember to have waxed paper in between the newly glued pages and the rest of the book, front and back. Wrap your entire book in waxed paper and leave to dry under a flat weigh. You could use a pile of books if you do not have a press. Leave the book under the weight until the glue is dry.

 

The finished Accordian 

Tie your ribbon closure and your Moo Card Holder is complete.

This is how mine finished up.

 

Congratulations you have now completed an Accordian book. By altering the dimensions you can create albums to suit whatever sized pictures you wish to store. How about making a similar one for ATCs.

 

If you follow this tutorial do send me a link to what you have created. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to use the box below. 

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xx

 

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