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Old 09-14-2004, 12:39 PM   #1
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I've been looking to buy transparencies or an acetate alternative to make shaker cards. But, when I checked at Staples they wanted over $30 for one package of transparencies! Then, I've checked online and found what they call an acetate alternative for around $10-$11 for a package of 100 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. Is this a good deal? Or, should I buy something else? What do you all use and where do you get it? Viking doesn't seem to carry an acetate alternative, only the transparencies. TIA
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Old 09-14-2004, 12:45 PM   #2
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It's in our SU catalogs, page 216 - #101249, labeled window sheets, 3 sheets for #2.95. I got a package of 100 sheets not quiet as nice as my SU sheets at my local art store. It works just as well and it only cost me $5.75 for the tablet of it. I know our Office Max also carries it and so does our Walmart in the office section but I didn't check the quantity and price of the packages. HTH
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There are varying levels of transparencies. There's laser, copier, and ink jet. The ink jet are the expensive ones, I believe. Transparencies work great. You should be able to find transparencies at vikingop.com for a good price. Just make sure to get the bare bones minimum one. I got 100 at Staples of the basic transparencies and it was only $13. And they are slightly thicker so they work well for shaker cards. Hold up better when you mail then.
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What about all the clear plastic that is used in product packaging? Is that usable for a shaker card window? For instance, DH just bought a big cake at the grocery store the other night and it has the nicest, clear plastic top on it that could be cut into shapes (maybe). Don't know if it would cut well or not.
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I would think that type of plastic would get scratched by the beads, or what ever your "shakey" was.
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I work in an office! We had about 10 packages of good quality transparencies and when my new boss took over he threw them all in the trash, saying we'd never use them! He threw away all sorts of *goodies* I wasn't stamping at the time or I would have loaded them up in my car to take home.
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I use clear slide grip report covers from Staples. They are the kind of report covers where you put a clear folder over your report and then side on a plastic clip on the left side to bind your report. You get 6 covers that are about 11 1/2" x 16 (when unfolded) for $1.99.
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Hi Linda,
I buy the inkjet transparencies from Wal-Mart...They are about $8 a pack. I'll have to check the quantity. I like them because they have a rough side that is supposed to be printed on, and I find that stamping on this side tends to be easier...the stamp doesn't slip around as much as totally smooth transparencies. It doesn't look any different either.

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Thank you all for the help. And Charlotte, I was just thinking about those report covers today when I was scoping out our supply cabinet at work. I'll look into those at Viking and Wal-Mart, and I'll also look into those transparencies at Wal-Mart, as well Sonya.
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When I was looking to buy transparencies for shaker cards, I only wanted a few. Staples only had them on the shelf in large quantities but when I went to their copy center they happily sold me a few. I don't remember what I payed unfortunately.
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Go to Office Depot.

I got a package of 60 Write On Transparencies for less than $8. I can't tell the difference!
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I was looking at them at Viking and I think it was $8 for 50 sheets. Is that good?
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I'm sorry, I guess I didn't read the original post very carefully. Do I not want whatever kind they have at Viking?
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I've been looking to buy transparencies or an acetate alternative to make shaker cards. But, when I checked at Staples they wanted over $30 for one package of transparencies! Then, I've checked online and found what they call an acetate alternative for around $10-$11 for a package of 100 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. Is this a good deal? Or, should I buy something else? What do you all use and where do you get it? Viking doesn't seem to carry an acetate alternative, only the transparencies. TIA
I just use scrapbook cover sheets. I don't make a ton of these things or I would buy transparencies. I use the clear cover sheets used for scrapbook pages, they work great.
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I get mine from the office supply cabinet! I only swiped 3...ok and I took some address labels for my beaded pens..I really don't have a problem, I swear!
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