hi toomuchglue and ursonate, thanks for the input :)
yup the copyright thing is nagging at me too... (i'm no saint, i have ripped off things before, but it's for personal use only!) i realise that it does sound very unethical. my original intention was to have an online shop with the cards, as well as a section with the great ideas for weddings from craft forums (poster is contacted and has to agree) and links of d-i-y items like the marbles and shrinky dinks. i know now that to include those ideas and links in the book is a no-go. online, it's shareware and i don't profit from those links right? :D
it was after looking at a template someone did that really sparked off this card biz. it looked too cute on a card. suddenly, i began to see possibilities in many supplies... all with a wedding theme... i'm not sure how to go about it. it's the only idea that's lifted. if the owner is fine with me using the pattern and technique, i guess i probably won't feel good making money from the same template? or even if i did modify it, it still feels like cheating, cos it ain't my original? it'll probably go into the d-i-y section...
i understand from the numerous posts that copyright is still copyright, irregardless of modification (techniques don't count i gather). so if i'm inspired by something in a book or a post in the forum, does it mean i can't touch the essence of the idea at all? even if i change almost everything? is there truth in "originality is dead, individuality isn't?"
i love yarns and knitting, so i'm trying to incorporate some of it into the cards. i've been crafting with paper for some time, i like it definitely. expertise and domain... i ain't sure. all i know is that i like experimentation. there is a niche market for this, i won't be making much $$ but it's fun. i feel i'm doing this biz in defiance of all the other wedding card stereotypes. juz to shake some things up ya know?
hahaha maybe i'm not ready to do a biz yet. the book idea was an implusive solution to getting all my ideas into a neat tidy package without the extra time and energy devoted to doing a biz. or maybe i should stop procrastinating and finally do something, anything. whatever the case, i want to be a biz owner who is morally at peace with herself and i most appreciate the steer back to the right side of the ethical divide.
thank u thank u :)