Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday Project Inspiration

The week between Christmas and New Year's is always a funny time for me. I tend to remember all the things I meant to do for Christmas but didn't get around to (or just plain ran out of time!) I also end up working all week at the office because I took so much time off earlier in the year for scrapbooking events! I guess it's not all bad, because things are slow at the office, for the most part, and I can get caught up on all things scrappy related....and, I can make plans for what I am going to make next! I think I will try to make some quick holiday mini books to get some of my favorite pictures out of the camera fast.....I don't want them to sit there too long this time and end up scrapping holiday pictures at Easter time!
Take for instance, these awesome holiday projects from the Zutter Zisters Bind-it-All Design Team. They have been busy little elves, creating beautiful holiday projects. So while the time of year is still fresh and you are feeling festive (and if you are off - lucky you - then you have time to do some creating!) then take some inspirational cues from them. Pull out your Bind-it-All, some of that beautiful holiday paper and embellishments you have and put those photos into a quick holiday recap book. Try the Cover-Alls for something really quick and amazing looking!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Bind-it-All Friends!

Hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your holidays!

Happy 2009!

Snowman holiday book by Design Team member Julie Ann Kelley.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

~ I can't resist...just one more calendar!

I just had to post one more project in December--here is another calendar, this time in a 5" x 7.5" size. Calendars really are great gifts. Once you make one using the Bind-it-All, you'll be hooked!

Want to see more pictures of the sides and base of this project? Click here to see more: Lea's blog. If you make a version of your own using any of the calendar designs from this blog, please post a link back to this post so that we can see your creations!

Happy holidays,

Friday, December 19, 2008

Calendar Projects

Bind-it-All calendar projects are popular all year long - but even more so this time of year when we are busy coming up with gift ideas and planning ahead for the new year! In addition to the ones the Design Team has shown here recently, our friends at Prima recently posted instructions on a calendar with a Prima twist. Check it out here on the Prima blog. The Prima embossed chipboard adds a beautiful feel to this one - and you can round the corners with the Zutter Round-it-All!

Hope your holidays are delightful!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A few more quick Christmas gift ideas…

There is still enough time to create Bind-it-all projects for the holidays. These 4” x 4” mini albums are the perfect size gift for tucking into the stocking. Showcase those holiday photos by creating albums to preserve those special memories!

Here’s the supply list and directions to create these projects.

Tools: Zutter Innovative Bind-it-All, DreamKuts and Zutter Wire CuttersFiskars – Paper Trimmer
EK Success – Scissors

Materials: Zutter Innovative ¾” Antique Brass O-Wires
Brads, Paint & Min-tags – Making Memories
Cardstock – Bazzill
Chipboard Title – Lil’ Davis Design
Flowers - Prima
Patterned Paper – K&Company, My Mind’s Eye, Ribbon – Making Memories, May Arts and Close to my HeartStockings – Hobby Lobby and Jolees by You

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Coveralls Giveaway Winners and 2009 Calendars

Sorry, all! I'm a day late announcing the giveaway winners but to make up for my tardiness, I'm going to announce two winners instead of just one--one domestic and one international! My trusty little boy, Jacob picked:

1. Rene said...I love to make presents for people. I have done a lot of crafting over the years and rarely keep anything for myself. It warms my heart when someone opens my gift and you can tell they know it came from the heart.
2. Sheene said...I love to scrap bonding moments with DH and kids.. its not everyday they get to snuggle up because it doesnt really get that cold here in the Philippines except on the holidays.. :)

Congrats, ladies! Please email Nan Partuzo at with your name and complete mailing addresses. Happy Holidays to all!

The last project I will share with you all in the BIA blog in December is a cute little 4" x 4" desk calendar. Now is a great time to make calendars for the next year. This one takes full advantage of the Bind-it-All from top to bottom with 3 o-wires and three acrylic covers to form the "base" and cover of the calendar.

If you would like JPEGs of the calendar months with U.S. Federal holidays highlighted, click here to get them from my blog: calendar. If you would like an editable Excel version to make your own JPEGs, send an email to me at, put "Calendar Months" in the title.

Have a great holiday and catch you all again next year!

Postscript 12/15/08 -- Looks like some of our blog visitors are curious as to what the base of the calendar looks like. I've added a couple more pictures from an earlier version of my calendar so that you can see what the top and the bottom looks like. I think you'll get a better idea of how to form the base of the calendar from the photos below. I recommend viewing the following link for a good tutorial on the basics of how to form the calendar: BIA Stand

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Ideas…

Do you have a long list of gifts to make yet you are short on time? Create mini albums using the Bind-It-All and DreamKuts Innovative Tools. Cut chipboard out and cover it with your favorite pattern papers and embellishments. The page inserts were created using a single sheet of cardstock cut with the DreamKuts tool. I love the look and texture of ribbons; they look great tied to the Zutter OWires. Now you are ready for the holidays!

A tip to making these mini albums so quickly: choose coordinating colors and embellishments. By choosing similar product colors and working with one theme, the work flows faster.

I would love to hear your comments and tips for creating mini album gifts with the Zutter Bind-It-All.

Zutter Innovative Bind-it-All, DreamKuts and Zutter Wire Cutters- Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
EK Success – Scissors
Zutter Innovative ¾” Antique Brass O-Wires
Brads, Paint & Min-tags – Making Memories
Cardstock – Bazzill
Chipboard Title – Lil’ Davis Design
Flowers - Prima
Patterned Paper – K&Company, My Mind’s Eye, Ribbon – Making Memories, May Arts and Close to my Heart
Stockings – Hobby Lobby and Jolees by You

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like a "Coverall Sampler" Giveaway!

Alrighty, BIA fans, here is the first giveaway for December! What do you need to do? Easy--just leave a comment on this post about what you love to scrap or papercraft during the Winter months. I'll pick one winner at random and announce in my next post on December 13. You will get a set of two Coveralls in different styles and sizes. Good luck to all!

All that giveaway business aside, here is my very first Coveralls project. I have to say that it really added another dimension to my minibook, a more finished look. The Coverall really withstood a lot of handling, inking and embellishing. Give it a try if you haven't already!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

BIA minibooks make great gifts!

Greetings from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. -- Lea Sanders here in my first post on the BIA blog. =) Minibooks make a great gift for any occasion--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza or whatever winter holidays you might observe are no exceptions!

My 5" x 7 1/2" and 4" x 4" projects shown to the right give you an idea of the different size options and variety of Zutter Innovative materials you can choose to add to any project. They are easily adaptable to any theme or holiday you choose. See quick instructions, tool and materials listings below.

Snowmen Mini Books
General Instructions:
I mixed a lot of products together to make these two books. The 4” x 4” book has acrylic covers on the outside and uses three sets of chipboard covers for pages. Each of the chipboard pages is inked in white, covered with patterned paper and embellishments. The 5” x 7.5” book has clipboard wood covers, two sets of acrylic tabs, and 6 inside pages. I kept the pages very simple by covering with patterned paper and adding embellishments only to the acrylic tabs. Holes were punched in each tab and ribbon tied to each. Rivets were added for extra interest to the cover before binding. Ribbon was added at the very end.

- Zutter Innovative – Bind-it-All, Pound-it-All, Rivet Setter and Hammer
- Fiskars – Portable Rotary Trimmer, straight and wave blades; No. 8 Razor Edged Softouch Scissors, Threading Water border punch
- Tonic – Scissors
- wire cutter
- foam brush

- Zutter Innovative – 1” red o-wires, black metal rivets, 4” x 4” acrylic covers, 5” x7.5” clipboard wood covers, 5” x 7” acrylic tabs, 5” x 7.5” inner pages”
- My Mind’s Eye – patterned paper collection
- Stampin’ Up! – ink, ribbon
- ColorBox – ink
- eFavor – ribbon
- Scrapbook Adhesives – tape runner
- Wright’s – rickrack
- Making Memories – acrylic paints

Stay tuned for additional posts from me and my DT sister, Tish Treadaway, this month!