Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Baby Shower Memory Cover-All
I threw a baby shower this month for my co-worker, Paulette, and her first baby, a girl, she and her husband are naming Myla. I am really excited about her baby-to come and was happy to host the shower. Paulette is one of those people who is always cheerful and positive – I love that about her! She calls everyone “love bug” so we themed her baby shower with lady bugs.
I made this Cover-All for the shower, for all the guests to write notes in to her and baby Myla. I made a dedication page for the inside cover, decorated the outside with lady bug paper (I also made thank you notes for Paulette with the same paper) and plenty of blank white cardstock for the inner pages. We passed it around the shower on a tray, with an array of different colored journaling pens. When I got the shower photos, I added those in and voila! A memory book to treasure! It makes a really special gift and easy to put together, since all the shower guests do a lot of the journaling work!
Talk about fast….this is one I put together in one night – maybe in an hour, tops! Zutter owires and 4X4 covers, cardstock, one sheet of patterned paper, and stickers and embellishments (all from Creative Imaginations). All the pages are 4X4, so “zing” right through the Dreamkuts they went! I rounded all the corners with the 1/4" Round-it-All. For one page, I cut a 4X8, folded it along the center and glued the outside edge to form the pocket (the inside edge gets punched for the inner edge). Use a circle punch to make the little half-circular opening at the top. The stickers are what makes it all come together so well. Now all I need are pictures of my daughter’s 8th grade graduation….I hope she does well on her finals this week! ARGH!
The Creative Imaginations sticker sheet had tabs (perfect for the pages) and circles (which I made into owire decorations and mini tags). B&W gingham ribbon worked perfect with this book; and I used a creamy bling cardstock to add some sheen. Gotta have sparkle.
What June events are you punching and binding?
Monday, June 15, 2009
This one comes straight from the hubby--you know, with Father's Day approaching it's time to think of projects for dad. So what better way to get your gift for dad ready AND possibly win a prize than another fun Zutter Challenge!
Create a project using Zutter Canvas Covers or Zutter Clipboard Wood Covers!* These durable products are just the ticket for projects that will be handled alot. Plus their weight and texture are perfect for masculine projects (think Father's Day!). Show us your best handiwork (made for a man) using Zutter Canvas Covers or Zutter Clipboard Wood Covers. You might even win a prize:
- Bind It All Around the World Book
TWO Runner's Up will each receive a Display-It-All.
Post a link to your project in the comments on this post by June 30, 2009. The Zutter Zisters will then choose the winners and announce them in July. *If you don't have any Canvas Artboard or Clipboard Wood handy, show us your stuff with chipboard....but we know you will love these materials too!
Need a little inspiration? Here's a Bind-It-All project I made for my husband using clipboard wood and scrap o-wires:
Dad’s Memo Board
My husband works in an office and he has surrounded himself with photos of our children, stuck to the wall with tape and thumbtacks. He really needs a nicer place to keep our kids! I created a "manly" memo board for him to hang at his desk with a photo of the kids.
He can also put photos or notes on the post it note pad or little corkboard section of the memo center. I also added some scrap o-wires across the bottom for him to hang keys and lanyards for his ID badges.
After binding several books I am usually left with odd piece of o-wires so this project is a perfect use for all those “scraps”. I used a nice sturdy piece of Zutter’s Clipboard Wood Covers to mount the project on—it will hold up to all the man-handling it will get hanging on my husband’s wall at work.
O-Wires, Clipboard Wood – Zutter
Paper – Close to My Heart
Cardstock – Bazzill
Sticky Notes – Kirkland/Costco
Stick Pins – Staples
Waxy Twine – hydrangeahippo.etsy.com
Ink – Colorbox Chalk
Photo – Gypsy
Assembly:1. Cut paper to the size of the clipboard wood and cover both sides. Ink all edges. Cut a piece of black to 1” smaller than the clipboard wood on all sides and adhere to the board.
2. Using the Bind It All, punch binding holes across the bottom of the board.
3. Adhere the cork board and sticky notepad to the cardstock.
4. Add a 3” square photo above the notepad.
5. Insert o-wires into the holes on the bottom of the board. Bend them closed slightly by hand.
6. Punch two holes in each of the upper corners of the board using the Bind It All. Use the holes printed on the top of the machine as a guide to only slide the board far enough in so that the machine will only cut two holes.
7. Tie waxy twine through each of the holes on the top of the board to form a hanger.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thought I would pop by and have a chat about o'wires... I mean, what scrapper can have something so convenient for attaching things to and be able to leave them alone? Obviously ribbons are the first thing to head for, they look so lush all bunched up on the o'wires, but there are other things we can use for a different sort of look.
Beads, I love beads, the only thing you have to remember when scouting about for them is to go for the largest holed beads you can find, because we still want to be able to turn the pages of our book.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Teabag Pocket Book
Before you start cutting paper up its always best to check the size of the teabag packet that you are going to use – I measured about 4 different brands and they were all similar in size (just over 2.5” long by 2 ¼” wide) so maybe there is a standard, but checking it out first will save heartache later and you can then adjust my measurements accordingly. Also, this same pattern could be used for lots of different things from seed packets for a gardener to toilette wipes or perfume sachets. Using these instructions you can also just add tags as the inserts and make it a normal mini book for quotes or photos – the only limit is your imagination!
Zutter’s Red o’wire 1 ¼ “
Bazzil cardstock – RedPatterned paper
Chipboard for covers each measuring 3 ½” x 2 ¾”
Ribbon – various (20” required for ties)
Bind It All
Round It All
1. Check size of the packet you will be using. Just over 2 ½” long by 2 ¼” and add an 1/8” for the fold to make into a pocket.
2. Add enough on for the BIA holes which meant I ended up with 6 pieces of paper measuring 5 1/8” x 3 ¼”
Tip. Attached to my o’wire sizing ring I have a piece of chipboard that I use to check how many holes I will need and the distance required so that I don’t add embellies where I will be punching and binding.
3. Score fold lines to make pockets – I used my Scor-It Board because it takes the faff out of measuring each piece a couple of times but if you don’t have one a ruler and bone folder will work, just measure both sides before scoring.4. Fold your pocket pages ready for gluing.
5. DST (double sided tape) the join fold inside to form the pocket (this makes the pocket equally attractive from front and back).
I used my circle punch to snip half circles so that it is easy to remove the contents of the pocket.
6. Decorate pockets to your taste
Tip. I alternate the join of the pockets, one up, one down, alternating the pages so that the end project is equally fat from top and bottom, otherwise you will find that with the joins all the same way your final book will be fatter at the top than the bottom or vice versa.
7. Punch holes in the pockets with the BIA
8. Cut chipboard for front and back covers measuring 3 ½” x 2 ¾”
9. Attach a 10” length of ribbon to each cover for your closure, I added a small square of the patterned paper to the ends to make it look like the string on a teabag.
10. Decorate covers with patterned paper but leave adding any fat embellishments till after punching the holes. I took the corners off the outside edges with my Round It All.
Tip. I like to punch the holes for binding with papers on both sides of the cover but this means if you want to add flowers/ ribbon/brads/closures then the backs show through on the inside of your cover which isn’t very pretty! I attach the inside cover paper with one strip of repositional Herma, punch the holes and then remove it. You can then attach it properly once you have finished the front and cover up all the bits that you don’t want to be seen.
11. Insert your teabags into the pockets and with the covers make a pile, the height of this will indicate what size o’wire you will require to bind your project. I used 6 pockets on my book so needed the fatter 1 ¼” o’wire.
12. Sit back and admire your handiwork!!