Thursday, October 29, 2009


I can't remember the last time Halloween fell on a Saturday.  All I know is that this year there seems to be so much more excitement for Trick or Treating and general costume fun!  Not only will we not be tired from going to school during the day, but we can sleep in on Sunday (and gain an hour with the time change for daylight savings).  It's a recipe for late night shenanigans.  My girls are dressing up as a '20's flapper and a Pumpkin Princess.  Me?  I think I am going to go to answer the door as a hockey player - black eye and missing teeth (maybe wield a hockey stick too - who knows).

The Zutter Zisters Design Team will have their November project galleries up in a few days, but here, along with projects from the OZZ Design Team, are some spookacular projects to get you screaming for your Bind-it-All!  Check all the galleries in a few days to see materials lists and other design team inspiration.

Have a howlin' great weekend!

Online Class Spots Still Available at My Creative Classroom

If you've been thinking about taking either of these online classes, there are still spots available for the last BIA sessions of the Fall Semester.  Online classes give you the freedom to work at your own pace, with access to your instructor via email, private message forums and student galleries. Check 'em out!

Now that you have the tool, just what do you do with it? This course will cover the very basics of using the Bind-it-All for punching and binding custom mini books.
This information-rich, project-packed, four week course will cover:

Overview of the Bind-it-All
Punching Basics
Binding with Confidence
Quick Creative Binding
Albums Made Easy
Binding Above & Beyond

You've either already taken the Bind it All 101 course or you're familiar with using the Bind It All. In this course, we'll take binding to the next level, creating several projects using the Bind-It-All tool and accessories, like the Round-It-All, O-Wires, and Cover-Alls.
It's not about the basics anymore - we'll learn techniques for addressing challenging binding situations such as binding irregular shaped pages, binding on the edges of a project, binding pages of various sizes, creating projects besides books, tips for fixing mistakes, and more.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bind-it-All....a Jewelry Maker?

Greetings! With the holidays fast approaching and gift-giving on our minds, what about creating something amazing using just Zutter Owires? Today, we'll have some fun making bracelets out of the owires which are oh, so versatile =)

First, grab some of these materials which you will need:

  • Your Bind-It-All
  • 1 length of Owire (your choice of diameter, but 1/2" or 3/8" are most dainty!)
  • A pair of pliers
  • 16-20 beads (based on wrist size)
  • 16-20 Jump rings (3 rings per charm/sequin)
  • Sequins, Charms, Ribbons
Okie, armed with your yummy coffee, let's start!

Step 1. Coil the owire round your wrist to get an estimate of the length of wire needed for this gift. Add an extra wire round to your estimate. Cut off the excess wire.

Step 2. Using a pair of pliers, squeeze the prongs of each wire round together. Be careful there not to squeeze too tightly, or else the wires might snap in two...

Step 3. On the other end of the wire, we're going to create a hook. As in Step 2, squeeze the prongs together. Coil the small piece of wire that is protruding on the main round. We do this to make it safe for the recepient of the gift to wear.

Step 4. Now for the fun part. Using your pliers, straighten each round of wire slightly to attach the bead through the wire. This is especially needed if the bead you use is bigger in size.
Step 5. Once the bead is in place, bend the wire in position. A little coil will suffice, as we'll use the Bind-It-All to coil the wires once all the beads are attached.

Step 6. With all your beads in place, put the bracelet through the Bind-It-All to bind the owire. Make sure you do not over tighten the hook at the end of the bracelet.

Step 7. Embellish as much or as little as you wish. You could tie ribbons, affix charms or sequins onto your bracelet using jump rings. I used 3 jump rings per charm/sequin, so that they will dangle as I wear the bracelet.

Step 8: Ta-dah! A personalized gift you made with your handy-dandy Bind-It-All! Enjoy!

Bet you didn't know your Bind-it-All was a jewelry maker too?!?!?!

Have fun!
Sophie Sim

Monday, October 26, 2009

Are you a BLOG HOP winner!?!?!?

There are BLOG HOP winners all over the world today.....thank you to all who participated....WHAT FUN! You sure like to HOP!

Check out all the OZZer's blogs to see if you've won a set of Pre-Punched Page Protectors and Cover-All Set, and be sure to email me ( with your shipping address if you are a lucky winner!

If you are looking for more challenges, projects and friendship, come join us at our message board site - we are cooking things up over there. 

And we have a bunch of Fall and Holiday projects to share real soon too, like these treat bags made by Jennifer Priest!

And...the winner on this blog is.....from California...and she is DIVINE.....

DivineScrapper said...
Thanks for sharing and a chance to win... I love the BIA..and all the products
October 19, 2009 4:10:00 PM PDT

Email (put Blog Hop Winner in the subject line!) with your shipping address and congratulations!

Have a great week, and congrats Blog Hop winners!

Monday, October 19, 2009

OZZ Design Team Blog Hop!

Welcome to our first ever blog hop....we are celebrating!

We here in Zutter Land are thrilled to welcome aboard our newly selected 2009-2010 Design Team! Yayyyyy celebrate that! But, we just didn't want to say ciao to the first ever DT whose year "on duty" just ended. Our inaugural DT is special because they were the first, so we are hanging on to them like, well, like Zisters.

So say HELLO again to our veteran DT....the OZZ girls....that's "Original Zutter Zisters" (not old...LOL!) Let's celebrate THIS!

To commemorate the year just completed, the OZZers conducted a layout swap and compiled our layouts into the brand new Zutter Pre-Punched Page Protectors along with the coordinating Cover-Alls!

Want to see how these gems work? They are SO easy - take a look at this quickie video....

Visit each of the OZZer blogs to see what we sure to leave a comment, as there will be one winner on each blog (plus this one too!) to receive an 8X8 Cover-All with a set of coordinating Pre-Punched Page Protectors! And be sure to see the OZZers Showcaze each month at will still be creating and inspiring us for months to come! Yippee! Celebrate THAT

Go visit their blogs and don't forget to leave a comment:
Leave a comment here too....a winner on the main blog too! :)

Happy Blog Hopping!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Vicki's BIA Paperback Pumpkin

The Bind-it-All is so much more than mini books! Take a look at what OZZ DT Vicki Flinchum created last year for Fall. For those of you who are new to the blog, here is the link for this fabulous, BIA paperback Pumpkin!

Happy Harvest!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Spanning the Pacific - Say G'Day and Groovy to Sophie and Sarah

From one side of the Pacific to the other - say hello to two of our new Zisters - Sophie in Australia (by way of Singapore) and Sarah in Northern California!

Sophie Sim
Salutations! I'm Sophie from Canberra, Down Under! I'm new to this land of roos and koalas, having come from Garden City, Singapore. I love creating and have been playing with paint and paper from the earliest of my memories. Friends always joke that I have a pair of scissors as a right hand. I love bright colors and value having my personal handwriting included in my creations. Nothing beats a personal touch!

My blog is…… Colors. Create. Celebrate.

Submission Quote: “I like to use the BIA not only for binding pages together, but it also helps me to rip paper for a distressed look. Using the BIA to create my own notebooks also helps me to recycle materials, a cause which I strongly advocate. The BIA cuts through various materials like butter!”

Sarah de Guzman
Hi, my name is Sarah. I live in the sunny (most of the time) state of California. Scrapbooking has always been a part of my life since my high school days, but it has recently become more of an addiction! Besides, the best part about scrapping is there is no right or wrong way to do it, so I can never make a mistake at something I love! If I’m not scrapbooking, I’m probably shopping for scrap supplies, enjoying the fresh air at the beach, or out on an adventure. I don’t have any children at this time, but I have two pets that I consider my "furkids" — Maui, a white Miniature Schnauzer, and Hilo, a part Miniature Schnauzer. If I’m not scrapping my family or my friends, I’m scrapping the “kids”. I'm so very thrilled and honored to be a part of the Zutter Zisters. It seriously is a dream come true, and I can't wait to share my work with all of you!
My blog is…… Red Oak Lines
Submission Quote: “My most favorite part about the tool is the versatility in the outcome of your projects. I swear I’ve used the BIA on mini albums, layouts, and cards… basically anything that can be punched has met my BIA.”

Monday, October 12, 2009

From the Heartland of America - Meet Shelley and Pam

Shelley Haganman
My name is Shelley Haganman. I am a single mom of three children 20, 17, and 16. I am a part-time RN in the Operating Room during the day and a scrapper, project maker, and photographer in my free time! I have a true passion for creating and love to share that with others! I am so excited to be a part of this incredible Bind-it-all Design Team!
My blog is…… ScrapperGirl

Submission Quote: “I got my hands on my BIA right after it debuted at CHA. I have never looked back! It was the best purchase in scrapbooking I have ever made! I would love to share my passion for the product and for designing new ways to use it.”

Pam Sandy
Hi! My name is Pam Sandy. I am from Michigan, and I am a scrapbooker, card maker, quilter, and sewer. I pretty much like all crafty things and have to be working on something all the time, or I go stir crazy. I have two grown children, a daughter, Cort, 26, and a son Jay, 22. I have two grandchildren, Kaya, almost two, and Cooper, almost one, and am owned by five dogs (all frequent scrapbook subjects!). I can't wait to work with the amazing and talented bunch here at Zutter Zisters. Happy punching and creating everybody!!!

My Blog is....Pam’s Eclectic Stuff

Submission Quote: “I love the durability (holy cow, it easily punches through all sorts of things!), the pink color of course, and the ease of use. I love the fact that everything is labeled and easy to teach others to use. I LOVE the fact that I can quickly, easily, and inexpensively create some faboo albums or other projects.”

Friday, October 9, 2009

Say HEJ and CHEERS to Camilla and Linda

The new Zutter Zisters have a European contingent. Meet Camilla and Linda!

Camilla Isaksson
I’m a happy 35 year old mom of two wonderful children, and am married to the most wonderful husband for 13 years. We live in a tiny country - Sweden - and it’s so lovely because of all the seasons we have. We have a big house (and I have my own craft room *yyyeyy*) and a fantastic garden. My husband has a few cars that he always drives around...and we have snowmobiles. Many albums are about winter, cars, kids, and the garden. I would love to continue to carry the Swedish flag on the Zutter design team! It’s not an easy job to take over from Jeja…...everyone has done a FANTASTIC JOB to inspire us all!

My blog is…… Kamilla’s Krypin Pa Natet

Submission Quote: “I would be so honored to be a part of the Design Team and to inspire others! It’s so fun to make things and inspire others into trying things they maybe never would make. If I come up with something, I want the share it with the world! Why should I keep all the ideas for myself? Better to share!”

Linda Elbourne
I have been crafting since forever in one form or another. My passion for stamping took over about five years ago. I am a Ranger girl at heart and love nothing more than trying new things and getting inky and messy. My style is eclectic ... if that is a style and I will give anything a go at least once! I have been known to sky dive and abseil on occasion! I love all things Zutter and I am extremely proud to have been asked to join the design team.

My Blog is....A Crafting Journey
Submission Quote: “I love my bind it all and I like to test the boundaries with it. I want you to know that I am desperate to do this … Pick me! Pick me! I did a donkey from Shrek ….”

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Meet Lynne and Fleur!

From opposite sides of the North American continent, meet two of our newest Zutter Zisters....

Lynne Forsythe

Hi, my name is Lynne Forsythe and I hail from the great state of New Hampshire. I have only been scrappin' for about four years...but when I do something...I do it ALL THE WAY. I have a passion to share what I learn, along this path, with others. I am married to an amazing man, Walter, and we have two teenagers...Meylsa, 16, and Douglas, 14, and if I'm not taking pictures of them...they are filling up the camera with pictures of I always have something to scrap! I am very humbled to be chosen to be a part of the Zutter Zisters Design Team and am looking forward to working with such a talented group of ladies!!!

My Blog is....The Next Best Thing by Lynne

Submission Quote: “I like the versatility of the tool the can punch just a few holes or a whole line of holes. You can get as creative as your mind will let you be. All my experiences have been has been teaching with the machine...and my students have loved it!”

Fleur Smith

Hi, my name is Fleur Smith and I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada (home of the 2010 Olympic Games). I am happily married to Michael and have two wonderful boys, Rhys and Linden. I have been doing some form of paper crafting since my Mom showed me how to use scissors when I was 3. I have been scrapbooking for over 10 years and for the past few years have been making cards, mini albums and other projects. I love teaching the amazing hobby and teach locally. I am also the Design Team Coordinator for Scrapbook Star ( When I am not scrapbooking I love to travel and take photographs. I am really excited to be a part of this amazing team.

My Blog is....Fleurs By Design

Submission Quote: “I would love to be a part of your design team. I love that Zutter is a small family company and your Design Team strives to keep that feeling through the blog and the website. I love making mini albums and being able to share my passion with others.”

Stop by their blogs and tell them HELLO!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Say Hello to the New Zisters!

2009-2010 Design Team Members:
Fleur Smith, BC, Canada
Sophie Sim, Australia
Linda Elbourne, UK
Pam Sandy, Michigan
Shelley Haganman, Iowa
Camilla Isaksson, Sweden
Sarah de Guzman, California
Lynne Forsythe, New Hampshire

Congratulations - you will be seeing more from them soon!

Monday, October 5, 2009

On Pins & Needles

The final-final details are being, well, finalized. No notifications have gone out yet, but soon......real soon, we hope to have some jumping up and down new Zutter Zisters Bind-it-All Design Team members.....stay tuned.