Monday, July 11, 2011

Basking in the Zummer Zunshine!

Welcome to the Zummer of Zutter - where the crafting is easy!  We are kicking off a week of summer-themed projects, with this beauty from Original Zutter Zister, Jennifer Priest. Jennifer has a loyal following of fans, and you can see why her classes are some of the most popular in Southern California!
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A few years back we discovered a nice, semi-private beach in part of Corona Del Mar, near Newport Beach, CA. It is a bit of a hike down a crazy hill but well worth it -- privacy, tide pools, clean sand...it's still my favorite. This summer our first beach trip was to Corona Del Mar. Our niece and nephews joined us and we had a grand time.This is the first time I have ever created a mini book within weeks of the event and I have to tell you, it is so rewarding! This mini only took me a couple of hours (measured in episodes of Real Housewives of New Jersey --heehee) to create and embellish.

 I used a Clear Scraps Chipboard Uturn Album to capture these wonderful "first of summer" memories of my family. The arrows lend a fun, whimsical feel to the album while the beach themed papers I chose help continue the beach theme throughout the book. This book came with two binder rings binding it. I can't tell you how many times people have told me in classes how much they love how sturdy their Bind-It-All bound books are and then they compare that binding to wobbly binder rings. I have to agree! It's easy to convert a binder ring binding to an owire based binding, especially when the binding side of the book is a straight edge. And if you are creating a heavily embellished book that will likely be handled a lot, it's a great idea to convert the binding to the sturdier owire option.

To start, I covered all the pages of the album with paper and cut them out with a craft knife. This covers the binder ring holes, creating a fresh canvas for the Bind-It-All to punch. After I bound the book with owire, it was nice and sturdy, ready to accept the heavy dose of embellishments I loaded it up with!
 

  
I also took advantage of the continuous owire binding by adding extra tags, postcards, and kraft envelopes as mini pages between the chipboard pages. I used 1" Antique Brass owires to bind the book.  I then added photos and embellishments.
You can easily convert any album with a straight edge into an owire bound masterpiece using your Bind It All. Summer photos are calling. Come on, create a book for them using your trusty Bind-It-All!

Supplies:
Bind It All, owires by Zutter
Clear-N-Chip Carson's Park by Clear Scraps
Clear Scraps Chipboard Uturn Album by Clear Scraps
Paper by Cosmo Cricket
Embellishments by Epiphany Crafts
Stickers by Cosmo Cricket, Crate Paper, American Crafts, October Afternoon, KI Memories
Ink by Clearsnap
Cardstock by Bazzill
Diecuts by Accu-Cut
Ribbon by May Arts, Bo Bunny Press, hydrangeahippo.etsy.com, Polka Dot Whimsy
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And now, for the Zummer Special of the Day........
25% off the ever wonderful Bind-it-All!
Sale $56.25 - Regular: $74.99
If you've been wanting to upgrade from the original blue, want to have a second one, give a gift, or need a push to take the plunge for the first time, no better time than now with 25% off!  Input this code on the order form:  Zummer-BIA25
Discount is valid only through July 16 - one coupon code per order.
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Please leave a comment on this post and tell us about one of your favorite summer memories.  We hope reminiscing will give you motivation to pull out your Bind-it-All and craft a quick project to hold memories of THIS Zummer!
We will select a random winner on Monday - for a Zutter Distrezz-it-All!  The only electric handheld distrezzing tool and companion tool to the Bind-it-All, Dreamkuts and all the Zutter tools!

Thank you for visiting the Zutter Zisters Bind-it-All blog this week.  Each day this week we will have a new project to share and another chance to win something Zutterlicious!

42 comments:

Kottens corner said...

One of my favourite summer memories is when I went camping with my brother in a lake area not far from home. We went by his boat to a small island they call Hawaii. :) It has got the most beautiful beach imaginable. The island was completely deserted, so we had it to ourselves. We slept over in tents and watched the sun rise the next morning while we drank coffe. After that we took a deep plunge into the lake. I´ll remember that weekend for the rest of my life.

Pam said...

Returned yesterday from a week's vacation and guess what...for the first time ever I have a completed scrapbook from a trip right away...the week before we left I used my Bind-it-all to create a travel journal that I took along on the trip...the binding and embellishing was done before we left and I simply journaled each day...I just need to add my photos later this afternoon and voila! A completed scrapbook within days of returning from a vacation...now that's a new favorite summer memory!

By Shawna Rae said...
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By Shawna Rae said...

This summer is probably one of my favorite ones... I've spent a lot of time crafting (making a lot of mini albums for my grandkids). This is something I have never been able to do before for various reasons. Loving it!! Also finally getting to learn a lot of new crafting ideas. Thanks for asking!!! And thanks for the chance to win the distrezzing tool!!!

A Scrap Above said...

Ohh, this is so hard! I have a lot of favorite summer memories when I was younger, my brother & sister and me, would spend all day outside, we would water down the yard and then ride our bikes in the mud.. as a teen, when I was not working, I would spend time with my friends walking the malls and window shopping.. When I had my daughters, I loved the summer days it was not too hot and I could set their pool up and let them play outside for hours. Now their both teens,my favorite time is spending with them on a road trip, just us girls.. Each summer we build new favorite times.
TFS
Bonnie
http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com
ascrapabove at aol dot com

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Oh, I do luv your book! The colors and "stuff" just make one want to pick it up. I think the best summer memory of adult life was teaching the kids to row a boat at the lake one summer, round and round they went! lol and couldn't get back!

nannette13 said...

My favorite summer was a cross-country trip that my parents had saved up for and took us all thru the best of sightseeing in 1970. The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Las Vegas, Disneyland and San Francisco were my favorite places and just being with my parents for 3 long weeks was the best time of my young life!

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Lisa Mala6 said...

My favorite summer memories would be when I worked at Crater Lake National Park. What fun to see the clouds in the lake and hiking with all my new friends.

Jan said...

I think my most favorite summer memory is when I went to Savannah with a friend of mine - we had the best time!! I still haven't finished scrapbooking all of my photos. I would love to make a copy of my album for my friend - I think she would love it. I've looked for one of the distrezzing machines in my local stores and can't find one - this would be awesome!! Thanks for the offer!

Debbie D said...

It is definitely hard to choose. Now that my husband & I are empty nesters, we take a driving trip each summer. My favorite so far has to be the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, & Four Corners. While driving we also happened on to the little town of Kanab, what was then the home of Stampin' Up! At that time, I was thinking about joining. I took this as a sign, and have been a Demonstrator for almost 8 years now!

Annette said...

Love this mini album...
so far this summer is really hot and all we have done is work on our house. We are building a fence. IT is quit the adventure. I might just have to do a mini album of this fun exciting adventure...
I hope to travel a little later this summer.

Lady_Jane said...

One of my favourite summer memories is taking our kids camping. We slept in tents right near the lake and had lots of wonderful experiences together - hiking, exploring, making 'smores and enjoying the campfires to name a few!

stephanie said...

One of my favorite memories is the year we went to Las Vegas and took a side trip to the Grand Canyon by plane - a scarey ride, but oh so worth it!

Eileen Bergen said...

Lovely book! The papers and embellishments are great.

I'm a bit confused on the binding. The book came with 2 (or 3) binder rings binding it. It looks like you removed those. How? Do you have to cut them? Do they open?

Once you had the pages and extras the way you wanted, you used the Bind-It-All to bind it all together?

Thanks for any help.

Robyn said...

my summer memories are hanging out at the Rose Vally pool. No worries

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh my, what a great project!!!! I love mini's!

The Gov. said...

Fav summer memmories . . .there is nothing like a cruise!
Love the mini, it's so inspiring!

Sheila said...

A favorite summer memory is when a friend and I went to Prince Edward Island. We had such a grand time taking in the sites, eating, taking in plays, and talking with people. We stayed at B and B's ranging from very luxurious to basic. Regardless the owners were always welcoming and were able to guide us to the best eating spots or "you can't miss" this place. I have fond memories, all in my mind as I have no idea where the pictures are. My hope is that my husband and I will go to PEI in the near future. This time I will get the pix into a scrapbook.

Simply Sandy said...

One of my favorite stories to tell my kids was we stayed at Mrs. Tucker's Inn at the beach. We went my mom and her friends and we couldn't find a room except at Mrs. Tucker's Inn. My mother and her friends wondered why there was a vacancy and it didn't take long to find out. It was filled with flying palmetto bugs (roaches). so bad that one friend slept in the hammock on the front porch. Must say we left the next day :) But fun memory to tell.

mommahobbit said...

I love love love summer! My fav. memory would have to be at our local lake camping, swimming, boating, water sking , etc. I wish as an adult I had time to do it again :)
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Anita Braddock said...

My favorit summer memorie would be when my family and I whent on vacation to Mi. we also when thought so many places and our kids meet their grandma and cousins and Aunts. them we whent on to Santa Cruz and they meet their greatgrandma and we took them to the Boardwalk there they had so much fun and as a family we had so much fun first time our 3 kids went on vacation. thanks for the chance to win. abbraddock@msn.com

pamala said...

Gorgeous mini!!! Love it! I love being on the lake with my kids and grandkids. Each time we are out there, we are busy making new favorite memories as fast as we can. :)

Dot said...

One of my favorite summer memories is working at the shore in New Jersey during a one month nursing school break. I would spend the day on the beach and then walk 30 blocks to the shop on the boardwalk. Got a coffee after work to warm up after working in the air conditioned store while having a sunburn- pre-sunscreen days.

Kelly Sas said...

My favorite summer memory is the summer I went on a 2 week boating trip on Lake Superior with my grandparents. Camping on a lake in a boat is an incredible experience that I will never forget and cherish all my life! Wish I had a Zutter album of that summer trip. :(

Wanda said...

MY favorite summer memories is going to Disneyland last year the kids are older so they can go by themself and then we meet for luch or dinner and share the experiences...
best regards,
Wandai

The Savvy Scrapbooker said...

Camping memories or time spent at the lake. I'm hoping to take my two year old out this weekend to keep the memories going!

nancy said...

My best summer memory so far this year is the family reunion I just returned from. It was so great being with relatives that I rarely see. Love your book.

Shelley said...

One of my favorite summer memories is sleepovers with my cousins...a dozen of us all sleeping in the same room makes for lots of laughs!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Summer always brings back memories of weeks at camp with lots of fun things to do.

juliem said...

I love spending the day at a lake with a good book.
Julie Hendersonville

Bast said...

One o my fav memories was when I was a very young child my great Aunt and Uncle owned a beautiful hotel at the Jersey Shore. My parents would take us there to stay for weeks on end. It was great being able to spend time with the family on the beach or the boardwalk. I really miss those days and a grateful for having that time with my Great Aunt. She was such a wonderful person.

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

jordanbev5 said...

St.Pete beach seeing dolphin, and just having a wonderful lazy week with the kids before the first one went off to college. We had such fun, playing games, going to a festival, and taking the time to just not do anything at all but enjoy each other.

Lucy Newton said...

I remember how I used to take my kids to the beach and see how much they enjoyed the water and the sand, and I love to listen to the waves at night!!!

Michelle said...

I'm loving this summer! I've been on vacation for the past 2 weeks and we've been camping!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Cassie_lu said...

what a great mini-album

Ohana in Bend said...

i've seen the videos for the distress it all! would love to win one! the album is gorgeous!

Fleursbydesign said...

Beautiful mini - love all the embellishments :)

TeacherMom said...

Wow! Your book is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I am definitely coming back to scraplift this!!! Every page is so bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing!!! Looking forward to all the rest of the great projects this week!!!!
gaudet5@ rogers dot com

Linda said...

We live in Michigan...so, of course, one of my favorite summer memories has to do with the beach and camping with our family. Trekking thru Sleeping Bear dunes to watch a sunset over the lake and back to roast marshmallows!

Mara Domene said...

So cute. I loved it!

Holly S said...

When I was growing up every weekend we loaded up the camper and went somewhere different-usually close to home but far enough to feel like we were on a mini adventure every weekend...everywhere we went we made new friends and there was no t.v., just family togetherness...I miss those days.