Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Zutter-licious Project!

We are pleased to share this project with you from the

Design Team from Donna Salazar Designs!
Hi everyone!  Natasha, here... I am extremely excited (and a wee bit nervous) to share my first project with you!  I wanted to create a unique layout that captures the joy I felt when my baby girl was born.  Let me show you what I came up with!
This is the cover of my layout.  A cover?  For a layout?  I know... it seems odd, but this is what makes this project unique.  :o)  I used Corrugated Board by Zutter and painted it white to create a shabby look.  I also added lace that joins in the center to create a tie-closure.  This project is bound together using the Zutter Bind-It-All.  I LOVE this machine!  It is so easy to use and there are so many projects that can be created with it.
 I created the large flower using Donna Salazar's gorgeous Spring in Bloom papers.  I adore the variety of beautiful colors and designs of this collection.
 I enhanced this embossed chipboard butterfly with Clearsnap Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk Queue in Misty Meadow and Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream.  I also sprinkled on a little Fairy Dust Glitter in Pralines and Cream.
 These chipboard leaves were also covered in Fairy Dust Glitter in Sugar Shimmer.
And a little more glitter... can you tell I LOVE this stuff?
Now comes the actual 'layout' part...
This is the inside of my project.  This is actually my first double layout and I had a blast creating it!  I combined different designs from the Spring in Bloom collection.
I created my own flowers using Donna's Crafty Chronicle.  If you are not familiar with The Crafty Chronicle,  it is an acid-free periodical filled with ads, word games, maps, horoscopes and more.  It has the perfect paper weight for creating hand-made flowers.  I was a little sad about cutting it up because I really enjoyed reading it.  :o)  The flower was spritzed with Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream, Mixed Berries and Frosted Grape and covered in Mixed Berry Fairy Dust Glitter.  To adhere the glitter, I used Glue Gloss by Clearsnap.
 This chipboard corner was spritzed with Pralines and Cream and Mixed Berries Smooch Spritz and accented with Colorbox Cat's Eye Pigment Ink in Chestnut.
 The title was created using the same technique as the butterfly on my cover.
 I tend to do a lot of hand-stitching on my projects.  I love the texture it adds and I find it therapeutic.  :o)
 All of the edges of my project were distressed using a Zutter Distrezz-It-All and inked using Colorbox ink.
This is the quote that my title was derived from.  It reads: "A new baby is like the beginning of all things- wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." -Edna J. Le Shan. Supplies Used: - Spring in Bloom Collection 12x12 Paper Pad by Donna Salazar for GCD Studios - The Crafty Chronicle by Donna Salazar for GCD Studios - Zutter Bind-It-All - Owire Bindings by Zutter - Zutter Distrezz-It-All - Zutter Corrogated Board by Donna Salazar - Colorbox Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk Queue by Clearsnap in Misty Meadow
Colorbox Cat's Eye Pigment Ink by Clearsnap in Chestnut
- Glue Gloss by Clearsnap - Fairy Dust Glitter by Clearsnap in Mixed Berry, Pralines & Cream, Sugar Shimmer - Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap in Mixed Berries, Pralines and Cream, Vanilla Shimmer, Frosted Grape - The Dusty Attic chipboard elements I hope you enjoyed my project.  I had so much fun creating it!   Have a beautiful day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Go Back-to-School with your Bind-it-All

Bind-it-All 101:
Punching & Binding and ZO Much More
4 Weeks - $25
Starts September 7 -  but join anytime and view lessons at your own pace.

Join Founding Zutter Zister Nan Paturzo in this info rich and project packed "101" course on everything you need to know about how to use your Bind-it-All.  Taught exclusively at My Creative Classroom.  This 4-week course will have you punching and binding everything you can imagine...and then some!

Take the course at your own pace, from anywhere you have a computer and internet access.  Suitable for the BIA V2.0 (pink) or the original blue version tool.

More information and register CLICK HERE.
Read about all the upcoming Fall classes online here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back To School with your Bind-it-All

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Back to school. I know most kids won't agree but as parents, as enjoyable as summer is, sometimes it's nice to get back into the school routine.
This year I made a countdown calendar for my kids (and myself) to count the days we have left to enjoy summer and the days we have left to get organized for school. To create this countdown cover an 8x10 Clip-Board Wood cover with school themed patterned paper. Then cut 10 pieces of 3x4 paper and make it into a little mini album to hang in the middle of the board.

Use the Rivet Hole Punch Set and Pound-it-All to make 2 holes at the top of the board to hang it and another 2 holes in the middle of the board to hang the countdown mini album.

Decorate each page and add a number for each day you want to countdown. Then to change the day undo the bow and flip to the next page. This way I can use it again next year.
You could easily adapt this to a Halloween or Christmas Countdown just by changing the patterned paper you use.  

Yippee...only a few days left to full time crafting while the little ones are back to school!

Happy crafting!

Zutter Zister DT Member Fleur Smith

Monday, August 15, 2011

Zummer Winners - August!

Thank you Zutter Zister fans for spending last week with us for one last Zutter Zummer FLING! Many part of the country (and the world) have already gone back to school, so it's indeed with some sadness that Zummer has zipped past so fast!

For YOUR back-to-school shopping, here is a recap of the current shopping specials that will be active for a bit longer....
 Zutter Kutter - $100 off - now $69.99 - coupon code: Zummer-Kutter100A

Spinner Album Kit and Display-it-All on clearance - 50% off. No coupon code required.

No coupon code required.

All Owire 25% off - use coupon code: Zummer-OH25

No coupon code required.
Distrezz-it-All - 20% off - now $31.99 - coupon code: Zummer-DZ20A

Fine Print: Only ONE coupon code can be used per transaction, so if you want multiple coupon code deals, you must complete separate transactions. Clearance items do not need a coupon code, so shop away!  Shop at:

Here's the random winners from each daily drawing - thanks for being part of the Zummer fun!  Congrats to you all -  please email with your shipping address and item you won.

Day 5 - Distrezz-it-All Winner: 

Thanks again to you all for celebrating Zummer with us!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Zummer Vacation Project.....

Ahhhh.....summer vacations.  Zutter has all the supplies and tools for creating lasting memory projects from your summer fun.  Shelley Haganman, our Zutter Zister from Iowa, makes the most adorable projects - and they suit every mood and theme!  Check out her gallery from last summer for even more creating ideas.

Read further down for the latest shopping special and a chance on another Zummer giveaway!
I love Summer and I love traveling! This year I was so excited to visit the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle! This album is a collection of photos I took there. I wanted to stick with a "market" theme so I used Zutter's 5 x7 corrugated cardboard for the base of my album!

I used the Zutter Round-it-all to round all the corners of my pages. I painted, inked, and sanded them as well as my photos, added some masking tape and viola! I love the "raw" look that the corrugated cardboard gives my album!! You can add even more shabbiness to the corrugated board with the Distrezz-it-All - a little or a lot, depending on your preference.  I then bound my album with tie-wraps to finish the look! I love the versatility that Zutter's products offer for your creativity - not everything needs the Bind-it-All, though this would've worked just as well with owire and binding!

If you've not tried the raw look of corrugated board and the Distrezz-it-All, give it a shot.  It will add a whole new texture to your projects!
Corrugated board and the Distrezz-it-All go together like summer and sunscreen!  We think every crafter needs one of these hand-held electric distressing tools.  Toss the sandpaper and filers aside!  The Distrezz-it-All works on cardstock, chipboard, corrugated board, fabric-covered board, and more.  For a limited time, enjoy a 20% discount off the Zutter Distress-it-All.  Shop here.
Use coupon code: Zummer-DZ20A
Note, only one coupon code per transaction.  If you want to use multiple Zummer coupon offers, you must complete separate orders.

We're going to give away a Distrezz-it-All to one random winner.  But you can't leave just ANY comment.  We want to know what "distresses" you most when you are crafting.  Is it adhesive that dries too quickly?  Running out of ink in the middle of an overnight session of creativity?  From humorous to anguishing...let's hear it!  We will announce the "distrezzed" winner on Monday!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Have Bind-it-All, will Smash...

Last month when we ran our first Zutter Zummer week, Zutter Zister Camilla Isaksson from Sweden shared her Acrylic Tab Cover version of a Bind-it-All Smash Book.   The project inspired so many people, including OZZ DT Member, Annette West, who has come up with her version of this popular memorabilia trend.  Make your own Smash Book with your Bind-it-All, some handy cover materials, your spark of ingenuity, and Zutter Owires!

Everywhere I go and every forum I visit the latest talk is all Smash books - and sadly I am old enough to remember doing a very similar thing in my distant youth before it had such a fun name!!  The great thing about the Smash rage is that it is allowing people to just 'play'... no worries about background paper matching, following a page map or spending an hour deciding where to put that particular embellie... you have something you want to keep to remind you of a fun time and you glue it in, add the date and don't sweat the other stuff. Smash books are liberating!  I did look at buying one from my local scrap store but I sort of paused and thought that '"heck, I could make one for waaaay less" -- so that is what I did. Have Bind-it-All, will Smash...
I used a paper stack I have had sitting for a while... which is another good reason to make a Smash book... use up some of those papers we have sitting there!!
I added index tabs so that I could make the book relevant to what I wanted to Smash, such as..... Calgary Stampede page with tickets in a plastic pocket.
Made some pages with flaps to give me extra space.
Added some ATC holder pages for small stuff.
Made pocket pages for slipping leaflets and such.
Page from our night out to see Wicked for our Anniversary.
Lots of pockets... can't resist a pocket or two!! 
Folded the papers to make the pages a large pocket so that I can pop stuff into the pocket and it won't get lost until I have time to glue it in. 
More ATC pockets for tickets or small artwork.
Tip: If you want to be able to use these plastic sheets in your BIA it is best to glue two strips of contrasting paper over the holes section - it will then be easier to punch without the plastic getting caught up in the punching channel.

Zutter Tools Used:
Zutter Kutter for the chipboard covers - 8" x 6"
Bind-It-All with 1" Antique Brass owires
Scor-it-All for folding the pages and pockets
Other Stuff:
Tim Holtz Bird Cage Die, StampinUp index tab punch, Colorbok Woodhaven mixed media pack papers, Collector's Album Refills cut down to fit, Tags were paint chips from Martha Stewart, K&Co Smash Pads and tape. 
What do all Bind-it-All divas need?  OWIRE!  Or, as the Zisters call it....OH-Wire! It's ON SALE and the giveaway prize this week!  Enjoy 25% off all regular priced Zutter Owire, including bulk boxes.
Use coupon code:  Zummer-OH25.  Shop here for Zutter Owire.
Note: One coupon code per transaction.  If you wish to take advantage of multiple Zummer coupon offers, please complete separate orders.

But wait, there's more.  All Baby Blue and Baby Pink owire is 35% off  - no coupon code required, so you can take advantage of all the owire savings.  This Bind-it-All staple rarely goes on sale, so STOCK UP NOW!

Win a sample pack of Zutter Owire colors and sizes on today's post.  Leave a comment below telling us what you are paper crafting/scrapping now, or what your latest Zutter project was.
We will draw and announce a random winner on Monday!