Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Love Note from Kriss!

Love letters are ever so fun to get!  Enjoy this Bind-it-All love from Kriss Cramer of East Fallowfield (near Philadelphia), Pennsylvania.  She’s created a football-themed project, rather appropriate since we just celebrated the culmination of football season here in the U.S. this past weekend!
BIA Love from Kriss:
Ever since I bought my first Bind-It-All (shortly after the release of the original one), it has been and still remains one of my favorite craft tools! The obvious reasons would be the versatility of projects you can create with it, and since I love to create small albums, books, and notes books it's the perfect tool. But the biggest reason I love this tool is that is made well and it works like a work horse. It's sturdy and easily cuts through multiple sheets of cardstock and chipboard. I have used my original Bind-It-All to teach classes and it has been well used over the years, and yet it punches holes with the same clean cuts it did when it was new.

I have since purchased the Bind-it-All V2.0 and because of the quality of workmanship in these tools, I purchased the Zutter Kutter.

The project  I want to share with you is a autograph book I made for my 12 year-old son, Levi, when we surprised him with a trip to Steeler's Training Camp this summer. The best part was when we ran into my sister and her family the second day of camp and when she saw Levi's autograph book, she said "Oh, I wish I would have seen that in the merchandise tent!" 
Football camp autograph book!
Zutter Tools & Supplies:
Zutter Kutter, Bind It All V2.0, Zutter 3/4" Black Owire
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine and Diamond Plate Embossing Folder, Provo Craft
Limelight Alphabet Die Set, Sizzix
Foil Tape Sheets, Pitch Black Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Heatit tool, Blending Solution, Jet Black Archival Ink Pad, and Glossy Accents, Ranger
Pattern Paper, My Mind's Eye
Black and White Cardstock
  1. Using the Zutter Kutter, cut two pieces of chipboard, two sheets of black cardstock, and 20 sheets of white cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 /2".
  2. Cover the front side of both chipboard panels with pattern paper.
  3. Cut Foil Tape Sheet to 2" x 9 1/2" and two pieces to 1" x 3". Ink entire surface, of all three pieces, with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink and heat set with Heatit tool. Emboss each piece using Diamond Plate embossing folder and Cuttlebug. Apply a small amount of Blending Solution to a soft rag and gently rub the raised surface to remove the black ink. Remove the paper backing from the 2" x 9 1/2" strip and apply 3" down on the front cover; wrap edges around to back. Create corners with 1" x 3" strips and add to the top corners of the front cover.
  4. Using black cardstock, cut letters to spell Steelers five times. Using Glossy Accents, glue five layers of each letter together to create a thick, raised letter. Once dry, sand any rough edges with sand paper or emery file. Glue letters to cover with Glossy Accents and then apply a layer of Glossy Accents to the top of each letter for an epoxy effect.
  5. Using a computer, print out place and date on coordinating cardstock. Punch with decorative label punch, ink edges, and apply to cover.
  6. Apply pattern paper to the inside of both the front and back covers.
  7. Put book in order - front cover, black cardstock panel, 20 white cardstock panels, black cardstock panel, and back cover. According to Bind-it-All guides, punch holes covers and pages. Put together with 3/4" Black Owire.

Getting autographs!

Kriss Cramer

Our love note crafter today is Kriss Cramer.  She has always had a love of arts and crafts, but it wasn’t until she went from career-mom to stay-at-home mom did she really realize just how much she loved it. Her pretty pattern papers, ink pads, stamps, and paints have landed her gigs as designer, teacher, trainer, and published artist. She is married to a good guy and has a terrific son. Her home in East Fallowfield (near Philadelphia), Pennsylvania is always open to her crafty girlfriends and their daughters. (The men in her life don’t get that excited about pretty papers.) See more of Kriss’ crafty goodness at Art Interrupted.

Thank you, Kriss - we are sending you $25 in Zutter Buckz to spend at www.binditall.com!


Lori said...

awesome idea and book, I bet your son loves it ...

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

I love your Album Kris and Congratulations!