Saturday, April 28, 2012

2 Hours To A Mini

Hello scrappers! Today I am going to share instructions on how you can create a mini album about all the things that make me "content and happy!"  This mini is so simple that it will take you no more than 2 hours to complete! 


First, cut several pieces of chipboard down to 3"X3" and then cut several 3"x 3" pieces of patterned paper and adhere them to the front and back of your chipboard pieces using Zip Dry Glue by Beacon. Zip Dry dries quickly and works great for keeping your papers snug against the chipboard. Make sure you put the glue all around the chipboard edge, and the center and then rub your hand across the paper to smooth out any clumps from the glue.

Once your the glue dries, use your Bind-It-All by Zutter to punch the edges of your pages and bind them together with O-Wire. Bind the mini together before embellishing your album because it will be impossible to bind the pages once you have embellishments on your pages! (Learn from me... I know this because I've had this happen to me).

Once your mini is bound, go ahead and gather the embellishments that you would like to use. I find that you will cut the time you put into your mini if you grab what you want to use on your mini first and then once you start creating your mini, stick to what you have pulled out!


And here is my completed album! I love this and I hope you are inspired to create one of your own!


Supplies: 


  • Zutter Bind-It All 
  • Zutter O-Wire 
  • Patterned paper: BasicGrey 
  • Chipboard: Maya Road 
  • Resin: Webster's Pages 
  • Wax seal: BasicGrey 
  • Flowers: Prima 
  • Ribbon: Prima 
  • Charms: Epiphany Crafts 
  • Bling: Teresa Collins 
  • Chipboard hexagons: Pink Paislee 
  • Word stickers: Cosmo Cricket 
  • Sentiment stamp: Catslife Press 
  • Heart punch: Creative Memories 
  • Circle punch: Creative Memories 
  • Mists: Smooch Spritz 
  • Bubble caps: Epiphany Crafts

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Mini Mini

Hi everyone, Nancy Keslin here today to share with you a teeny mini I made with my Zutter Bind it All.  One of the things I love the most about my Bind it All is that the square punch makes the holes perfect for both larger projects and the teeniest of minis.




I made this mini to fit inside the Sizzix Suitcase die.  The inner dimensions of the suitcase are 3"x4".  Not very big to work with.




But, as you can see the holes punched with my Bind it All are perfectly in scale to my small journaling cards.




 Even on this tiny file folder which measures only 2"x3" the Bind it All holes are to scale.

And with the 3/8" wires, my mini is ready to go.


Thanks for dropping by.  Hugs


Nancy Keslin
homesclscrapper.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Smile and Cherry Blossoms



I was inspired by the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. to create this going-away present for a friend.  This project is very easy on supplies.  Just a few sheets of paper, ink, covers and bits of ribbon, to make a book of pockets and tags.  Instead of directing the canvas to the outside of the book, I chose to ink the canvas and use on the inside.


Steps I took to create this project:


- Ink the canvas side of each cover with your choice of colors to match your project.  Lay aside to let dry.  When dry, adhere paper to the smooth side.

- Make five pockets using 6 ½” x 12” pieces of paper.  Measure so that the width is just a smidge smaller than the 5” width of the covers.  No need to adhere the short end of the pocket shut as the wire binding will serve the same purpose.  Punch small arcs into one side of each pocket edge.

- Make five tags by layering patterned paper on cardstock that is slightly smaller in width than the pockets.  I made the tags a little long so that they would stick out of the pockets.  Round the edges and add jumbo eyelets.  

- Braid four lengths of twine to make loops for the tags.


Punch the covers and pockets.  A tip for those times when you don’t have a ruler – to be sure that you are consistently punching so that your covers or your inside pages all match up, use the wire guide on the side of the Bind-it-All.  My intent was to center the cover for punching without the use of a ruler.  I eyeballed how much of the cover stuck out from each side of the Bind-it All, trying to get it as even as I could and then used the little wire guide to mark the end of the cover.  I punched the cover and without moving the wire marker, added the second cover up to the wire guide and punched.  I did the same process with the pockets.


Bind the project.  Make sure to put the back cover on top of the front cover before binding so that the closure after binding will be on the inside of the back cover.

Add additional embellishments to the cover and put the tags in the pockets.


Supplies:
  • Zutter Tools/Materials:  Bind-it-All, Canvas Art Board Covers:  5” x 7”, 1 ¼” white O-wire, Corner Rounder
  • SEI – patterned paper, cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up! – jumbo eyelets, ink
  • Timeless Twine - twine
  • Doodlebug – gems
  • ColorBok – clear sticker
  • lace, burlap, flowered ribbon

May the fairer months bring you inspiration to make beautiful gifts with your Bind-it-All!

OZZ Lea Sanders
http://leasanders.wordpress.com

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bind-It-All 101 Starting Tomorrow




 Starting this week, join Founding Zutter Zister Nan Paturzo to learn your Bind-It-All inside and out!!

4 weeks - $25
Updated Curriculum
 
Once you master this class you will wonder why you waited so long! 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:
  1. Overview of the Bind-it-All : Includes review of settings, tools, maintenance, and accessories.
  2. Punching Basics: Includes creating your own Bind-it-All Punching & Binding Guide and tips for punching centered and even holes.
  3. Binding with Confidence: Covers the use of the Owire Sizing Templates and how to bind perfect "o-shaped" owire spines.
  4. Mini Delights : Create two custom bound mini albums - one 3X4 mini and one 4X4 mini, utilizing easy techniques you can repeat again with any theme.
  5. Everyday Albums : Take your custom binding up a size or two with a 6X6 and 8X8 album. Explore different punching styles for a truly unique project!
  6. Bonus! Binding Above & Beyond: Explore how to use your Bind-it-All using every day, around-the-house materials. In this lesson we will review other punching materials and expand from the basic to the uber creative! Take these project starters and take off with creative ideas and executions of your own!
Once you master this course, you will feel confident in taking on any custom binding project. 
Quick Links...
 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Trash to Treasure

Hi everyone, Nancy Keslin here today.  Let me just start out by saying how thrilled I am to be here today sharing my first project on the Bind it All blog.  This is actually a project I made a while ago, but is one of my favorite projects to date.

Believe it or not, this project was made using odds and ends; leftovers from other projects.  This is one of my favorite things about my Bind it All.  I can use all my scraps and bits to make a beautiful project.
 Whether it be journaling cards
 Tags
 Or scraps of patterned paper
I really can "bind-it-all" into a sweet little mini album.  Whether the pages are all the same size or not, I can work around it.  No more wondering what to do with my scraps (or having them all pile up).

Supplies: 

  • Zutter: Bind-It-All 
  • Zutter: Wire Antique 1"
  • Prima: Papers and Stickers, 
  • Tattered Angels: Mist and Tag
  • Hug Snug: Seam Binding
  • McCalls: Dress Pattern
  • Misc: Trims



Thanks for letting me share with you today.

Hugs

Nancy Keslin
homesclscrapper.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby Blue and Baby Pink...


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Online Classes from Zome of our Zisters




Spring Online Classes  
with Zutter & My Creative Classroom!
Whether you are new to the Bind-it-All, or a seasoned pro, we've got a class for you!

Jennifer Desktop Calendar  

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, OWires, 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.

Lesson One: Binding Pages of Varying Sizes
Lesson Two: Binding On the Edge
Lesson Three: Creating Projects 
Lesson Four: Alternative Binding Options 
Class Begins: May 9
4 Weeks - $25
Instructor: Jennifer Priest 



4 weeks - $25
Updated Curriculum
 
Once you master this class you will wonder why you waited so long! 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:
  1. Overview of the Bind-it-All : Includes review of settings, tools, maintenance, and accessories.
  2. Punching Basics: Includes creating your own Bind-it-All Punching & Binding Guide and tips for punching centered and even holes.
  3. Binding with Confidence: Covers the use of the Owire Sizing Templates and how to bind perfect "o-shaped" owire spines.
  4. Mini Delights : Create two custom bound mini albums - one 3X4 mini and one 4X4 mini, utilizing easy techniques you can repeat again with any theme.
  5. Everyday Albums : Take your custom binding up a size or two with a 6X6 and 8X8 album. Explore different punching styles for a truly unique project!
  6. Bonus! Binding Above & Beyond: Explore how to use your Bind-it-All using every day, around-the-house materials. In this lesson we will review other punching materials and expand from the basic to the uber creative! Take these project starters and take off with creative ideas and executions of your own!
Once you master this course, you will feel confident in taking on any custom binding project. 
Quick Links...
 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mini For A Friend

Hello! Today, I would like to share with you a friendship mini. I can't believe that Mischelle and I have been friends for 14 years now! I gathered all of our photos over the years and scrapped them into this mini. I adore this and hope you do too!



Supplies: 

  • Zutter: Bind-It-All Zutter: Wire 
  • Glitz Designs "Pretty in Pink" Patterned Paper 
  • Glitz Designs "Pretty in Pink" Rhinestones 
  • Glitz Designs "Pretty in Pink", "French Kiss" Cardstock Stickers 
  • Glitz Designs "Pretty in Pink" Teeny alphas 
  • Glitz Designs "Pretty in Pink" Glitzers Glitz Designs "Pretty in Pink" Whatnots 
  • Other: Baker's Twine: Scrap Pantry (Etsy) 
  • Buttons: Epiphany Crafts 
  • Word stickers: Cosmo Cricket 
  • Die cut machine: Cricut Cartridge: Stamp 
  • Pearls: Zva Creative Flower: Zva Creative 
  • Pen: Adhesives: Creative Memories




Saturday, April 14, 2012

Taking a Bite Out of Tax Day


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Celebrate Tax Day
Well, maybe "celebrate" isn't quite the right word!  Traditionally Tax Day is April 15th in the U.S., though the deadline was extended to April 17th for 2012! No one likes to file their taxes, and some of us wait until the very last minute! Yikes!

To make this year's Tax Day a little less painful, Zutter is offering up a 17% discount sitewide through April 17th. That's right....17% off everything through the 17th!
 Tax Day
Use code TAXDAY in the promo/coupon code field on the order form and hit "apply."

Just like the government, there are a few "regulations": regular shipping applies, and the discount does NOT apply to anything already on sale or on promotional special.

Tax Day comes and goes every year - and this deal only lasts through April 17th. Don't procrastinate like we did on our taxes this year and save big now.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Spring!

Hello everybody!   I am SOOO happy that spring has arrived!  I have a Cover-Alls mini book project to share with you today that reminds me of warm weather ~  




I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Cover-Alls.  Wait, can you guess how much I love the Cover-Alls?  :) They give such an organized and clean look to any mini book.  I chose the white Cover-All that is compatible with 7.5 x 5 " pages.  This is one of my favorite sizes, because I can easily use 4 x 6 pics, and still have room to jazz things up.  My first step was to create my background paper.  I decided to do quick and easy background pages by misting white cardstock.  First I grabbed some maybe colors ~



Then I tested them out.  I settled on the thicker reddish mist and sprayed several sheets of white cardstock in random ways ~


Then I cut my pages for my mini ~


Next I laid out the photos I wanted to use for each page ~


Then I did a test punch page using my pink Bind-It-All.  I always do this for same size pages, as it helps me decide exactly how I want to punch my pages before I use my "real pages".  Not everybody does this and it definitely isn't required, but I got in the habit when I first started using my Bind-It-All years ago, and it is how I still do it today ~


OK, I am happy with my punched page, now time to get busy. 


I play around with my scraps and embellies, getting the look I like ~


Next I pull the plastic sheet out of the back pocket of the Cover-All ~




Time to punch the holes in the plastic (easy peasy with my pink Bind-It-All) ~


Now it is time to punch my pages ~


Now I put the plastic ON TOP of my pile of pages to be punched ~


Then I bind my pages and the plastic insert together, then flip the plastic out ~


Then I tuck my plastic into the back pocket on the Cover-All.  I finish some decor for the front cover  ~


Then I glue everything down, including a wide bright pink ribbon to tie it up nicely.  Voila!  Cover is done!  ~


Here is a peek at the inside pages ~ 


 I used scraps of cardstock and patterned paper, and odds and ends of embellies.  I used my Distrezz-It-All to distress the edges of some of the cardstock  ~













Want to know a little secret?  I stopped punching my pages before I was finished (I think it was to chat with my 4 year old granddaughter on the phone), and when I came back and started punching again I goofed.  No worries!  My page was punched backwards, so it would have been out of order.  I punched the other side and after the book was put together this boo boo (left page extra holes) ~


turned into this design technique (fabric woven through the extra holes on the page) ~ 


So don't worry if you have a little mistake.  You can incorporate it into your design, or add extra cardstock as another border, or make your page a different size, or even just leave it.  Lots of options!  I actually punch extra holes on purpose many times and weave either ribbon or fabric through, so this was not a worry at all. I also don't mind turning my book to view pages, as long as the pages next to each other match up direction wise.  But if you don't mind that they match up, put your photos however you want.  That is one of the beauties of making your own from scratch mini book!  


Have fun creating a mini using the fabulous Cover-Alls and your Bind-It-All!  Have a joyful and creative day ~ Pam