Showing posts with label Upcycle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Upcycle. Show all posts

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Old Book Covers? Yes Please!

Jennifer Priest here with a fun Halloween mini I created using actual old book covers! Using book pages for decoupage and other projects, like wreaths, is so popular but what do you do with the leftover book coves? Many vintage books, like the reader's Digest Condensed book here, have old covers with a great patina and fabulous designs. They are great to repurpose as mini album covers like this:

Tie all kinds of lace and trim to the binding to give the book a spooky feel for Halloween!


The pages can be bigger than the covers, like this 5x7 Chipboard Covers and Glassine Bags I used here:

Consider wrapping pages with trim and tying it in a knot after the pages are bound--this eliminates the risk of accidentally punching through and cutting a trim.

Hope you enjoyed this book! And next time, before you throw those old book covers away,think about giving them new life with your Bind-it-All!

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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
 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).


  • 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.


Nancy Keslin

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Facebook Zutterista: Stefani Chastain

We love finding new Zutteristas on our Facebook Page and that is exactly where we discovered Stefani's amazing handmade, upcycled journals!!

Isn't this cute?! Stefani stamped sentiments on the bandages printed on the package.

Now we know what to do with all of those board games with missing pieces--turn the rest into mini books!

If you can cut it, you can bind it!

Thank you Stefani for sharing your inspired creations with us on our Facebook Page!!! We're proud to call you a "Zutterista"!

About the Artist:

I have been paper crafting for the last 15 years and mostly just make things for other people. I like making and giving unique gifts. I have been married for 8 years and I am the mother of a 4 year old Boston Terrier named Liberty Belle. I got a Bind it All 6 months ago and have enjoyed making smash books and notebooks with it. As my next project, I am going to make the first scrapbook for me and my husband since we started dating 10 years ago. I'm starting with our recent trip to Disney World.

Please check my blog out at and follow me on Facebook at Styles by Stefani.

Want your work featured on the Zutter blog? Just share your projects on our Facebook Page we just MIGHT be contacting you sometime soon :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Upcycled Coffee Bag Journal

I'm so happy to share this project with you today on the Bind-It-All blog! 

About a year ago, I was about to throw away one of my Starbucks coffee bags, when I looked at at it, and thought that it was such a shame to throw it out, because it was so pretty! Of course, it seemed a bit silly just to keep it because I liked how it looked, but I decided to give myself a day to think about a creative use for the bag, before I pitched it. 

When I was sitting in my studio that evening, I saw my brand new Bind-It-All sitting there, and it hit me! I could collect the coffee bags, and create an album especially for my coffee loving friend Christina! I asked my extended family to save their pretty and unusual bags for me, too....and I ended up with some pretty interesting ones, especially when my parents went on their travels. 

The day I mailed the coffee album to my friend was such a great one. Though I usually only get to "virtually" enjoy coffee with Christina, I could make a handmade gift to let her know I was thinking of her over coffee each day. I think this idea makes a great unique gift for any coffee lovers out there. :)