Friday, July 31, 2009

Today's the Deadline for the Summertime Challenge!

You have till midnight tonight to post a comment to this blog entry, with a link to your entry for the Sum-Sum-Summertime Challenge! We're giving away the awesome Display-it-All for the top THREE entries - check out Zutter Zister DT Member Tish Treadaway's Summertime Album on the Display-it-All here.....

The winners will be selected by the Zutter Zisters Design Team and announced late next week. Good Luck BIA fans!

Speaking of the DT, make sure you check out their August galleries this month....their latest creations are being uploaded as we speak and show off all sorts of themes and techniques.

We are getting back from CHA this weekend, and will be sharing our newest releases and other exciting news soon!

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Travel Themed Ladies Pocketbook...

I love the Zutter Cover-all Albums, they are so versatile! You can leave them plain, cover them with paper, paint, stain, spray, distress, ink, and alter these covers to suite your personal style and album theme. This particular Zutter 7.5” x 5” White Cover-all is altered to look like a travel themed purse. Just add handles, latch, paper and purse feet and you are ready to go!

Zutter 7.5” x 5” White Coverall
Zutter Black 3/4” O’wire

Zutter Acid Free Black Pages
Zutter Rivets
Adhesive – Helmar Acid Free Glue and Helmar Quick-Fix Adhesive Runner
Prima - Flowers, Journal Card & Paper
Ribbons – Making Memories
Ink – ColorBox
Rub-ons – Creative Imaginations
7Gypsies – Flash Card, Gaffer Tape, Journal Handles, Office Envelope and Tissue Paper
Walnut Ink

Designer Instructions:
1. Decoupage Zutter Cover-all with tissue paper using Helmar Acid Free Glue. I put two layers on the Cover-all so you wouldn’t see the white underneath.
2. Cut a piece of coordinating card stock with a decorative edge to create the purse flap. Adhere to the covers to create the illusion of a purse flap.
3. Add purse straps, creating holes through the cover using the Zutter Rivet & Setter.
4. Using the Zutter Setter, punch a hole in the cover for the purse knob and elastic strap.
5. With a paper towel, rub walnut ink on a tag, inside and outside cover-all.
6. Add feet to your purse, punch four holes in the spine of the cover-all using the Zutter Setter and Rivets.
7. On the inside front cover, use the Gaffer tape on the edges.
8. Add Journaling Card, Office Envelope and Flash Cards to the inside front cover.
9. Embellish the tag with flowers, frame charm and rub-ons. Tie on one of the purse handles.
10. Create the album insert using the Zutter Black Pages and the Black O’Wires. Place the album in the Cover-all and it’s ready to add photos of your next vacation!

Tish Treadaway, Zutter Bind-it-all Design Team Member
Deadline for the Summertime Challenge is this Friday! Go to this blog post and link your entry!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oh... Let Me Count the Ways...

Besides using the Zutter owire to bind albums and other scrapbooking creations, are there other ways to put these owires to work? I mean, they are sturdy wires! I'm sure they can do more....

Incidentally, I was bored with tying ribbons for my little packs. (I use these sometimes to keep my pretty odds and ends, and yes, I still use kiddie bags.) The idea of using Zutter's Owires as fasteners took shape and I'm glad I had a few pink owires around!

I bet you clever readers have already guessed - take the owires, twirl it round the packet.
Take the ends and twist to fasten. Voila! Imagine the cute wrapping options, or even wrapping an album as a gift with an owire twisted onto the package! What can you come up with?

Don't forget - July 31 is the deadline for the Summertime Challenge. Post your entry on the this blog post.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Last Days for July Shopping Special

We usually like to keep the blog focused on projects and ideas, but this shopping special is too good to not remind you about. There are two freebie offers with minimum purchase going on through July. So, if you have been waiting for a reason, now is the time to go for it!

Click here for the Terms & Conditions and to obtain the promo codes!
Also, until the end of the month, ANY order at gets a bonus sample of Canvas Artboard Covers. Check it out!
Are you keeping cool and getting something ready for the Summertime Challenge?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

July Inspiration Station

Did you know that each month we post projects on the Zutter Zisters website in our Inspiration Station? This is where we show off projects from Bind-it-All fans around the world who just want to share their creations. In months past we featured projects from scrappers who later became design team members, and others who have gone on to be published in the Bind-it-All Around the World idea book! From these humble beginnings you too can achieve fame and fortune. Ok, maybe not fame and fortune - but certainly admiration and bragging rights from admiring scrappers and BIA fans!

Take a look at the featured projects this month:By Katherine Skinner

By Gittan
By Sara Foreman

Katherine, Gittan and Sara - thank you for your lovely creations. Please email me your mailing address (; I want to send you a little something to thank you and wish you a HOT summer! :)

See you all in the Inspiration Station!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summertime Tropical Theme Mini-Albums...

Here are some projects to inspire you for the Summertime Challenge!

I love summertime; the warm weather makes me think of bright tropical places and themes. Prepare for your upcoming summer vacations and create these albums in advance. If you don’t have plans for a summer vacation, these are perfect for picnics and pool parties. I love the 4 x 4 inch size album because it is easy enough to make several for gifts and not affect your budget. Creating mini-albums is a fun summer activity for children, they love craft projects! Here’s how I created the ones pictured.

Zutter 4” x 4” Chip Board Covers
Zutter Silver 3/4” O’wire
Adhesive – Helmar Acid Free Glue
Charm – American Tradition Design
Cork – Karen Foster Designs
Flowers – Prima
Ink – ColorBox
Paper – Dottie Ann, Treehouse Designs and NRN Designs
Ribbon – Rafia Source Unknown and Making Memories
Fabric Title – Lil’ Davis Designs

Designer Instructions:
1. The Zutter 4” x 4” Chip Board Covers with a 4” x 4” pattern paper on the front and back covers using Helmar Acid Free Adhesive.
2. Embellish the covers with charms, flowers, tags, titles and more.
3. To simplify the process, I used the Zutter DreamKuts to cut 4” x 4” papers for the covers and the page inserts for each album. That enables me to choose coordinating pages for each album.
4. Then bind the covers and page inserts together using the Zutter Bind-it-all and O’wires.
5. Once the album is assembled, add the photos and journaling from your trip.

Wishing you a memorable summer!
Don't forget to enter the Summertime Challenge! Comment on the blog entry below by 7/31/09!

Tish Treadaway, Zutter Bind-it-all Design Team Member

Friday, July 10, 2009

Summertime Challenge!

County fairs. Trips to the beach. No school. Summer school. Bare feet and flip flops. Watermelon. Water skiing. Surfing and boogie boarding. Popsicles. Long days and sunscreen. Baseball and road trips. Just what summer memories are you living right now?

The Bind-it-All Zutter Zisters Design Team challenges you to make a mini book documenting something about your summer NOW.

Here's what you need to do:
Create a mini album 8X8 or smaller about something - anything - about summer. A summer event you attended, a summer memory or just awesome summer photos. Punch and bind it with the Bind-it-All and post a link to a couple of awesome photos in a comment on this blog entry. Tell us about the project and about what Zutter tools and/or materials you used. Make sure you tell us your hometown too!

The challenge is open now and deadline to post your link is July 31. We are going to select THREE winners to receive a Zutter Display-it-All album stand, like the one Lea Sanders used for her "Sun" album above. Winners will be announced the first week in August!

Visit the Design Team Gallery for the latest project submissions from our talented team.

Have a happy "bindy" summer!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Man Made-Hand Made Challenge Winners

We are late in showing off the challenge winners this month – sorry! It must be the LAZY days of summer. It’s just NOT the time of year for deadlines and hurrying! Speaking of which, there were only FOUR entries – so we are not the only ones out there not rushing into anything! LOL!

So we want to reward all four of the talented crafters who posted for this challenge. We are going to send each of you a copy of the Bind-it-All Around the World idea book!

Here they are:
Kathy Floen Inspired by Jennifer Priest's hanging memo board, Kathy created this key holder memo board! This is a great idea for using leftover Zutter owire and for making gifts and decor.
Feli - Made this beautiful decor using Zutter chipboard! This project doesn't use any binding, but you can use the Zutter covers by lacing or tying them together to make decor and books.
Melissa Fiskateer #2396 Melissa made this calendar to keep track of her dog's medications! Clever! Calendars are a natural project for the Bind-it-All - and you can customize your project any way you like.
photography4me Angela used old license plates to create this unique, one-of-a-kind album! And, she shows it off in this video. The Bind-it-All can punch thin metal, so make sure you read the materials information before taking on materials that may damage your tool. Some older license plates are too thick and be careful.

Ladies, please email me your shipping address so we can send out your books. (duh, email

And, we will be announcing our July challenge in a matter of days, so get off that lounge chair and in outta the sun and let's bind!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

HOT HOT HOT Summer Specials!

Hope you are ready for some Summer Specials and Shopping Bonuses, just announced from the Zutter warehouse. Take advantage of the goodies and scrap those summer memories!

You can combine the above special with one of the bonuses below!

Read the full terms and conditions and get these great coupon codes here.
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P.S. We are a bit behind in sharing the winners from the Man Made-Handmade Challenge and other Clipboard Wood creations - but we will have those in the coming days! Thanks for your patience.