Thursday, August 27, 2009

August Inspiration Station

Make sure you take a peek at this month's Inspiration Station to see what Zutter fans are creating and sharing......All the way from Norway, Sissel made this beautiful book using paper bags. Although her book is called "Island" it documents her visit to Iceland (which most of us think is supposed to look like ice!!)
Bridgett Owens made this birthday and anniversary book,using plain white cardstock and calendars she printed on her computer! Simple, quick....easy!

Charolette Jones made is note journal, using 3X5 index cards for the inner pages. Think of all the little minis and notebooks you can make as gifts with simple materials like this! This is fun with the fibers on the owire!
Ladies, thank you for sharing your projects with us. We want to send you a small thank you for participating, so please email your shipping address to (and put August Inspiration Station in the subject line).
We love love love seeing what you are making. If you want your project featured in the Inspiration Station, please make sure to read the Terms & Conditions and email your pictures and description (don't forget your hometown info) to!

Don't forget about the Travel Challenge below! Last day to post your project is MONDAY August 31!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Making Leaves with the Scor-It!

How about an EASY embellishment made using scraps????

I use this technique alot in classes, folding the paper by hand to get a crease. That has resulted in ALOT of papercuts! I recently got a Scor-It and it is perfect for making leaves from scrap paper.

The Zutter Zisters Bind-it-All Design Team loves using the Scor-it - it's a great companion to the Zutter tools and can help you work with paper in a whole new way. Try some folding techniques to add creativity to your projects. See Lea Sanders creations on the post below as well as the DT gallery for lots of ideas with the Scor-it!

Here is how you can make hand-made paper leaves!

  • Gather several circle punches , some scrap green paper and cardstock, and a Scor-It.

  • Fold the paper in half, with a nice sharp crease. A Scor-It works really well for doing this! If you're using scraps like I did, create creases in the paper about every 1/2" to 3/4" across the whole width of the paper.

  • Fold each crease and punch until you're left with a swiss cheese piece of paper--you'll get the most bang for your buck this way;)

  • Using a circle punch punch partial circles along the creased edge of the paper. You’ll want to have the paper only about ¼ of the way into the punch.

  • The closer you get to having the paper halfway in the more likely you will have a circle when you unfold the punched paper.

  • For larger leaves use a larger diameter punch and for smaller leaves use a small diameter punch.

  • Here I really used a "Scrap" of paper--you can get the most out of scraps you'd otherwise throw away by punching things out of them.

  • You can also try scalloped, pinked, or other decorative edged circle punches to make more interesting leaves.
  • Try punching colored paper to make flower petals!

  • When you're done, you can use the leaves right away or save them for a future project.
---Jennifer Priest


Leave a comment on this blog post by September 7 - tell us what you would do (or have already done with your Scor-it). We will pick a random poster on 9/8, a new owner of a full size Scor-it Board! Get to it!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bind-it-All on "Psych" - USA Network

Ok, so I am at work the other day (my "real" work) and my boss comes by my desk and says..."Hey, the Bind-it-All was on Psych last night." I was like "Huh? What's Psych and why was the Bind-it-All on it?" Turns out Psych is a show on USA Network - "a quick-witted comedy/drama starring James Roday as young police consultant Shawn Spencer who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute that Santa Barbara PD detectives think he’s psychic.
Psych also stars Dulé Hill as Shawn's best friend and reluctant sidekick, Gus, and Corbin Bernsen as his disapproving father, Henry, who ironically was the one who honed his son's "observation" skills as a child." (that's a quote from the USA site.)

I found the humor to be enjoyable, if not perfectly dry for my taste! I laughed OUT LOUD at the BIA references!

The references to the BIA are at about 20:00 and 30:30 ("The binding on this thing is impressive!!") LOL! Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

2009-2010 Design Team Call!

Call for submissions for our 2009-2010 Zutter Zisters Design Team!
Submission Deadline: September 17, 2009
Notification by: October 5, 2009
Get the scoop at the home of the Zisters here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

NEWS FLASH! Summer CHA Releases NOW Available!

NOW AVAILABLE! The Summer CHA releases from Zutter are now available at Click here to see what's new!

How about PRE-PUNCHED Page Protectors??!?! Can you say AWESOME? And, they even come in a MOVABLE version, so you can interchange pages without removing your owire binding.

How about another fun project kit - like this Acrylic Organizer Stamp Album Kit? It comes with everything you need to create your own customized album to store your clear and unmounted rubber stamps. The kit comes with acrylic pages, frosted plastic dividers, owire and the closure for the cover. FUN!

Check out Zutter's new 13X13 Chipboard Covers - sized to work perfectly with the new 12X12 Page Protectors. This chipboard is 2.8mm thick - thicker than our regular chipboard and designed to be sturdy for your lasting memory projects. (This chipboard may be too thick for the original Blue BIA).
1 1/4" Owire now comes in an economical 4-pack! Pick some up in Antique Silver, Antique Brass, Black or White. (6-packs also still available).
ENJOY the new products and be sure to check out the current shopping specials on the home page of

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Santa's Summer Splendor - Bind-it-All Style

Monday Monday Monday. Did you all have a nice weekend? I know lots of kids are heading back to school now, but in my neck of the woods we have a few more weeks to go!

This weekend, one of my favorite local scrapbook stores – The Red Bee in Tustin, CA - had a fun “holiday” event….“Santa’s Summer Splendor!” The store was buzzing with make ‘n takes on Friday night – all of them holiday themed. I manned the Zutter project, of course, making this cute holiday themed 3X4” mini album. It has an acrylic cover, chipboard backcover, and six inner pages of double-sided cardstock. For easy-to-apply embellishments, there were buttons, punched-out snowflakes, flowers, ribbon, tulle, twill (stapled onto to pages) and tiny bling crystals. I especially like the look of the Zutter Antique Brass Owire on this project. It adds to the feel of the holidays. Super easy – and one holiday gift item crossed off the list.

It’s kind of scary to think about the holidays when it’s still 80 degrees out, but trust me, I am feeling anxiety coming on anyway! I know I will be cranking some cute minis like this like an assembly line pretty soon!

Enjoy your last days of summer!

Origami, Scor-It and Bind-it-All (oh my!)

Who said origami was kid's stuff? It pairs so well with the Scor-it and the BIA. I used an origami frame project that my daughter used to make and turned it into a grandkids Cover-All project for my parents.

The Scor-It works well in this project to make sharp, consistently spaced creases in the paper. To get the effect shown here, use a paper that is patterned on both sides. Recommend using a thinner patterned paper as thicker weight tends to be super bulky.

Find origami projects online and see what you can make! Instructions for this frame are now available on my blog.

Zutter Innovative - Cover-all, 3/4" antique silver o-wire
Little Yellow Bicycle - patterned paper, stickers, bling, ribbon, rub-ons
Stampin' Up! - cardstock

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Accordion Album with the Scor-it

This is what using the Bind-it-All is all about! Take your favorite paper – like this uber cool Youth line from Prima – and make an easy, unique accordion file folder style “album.” This one consists of tags for journaling, notes and photos – fit for the attitude of a typical teenager! Or, make one for holding mementos or memorabilia from a trip (Travel Project Challenge, anyone?) or special event. For this project we will use scoring techniques using the Scor-it Board, and bind the project with the Zutter Bind-it-All - what else? LOL!

For this project I used scrap pieces of cardboard for the covers; I also backed the alpha stickers with cardboard to give them dimension. AND, I used the Scor-it to make the flowers for the cover. Pretty fun, huh? The accordion pages house tags for journaling or photos. You could also use the pockets for memorabilia from a trip or other mementos. Imagine the possibilities! To keep all the goodies inside, I fashioned a strap from paper and glued magnets on the cover and on the strap to create a homemade closure (with a paper flower on it!). This measures about 6X8, but you could make something like this from just about any size scrap cardboard.

The accordion pockets are made by scoring the papers (think of the fans you made in 1st grade) and then attaching inner pages to the pleats. Then use the BIA to punch and bind the left spine.

To get the full instructions for this project (including the materials list for this version), click here to download the pdf.

What are YOU making for the Travel Challenge?

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Did you travel somewhere exciting this summer? Did you visit a landmark close to your home or travel far away? Now that summer is about to come to an end, we want to cherish those memories long after the event. The Zutter Zisters would love to see how you documented your recent trip. So to help motivate you…the Bind-it-All Zutter Zisters Design Team challenges you to make a travel or vacation themed album.

The challenge is now officially open. Punch and bind an album using the Bind-it-All and post a link to a few of your photos in a comment on this blog entry. Tell us about the project, which Zutter tools, materials and supplies you used, and your home town!

The deadline to post your link is August 31. Some of us (Nan....) are not going anywhere this summer for vacation, at least no farther than the nearest crop! So let us live vicariously through your travels! Oh....please!

We are going to select THREE winners to receive a Zutter Bind-it-all Around the World Book - which has over 50 new project ideas! The winners will be announced the first week in September. Bon Voyage!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Summertime Challenge WINNERS!

Can’t believe it’s August already – summer is at it’s peak! I am in the groove of sleeping in too late since the kids aren’t getting up for school. Ahhhhh! Too bad it makes me late for work every morning! LOL! Congratulations to the winners of our Summertime Challenge. The Zutter Zisters Design Team had a great time reviewing the projects and picking their faves. We said we would pick three, but we decided to pick FIVE. So all of you will be receiving a Zutter Display-it-All to show off your next projects.

Here are the challenge winners and their hot Summer creations!
Brenda made this baseball albums for her grandson as a way to keep score at his games. These are actually CD's made to look like baseballs...and yes, the
Bind-it-All can punch right through them!

MissBliss made our mouths water for something cold. This is what makes the BIA so can bind shapes to fit your theme!

Jan Hennings made this FUN summer album with acrylic covers,
Stickles and loads of 3D embellishments. Totally dig the dangly charms and ribbons on the owire. Make sure you punch and bind before adding the bulky embellies.
Fleur Smith made this Sweet Escape album..(anyone for rockin' out to Gwen Stefani?). We like the way Fleur conserved owire and used it just on the ends (like Jan did too). It's a nice, fresh look and is a help when you are low on supplies!
Ekip2 made this lovely summer album. For a unique twist,
she incorporated a sound recorder to complete the theme of Sounds of Summer.

So awesome ladies! Congratulations again. Please email me your shipping address to!
Oh, and to get you thinking about the next challenge (to be announced shortly).....think about trips you have taken this year, this summer.....what Zuttered projects have you made documenting your travels, hmmm?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Join our Message Board

We've gotten a lot of requests this last year to create a message board for all our Zutter Zisters and Bind-it-All fans. So, please come visit and hang out at the Zutter Zister Message Board. Our Design Team is excited to have this forum to share their projects and see yours too! We plan on having chats, challenges and just a good fun forum to keep in touch with you!

See you there!

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