Sunday, January 31, 2010

Make a Butterfly with O-wire

In the past, some of my fellow Zisters have shared some pretty clever projects using owires. I'm not just talking about mini albums, journals, and books. I'm talking about place card holders, jewelry, house decor, etc.

Well, with some Imaginisce products and the "O" so versatile o-wire, I created a butterfly. Below is a video tutorial on how to make a butterfly of your own:

Now that you have seen that video, flutter off and create a butterfly for your next Zutter project.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Cross Stitched Fabric Album

I LOVE making albums out of unconventional things. This little album is just that. I had found a bag of cross-stitch fabric at a local secondhand store when I envisioned a really cool album made out of these pieces! I wanted the album to have a homespun feel. Here is what I ended up with.

I cut 4 pieces of this cross-stitch fabric and sewed two pieces together to create a pocket. These pockets serve as my front and back cover for my album. Inside each pocket I used a piece of duck cloth and wrote on it.

The inside pages are made up of chipboard, clear plastic, modge podged pieces of old book pages, and photos.
One of the most incredible aspects of the Bind-it-All is that it allows you SO much creative freedom. I love being able to mix different kinds of media to make a one-of-a-kind album. I simply used my BIA on all my pages (even the cross-stitch fabric) and bound it with owires. Once you experiement with different elements and media you will love the expression of creativity that the Bind-it-all offers to you!

Make your album yours...make it unique.....make it you! Just think outside the box...go outside your comfort zone and create! YOU can do it!

Zutter Zister Design Team Member Shelley Haganman

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Distrezz-it-All & Zutter Kutter

I love how other people's videos are up before our own! Ach!  I can't help it.  Mine need editing and I have had no time today. 

But thanks to Brittany Beattie at CK, we have these videos she shot the last day of CHA and are up already on the CK site.  I promise to have our own videos soon (with lots of silliness from DTers, fans, and the ladies who love our MnTs), but here's what we looked like in our booth.  If it looks a little hectic, it's because it was!

Yes, EVERYONE wants the Distrezz-it-All - it's awesome!

Now, you can cut chipboard and book board with ease....this is the Big Daddy of cutters.  Alex isn't bad either..... we love him!

What do you think of these bad boys?  (and Alex)  ;)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Corrugated Cardboard - Everyone Loves it!

Here are some samples of the projects that are similar to the Make 'n Take we did yesterday at CHA...using the NEW 13" X 13" Corrugated Cardboard from Zutter.  One of our new releases at the show  this year.  The size is extra large, to allow crafters lots of options for cutting it to size for various projects.  We cut the cardboard down to 6X6 to create this MnT. The "peel-ability" of the cardboard is excellent too.  The side of the cardboard that has slight ridges is extra easy to peel to reveal the corrugated texture beneath.  It's the cool texture that looks so great inked, or color-misted with sparkly stuff. It's a great shabby chic, antiquey look that is so "in" these days, and looks great by the way, with Zutter's Antique Brass and Antique Silver Owires.
This cardboard is sturdy but provides a new dimension and character to custom owire projects that is hard to achieve with standard chipboard.

See the butterflies on this cover?  Those are actually magnets that OZZ DTer Emeline sent me for the holidays...I love how they look for this Valentine book.  (thanks, Em).

Look for the corrugated board in your local scratpbook store, or make a request that they carry it,
Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, January 25, 2010

CHA Make 'n Takes

I am in need of toothpicks to keep  my eyes propped open after Day 2 of the CHA Winter Show. We had a full day today. Above is a sneak of the little 3X4 mini Clip-Board Wood mini book we will be making tomorrow.  We are going to attach the metal bookplates with Zutter Rivets and setting tools, with the fabulous Pound-it-All must-have granite block. The patterned paper is Donna Salazar's new line, available at Product Performers (wholesale). The embellishments are from my stash (and aren't part of the MnT).

Our first day's MnT was this cute 3-panel Clip-Board Wood decor piece, using the new Hang-it-Alls and more of Donna's paper.  We showed attendees how to attached the hardware with the Rivet Setting tools. and everyone LOVED how easy it is to make cute hanging decor!

I will have pictures for you tomorrow of today's MnT - using the NEW Zutter Corrugated Cardboard, more of Donna's papers -- all amazingly distrezzed with the NEW Distrezz-it-All.  Now, THAT's what everyone is buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing about!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ready for the World's Largest Crop Attempt Today

Ok, I am ready for my appearance later today at the World's Largest Crop Attempt in Anaheim.  I will be demo-ing a couple Zutter projects and giving out a little Zutter goodie bag to the first 50 people who come see me.

I will be showing you how to work the new Zutter Hang-it-Alls - the cute little embellishments to make awesome home decor...

And also show how to make a 5 minute Valentine mini book with Clipboard Wood.

Oh, and the goodie bag contains the beginnings to make this little book....(thanks to my daughter Marli for helping to bag them all up!)

See you in Anaheim, croppers!

Clowning Around!

There is a real challenge in creating something for another Crafter ... and we all know I LOVE a challenge! There is something special about making something for someone who looks at the detail and really appreciates the work you have put in! That is what I love about circle journals ... knowing that the time and effort I put in will be returned in the work that I receive.

If circle journals are new to you then basically you make a book ... decorate the covers ... add a few pages of your own work ... enough pages for all the contributors in your circle and then a sign-in section at the back ... you then forward the journal onto the next person in your circle and each month you get a new journal to work on ... depending on the number of people in your circle will decide when you get your original, completed book, in return.

This particular journal is a stamping Circle Journal ... so you also enclose a stamp for people to use on your pages ... How cool is that?

I decided on a clown stamp and designing my covers was a real joy with the Zutter Canvas Artboard Covers.

What I used:-
Bind-it-All; 1/2" Round-it-All; Rivet setter tool; 5" X 7" Canvas covers; 1 1/4" Antique Silver Owires; Perfect Closure; water colour paper; White tissue paper; Idea-ology tickets; Tim Holtz doodads; Claudine Hellmuth Matte multi medium; Butternut scrapbook paint; Ranger jet black archival ink; Ancient page bordeaux ink; Ranger distress inks in spiced marmalade and mustard seed, Ranger rock candy crackle paint; Pro markers; red gems and dymo tape; Artistic Outpost send in the clowns stamp set; Tim Holtz harlequin background stamp set; Dymo tape gun.
Go on ... sign up for a circle journal ... you know you want to!

Note, with this particular style of Perfect Closure you can add customization to match the project. Here I added some Dymo labeling to the buckle.  You can also add in a tiny piece of your patterned paper or a coordinating cardstock to further coordinate with the project! No clowning!

Zutter Zister Design Team Member Linda Elbourne

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hang-it-Alls (they want some attention)

Back in December we were hoppin' here on the blog with so many awesome projects from the Zisters that it was hard to get in any new product news.  We did a quickie sneak peek of the Hang-it-Alls on my blog, but now it's time to give them a bit more limelight (and in case you missed the post during the hustle and bustle of the holidays!).  Hang-it-Alls are a great little embellishment for those who like using the Zutter Rivets and Setting Tools. These cute little contraptions consist of a hook and loop that you attach with rivets.


 They are really great for attaching sections together for wall hangings (you could re-arrange the order on some of them or interchange if you want!)- or  making little alternating panels like on this calendar. I also liked the idea of using an elastic ribbon to make a strap for an, huh?

We will be making a cute little Hang-it-All make 'n take at the Zutter booth #1963 at the CHA wholesale show.  If you are coming, I hope you will stop by and say hi!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Spring Semester BIA Classes Open for Enrollment

We're baaaaack.  To the classroom, that is.  It's time to get busy with the Spring semester at My Creative Classroom, with THREE classes for BIA fanatics.

I - Scrappy Nan - will be teaching two sessions of Bind-it-All 101 and OZZ Jennifer Priest will be teaching two sessions of Bind-it-All Masterz.  Click on the course names to go to more informatin and registration.   Oh, and ENROLLMENT OPENS TODAY!  So if you are thinking about it - don't wait.  We had classes sell-out last semester!

All classes are ONLINE, meaning you can access the lessons anywhere, anytime.  The courses are instructor-led, but self-paced, meaning you can view the videos and/or narrated slide shows on your own time.  There is no specific time when you need to be online.  These courses - through an exclusive arrangement with My Creative Classroom are "Zutter Zertified" - meaning you are getting top-notch BIA instruction.  You can use either the PINK BIA V2.0 or, if you have the blue original BIA, either way, these classes are for you.

But wait, I said THREE classes online this semester...yes! I will also be teaching Bind-it-All: 4 in 4 in April.  That's FOUR BIA projects in four weeks.  FUN!  I will post more on that course as we get closer to having all the details down.

Back to school....huh?  But in a fabulous scrappy way! See you in class.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy 2010!!

Happy 2010!
I have made a calendar for me to have in my scraproom...the shape of the month-cards I have made myself, but I´ll think you can use your Spellbinders as well, or make your own shapes!
I´m going to show how easy this calendar stand is to make...(Warning for a LOT of pictures).
First you cut out a pice of cardstock thats mesuring aprox. 7 1/4"x6"
Score it in the middle, and punch out holes with your Bind-It-All. Keep the holes centered.
Take a piece of owire, I have used 1 1/4" Antique Brass owire (I just love the color of it!), bind it together in your BIA, but notice that I haven´t punched it shut all the way, leave a little gap maybe about 1/4".Then you take your scoring tool and score the piece of cardstock at (from the outer edge measured, from all sides) first 2/4" and then (from the outer edge again) 1 1/4"
It should looks a bit like this...You can of course do this in various sizes, to fit you own creation!Then you have scored all the lines, the corners looks like this... ...take a pair of scissors and cut it like this.Now I will put on a piece of patterned paper, so the creased line in the middle doesn´t show. The measurement of this is 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" then glue it to the cardstock. Flip it over and cut out the holes using the punches from the BIA as your guide.Gently slide the owire in the holes from underneath. Slide it all the way throught and "lock it" as you see on the picture. The owire doesn't slide from its holes, it stays in place.Now you can glue your box together, and decorate it as you like! I´ve made 7 rings, my thought was to have 6 months in this stand, but my month-cards were over-embellished so they didnt fit...too much 3D. :)
But I can recomend (if you're an embellishing girl-or guy) to make with just 6 rings and just use 3 month, or if you dont use too much embellishments you easily can have 6 months in the stand.

Hope you try this out!

Hugs, Camilla
Zutter Zisters Design Team Member

Thursday, January 14, 2010

World's Largest Crop Attempt (for Charity) at CHA Anaheim

Join us at the Anaheim Convention Center
on Jan 23rd, 2010
to set a world record
and have a ton of fun doing it!

Saturday, January 23rd
Anaheim, CA

10:00am – 6:00pm all day cropping with in and out priviliges.
6:00pm – 11:00pm Cropping, Celebrity Appearances, Demos and Charity Raffle

Zutter Zister Nan Paturzo will be hosting a gathering at the crop, starting at 3pm Saturday.  She will be demo-ing some of the exciting new Zutter tools!  and will have goodies for the first 50 to attend the gathering!

Don’t miss being part of this exciting event!


* Celebrity Appearances by your favorite Scrapbook stars
* Product give-aways, goodie bags, and door prizes
* Charity Raffle featuring your favorite scrapbook products and handmade items

To benefit:

Come be a part of the fun, bring your friends, and
crop the day away!

Order Online by following these steps..
Step 1: visit
Step 2: click on 'Show Info' then 'Tickets'
Step 3: create [or modify] your order (discount codes are out there! i got one from Tall Mouse, a local chain of craft stores)
Step 4: fill in any 'Registration Questions' as needed
Step 5: find SBR on the Workshop/Event Ticketing page - a bit below middle on my browser window!
Visit Scrapbook Royalty for more info.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

CHA Classes featuring the Bind-it-All

The Craft & Hobby Association Winter show opens on Sunday, January 24 – and every scrappy and crafty manufacturer (as well as us loca fans) are all a-dither to see the new products and just be able to touch and feel and breathe in all the fun new stuff. You’ve already seen a peek of two of the new products that Zutter is coming out with…let’s hear it for the Distrezz-it-All and the Zutter Kutter. Yahhhhhh!

But along with the massive convention hall filled with yummy exhibitors, there are also education classes for wholesalers and educators to take advantage of. Here are some details on a couple classes that will be featuring the Bind-it-All and other Zutter products.

Makin's Clay® Mini Book & Frame

Sunday, January 24, 2010
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room: 212B
Difficulty: Beginner

In this class you will make two great projects; 1) A Mini Clay Book and 2) Embellish a Frame using Makin's Clay®, the No Bake Polymer Clay®, Makin's Brand® Texture Sheets, Molds and Ultimate Clay Extruder®. This class is ideal for crafters, designers, and artists interested in working with and learning more about Makin's Clay®, the No Bake Polymer Clay®.

Instructors: Ann Butler and Sue Kelsey (Sue created the lovely project pictured above)
Sponsors: Makins USA Inc.
Ticket Information
Members $25, Non-Members $50

Handmade Nature Mini-Album 6"x6" with original German scraps

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: 212A
Difficulty: Intermediate
Supplies: Scissors, personal photos and paper trimmer optional

This book, featuring vintage and Dresden foil diecuts is full of pockets and tags just waiting for photos and notes. It can also be a generic mini-scrapbook with lots of room for journaling. Participants will cut and piece diecuts for custom effects as well as change the original colors for a coordinated book.

Instructors: Candice Windham
Sponsors: Paper Dreams Factory, Inc
Ticket Information
Members $25, Non-Members $50

Check back and see the make ‘n takes that we will have at the Zutter booth (#1963) and get some more info on the beautiful projects Donna Salazar will be creating with Zutter-friendly papers, the BIA, Dreamkuts, Zutter Kutter and Distrezz-it-All at the Product Performers booth.


Monday, January 11, 2010

5 Minute Calendar by OZZ DT Jennifer Priest

The new year is a good time to create all the calendars you need to keep track of (or break) your New Year's resolutions and other to-do lists!

I found this fun little printable calendar on Etsy from Little Brown Pen:

You buy the image and they email it to you. Then you just print as many as you want, bind them, and instant gift! I've made quite a few this year for stocking stuffers and they were a real hit. All you need is your Bind-It-All and a few supplies.

Here's how to make one:

  • 7 sheets of white 8.5 x 11 cardstock
  • Color Printer
  • Bind-It-All
  • DreamKuts
  • 6 Loops of 1/2" Owire
  • Tape or Adhesive

Print the pages out on the cardstock.

Run the pages through the Dreamkuts to cut them in half, inserting the 8.5" wide side of the paper into the back slot of the machine.

Stack all the pages in order by month and insert into the Bind-It-All. Center by eyeballing it and punch the holes.

Flip "Dec" to the front of the stack and insert the Owires.

Close the Owires using the Bind-It-All. Flip "Dec" back to the back. Wrap the label (comes with the printable file) around the calendar and secure with a little adhesive. Voila! Easy, sassy calendar!

Have a Happy New Year!