Monday, May 31, 2010

Easy Peasy Gift for Dads, Grads, or Teachers

It's that time of year again--say "goodbye" & "thank you" to the teachers with a little gift, say "congrats" to the grad with a fun little something to start their new career, and say "we love you" to Dad. So many gifts, so little time, right?!

Well, this project is super easy (and affordable) to make and a great gift for a dad, grad, or a teacher.

Here's what you need:
  1. Adhere the Crafty Chronicle newspaper (or map paper) to the 8x10 Clipboard wood and sand edges until smooth.
  2. Mat photo to paper and add to top of 8x10 Clipboard Wood.
  3. Adhere the cork board and the Post-Its to the bottom of the Wood as pictured, slightly to the left.
  4. Stick one side of the Velcro to the pen and the other piece to the Wood, on the right hand side.
  5. Punch a hole in each top corner of the Wood with the Rivet Setting Tools. Tie twine through the holes to make a hanger.
  6. Ink the edges of the project.
  7. Write a message to the recipient on the Post-It note. Add push-pins to cork.
  8. Add "Family" word or sticker to the photo (on the bottom left side).
  9. Wrap & give ;)
You can really do this for co-workers, admin assistant's day,'s really easy to customize to any theme ;)


OZZ DT Member Jennifer Priest

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Distrezz it All....HAPPY!

I am Distrezz-it-All HAPPY!

OH favorite new go- to TOOL!!! (and I'm not saying that because I'm on the DT) I was soooo excited to get my hands on one of these and BOY how much fun it is. My daughter even commented the other day as to how much I use it!! ALOT to say the least!!

So of course, I had to include a Distrezzed project for my Zutter Zister DT project this month.

I Distrezzed cardboard, chipboard, watercolor paper, pattern paper, cardstock, I have even Distrezzed photos (not pictured)! I just love the look you get! You can Distrezz a little or alot depending on the direction you put your item through the machine.

Another feature I just love is the ability to Distrezz more than one piece of paper at a time....what a time saver. I could have never achieved this look with my little distress tool or a pair of scissors.

Now, I will tell you, it is a bit loud but due to the swiftness in which it Distrezzes....the sound is very short lived and as far as I'm concerned....really not a problem!!

Look at that chowder edge....don't you just love it!! A look that I only could have achieved with my DISTREZZ IT ALL!!
Zutter Zister DT Member Lynne Forsythe

Monday, May 24, 2010

Greeting Card Holder - BIA Style

Hi there! Though e-cards are so easy to send these days, I say nothing beats receiving a card in the mail, and better still, one that is handmade! It's truly sending a love letter! So for me, I have cards made for various occasions, ready for me to send my love to my family and friends for a myriad of reasons or simply just because. In this post, it's not going to be about creating a card, but rather, creating a Card Holder to house all those lovelies so that I can reach for them in a jiffy and know exactly for what occasion each one celebrates/remembers.
For this project, all I used were Covers (4 x4") and ClipBoard Wood (8x10"), owires 1/2" and my trusty BIA. Because of the size of the cards I usually create, what I did was to trim my ClipBoard Wood to 4x10" to ensure that this holder will fit most cards. To do so, I used my paper trimmer and went over the board a few times. Trust me, this process will be much easier when the Zutter Kutter is used, which of course I'm waiting to land my hands on.

After attaching patterned paper to the covers using Mod Podge, I ran my boards through the BIA, including both lengths of my ClipBoard Wood. For the 4x4" covers, you only need to punch holes on three sides of the covers.

Once all that is done, owires were used to bind the covers together. While you might like to weave ribbons through the holes instead, I like the idea of using wires here as it allows my card collection to expand and the holder is able to stretch a little, given the extra space found in the rings of the owires. Nonetheless, both options make for an excellent card holder!

Now on to embellishing the almost completed project. Remember that the Clipboard Wood covers were punched on both lengths. This was done to allow me to tie ribbons through them at the top. I like how those cream ribbons lend a romantic feel to this project. Each ribbon was threaded through two holes. I also added alpha stickers and blooms to the front of this project.

Finally, in order to organize my cards, I used Clear Acrylic Folder Tabs as dividers and labeled each using my Dymo tape labeler. This way, I know exactly which part of the holder to look into, without having to over handle any of my creations.
I hope you have fun too creating a personalized card holder, one that will help you make the process of sending love in the mail all the more sweeter!

Zutter Zister DT Member Sophie Sim

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Magnetic Paper Doll Mini Album

I had so much fun making this mini album!!

When I saw the new line of paper from Crate that had the dolls I knew it would make a great mini album but I wanted to do something a little different so I made the album magnetic. It was really easy to do. For the inside pages I glued a magnetic sheet to one of the Zutter Chipboard Covers and turned the back side of that into a pocket to hold the magnetic characters and other items.

I made three different scenes for the paper dolls, a bedroom, a backyard and a party room. I then glued the paper dolls to another sheet of magnetic paper and cut them out. I also made furniture, cupcakes, purses and other items with the paper.

You can also play with the dolls and accessories on the fridge. Try it out and have fun playing like a kid again!

Zutter Zister DT Member Fleur Smith

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We Got you Covered! 15% OFF Right Now!

Wowie! We need some room in the warehouse!  We have a first time EVER sale on Zutter Covers and Inner Pages.  15% Off Site-Wide for a limited time only.

Stock on up on Zutter Acrylic, Clipboard Wood, Canvas Artboard and good ole trusty Chipboard.  We also have pre-cut cardstock Inner Pages ready to go for quick album making.   

Sale is limited to stock on hand, and subject to end at any time.  Discount price is automatic in your shopping cart and regular shipping rates apply.  Shop now and stock up for summer crafting and albums!  Shop now HERE.

Monday, May 17, 2010

they grow up way too fast

Over and over, I hear people tell me that their children grow up way too fast. Well, isn't that what scrapbooking is all about?! Documenting stages in our lives so that we don't forget what happened?!

With that in mind, I created a mini album that helps track the growth of a newborn baby boy. This album can also be altered to accommodate the growth of a baby girl as well.

For the cover, I wrapped a Zutter Bamboo Spine Cover-All with the latest from Teresa Collins. Then, I added tons of flowers and bling to embellish my cover.

The inner pages are a compilation of monthly pages. Monthly pages?! Well, I created this mini album as a way to document the growth of a baby boy. If you want to include more photos than each page can fit, insert Zutter Moveable Pre-Punched Page Protectors.

Pretty simple, right?! Hope you enjoyed this mini album as much as I did.


Zutter Products:
Zutter Tools Used: Wire Cutters
Zutter Products Used: Owires
Covers: Bamboo Spine Cover-All

Other Materials:
Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins
Chipboard: American Crafts
Stickers: Making Memories
Flowers: Prima
Bling: Want2Scrap, Queen & Company

Zutter Zister DT Member Sarah de Guzman

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Create a special book for someone using items from your stash!

One of my favorite ways to create a mini or in this case a biggie, is by using items in my stash. I have to admit, I LOVE collecting things, but sometimes I actually dig into my stash and create something with the items I have just been collecting or admiring. :)

I made this book by using the larger size Zutter clipboard wood covers - 8 x 10. I love this size, because it gives me so much space to embellish it, as well as it makes a terrific gift. I call this size book a BIGGIE instead of a mini, since the covers are close to a standard size piece of computer paper. It is also loaded with pages, 26 to be exact! That is a lot of space for pictures or journaling.

I had a blast using a variety of Zutter products in addition to my Pink BIA ranging from the fun new Hang-It-Alls to the Clip Board Wood Covers I painted, misted, smudged, and inked to lots of rivets, to the Perfect Closures. I stamped and embossed the leather strap, and used some of my alcohol inks to change the closure from gold to copper. Easy peasy, and it has a custom look now! I did the same thing with the Hang-It-Alls, I added some alcohol ink to change the color from silver to copper.

I love the fact that my BIA gives me the option to take things out of my stash and turn them into a unique and one of a kind gift. No book will ever look just like this one. I love using tools, I feel they really stretch your scrapping dollars further, and help you be more creative. I also used a variety of other tools (like border punches) and lots of ink, color mists, Stickles, and gesso to help tie everything together. Most of the flowers and embellies were those I made myself, using bits and pieces from my scrap paper collection, old books, tissue paper, wool and fabric scraps and tools. Of course I did add lots of sparklie rhinestones, I couldn't make a shabby chic project without a lot of sparkle. ;) I used the negatives from my punches too, I love to do that. It is a great two-fer, you get lovely things you punch, then you also have fab negatives to use too! In this pic you can see that I dressed up my negative by using my lovely Pink BIA to also punch some binding holes -

It is like having a film strip of flowers! I also like making flowers using the fab Zutter Rivets. Here is a pic of one that I made, and I used some copper color alcohol ink to change the color of the rivet from gold to copper -

Here are a few other pages of this biggie book (it really, really sparkles irl because I used boatloads of glittery mists, wish you could see it!) -

Lastly, here is a pic of the last page and the inside of the back cover -

So go grab your Bind-It-All, some Owire, Covers, and raid your stash. You have lots of fun projects just waiting to be created!

Happy creating ~ Pam

Zutter Zister DT Member Pam Sandy

Monday, May 10, 2010

Stamp Out Breast Cancer - Vancouver, Canada

Join me, Zutter Zister Fleur Smith, and help Stamp Out Breast Cancer May 15th and 16th. I will be doing a class featuring the Zutter Bind-It-All to help raise money for this great cause.

Stamp Out Breast Cancer, sponsered by I'm Impressed Paper Arts, is being held May 15th and 16th in Vancouver at the Granville Island hotel. Join special guests HRR Julie Ebersole from A Muse,Cathie Allan from Canadian Scrapbooker, Rebeka Marcille from DeNami, Eleonor McGarry from I'm Impressed Paper Arts and me - Fleur Smith- for classes, crops, demos, make n' takes and fun with proceeds going to Breast Cancer research.

Here's a sneak peek at my project:

Come on out to support a great cause and enjoy the creativity!  For more information go to the Stamp Out Breast Cancer website.

Zutter Zister DT Member Fleur Smith

Saturday, May 8, 2010

See the World with Zutter!

Greetings! I'm back, this time with a simple project on creating your very own luggage tags.

These totally versatile tags were created using Zutter Clear Acrylic Covers and my favourite, the very versatile Hang-it-Alls!

All you'll need to do is to trim your patterned paper or cardstock to size and affix them to the acrylic covers. I like my tags glossy, so a layer of Mod Podge was also used. From there, all that is left is to have loads of fun in embellishing your tags to personalize them. Once all this is completed, attach a Hang-it-All to the top of the tag. Tie this to your luggage using your favourite ribbon and voila! The front of the tag is done=)
As you can see from my pic, I've yet to include personal details on the reverse side of the tag. For this, you could either use a dymo tape machine to type your details and affix to the tag, or simply cut up strips of paper and write on those before attaching them to the tag. My favourite part of using the acrylic covers for this project is the versatility it provides when I want to change my particulars on the back of the tags.

Have fun creating your very own luggage tag and you're on your way to travelling in style!

Zutter Zister DT Member Sophie Sim

Friday, May 7, 2010

Binding at Reflections

A few of the Zutter Zisters were in attendance this weekend at the Reflections Scrapbooking event in Newport Beach. What a great way to spend National Scrapbooking Day (weekend/month/year/everyday of our lives! Hee Hee!)

Not only did we get to take some great classes, create make ‘n takes and generally socialize and be silly, we got to partake and share in a little BIA love.
Friday night at the event was what was called the Isle Carnival – an evening of free make ‘n takes, and yummy vendor shopping. OZZ DT Member Jennifer Priest was on hand with her lovely Hydrangea Hippo etsy store. Her wares were quite a hit. Zutter Zister Sarah de Guzman worked the event for a vendor, conducting make ‘n takes. Me? I ran around and tried to take in as much as I could. It was nice to see Alice Carman from the Scrapbook Garden (Huntington Beach, CA) doing this adorable BIA mini album make ‘n take. Everyone loved the embellishments on the front, and I love the cute binding style….see the cute 2 loops of owire on each end? That’s a great way to use small scraps of owire and add a new look to the book! No wonder this MnT had a long line nearly all night!
In addition to the Friday night fun, the weekend consisted of 7 total 3 hour-long classes. One class – taught by Maggie Holmes - was this lovely Home Sweet Home album. Maggie has a great layering style with beautiful colors and paper combinations. Her album originally was a binder ring style album, but you know me….have Bind-it-All, will travel….I bound mine with silver owire and voila! Jennifer Priest and I were rogue BIA users in the back of the class. Hee Hee.

This was the 2nd year for Reflections, and I think it’s a hit. Great job by the organizers Karen and Susan and the team from Scrapbook Oasis. Thanks for a scrap-fabulous weekend!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Spring is on the Way (in Sweden, anyway)

The Spring is almost here, northern Sweden its snowing and we have plenty of snow left before we can see the tiny flowers in our pots.

I decided to make a flower arrangement inside instead, so I made a pot out of cardstock and used my Bind It All v2.0 to do it.

For the pot I first made a template out of plain copy paper, so I could see where and how I should place the BIA holes. I made it smaller at the bottom and larger at the top.
The filling to keep the flowers in place is a kind of thread, looks like a birds nest ;) but you can use what ever you have at home, tissue paper would work like a charm!

I filled it with flowers and made leafs in the same scale of colour as the flowers and the pot, it doesn´t always have to be green ;) some pearl floss and "swirls" out of cardstock.

So, enjoy Spring, and if you, like me live in a cold snowy country...make your own spring flowers!

ZutterZister DT member Camilla Isaksson

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teacher's Cover-All Gifts

It's that time of year, when we honor the talented and dedicated people that teach our children. Here in the U.S. we honor educators during Teacher Appreciation Week! Want to make a gift that keeps on giving? How about a journal. Everyone can use one, to write lists, jot notes, keep track of favorite students......

I used to buy small ones at the office supply and then decorate the covers. The only down side? Well, what to do with the notebook after it's full or all the pages used? Throw it away? Yikes! Well, here's an answer. Decorate a Zutter Cover-All instead! Decorate a Cover-All and then slip a standard spiral notebook inside for a beautiful journal that can be used a lifetime!

Here's how:
Gather your materials. Here are the items I used to complete this project.

  • Purple Cows 2in1 Trimmer
  • Purple Cows #2810 Decorative Blade, #2811 Scoring Blade
  • Making Memories Alpha Punch Set
  • Paper Piercer
  • Needles, various
  • Scissors
  • Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch
  • Prima patterned paper
  • Fabric, ribbon and lace trim scraps
  • Seed Beads
  • Copper
  • DMC Floss, various colors
  • Vintage Sheet Music, buttons, jewelry
  • Stick pins, Beaded pins, needles, jump rings, paper clip
  • Sewing kit, various pieces
  • Ranger Distress and Alcohol Ink
  • Miscellaneous stamps
  • Miscellaneous 5”x7” spiral notebook
1. Stamp bird on cloth scrap. Sew this too another scrap, layer several more. Add lace, seed beads, buttons and ribbon. Sew where possible.
2. Punch border and add music sheet to Cover-All. Cut two strips of patterned paper, add to Cover-All.
3. Stamp word into copper. Distress with alcohol inks. Punch holes into Cover-All, add metal plate with brads.
4. Add cloth décor to Cover-All.
5. Decorate cover of generic spiral notebook with vintage paper. Add cloth strips, needles and pins. Add small scissors and tape with jump rings and paper clip to spiral. Add to inside of Cover-All.
6. Decorate inside front of Cover-All with stamped fabric, fabric, lace, buttons, stick pins, etc.
Now give away to your favorite teacher (final grades are coming up!!)    ;)  or keep for your self!

OZZ DT Member Vicki Flinchum

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Pink Album (Happy National Scrapbook Day!)

Today, I thought I would share one of my mini albums that I recently created using some pretty Urban Swank paper and some WONDERFUL projects from Zutter.

By stacking the mini album with various layers such as Zutter Acrylic Covers, 13X13 Corrugated cardboard, and paper, it added so much dimension to my project.

For the cover of this mini album, I played with some of the latest Zutter Corrugated Cardboard! I teared back some of the cardboard to create a distressed look to my project. I also added an acrylic cover to the frontr to give the mini album more dimension.

For my inner pages, I added some Movable Pre-Punched Page Protectors! The best part about these pages is that you can move them to any part of your mini album. For this one, I decided to put them at the beginning:

To bind together, I, of course, used my trusty Bind-it-All! ...and yup, that is white owire you see! I have a slight obsession with white owires if you haven't already noticed! :)

So there you have it. If you are in a bind (haha, get it?!), try using different Zutter mediums (acrylic, corrugated cardboard, chipboard, clipboard wood, etc) to put together an album. The Bind-it-All will basically punch through anything! :)


Zutter Zister DT Member Sarah de Guzman