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Bind-It-All Tutorial

18 Feb

Have you ever used a Bind-it-All by Zutter? I love mine. It is a wired binding system that cuts the holes and binds the wire. I love using it to make my “Perfect Travel Journals” which you can see in my Etsy shop, Frolicasions. But almost any kind of spiral bound book can be created using it.

Today, I’ll share how I bound the birthday reminder book that I posted HERE. Here is a picture of the final project that I created using CutCardStock.com’s papers.

  • After creating pages for a book, place a few of them in the cutting slot in the Bind-it-all. Depress the blue lever to cut holes for the wire binding. This book is the perfect size and all 6 holes fit the width perfectly.
  • After all the pages have cut holes, stack the pages in regular book order. Then take the back cover out from the bottom of the pile and place it on top of the pile, in the direction it should go.
  • Now trim a piece of wire from Zutter. I used 1/2″ black for this project and cut off 6 coils. Thread the wire into the 6 holes of the project, leaving the side with the cross pieces up (near December).
  • Hold the end of the book, opposite the wires and insert the wires into the “squeezing” part of the Zutter Bind-it-all, making sure the wire is centered.
  • Depress the lever to squeeze the spiral shut.
  • Release the lever and pull out your bound book.
  • Turn the back cover to the back. Add ribbons and a charm for the finishing touches.
  • Now that you’re finished…put in all your family and friend’s celebrations: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holiday, etc.

A Banner Day!

6 Nov

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. One might call it a “banner day”. And since banners are all the rage in the crafting world, I decided to make one. First, I want to share my thanks for Cut Card Stock (.com) for sharing some of their amazing cardstock with me. Ooh la la! I just created a Thanksgiving banner with some of the Basis colors and the metallics and I am thrilled. So without further delay… introducing CutCardStock.com “Happy Thanksgiving” banner.

{click on the photo to see the gallery of pics. Then click on any photo to enlarge it.}

I really love this cardstock. The colors are rich and stately. The text weight “works” with many different techniques {as I hope to show you from time-to-time} but for this project I’m featuring die cutting and embossing. The edges cut perfectly and the embossing was deep and crisp.

Remember, you can use these instructions to create any number of banners including holidays, names, special events or locations, etc. Just imagine the possibilities.


  • Begin by cutting/embossing Basis Brown #80 with S4-127 Scalloped Squares LG. You’ll need to cut 18 for this project. If you are careful, you can get them out of two pieces of the 12×12″ paper, just cut each sheet into nine, 4×4″ squares.
  • Next, using the Shazzam font (retired) from Spellbinders™ or similar font cutter or computer program, cut the  letters from various colors of metallic papers (#60). I used Stardream Metallic 81# text in Gold, Antique Gold, Copper and Cognac.
  • Emboss each of the letters in the texture plate by layering the following in the Wizard™:
    Master mat, texture plate facing up,  die-cut letter face up, embossing pad, blue mat from the Charm Embossing Kit.
  • Sand each letter to bring out the texture.
  • Cut 6 squares (3×3″) from each of the 8-1/2×11″ sheets of Tan, Olive, Brown Paper Bag.
  • Adhere the straight edge squares onto the scalloped squares. Leave one scalloped square and one olive square for the flower and leaf.
  • Cut/Emboss the leaf from S4-157 Sunflower Set One using the left-over Olive square. Adhere it to the scalloped square using dimensional adhesive.
  • Cut/Emboss four small flowers from S5-004 Sunflower Garden using Stardream Metallic Gold.
  • Layer the first two flowers onto the leaf using dimensional adhesive.
  • Cut the third flower as shown below. Create a small cone by overlapping two petals. Glue the overlapping petals together and adhere onto the first two.
  • Cut the fourth flower in the same way. Overlap 3-4 petals and ad to the blossom. For a final touch, add a gem to the center, top.
  • Arrange the banner scalloped squares, flowered square and letters on the table top before adhering the letters. Once pleased with the pattern of colors, adhere all the letters to their bases.
  • Line up the Scalloped Squares, overlapping at top corners and punching a hole. Be sure to add in the flowered square in between the two words.

  • Using a brad to secure, place a photo hanger at each junction.
  • When all the letters are joined, string the photo hangers with wired raffia or similar product, leaving about 2 feet on either side of the banner for hanging.
  • To finish, punch a hole in the lower half of several squares, add an eyelet and tie on some ribbons.
  • Hang your banner and enjoy!

Important Stuff
Papers #81 Stardream Metallic Gold, Antique Gold, Cognac and Copper; #80 Basis Brown, Olive and Tan ; The Greengrocer’s Brown Bag Paper (CutCardStock.com)
Tools S4-157 Sunflower Set OneS5-004 Sunflower GardenS4-127 Scalloped Squares LG (Spellbinders Paper Arts), Crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers)
Accessories Brads, eyelets, photo hangers (Creative Impressions)
Adhesives Pop Up Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)

Other Stuff PVA Glue, ribbons, wired raffia ribbon

Happy Scalloped Mini Scrapbook (CPS 188)

13 Oct

Card Positioning System Challenges come out every week and feature a sketch. This week is a fabulous one that I just had to try:

I can think of plenty of ways to use this but here is what I created:

This is a fun little journal/mini scrapbook. It began as a pad of scalloped 12×12″ papers I cut down to various sizes. I combined 2 sizes for this project so the bottom layer would peak out from under the top layer. I included red, pink and turquoise in light and dark shades for the pages.

The covers are recycled from “club size” box of fruit snacks…always fun to peak inside the covers and see something you don’t expect.

For the front, I layered the gingham paper with the striped paper which had been cut/embossed with SpellbindersS4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals. I added the S4-234 Ribbon Tags Trio Two to the center, stamped with “Happy” and threaded it with a strip of paper. Finally, I bound it, added ribbons and flowers. YEAH! Hope it inspires you to create your own scalloped edge mini scrapbook.

Important Stuff
Papers Textured Scalloped paper (Die Cuts with a View), patterned papers (My Mind’s Eye)
Tools/Dies S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals, S4-234 Ribbon Tags Trio Two, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Owires,  Bind it all System (Zutter)
Stamp/Inks Happy stamp (Fancy Pants Designs ), Brown dye ink (Ranger)
Embellishments Sparkle brads (Creative Impressions)

Other stuff Silk Flowers, PVA Glue

ADVENTURE journal (CTD #109)

12 Sep

Another Perfect Travel Journal: if you are not familiar with my travel journals and what makes them “perfect,” check out this post here. I used the inspiration at Color Throwdown this week, #109 to design the cover:

I imagined this in my mind and it even came out almost like I imagined. I knew I wanted the letters to “cover the cover,” and to follow a patchwork of the colors from above.

My favorite additions include die cutting a map piece with the same turquoise, hot pink and yellow. Then I added ribbons to the spiral and big buttons to them…fun, fun.

Important Stuff
Papers Green patterned paper (K&Co.),
Die Cuts/Tools Letter die cuts, Wizard™ (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Bind-it-All machine, Owire (Zutter);
Embellishments Ribbons (Creative Impressions); translucent buttons (Oriental Trading Company)
Stamps/Inks Map (Museum of Modern Rubber-retired); World Traveler, Eiffel Tower/Paris Postage (Inkadinkado);  Rubber Stampede Cherry Blossoms (Delta); Post Card (Stampabilities); Memento Tuxedo Black die ink (Tsukineko)

Other Stuff PVA Glue; Turquoise, Pink and Yellow cardstocks, cream paper,

A few other images:

1) inside front cover

2) Stamped image on one of the pages.

3) Close up of cover.

4) Stamped envelope to hold trinkets or papers.

trick or treat (2S4Y 60)

7 Sep

It’s the beginning of September and Halloween is the end of October but all of a sudden, it’ll be here. I used the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You (#60) to inspire this Pumpkin card. Here is the sketch:

And here is the result:

Making this pumpkin was great fun. Let me share how:

  • Cut S4-227 Pumpkins with two pieces of patterned paper
  • Remove one of the pieces and set aside. Then layer the following for embossing in the Wizard™: Cut mat, Impressabilities® template, Die cut with cut side up and paper in die, embossing mat, cut mat. Keeping the paper in the die will give the shape a flat edge. If you’d like embossing to go all the way to the edge, just take it out of the die.
  • Run it through the Wizard.
  • Then sand the pumpkin to enhance the embossed edges. This piece of patterned paper was a little fragile after all the “working” it. I think it just adds to the character of it. But if you prefer, use a heartier piece or maybe a colored core cardstock.
    Then just put it all together!

Important Stuff
Papers Fun in the Sun Matstack, Latte Matstack (Die Cuts with a View); Natural cardstock for card base (WorldWin)
Die Cuts S4-226 Harvest Borderabilities® Petite, S4-198 Flourish Accent, S4-227 Pumpkins, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities™ (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts)
Stamp/Ink Studio G trick or treat stamp (Hampton Arts), ColorBox Watermark ink (Clearsnap)
Embellishments Rust Fizz EP (Sparkle N Sprinkle), Sea Mist Glitter (PK Glitz), Orange safety pin (Creative Impressions)

Other Stuff Olive green cardstock

Rain Cloud card (CPS 182)

5 Sep

When I saw this sketch at Card Positioning System, I immediately thought of a cloud and rain, and imagined the sentiment, “Come rain or shine…” Here is the sketch:

But what I created is only part of what I first saw in my mind.

Important Stuff
Papers Blue Flowers (Die Cuts with a View), Yellow textured (Core’dinations), Striped (Imaginisce)
Inks/Colors Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood Distress Inks, Applicator (Ranger), Sketch R29 Lipstick Red (Copic Markers)
Tools S3-028 Standard Tags (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Flower Brad (Creative Impressions)

Other Stuff White and blue cardstocks, PVA Glue, Dimensional Adhesive

Pear Note Pad (Get Sketchy 53)

31 Aug

I am having a challenging time getting all the due dates correct for the challenge blogs. Oh well, I will post this anyway. The is from Get Sketchy blog challenge and I missed the deadline but I wanted to share anyway…

To make the front cover of the Pear Note Pad, I turned the sketch to the right using pear die templates up the side and a stamped sentiment.

For fun, I use recycled packaging for the chipboard covers and don’t put patterned paper on the inside. Check out the insides of this one. The pear die cuts coordinated perfectly with the Simply Fruit package.

Important Stuff
Papers Yellow Textured (Core’dinations); Orange/White polks dots (Making Memories); Dot/Lines (My Mind’s Eye); Blue Flower (Imaginisce)
Stamp/Inks Bloom stamp (Inkadinkado); Spiced Marmalade distress ink (Ranger); atyou Spica Orange, Peach, Olive, Mint glitter pens (Copic Markers)
Tools S4-268 Nested Pears, S5-016 Polka Dot Frame die templates, Wizard™ (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts); Bind-it-all binding system, Orings (Zutter)
Accessories Mini Brads (Creative Impressions)

Other Stuff PVA Glue, Dimensional Adhesive, Ribbons

Mini Stamp Kit (Color Throwdown)

29 Aug

This week’s Color Throwdown, reminds me of summer but I am definitely seeing the beginnings of fall. Even if it is just the back to school mode with tons of papers coming home to be signed and calendars to be checked. I just wish the weather would cooperate and cool off. Back to business, check out combo #107:

In November, I’ll be sharing my artwork at 2 craft shows in the Denver area. So every week, I work on items that I’ll be selling. Today, I created a mini stamp kit that will be available. I bought a small tin from the dollar bins a while back and converted one into the same kind of kit for my niece. You can see it here. So I figured it would be a fun thing to offer at the craft show. Here is how I transformed this tin.

First, I covered the lid. The top has quite a bend in it and I wanted a way to make the paper curve around it. So, I sprayed yellow cardstock with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels and then crumpled it up several times to soften it.

I spread a piece of double sided adhesive onto the lid and then spread the rumpled sheet onto that. After trimming the corners, I used Glue Lines around the rim to add a strip of pink cardstock.Next, I die cut, embossed and stacked a flower for the top. With the final touch being a label die template from Spellbinders™ stamped with JustRite® Stampers.

Put it all together and what do you get? This:

Important Stuff
Papers Yellow textured (Core’dinations); Green, Red Circles (My Mind’s Eye); ColorMates pink (WorldWin);
Inks/Colorants Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink (Tsukineko); Atyou Spica Pink and Lime glitter pens (Copic Markers)
Stamps Letter stamps, Horizontal Stamper (JustRite® Stampers)
Die Cuts S4-234 Ribbon Tags Trio Two, S4-219 Poinsettia die templates (Spellbinders™)
Embellishments Flower Brad (Creative Impressions); Velvet ribbon (Fancy Pants); Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Adhesive Glue Lines, Scrapbook Dots (Glue Dots Intl.)

Other Stuff PVA Glue

Sketch Challenge at PPRS

17 Jun

I’ve heard it said that the third time is the charm, and I sure hope it is true because this sketch over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog, took me three tries to get something that I am proud to post. (Some weeks are just like that, you know.)

So, first, go over to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog to see the sketch. Then grab some time in your craft space and create something lovely. Here is what I managed to create by try #3.

I love how the little birds have the door open and are welcoming…so it occurred to me to make this a guest book. I can imagine lots of other sentiments: summer love, spring awakening, bliss, friends, the list goes on. There are so many reasons to love this stamp. Here is a close up:

To add some special touches to this, I used Copic Markers to color parts of the image and airbrushed around it to give the impression of the sky.

I added a few die cuts, some dimensional adhesive, a few stickers and a fabric flower that I colored to match. So let’s see what you got!!

Here’s a close up of the title! It’s subtle but important and yes, I used a pencil to write “Welcome!”

Important Stuff
Stamp Flourish Bird Cage (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Ink/Colorants Archival Ink, Sepia (Ranger), Sketch Markers-B32 Pale Blue, R85 Rose Red, RV11 Pink, YG03 Yellow Green (Copic)
Papers Pink textured paper (Die Cuts with a View), Spring Fling patterned paper (Making Memories), 6×6″ Chipboard Covers (Zutter)
Tools Bind-it-All binding system, white 1/2″ coil (Zutter), Wizard, S4-140 Petite Ovals, SM; S4-141 Petite Scalloped Ovals SM , S4-217 In Spades Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Glitter Brad (Creative Impressions),
Adhesives Ivory Photo Corners (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Sticky Strips (Therm o Web)

Other Stuff: White cardstock, PVA glue, wire cutters, pencil

2 Cards (CPS #169)

30 May

What a fun sketch over at Card Positioning System. I knew immediately that I was going to cut two coordinating, yet contrasting papers with some of my favorite die templates…just which one. After looking over my hoard, I chose the S4-192 Blossom die template set. I used #3-6 templates (counting #1 at the center) and die cut two sheets of paper so I could inter-mix them  to make the target image that is seen in the sketch. As it turned out, I only used one piece of the contrasting paper but the two cards sure were fun to make…

Here is a close up of the “Spread Your Wings” card…

And the “You Did It!” Card

Important Stuff
Paper Treasures Natural and Ivory cardstocks (WorldWin), Fun in the Sun patterned papers (Die Cuts With a View)
Stamps Clearly Beautiful Build a Bird (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps); Tami Mayberry Fairy Tales star stamp (Gina K Designs)
Ink/Colorants Stampology Turquoise clear stamps ink (Autumn Leaves of Creativity, Inc.), Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Pens/Markers Sketch Markers BOO Frost Blue, B6O Pale Blue, B16 Cyanine Blue, EO4 Lipstick Natural, RV Pale Pink; AtYou Spica Sky Blue glitter pen (Copic)
Die Cuts S4-192 Blossom, S3-147 Labels Trio (Spellbinders)
Tools Wizard (Spellbinders), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Other Stuff Turquoise ribbon, letter stickers, mini brad