How to Choose {and use} a Binding Machine!

Howdy folks! I have been on the lookout for a binding machine for quite some time now. Every year when I make my scrapbook calendar gifts for my parents & in-laws I wish I had a proper matching bu the problem was I couldn’t decide on what machine to get as they can be quite an investment. Also I wanted to make sure the consumables (binding wires/combs) were going to inexpensive and readily available forever. I did not want to buy a cute machine to find out it was discontinued and you couldn’t find wires for it. So I pretty much decided that whatever I bought would have to take standard binding combs. My Friend Tracey let me borrow her Bind it All (Zutter) and It was cute, small and punched well but the holes were too small to fit the standard office supply combs and you have to keep moving your paper and punching multiple times if your book was wider than 3″. That’s too time consuming and for a $75 investment I want to do it all in one shot. I looked at the Cinch by We-R-Memory Keepers too but it was pricey (as were the wires for it) and it was still to small to punch the length I wanted. Note: you can disengage any of the pins in the Cinch to make shorter books, a unique feature. What I ended up buying was this office style binding machine for $19.95 from MyBinding.com and I couldn’t be happier! Here is my first project:

 

I am not affiliated with mybinding.com, I just wanted you to know what I bought and where I got it incase you wanted one. The regular retail price said $109 (weird) but it was on sale for $19.95 + $15 S&H so I paid $34.95 and it arrived in a week. This machine worked with the standard binding combs I picked up at Staples and other discount stores. My combs cost between .02 and .18 each, not bad. I wanted to shoot a video to show you some different ways to bind your projects (with or without a machine) and also share with you one of my favorite Christmas gifts to make (A DIY scrapbook calendar) so if you have 13 minutes to kill why not have a look-see:

Here is a link to the FREE website where I print my calendar grids.

Also, I want to share the Chic Scrapbook Calender kit I created to make a scrapbook photo calendar, all you do is add your photos and print! You can use it year after year because there are no dates on the pages, you simply print out your calendar pages from a website such as the one mentioned above.

Chic Calendar Scrapbook kit

 I hope I gave you a few ideas and information on book binding and choosing (or not) a machine to do it with. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will answer you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Back to School Minibook (with free template!)

As promised I made a mini-book with the template I designed for you yesterday:

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, PSX, Paper: DCWV, Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-Dial, binding combs, DYMO label maker

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, PSX, Paper: DCWV, Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-Dial, binding combs, DYMO label maker

I just cut the bracket edge card ( you can download a printable version or SVG versions to cut with your cricut from yesterday’s post) with my cricut and scal software and cut each layer a bit shorter than the last. I used my deep cut blade set at depth 6, pressure max to cut the shapes first out of chipboard (I saved it from the back of a paper pack but you can use a cereal box since you will be covering it with pattern paper), then used my standard blade to cut the same shapes again from pattern paper. To cover the backs of the pages I put my paper print side down on my cricut mat and cut it again, Best of all you can make this on the small cricut machine because the largest page is 6″x12″!

Aren't they the cutest!

Aren't they the cutest! Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Coloring stuff: Ink: Stampin Up!, Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone

The kid stamps are from the little red wagon set from Pink Persimmon, I love this set because they look a lot like my my kids, I stamped the girl twice because I have twins and I will have photos my 3 children on their first day of school. The letter stamps are moldy oldies from PSX (my very first stamps actually!) but I love them and they are classic so they never go out of style!

To bind my book I used my crop-a-dial and a cheap comb binding from staples, you get 25 11″ long bindings for under $5 and you can cut them whatever length you want. To see a tutorial on binding a mini-album with a Crop-a-Dial click here. You could also use a Bind-it-All but I don’t have one so I’ll make do for now 🙂

You could embellish the book however you like but I’m keeping mine flat so I can slip it into a page protector in my family album, I find odd sized mini-albums hard to store otherwise and this way it won’t get lost.

I hope you can swing by on Monday for the Creative Cuts and More blog hop! You will be “Clearly” impressed with the work the Design Team Divas have cooked up for you! Until then Happy crafting!

CC&M Blog Hop Time!!!

Yippee Skippie, it is time for the Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop. If you just arrived here from Jen’s blog thanks for joining us and WOW, wasn’t her project FAB! If you are jumping in in the middle of the hop make sure you start from the beginning over at the Die Cut Diva blog…rumor has it that there is some blog candy hidden along the way 😉 Here is my Creative Cuts project, I used the Castle mini album cut from brown chipboard:

Album: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Imagenesance, Watercolors M Graham, Paper: Autumn Leaves

Album: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Imagenesance, Watercolors M Graham, Paper: Autumn Leaves

Tip: I used a Bic Mark-it to color my clear rhinestones pink!

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Wing Stamps: Sunday international, Swirl: Autumn Leaves, From Imaginescense

Wing Stamps: Sunday international, Swirl: Autumn Leaves, Frog: Imaginescense

the horse was a coloring page downloaded from: http://dulemba.com

the horse was a coloring page downloaded from: http://dulemba.com

and another of the sweet little imagenessance (I have no idea how to spell that!) stamps I won a couple weeks ago!

and another of the sweet little imagenessance (I have no idea how to spell that!) stamps I won a couple weeks ago!

First I traced all if the pieces on to Autumn Leaves paper, trimmed them and glued them to the blank chipboard pages. Don’t forget to color the backs! Then I sanded and inked the edges, added photos, stamped images, bling and punches. I bound the book together by punching holes with my Crop a dial and inserting a cheap-o binding coil from Staples (you get 25 11″ long coils for $5!) Who need a Bind it all? OK I’d love one but it’s not in the budget so this will have to do 🙂

Now that you have seen my Creative Cuts and More mini Album (I know your disappointed that I have no candy for you 😦 ) you can hop right on over to Guest Designer Eva’s blog to see what she has in store for you. Thanks for stopping by and as always happy crafting!

Bind it all with your Crop-A-Dial!

I was thinking of investing in a binding system but then I saw the prices of them! Egad! I can think of other ways to spend $60…stamps, paper, paint, etc…. So I thought Why can’t I do this with my Crop-A-Dial (heck, that baby does just about everything!) I went to staples and grabbed a pack of 25 binding combs for $5 and grabbed my CAD and went to work! This is what I made:

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Stamps: Inque Boutique, Sunday International, Hampton Art, SCAL Templates: dan99.blogspot.com

And you can do it too! Here’s how. Gather your supplies, papers/chipboard to bind, scissors for cutting your binging comb to size, binder clips, a pencil, original CAD and binder combs.

Gather your supplies

Gather your supplies

punch holes and insert binding

punch holes and insert binding

If you want to stamp your book do it before you bind it. Assemble your book papers and hold them in place with binder clips. Holding the comb on the book’s back cover mark where you want to punch your holes. You will need to punch 2 holes side by side for each binding comb leg to fit through. Punch holes. Feed the “legs” through the holes. Decorate and you are done!

The pages will lay flat!

The pages will lay flat!

wing covered in gold embossing powder, heated, them pressed with stamp.

wing covered in gold embossing powder, heated, them pressed with stamp.

If you like the book and wings I used I grabbed them at Dan’s blog. He has free SVG files every week, this weeks freebie is a wonderful pack of wings! Past files are available for purchase.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Crafting!

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