Friday, December 2, 2011

SS, FWF, a tutorial, and a giveaway!

Projects #36-40

Guess what? I'm a guest blogger at Scrapbook today!! EEEK. I have been following/shopping/stalking them for so long. Today's steal is The Cinch binding tool and I got to make a few projects for them. It's a REALLY awesome deal and I would be buying this if I didn't already have it! But I did scoop up some more binding wires though!

Here's what I made:

Today I'll walk you through the middle book which is a Card Organizer. Stay tuned for the others coming up on my blog soon.

So if you're a fan of SS you know that Kristy loves for us to "send joy" by making and mailing cards. Well, sometimes I make cards way beforehand and this is a great way to store them and NOT forget who it's for! Here's what I used:
My Cinch binder, a binding wire, an old Cheerios box (for the cover), 6 sheets of double-sided 12x12 patterned paper, paper for the cover, and a scoring tool.

First, score the paper in half at 6 inches.
Then, turn the paper 90 degrees and score again at the 8-inch mark.

 Fold and crease at the 8-inch mark.

Then fold back the page on the 6-inch mark.
 Repeat this for the other 5 pages.

 For the cover I cut out 2 6"x8" pieces from the box and covered it with kraft cardstock. You could probably just use the cardstock but I wanted it to be sturdier since I thought it would get a bit of use. I used a spray adhesive to attach my cardstock to the cover.

And for the calendar part I created these charts in Word and glued to each pocket. The month is stamped with Unity's Here's the Ticket stamp set. Now just write down all birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays for the month so you can remember to send out the love. Mine is empty for a reason - you'll see why at the end of the post. : )

 The folds of each page will go on the outside like this:
(Instructions for binding are at the end of the post)

 Now you have a page and pocket for each month and no more excuses for forgetting someone's special day!

The postage stamps are from Unity's All Seasons set (September Kit of the Month).
I hand-cut the pennants and stamped them with Unity's Carnivale Alpha stamp set.

(photos are from one of the journals, not the organizer)

Step 1 - Insert your paper into the machine and press the handle down to punch.

Step 2 - If your paper is longer than 6 inches you'll then need to slide the guide out and move the paper all the way to the left. Press down the black alignment peg on the side to hold the papers in place . Pull out the first peg after the end of the paper. In this case it is peg 5. Press the handle again to complete the punching. Pull up the alignment peg and push back the peg.
 Step 3 - Repeat the above steps for your cover.

 Step 4 - Place the binding wire on the hooks to the right of the machine. Place sheets onto hooks, followed by the front cover, and then the back cover. Placing the back cover on top will help to hide the seam of the wire when you are done.

 Step 5 - Remove the wire and pages and place them at the back of the machine under the cinching bar. Make sure you set the dial with the correct wire size. The opening of the wire should be against the machine. Slowly press down the handle to close the wires. Slide the book and repeat if the book is longer than the cinching bar.

Step 6 - Snip off any remaining wire. And you just made a book!

Thanks for stopping by from ScrapbookSteals and/or for hopping along on Unity's Friends with Flair blog hop!


Did you like the card organizer? Would you like to win it?? That's why all my dates are empty - because I was saving it for one of you! Click HERE to enter to win it. (U.S. and Canada residents only) or go down to the previous post.
: )


Supply List:
MME Ooh La La paper and tag
SU Crumb Cake cardstock
WRMK Cinch, binding wire (1")
Unity All Seasons, Carnivale Alpha, and Here's the Ticket stamp sets
Studio G alpha stamps
Divine Twine
Tim Holts Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Old Paper
SU Early Espresso ink pad
Versamark Watermark ink
Cricut Straight from the Nest cartridge (tree)


Oh - and I should say that this is not my design. I've seen it made out in blogland before. I first learned it from my former SU director Tara Bazata. I'm sorry I forgot to put this credit in when I first posted!


B. Poteraj said...

That is JUST MY STYLE! I adore it!

Sarah said...

This is awesome.... you may have inspired me to dig out my bind-it-all to whip one of these up!

Ruby said...

Great projects. Love how you gave us the tutorial on putting it together. Thanks

Eva said...

This project is awesome. What a great gift idea.

Crystal said...

This is AMAZING!!! The cover is so pretty and the whole project is fantastic, what a cute and clever way to store cards made ahead of time!

StampinCathy said...

WOW! This is one amazing project. You are so creative and inspiring. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial!

Jingle said...

This is really fabulous!!!!

Angela Fehr said...

Oh, I so need a binding tool! Off to check it out - your project is great inspiration, too.

Danie May said...

What an awesome project and fabulous tutorial. TFS.

Linda said...

This project super pretty. I love the paper.

sharon g said...

The paper, font, everything--superb!

Patricia said...

WOW! This is awesome!! I love scrapbook steals and can't believe I missed the cinch today! darn grocery shopping!

jennifer mitten said...

This is fabulous! I absolutely love it!

Tameko said...

Fabulous project. Love the papers you used. Ok, now you have inspired me to dust off my Cinch, and make something!

Kary said...

Amber, this IS an Awesome project!! What a Great idea!! And your book is beautifully decorated. Great job!!

Aleks said...

Great project! I always love stuff like this...but I craft so sparsely that tools are not a wise investment for me. :(

Gwen said...

Awesome project!! TFS!

Jen said...

This is awesome! I love it!

Jessica said...

Wow, such pretty paper choices. Love your enthusiasm. Great idea for card storage, too.
Happy to see you linked up at FWF!

lisa arana said...

look at you with your super cute card organizer!!! love this idea. it would be a great gift for a crafy friend as well.

Roslyn said...

Wow - this is an awesome organizer and fabulous way to keep track of card giving occasions (and maybe not forget to send the cards!!)

Angie Blom said...

wow.. these are all awesome project Amber. what a great way to keep track of your cards. my problem is to remember to mail them out..haha.. love your tutorials. you ROCK girl!!

Pryn said...

WOW! These are all FABULOUS!!! That card organizer is amazing!!!

Jennifer said...

GREAT projects!! Loved all the stamps you used!!! I still haven't purchased a bind it all, but I might just break down one of these days!!! (=

Vicki Dutcher said...

Amber - this was a fabulous project and great tutorial! I am looking forward to working with you over the next year!