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Wanting to use some of your favorite papers or new Papercraft CDs for a quick n simple project? Didn’t get a diary for Christmas and wanting something a bit more original than the run of the mill, high street options? Read on :)

I’ve been wanting to do this tutorial for months but Microsoft have only just published this template. Did you know that Microsoft have loads of really useful templates that you can download and print? I found some great calendars on there a couple of years ago.

BIA Calendar Tutorial

BIA Calendar Tutorial

You Will Need

Tools & Materials for BIA Calendar Project

Tools & Materials for BIA Calendar Project

  • Microsoft Word 2007 or later
  • A Calendar template, I’m using 2011 Cal Blue Border 3pg
  • 3 sheets of card stock
  • A4 sheet of decorative paper
  • A5 sheet of co-ordinating paper
  • 2 pieces of  mount board 10 cm x 14.8 cm
  • Glue stick
  • Steel Ruler and Craft knife
  • Hole punch and binder rings OR Bind It All and wire.
  • Cutting Mat

Method

  • Print off the calendar template onto the three sheets of card stock.
  • Cut the printed sheets in half so that the two months next to each other stay joined.
  • Score the card in half down the short sides. If you wish you can glue the pages together but they will stay together once bound.
BIA Calendar; Inside Pages

BIA Calendar; Inside Pages

  • Place the printed cardstock into the BIA and punch holes in the blank area next to the named month.

For the Covers

BIA Calendar; Inside of Covers

BIA Calendar; Inside of Covers

  • Take your sheet of A4 decorative paper and cut it in half to A5. Cover each sheet of mat board with a piece of decoartive paper and glue in place using the glue stick. Give a wider fold in of card on one edge, where you will be punching the holes to join the book together.
  • Once the glue has thoroughly dried, punch the short side of the mat board using the BIA.
  • Cut the A5 cardstock into two pieces measuring; 12 cm x 8 cm. (End Papers)
  • Glue one piece of co-ordinating cardstock to the uncovered side of the mount board. Align to the un-punched end, leaving a 1cm gap on three sides. This will leave a 1 cm gap before the punched holes.

Assembly

BIA Users

  • Hold the two covers in your hands as if they were already on the book. Now turn the front cover around to the back (as if you were folding it back to read).
  • Place the covers onto the O wires
  • Stack you calendar pages in the order you wish to view them and place them on top of the covers, on the O wires.
  • Set your BIA machine to match the guage of O wire used, and then place your calendar o wire down into the BIA.
  • Place the open ‘feet’ of the o wire toward the bottom of the machine, and press the BIA handle to close the wires.

**New users check out this video tutorials on You Tube ;)**

New to the Bind It All? Have I confused you with the written instructions. Check out this video by mrspaturzo

Crop A Dilers

  • Your best tool for punching holes in mat board and chip board is definately the Crop A Dile.
  • Set the depth of bite to 1/4″. The size of hole you cut will depend on the thickness of your binder rings.
  • For a three hole book, mark the centre of the short side and punch your first hole there.
  • Mark the centre of the short side between the last hole and the edge of the board and punch at the top.
  • Repeat this for the lower hole.

Optional Extras

For a Ribbon Closure

BIA Calendar Tutorial

BIA Calendar Tutorial

Tie a length of ribbon around all the pages and the front cover. Glue the centre point of the ribbon underneath the co-ordinating lining paper. Once the glue has dried close your book and use the ribbon to hold the book closed.

Belly Band

Not a pretty name but it can be a pretty result.

  • Cut a piece of card stock to the desired with and long enough to wrap around your book and overlap itself.
  • Use decorative scissors or punches for pretty edges.
  • Wrap the band gently around the short edges of the book. Lightly pressing the edges, remove the band from the book and use a bone folder to reinforce the scored edges.
  • Allow a half to 1″ over lap and trim off access length of card. Place the band back on the book loosely and glue the ends of the band together. This can be slid off the calendar to open the it or put back on with the calendar set to the current month, to hold the calendar open to the right place.

Embellish the covers with images and text to suit your project. I’ve left mine plain, as I especially liked the paper and it was going to get a lot of use and I didn’t want it to get bulky. I hope you have enjoyed this project and will give it a go. It would be lovely to see your results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I am posting a review of the  Crop A Dile Corner Rounder. We R Memory Keepers are the same company that gave the world the Crop A Dile, to punch holes and set eyelets. Their range of tools has increased and the Corner Chomper has arrived.

Corner Chomper made by We R Memory Keepers

Corner Chomper made by We R Memory Keepers

 

Purpose

This tool is similar in shape to the Crop A Dile but its purpose is to Round Corners. There are two options on the tool a corner with the radius of 1/4″ and a second option of a corner with a radius of 1/2″. Here is a picture of an ATC (2.5 x 3.5″) card that has had the corners rounded with both of the options for comparison.

 

The two types of corner that the Corner Chomper can cut

The two types of corner that the Corner Chomper can cut

 

Pros/Cons

Just like the original Crop A Dile, the Corner Chomper is extremely well made and very strong. The materials listed on the packaging that the tool will cut through are;

  • Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Chipboard
  • Leather
  • Plastic
  • Acrylic/Poly

The advantage of this tool over other punches available is that the tool will cut through a much larger selection of materials. A BIG advantage to anyone with limited dexterity is that the tool requires very little strength to operate. If you find the tool a little heavy to support, rest one of its ‘legs’ on the table to take the weight and then close as you would a pair of scissors. The tool weighs; 314 grams or 11 ounces.

To aid in the storage of the tool the side paper guides fold flat to the too. You simply open them when you wish to cut and they guide your project to just the right place for a perfect cut. The tool even incorporates an area which catches your off cuts. So no more confetti mess, just open the little door over a bin and shake out the bits.

 

Close up of the open, paper guides

Close up of the open, paper guides

 

Value for Money

This tool is excellent value for money, it is superbly built and sturdy enough to last a long time. If, like me you have wasted a lot of time and money on smaller corner rounders in the past, only to discover that anything over 80 gsm paper and they jam! Then invest in a Corner Chomper. Although it is a little bulky to store, if you open the packaging carefully, you could store the tool in its original packaging. The range of materials the tool will cut through and the ease of use, especially for people like me with limited dexterity, made this a very wise investment. It is also very useful if you are making projects in bulk.

 

Would I buy it again?

Definately! I would have bought it long ago, if I’d had the budget when it first came out.

 

Where can I get one?

Since this blog can be viewed right around the world a stockist local to me, won’t be of any good to someone outside the UK. Instead, check out the Rubber Stamping tab at the top of the page. The We R Memory Keepers link, is listed on the Rubber Stamping & Paper craft products page. The manufacturers site should have a store locator, where you should find a stockist local to you.

 

Video Demo

In the last week or two, the Corner Chomper range has itself expanded to a variety of new designs. Here is a video from You Tube that demonstrates some of the decorative corners available. I should add that I did not make this video, just reposting a useful film.

 

Hopefully this review has answered any questions you might have about this tool. If not, just leave me a comment and I’ll try to help you. Bear in mind though, that I do not work for the company. I am just a keen crafter, like you.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a picture of the Stampboard necklace that I made for my good friend Glitter Monkey over on the Stamping Mad Forum.

Stampbord Necklace

Stampbord Necklace

 

 Products Used to Create this piece

  • Inks used; Ranger Adirondack Pigment ink; Butterscotch, Terracotta and Cranberry. Versamark, Versafine in Onyx Black
  • Ranger UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) in Clear
  • Stamps Used Crafty Individuals
  • Ampersand; Domino sized Stampboard, Stampboard tools
  • Crop A Dile

Here is a closer look to show the etching

Close up of Stampbord necklace

Close up of Stampbord necklace

 

Hope she likes it, I was very pleased with how it turned out :)

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie :)

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I am hoping to share a series of box/gift tutorials with you over the next few Friday’s. Today’s tutorial is based on a demo that I saw on Ideal World, demonstrated by Sara from a company called Crafter’s Companion. I have slightly adapted it for the sake of this tutorial, as the original required the use of a particular scoring board that their company sell, but not everyone has this board.

The finished box will look like this;

00155-bon-bon-box-006

You Will Need

  • A piece of decorative square card
  • A piece of colour coordinating ribbon
  • Steel Ruler
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone Folder
  • Crop-A-Dile or other hole punch
  • Optional extra; A scoring board such as a Scor It

 

Method

  • Score your card into thirds
  • Rotate the card 90 degrees and score into thirds again
  • On each of the corner squares score a diagonal line from the outer edge into the corner of the centre square. (This is shown with a dotted line in the picture below)

Your card will now look like this;

00155-bon-bon-box-002

  • Fold along all the lines and reinforce the folds using a bone folder.
  • Fold in the corner squares as shown in the picture below
Folding in the corners

Folding in the corners

  • Use the hole punch to punch a hole through both sides of the folded corner.

00155-bon-bon-box-004

Your box now looks like this;

Showing the holes in the corner squares

Showing the holes in the corner squares

  • Thread your chosen ribbon through the holes and draw the ends together. This pulls in the sides of the box, tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow.

Your finished box will look like this;

00155-bon-bon-box-006

 

I did not include measurements in the instructions as this box can be made in any size and the measurements of where to score will be in thirds relative to the paper size. However for those who would like the measurements for popular sizes of card

12 x 12 starting size of paper would be scored at 4″ and 8″

6 x 6″ starting size of paper would be scored at 2″ and 4″

 

If you are not near a craft store for decorative card you can use craft CDs that contain background papers and print on to A4 cardstock to create your base card, don’t forget to print on both sides of the card as both are visiable in the finished project. With a little trimming to get round non borderless printing from most home printers you would still be able to make a maximum of an 8″ square starting size of card.

The Smaller size of box made from a 6″ base card would make ideal individual boxes suitable for table settings.  I will show a smaller version later next month.

 

As ever any questions just leave me a comment, best wishes and thanks for reading. See you soon

Billie ;)

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Here is my review of the Crop-A-Dile II otherwise known as Big Bite.

 

 

Features

  • Long reach hole punch
  • Punches holes 3/16″ and 1/8″ up to 6″ in from the edges
  • Sets eyelets or Gromlets up to 6″ from the edges
  • Rubber handgrip on the handle
  • Removable non slip feet
  • Adjustable blocks rotate to give you different settings to set assorted sizes of eyelets or gromlets
  • Slider on the base ruler gives the depth adjustment

 

 

 

Benefits

  • Tool sits on the desk and can be operated like you would a stapler, no need to support the weight of the tool
  • You can use the tool free hand if you wish
  • The removable feet mean you can easily store the tool in a slimmer space
  • The adjustment blocks for they eyelet/gromlet setting are secure when clicked in place, but easy to rotate to change settings. They stay attached to the tool at all times so there are no loose pieces to get lost
  • The adjustment between the two sizes of hole punch and for setting for eyelets/gromlets is all controlled by a sliding tab at the top of the tool, no more fiddly little screw adjusters
  • Because the tool is free standing if you wish to use two hands to operate it you can do this. (I have weak hands and did not have any problems using this tool)

 

Bear in Mind

This tool compliments rather than replaces the original Crop-A-Dile. Although the big bite can set eyelets into any previously punched hole, the hole punch section of the Big Bite will not go as shallow as the Original Crop_A-Dile.

I imagine I will end up buying the dedicated case for this tool, unlike the original Crop_A-Dile this new one is BIG. You could store it in an A4 box with room to spare, or just leave it out on the desk if that is how you work. But if you wish to travel with the tool then the dedicated box will give the tool more protection as it will stop it rattling around.

 

Video Links

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=e2_e0999hWA Jazznjava does a side by side review of the original and new Crop-A-Diles

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=uscFiPDbcmY Scrapbookdotcom shows the Big Bite 2

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3CDznD4Jsj0&feature=related OK I don’t normally point you to shops in the main review but hey just this once. This one is for the US readers

We R Memory Keepers Manufacturers of Crop A Dile’s

 

To sum up

 

I love this tool, I loved the original but due to my dexterity issues did find spanning the two handles difficult. The Big Bite being desk based has solved this. I can see mine living on the desk and maybe not needing a case at all.

I bought my Big Bite from QVC UK and that is how I was able to get a pink one. I am not a big fan of pink but I really don’t like orange. (How tragic am I) hehe. It also came with a big pile of the new gromlets in assorted colours, this seems to be only available from the shopping channels with the gromlets included.

 

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, do leave a comment, and if you have any questions let me know and I’ll get back to you

 

Billie :)

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After a lot of deliberation, I finally bought a Crop-a-dile (back in March) by We R Memory Keepers.

We Are Memory Keepers; Crop-A-Dile Tool

It took me a long time to give one of these a try as I have R.S.I and I truly didn’t think I would have the hand strength to use this tool. I joined in a Book Swap on the Stamping Mad forum, the theme was Oriental and we were to bind the finished book using Japanese stab stitch. Well using mount board for the cover boards and the only way of making holes I had, eg hammer and hole punching tool, took over 20 hits per hole. Needless to say after one hole I was in so much pain I gave up.  After chatting with the others on the forum, who had used this tool everyone assured me that it was marvellous and that you wouldn’t need strong man muscles to use one, so I invested.

This tool is fantastic! Really you must buy one. If you need to punch holes in anything other than VERY thin card save yourself a LOT of time and trouble and use a Crop-a-dile.  It uses its own leavers to increase the small amount of pressure you need to pull the handles towards each other and bites through all sorts of things. Mount board was a breeze to punch through book board (Davey board/grey board) was hardly more difficult. If you want to set an eyelet, you simply rotate a pair of cubes on the tool and gently squeeze and the eye let is set. If you can squeeze a ketchup bottle you can use a Crop-a-dile. One word of warning, before you open the tool hide anything you don’t want to punch holes in. You will be so surprised at how easy it is to use, that you will go round the house punching holes in stuff just to see if it can do it. (We all did)

One word of warning the screws that you loosen to adjust how far across the page you want your hole punched ARE VERY SHORT! The first time you adjust the screw, make sure you hold the tool over the table or you are likely to lose the screw on the floor. Once you have undone it once, you will know how little to undo the screw to enable the bar to move.

Close up of adjustment screws on CropA-Dile tool
The card ‘stick’ points to the screws in question.
DON’T rip the back off the package when you open your Crop-a-dile. On the back of the packaging are the instructions for the combinations that you set the small cubes to when you want to set eyelets. You will want to keep this to refer to for later use. I think the company may have been better to include a paper copy of this in with the tool. If you have killed your instructions, go to the manufactures website and you can download another copy. https://weronthenet.com/products/newproducts.shtml?crop-a-dile

Instruction sheet from Crop-A-Dile tool

I don’t have any negatives about this tool, it does what it says on the tin, and it does it well. The Crop A Dile is well made and solid, one of my all time favourite tools. I have not used my hammer and tool to punch a hole or set an eyelet since. Don’t throw those away though, as unless you buy the Crop A Dile’s big brother called ‘The Big Bite’ you can only punch hole or set eyelets 1” into your page.

Links

This is the link to the Manufacturers site We R Memory Keepers. https://weronthenet.com/index.shtml

Here is a link to a really great demonstration on You Tube by Mad Scrapper Girl, explaining how to use the Crop-a-dile.  http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wyHffZ-e0Xc

If you want to know all about the Crop-A-Dile’s big brother the Big Bite here is a video about it http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=uscFiPDbcmY&feature=related

Here is a side by side comparison of the two tools http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=e2_e0999hWA&feature=related

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions just leave me a comment
Billie :)

**Update**

First link updated Feb 2013.

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