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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 onūüôā

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


  • 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.


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


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In today’s post I will be reviewing;¬†

Zutter Bind It All Machine v2.0

Zutter Bind It All Machine v2.0

Zutter: Bind It All v2.0 


It took me a long while to decide that I needed one of these. The original was never going to work for me as the gap the card goes into to punch, was too narrow. This was resolved on the second edition and I was lucky enough to get this for Christmas last year. I thought it would be handy for quick simple projects as an alternative to the hand sewn books I usually create. 



  • V2 has a wider ‘throat’ so you can now properly cover mat board or chipboard for a more professional finish to books
  • Sturdy robust design, does indeed punch through thick card, without much effort
  • It’s also handy to repair notebooks who’s wire binding has loosened over timeūüėČ


  • My DVD instructional guide didn’t workūüė¶ luckily the entire thing is on You Tube so I could watch on there
  • It is quite awkward to use. It’s tricky to keep your project flat and flush with the narrow base of the tool. You can do it, it just takes a while to get used to it.
  • The instructions aren’t that great. But there are many tutorials on You Tube that help you along.
  • PINK! Why do so many manufacturers think people want their craft rooms to look like kids rooms! I am not 5, I do not need my tools to be candy pink, so I’ll use them. (Personal gripe, coz I’m not a fan of pink).

Build Quality 

Good, the main body of the machine is metal, encased in plastic. This makes for a robust machine. 

Value for Money 

This depends on how much you will use itūüėČ Mine was in a sale and at the sale price was good value. To be honest I don’t use it enought¬†to pay the full RRP on it.¬†

Would I buy it Again? 

Errr, I’d like to see the Cinch in action before I answer that one. The BIA¬†has the advantage that it is much smaller to store, but the awkwardness in use, seems to be solved by the Cinch design. I prefer how the Cinch lets you place your project flat on the bed of the machine as you punch. But the BIA¬†wins for crimping closed the O wires, the Cinches design may let it down a little in that¬† respect, but I’ve not seen one in person, in action.¬†

Summing up 

If you find life too short to sew bind books and like wire bindings, then this is a great little tool. It’s a good price for what it does and is as strong as the advertising suggests. If you get a chance to do a class with one first, it would be a good idea to try before you buy. It is a bit awkward but it is much faster if you want books in a hurry. Makes great little personalised¬†projects quickly, ideal if you want to make memory books for handmade gifts for friends and family.¬†


Bind It All Manufacturers site. Although this product is made by Zutter the, Bind It All has a dedicated website. 

Bind It All Blog 

Zutter Zisters; Community forum and projects 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 


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Originally this project started out as a way to collect together memorabilia from a holiday, it then evolved into a handy storage journal for hand-made cards.  

Card Storage Journal; Cover

Card Storage Journal; Cover

This is my first major project with the Bind It All machine and after working out how to make a cutting template so I got the holes just where I wanted them I was much happier. I used mat board for the covers (the kind picture framers use for layering) and added my own stamped papers to decorate the pages.  

Card Storage Journal; Inside Cover

Card Storage Journal; Inside Cover

On the inside cover I added a pocket to hold stamps, and then each envelope pocket holds a different month’s cards. I made little tab labels to easily navigate to the month I was looking for and the Making Memories Calendar stamp set made a nice finish to them. On the note page¬†on each envelope I’m going to write the date and name of the person who needs a card, then when I’ve made a card I just pop it in the envelope ready. No more scrabbling¬†around at the last-minute. I was going to add a ribbon closure then forgot when I pasted on the end papers DOH, now I’m waiting as I’m saving up for one of Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and hope to make a fancy closure with it and¬†some grunge paper.¬†¬†

Card Storage Journal; Inside Pages

Card Storage Journal; Inside Pages

This would make a great present for a friend and if you would like a detailed tutorial on how to make one leave me a comment and I’ll try to get one up in good time so you can make some as holiday gifts for friends and family.¬†¬†

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon  


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Today I would like to share a review of the Bind It All Tool Kit made by a company called Zutter. This kit is made to accompany their Bind It All machine but is a very useful starter kit for all kinds of papercrafter.


Bind It All Tool Kit by Zutter


Features of the Kit


  • A sturdy cover with a zip round closure keeps all the contents secure and clean
  • Elasticated bands hold all the tools securely, but also make them easy to access
  • A pen
  • A 15cm ruler
  • A needle/piercing tool which has a srew off end that allows you to store needles within the tool itself.
  • A bone folder
  • A Craft Knife
  • Spare blades for the craft knife
  • A retractable tape measure


Inside the Bind It All Tool Kit part one 



On the second panel, over the page as it were are the following tools;

  • A pair of scissors, small but very sharp.
  • A pair of round nose pliers
  • A pair of wire cutters


Inside the Bind It All Tool Kit by Zutter



Here are detail pictures of the needle holder.  Unscrew the end and you can store needles inside the piercing tool.

The Piercing tool is also a handy needle holder 


Close up of the piercing tool in the Bind It all tool kit 


So who is this kit for?


This kit contains all the basic tools to get you started and would be very useful to the following groups;


Paper crafters

Scrapbookers and card makers; this is great for taking to clubs and classes.

Jewellry makers


On line demo


The wonderful people over at the Paper Studio have made a video that shows you all the contents of this tool kit and how it would be useful to bookbinders.





Here is a link to the manufacturers website;



Well I think that covers it. If you have any questions or comments do leave me a message in the box below and I will get back to you.


Best wishes and thanks for reading



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