I know the Bind-It-All is for BINDING books and such but like Alton Brown I don't like uni-taskers in my scrapbook room (he doesn't like them in his kitchen. He is the host of the Food Network show “Good Eats”). So the Bind-It-All (BIA) HAS to be more than just a BINDING tool for me!! And luckily it is!

I've been playing with this “eating away” technique for a few months now, where I use the BIA to “eat away” at the edges of paper to create an interesting effect. The first page I did this on was this page about Matt I did as a class at Desert Scrapper's Retreats in Palm Desert in September:


Everyone has been buying all of these Martha Stewart border punches to make a “spooky fence”. Well, not me. Though I love Martha's borders, I could not think of something else to use that spooky fence for besides Halloween. And that would make it a uni-tasker so it's a “no-no”.

I figured I could use my BIA for the same effect so I cut some Doodlebug Flocked Cardstock into strips and started “eating away” at the edges with the BIA. Here's the result:

The full product supply list and details can be found on the Zutter Zisters website in my gallery.

I actually lifted this layout design from one Anne Fisher and I designed for our “Twenty Pages In A Day” class earlier this Fall. So that makes two lessons for today:

  1. Don't buy uni-taskers. Luckily, the Bind-It-All is a multi-tasker!
  2. If a layout design ain't broke, keep using it!

Hope you enjoy your turkey day!! It is officially TG right now but for me, it is still “Wednesday” so I am going to call it a night and get ready to gobble gobble gobble up some pie and smoked turkey (mmm) tomorrow!! Catch you all later!!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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3 thoughts on “Zutterin’ Ain’t Just For Bindin’, Y’All.

  1. Awesome tips. Like you I prefer multi-tasking tools! The BIA is definitely one!!

    Posted on November 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm
  2. Wow, how cool is this? Love your layouts, Jennifer!

    Posted on November 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm
  3. eek!! LOVE the halloween page !!

    Posted on November 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm