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We R Memory Keepers Cinch

So, you’ve really been regretting not snatching up the We R Memory Keepers Cinch last time we featured it? I’m not surprised! This book binding tool is pretty darn spectacular. If you find yourself lumped into the category of “ohhhhh, I wouldn’t really use that,” I think you might need to explore this machine just a little bit more before you make your decision.

The Cinch is perfect for:

  • mini albums
  • recipe books
  • kids art books
  • homework
  • office presentations
  • flip charts
  • and pretty much anything you want to bind together!

Still not so sure? Check out these fun mini albums that I designed while teaching classes for We R Memory Keepers using the Cinch binding tool.

After teaching hundreds of women how to make these albums, each and every one of them that thought they were okay with other binding machines were converted after using the Cinch once. It’s that good.

If you missed the blog post last time, be sure to check this link out! Amber Sheaves and Kyla Norris have some great project ideas that you don’t want to miss.

Now I have one more itty-bitty matter of business to take care of, and that is announcing the winner of the September ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! Our lucky random winner comes to us from the blog of Lisa Lahiff. The random winner of the $20.00 gift code to the ScrapbookSteals.com store is Adrienne Crist! Congrats Adrienne. We hope that you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will be sure to share with us what you create. We’ll be in touch with you regarding your prize.

Have a spectacular day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our first Mid Week Mojo in the Coral series of sketches.

My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline | Mid Week Mojo

Garnet – Layout 10

Can you believe that we have reached the end of yet another gem series in our Mid Week Mojo layout sketch series? It’s always an exciting thing to come to the end of another ten weeks, and what makes it even more exciting is that this weeks sketch is completed with today’s steal, two of the brand new collections by My Mind’s Eye, Miss Caroline.

I knew that I wanted to keep this week fairly simple as I’m sure that once you see what prize we are giving away for the Garnet series, there will be a bunch of you on the quest to catch up, so I settled on a one page layout about my Sarah.

My daughter Sarah is such a talented and beautiful young lady (do I sound like a proud mom or what?) On Monday night we were privileged to hear her perform at her clarinet recital. As I was shooting photos during her performance I realized how perfectly the Fiddlesticks and Dolled Up collections would work with the yellows and turquoises in the photos, and thus my layout was born.

My Mind’s Eye always does an amazing job with their embellishments, which bring the perfect finishing touches to a project. I think the twine and the stick pins are definitely my favorite!

And now for our weekly random winner! I absolutely loved seeing the interpretations of the twelve photo sketch from last week, and Sheryl Kloke layout was of no exception!

Garnet 9 Winner

Congrats Sheryl on being this week’s lucky random winner. If you will please send an email with your address to customerservice@stealnetwork.com we will get your Garnet #9 prize sent out to you.

Now for the big news on the Garnet series prize, which you have all been waiting for! One lucky random winner, having completed all ten of the Garnet series Mid Week Mojos by next Monday night, February 20th at 11:59 PM MST will become the proud owner of a We R Memory Keepers Cinch, complete with black carrying tote! A prize with a retail value of $140.00! How’s that for a little incentive to add 10 amazing layouts to your personal family history. :)

Here’s the fine details on what you need to do in order to win this prize:

  1. Complete all 10 Garnet layouts. Don’t forget that Garnet #10 must be completed and posted by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, February 20th.
  2. Make sure all 10 Garnet layouts are posted somewhere online.
  3. Provide a link to your creations on the Goin’ Garnet blog post. This can be a link to a gallery hosting all of your creations, or individual links. Just make sure that everything is listed in one post.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Good luck everyone! I hope this week is filled with lots of crafty goodness!

We R Memory Keepers Cinch

I think it’s pretty much going to be a cinch to convince you that you need today’s steal, the Cinch by We R Memory Keepers, especially when you see the projects by two exceptionally talented crafters, Kyla Norris and Amber Sheaves.

If you are wondering what the Cinch is, it’s a home binding system. No more having to run to the store to buy mini-albums for this project or that, since the Cinch is a one stop, do it all! And guess what? It really is a cinch. (I had to try it out for myself!)

I admit I was a little intimidated by the sparsity of the directions. Luckily there is a little thing called the Internet, which is filled with video tutorials and after watching a couple of videos I was ready to roll.

For those of you that aren’t video watchers, Amber does an amazing job with some step by step photos on how to create your own mini-albums using the Cinch.

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. 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 5 – Snip off any remaining wire. You just made a book!

Now look and see the amazing creations that Amber made!

Kyla also has some pretty great tips and things to avoid when first learning how to use the Cinch.

  • Decide which side of the page you are binding and then leave about a half inch gap without any embellishments or words or you risk punching holes though them. I had to rearrange, un-stick and re-glue a couple of my pages so that only the base patterned paper was hole punched.
  • Make sure when punching the holes to have your paper pushed back into the Cinch as far as it will snugly go.  If not you end up with an edge with half holes

  • Be confident in your hole punching and make sure the pages stay in place while you are punching, or you end up with a page with double punched holes. It’s no big deal, you can still use the pages but it helps to push the lever down smoothly, fairly quickly and confidently.

  • When binding, go slow! I found the slower I pushed the bindings together the more circular in shape they stayed. When I went too quickly they would turn out more oval looking, which is also great if you’re looking for a more oval binding. :)

Kyla made an festive advent calendar to help count down the days until Christmas.

I have to admit, I was so inspired by these girls’ creations that I had to give the Cinch a go for myself. I made a little “Dear Santa” journal for a friend for her to document the wish lists of her kiddos over the years. I think it would be so much fun to have as the time passes to see what was once upon a time the “must have” item. Now all I have to do is make the pages and send it on its way.

Really and truly the Cinch is an amazing tool and addition to any crafters collection. Not only can this tool be used to bind mini albums, but it’s great for

  • calendars
  • recipe books
  • office presentations
  • school projects
  • journals
  • any binding project your lil’ mind can come up with!

Thanks again to Amber and Kyla for making today’s blog post such a Cinch!

My Mind’s Eye | Dear Santa

I thought I’d have a little fun today and call upon a scrappy friend, from when I had my very first scrapbooking gig almost eight years ago. Sharyn Tormanen is one crazy-talented, super-crafty girl and does a stellar job at showcasing today’s steal, Dear Santa by My Mind’s Eye.

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When I received Dear Santa in the mail, I had several thoughts.  1. I don’t think I can ever have too much Christmas paper and 2. I love Cardinals!

I’ve also been recently addicted to the smaller pads of paper, so I’m loving the 8×8 pad. While I scrapbook in 12×12, I love the challenge of using the smaller paper for my pages.

I also loved using it here to cover my 9×9 album.

Each year I create an album for our Christmas cards. Each year is a different size, and each year is unique. It’s also my goal to get last year’s cards “booked” before this year’s cards start arriving. An admirable goal, I think. *wink*

So for this album I started with some 9″ square chipboard and covered it with Mod Podge and paper from the Dear Santa set.

Since the paper is just 8″ and my book is 9″, I hid the seam along along the bottom edge with the circle embellishment.

And because the chipboard sticker didn’t come with numbers, I lucked out and used the l and the o to create the number ’10 to represent the year.

I used The Cinch to bind my book together.

Still hooked on the paper and the colors, I made a few quick and easy cards of my own.

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Thank you Sharyn! It’s never occurred to me to create a mini album using the holiday photo cards that are sent each year. What a great idea and now the Cinch is definitely on my list of must-haves!

Be sure to check out Sharyn’s blog for further creative ideas, amazing photography and, well, some pretty great humor! Thanks Sharyn for being our guest at ScrapbookSteals today.

Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday with some pretty cute cards that you will not want to miss!