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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!

Epic 6 by Quickutz

Every once in awhile a steal comes along of epic proportions. Today’s steal, the Epic 6 by Quickutz, definitely fits that bill!

I had such a great time using a good share of the dies and embossing templates that are available today. Before I show you what I made, let’s have a quick lesson on how to use the machine.

To Cut:

  • Use gray cutting platform.
  • Place die face up on top of cutting platform.
  • Place paper, patterned side face down on top of die.  This is especially important when cutting out alphabet letters.
  • Lay cutting mat on top of die and paper.
  • Roll through Epic 6 machine.

To Emboss:

  • Use the charcoal cutting platform.
  • Place paper inside of the embossing folder and cover with the cutting mat.
  • Roll through the Epic 6 machine.

Now that you’re a pro with using the machine, let me show you some ideas that you create using some of the dies offered today.

First I made this cute little card with the anime bird. I mean how can you possibly resist such cuteness? I paired it with the dots embossing folder, the waves border (love!), the nesting flowers and one circle off of the sunburst border. I love how it turned out!

Next I wanted to see if I could turn the houndstooth embossing border folder into a main element of a card. For this card I ran the same piece of paper through the machine, using the houndstooth folder, three times, carefully lining up the folder to create a consistent embossed pattern. I used a pice of the nesting rick rack squares and also a little strip of the waves border. Super fun and super easy!

Next I turned my “kid craft” brain on and created a poster to hang on our refrigerator, more for myself than for my kiddo. My son can write his current week’s spelling on the tablet. I figure this will be a fun way for him to practice his words as well as provide me a quick reference to drill him with his words over breakfast.  For this project I used the rainbow and cloud, sunburst border, waves border, nesting rick rack and the sketchbook alphabet set.

Now you’ll note the cute clouds on this poster. For two of the clouds I used the self adhesive vellum. Can I just say that as a former avid lover of printing journaling onto vellum that this is brilliance! As much as I loved using vellum for my journaling spots, I never loved how the adhesive would always show through. Problem solved! Not only can you create cute fluffy clouds with the stuff, but you can run it through your printer and have the perfect vellum journaling block ever! Thank you Quickutz! :)

Lastly, I created this layout page which I want to give to one of you!

The moment I saw the photo frame border and brackets I thought of how cute they would look on a layout. The strip can either hold photos or it would also make great spaces for journaling. Oh and did you see how cute the self adhesive metal sheets look for a portion of the title?

Now if you caught the part where I said that I want to give this layout to one of you, here’s what you have to do. Simply leave a comment on this blog posting by Monday, October 10th at 11:59 PM MST. I will pick a random winner and notify them by email.

So there you have it! Pretty Epic stuff, don’t ya think?

Have a great weekend and as always, scrap happy!

Bo Bunny Winter Joy

Can you believe that the holidays are creeping up upon us? Today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Winter Joy Collection is positively amazing. It’s such a beautiful collection in purples, blues and greens.

These papers would be great for a myriad of holiday-themed layouts and projects, but I thought I would show you how to make a quick and easy dimensional snowflake which you could make to put a homemade touch to Christmas tree decorations.

My girls have made these snowflakes for years and have had them hanging all over their room.  I’ve never learned to make them so I sat my Sarah down for a little crafty time to teach me!

Here are the basic directions.

  • Cut paper into squares. For our snowflake we used 6×6″ pieces of paper. Fold the paper in half one way, and then again in the opposite direction. Fold in half and then in half again so that you have a triangle like this.
  • With the point of the triangle pointed upward, cut strips across the width of the triangle starting from the side of the paper which is folded. Do not cut all of the way through to the other side.

  • Open your folded paper and it should look like this.

  • Beginning with the inner most cuts, fold together and staple or secure with a glue dot. Flip the paper over and do the same with the next two cuts. Flip the paper again and repeat the process until you reach the outermost cut.

  • Your completed square of paper should look like this.

  • Repeat this process five times for one snowflake. You can use the same papers or different papers for variety.

  • Once all of your snowflake arms have been completed, staple two of them together at the tip.

  • Next staple the remaining four arms to the middle of the neighboring snowflake arm.

  • Once your chain of snowflake arms have been stapled together, begin stapling the bases of the tips together one by one.

  • Your completed snowflake should look like this.

We added a scalloped circle to the middle of the snowflake with a piece of chipboard embellishment to finish it off.

These snowflakes can be made in any size and would truly make the cutest decoration for a tree.

Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday!

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chompers

You know, sometimes it truly *is* the little things that make the project. In fact the little zip that today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Corner Chompers, can add to your project is really quite huge!

If you are familiar with the big brother of the Corner Chompers then you know the Crop A Dile, and you know the incredible power and ease of the tool. The Corner Chompers have every ounce of strength, yet absolute ease of the Crop A Dile.

I’m sure many of you have experience frustrations with corner rounders either not punching properly through material or often leaving little notches of paper so that it’s not a smooth curve. Not with the Corner Chomper! Every corner cut is a dream. And get this, not only do you get one design in your tool, but two since all of the tools contain two different dies for making your corners as snazzy as can be!

I love what a difference adding a nice rounded corner can do to a project. Such a simple way to create a whole new look and with the yellow handled tool you have the option for 1/8″ or 3/8″ curve and with the blue handled tool you have 1/4″ and 1/2″ cutting capabilities.

If you haven’t had the chance to experience the media munching power of the We R Memory Keeper tools then you’ll be delighted to know that the Corner Chompers can cut through multiple layers of cardstock, chipboard, thin metal and even craft foam like I did on this card. I was pretty excited to incorporate some of my kids’ crafting supplies onto a card and get such a nice clean cut with the purple handled “scallop” cut.

On this card I jazzed up the corners by using “cloud” side of the purple handled tool. Small change but such a unique twist to “normal”.

If you are a lover of photo corners then you will love the pink handled tool. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to make photo corners with greater ease! And to think of the huge array of media that you could use to make custom corners is pretty exciting.

With Thanksgiving creeping up right around the corner I thought it would be fun to use the green handled tool and combine the “stub” and “deco” cuts to create table place cards.

I hope you have a great day and that you can find a way to take a chomp out of your projects in at least one of 10 different designs.

See you on Monday with a special treat for Monday Card Madness.

Silhouette SD | Holiday Advent Calendar and Tattoo Paper

So you missed it the first time. You cried because you couldn’t get it the second or third times. Hopefully this time is the charm and today you will be on your way to becoming the proud new owner of today’s steal, the Silhouette SD and accessories.

Any of you that follow the blog, know how much fun I have with my Silhouette. If you recall the first time I I explored the basic functions and went a little vinyl cutting crazy .

The second time around I explored the fun of heat transfer and fabric interfacing.

The third time, I dove into the world of sketch pen fun.

Honestly, can you believe what an incredible little machine it is? Well, I’m about to tell you that I think with some of the add-ons that we are offering this time I’ve had my most. fun. yet!  :)

Welcome to the world of magnet and tattoo paper!

For at least a couple of years I’ve wanted to make a muffin tin advent calendar. The holidays are always such a fun time of year and it’s just that much more fun when you can add a little extra something for the wee ones to help count down the days until the big man delivers some holiday cheer.

To make my advent calendar, I simply found some print and cut designs in the Silhouette store which I liked and re-sized them so that they would cover the opening of my mini muffin cups. Then I printed the designs onto the magnet paper and sent it to my Silhouette machine to cut them out. Now the hard part will be waiting for December to actually use it!

I must admit that I had a fantastic time working with the tattoo paper. My kids definitely had a bit of fun too! Again super easy to do. A quick trip through the Silhouette image store for some print and cut designs, print, cut out and voila! Muscle bling for my boys.

A butterfly for my beauty.

And a little mustache mayhem for me and my little guy.

When I was talking with my friend about alternate uses for the tattoo paper, she suggest trying it out on some candles. What a great idea!

I bet if you didn’t want a Silhouette machine before, you do now!  :)

Oh, and one more thing. Do you remember the giveaway for the Doodlebug Butterfly Lacing Cards a few weeks ago? Jennifer Blomquist is the lucky winner! Jennifer if you can send us your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com we will get those shipped out to you.

Have a great weekend!