A to Z Challenge – 2019 – Z is for Zutter Bind It All

It’s here!!!  The last letter in the 10th Anniversary A to Z Challenge is finally here.  I don’t know about you but I’ve had a really good time with this year’s challenge.  I haven’t had a chance to visit all 600+ participants but I have gotten to a few dozen.  I expect next month I’ll start making some more visits since it won’t be that busy.  I’m trying to think of a theme for the month.  Sometimes it seems like a letdown when April’s rush is over.

Anyway, for my letter “Z” I’m going to talk about the Zutter Bind It All machine.  When I talked about tools for the letter “T” I forgot about this one because it is something that I have had for a while but don’t use very much.  It is a machine that you can use to make your own books with wire binding.  I got it from Blitsy (an online creative supply store) during a sale for a steal. 

It came with instruction booklet, measuring guides and wire cutters,

Wire cutters

as well as several different sizes and colors of wire binding.  There was also a project idea book with so many cute ideas for making different kinds of books and albums.  Look at that boot! 

It even came with some wood chip board covers and pre-cut pages so you could start making something right away.

I got this cover set on sale and thought it would be a great one to use to make a book.
I can use those recycled pieces of cardboard and plastic that I keep saving to make something! 

The first thing is to decide how long your project is and then use the guide to figure out how many holes you need.  Then you put the paper in the machine with the edge of the paper at the edge of the machine and make your first punch.

You slide the paper along until you have enough punches for the whole length.  For this 11 inch paper I needed 20 holes.  

Once the holes are punched then you get the wire binding you want and cut it to size.  After putting the wires through the holes, you set it in the machine again and squeeze the wires together.  That’s one of the tricky parts, you don’t want to squeeze it too hard and you want it to be even all the way up.  

Here’s my finished binding.  It looks like some are a little looser than others but I think it will be fine.

Whew!  Done!  I hope you have enjoyed reading about my crafting experiences and that you’ve had a chance to visit my Etsy shop.  Please keep me in mind if you ever want something made especially for you or have an idea for a unique gift for someone else.  If you saw my Studio tour yesterday, you know I have A LOT of supplies for almost any theme.  Stay tuned for May 6 when we do a reflection post of our experiences this year.  One more big thank you and Happy Anniversary to Arlee Bird, the founder of the A to Z and all of his cohosts and helper bees.   

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

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26 Responses to A to Z Challenge – 2019 – Z is for Zutter Bind It All

  1. Yay, we made it to the end!!!

    DB McNicol, author
    A to Z Microfiction: Zebra
    Personal Blog

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  2. joey says:

    Oh wow. I would not, could not, deal with the precision and detail that requires. Well done, you!

    Zots would have been my choice. Love zots. Easy peasy πŸ˜‰

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  3. Janet,

    Very cool! Gosh, girl you have the most interesting gadgets in your craft room! You know who serious about hobbying when you learn about their tools. Congratulations on another fine year at A2Zing with a great theme that’s close to your heart. Those are the ones that cause bloggers to shine the best in this challenge, don’t you think? It’s been a fun ride to share with you, my dear. Have a good day!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Thanks Cathy. In moving my things from the house to the studio I “found” some things that had not been getting much use so I’m hoping to start using them more. I want to make this more than just a hobby!


  4. Fascinating post. Well done for completing the challenge in style and thanks for following my challenge posts. πŸ™‚

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  5. Shelley says:

    That’s a really cool tool! You do have everything you need there to make unique gifts! Way to make it to the end of the challenge, your posts were fun and a great peek into your crafting world.

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  6. ghostmmnc says:

    Wonderful posts all month long, Janet! It was a pleasure to see all your cards, journals, and craft supplies…and the studio…awesome! Congratulations on finishing up another A to Z Challenge. πŸ™‚

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  7. eschudel says:

    I have enjoyed reading your posts – congrats on finishing A to Z!!

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  8. John Holton says:

    You made it! Congratulations!

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  9. You did it! Congratulations. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your series. I learned some side information from one of the companies you mentioned in your posts–Stamp On It–they are another full-time RV family and they go from scrapbook show to scrapbook show in their RV. I’ve learned a lot from your posts and admire your knowledge and talent. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  10. slfinnell says:

    I have actually considered this type or the ones that do the plastic binding. Do you find they have any sharp edges when it’s completed? Congratulations on finishing the AtoZ and look forward to visiting more past and future posts!! Enjoyed your theme bunches!
    Stephanie Finnell
    @randallbychance from
    Katy Trail Creations

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      No sharp edges at all, even where I had to cut the wire. It kind of tucks into the back cover. I think for the types of things I want to bind, wire is better. Glad you liked my series. Feel free to stop by anytime! Loved your quilts too. So much patience to do them.

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  11. Ally Bean says:

    Fascinating. Your Zutter Binder Thingie is amazing. What a great way to create a professional-looking product. Also congrats on finishing the challenge. *yay*

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