Saturday, August 23, 2008

Fall Winter Catalog with Bind it All

hey everyone! Just wanted to share quickly how EASY it is now to bind your own catalog. ETA: If you purchased a catalog from me and would like it bound, just let me know and I'll do it for your complimentary. If you have a catalog from someone else that you'd like bound, I'll be happy to do it for you for a small fee ($3).
And, the best thing (in my opinion) about it is, you don't have to leave it all alone overnight in some scary, dark staples store. This took about 10 minutes to do! First I carefully cut the cover off as close to the binding as I could. Don't worry about being exactly straight as you have to go back in and trim off this "gutter" edge with your paper trimmer anyway. After the cover was safely removed and gently placed aside (yeah, I'm a freak), I grabbed about 10 pages at a time and ripped them out with my bare hands (yeah, I'm REALLY strong... lol). What's nice about ripping them out in sections is that they stay together nicely until you cut the "gutter" edge off. Once you have them all out and stacked in proper order, just trim off the binding "gutter" edge at 8 5/16 (this is the small hash mark after the 8 1/4 mark) with your paper trimmer. I used my purple cow cutter, which easily cuts 10-12 pages at a time. Then I punched EVERYTHING (cover too as it's the same size as the pages) at the inner pages setting on my bind it all. Once on the bottom edge and then I turned the pages around and punched at the top edge. Remember when you put the binding in, to assemble the book (double check to be sure your pages are in correct order), then fold the back cover to the left and all the way around to the top. The back of the back cover will end up on the top of the stack when you bind. That part is a little confusing I Know... leave me a comment or email me if you have a question and I'll try to explain it better. I know there are lots of instructions, but this really is EASY PEASY.
The picture above shows that I customized my catalog by cutting down a page protector sheet and included after my cover so I could carry my mini and decor elements catalogs too! There is also another sheet inside the back cover for specials, etc.

This is the card we did last night at Diva Club. The main element is cracked glass. The girls had a good time getting cracked up! Thanks for stopping by today - have a happy stampin' day!


Jenn from CNY said...

I love the card...very pretty!!! I can't wait to order that new scallop punch!!! So how much do you charge to bind my catty seeing as I don't have a Bind-It-All?!?!?!

diane (cookiestamper) said...

That's a very cute card Michelle- I'm sure you all had a great time! And your catalog looks great too!