Reported by Taylor Usry
This is the Bind-it-All v2.0 from Zutter. Doesn’t it look like fun? This is a really great picture of it because it shows you two of the Bind-it-All’s most attractive features – the size and portability. And who doesn’t love the pale pink color?? The Bind-it-All v2.0 has a couple of new features, like the built-in spacing bar, that I can’t properly tell you about in this article. I personally have the previous version of the Bind-it-All. However, I love it just as much!
This is what the original version of the Bind-it-All looks like. It’s a warm shade of blue, and is the same size and weight as the newer version. Also shown in this picture are coils available for purchase separately, and the coil width guide, which is included with the Bind-it-All. You can purchase a spacing bar separately for this model, to help with hole punching. This original version still has totes available for it. That way you can store your crafting essentials and take it with you to crops and on trips; it looks like it will fit in the new (pink) tote designed for Version 2.0!
Both versions come with a very informative demo cd. It offers so many tips, clear instructions, and wonderful examples of projects to make with your machine. Additionally, you can access the video tutorials made by Zutter, which provide visual help (for people like me, who need to SEE it to grasp it!). The Bind-it-All will punch holes in materials, including chipboard, fabric covered chipboard, up to eight pieces of cardstock, plastic, and cds, that are up to 1/8″ thick. There are four settings on the machine for hole punching – open, continuous, cover, and inner pages. The cover and inner pages settings are especially helpful when you are making small books so that everything lines up perfectly.
The most important thing I’ve learned about my Bind-it-All is how to arrange the pieces when binding a book. Above is a small coloring book I made for my daughter. It’s full of digital images for her so she has something small when we travel. The covers are cereal boxes cut to the size I wanted. Once I made the pages and covers, I lined them up with the covers facing each other, so that when you close the book the edge where the binding wires join is hidden. Tying ribbon on top is a fun addition, and makes the wires seem less boring!
To tighten, or close, the wires, simply line them up in the front of the machine (making sure to have chosen the width that corresponds with the coils you are using) and press the lever down. The Bind-it-All comes with a convenient guide showing the coil sizes (pictured with the original version picture above) which is an invaluable resource for me.
I will admit that when I first got the machine it took me a few tries to get the coils to be the perfect circle shape I wanted them to be. Also, if for some reason you need to open your book and insert a page or two you left out, it is almost impossible to get the coils to return to their original perfect shape. My solution, as I mentioned earlier, is to add ribbon to the coils – it hides all of my mistakes!
It isn’t always necessary to use coils with the Bind-it-All. Here I used my machine to punch holes through chipboard coasters (both sides are covered in paper) and then simply threaded grosgrain ribbon through the holes. Once it was all assembled, it made a holder for my Copic collection. The box came together in no time — the Bind-it-All punches six holes at a time, which makes projects a breeze. In all fairness, the six holes only end up being a total of about three inches wide, so for binding a catalog or large journal it does take a bit more time.
Another feature I love is the trap for the “confetti” mess. When you punch holes they drop into a space inside the machine and stay there until you open the door and dump them out. A small extra I know, but any mess I don’t make is time saved, in my mind!
As someone who uses this kind of machine for small projects, books, journals, and gifts, I have found the Bind-it-All to be a perfect match for my needs. It is sturdy, stands up to repeated use, and punches cleanly. Accessories for the machine are readily available – you can purchase coils, precut pages, books, album kits, precut chipboard, and spine covers from Zutter and other sources on the internet. You don’t have to purchase the accessories that are made specifically for the machine for projects, though. I use chipboard coasters, cereal (and other) boxes from my pantry, cut my own cardstock, and use old cd’s. The possibilities are endless.
Some other projects I’ve made with my Bind-it-All:
– bound Stampin’ Up catalogs
– chipboard coaster books
– envelope albums
– punched cardstock for use on scrapbook pages
– CD albums
To wrap this up for you, here are a few pros and cons of the machine:
- lightweight and easily portable
- punches through a wide variety of materials
- very sturdy machine – hold up well over time and repeated use
- No “confetti” mess – the machine stores it until you dump it out
- Better for small projects
- Can be difficult to get the coils closed perfectly
- not easy to open coils and add pages
Do you have a Bind-it-All? What are your favorite things about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!