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Bind-it-All by Zutter

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
– journals
– CD albums

To wrap this up for you, here are a few pros and cons of the machine:

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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!

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19 Responses to Bind-it-All by Zutter

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    Melanie February 24, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Love mine! I believe it is one of my top five purchases … so many uses for it … but never thought of using ribbon to bind instead of the coils! Smart!

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    rush8888 February 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    i have had my BIA for several years, and i haven’t used it yet. i don’t think i want to learn something new right now, so i am sticking to the familiar. i am sure i will get hooked when i get started. i love the look of the finished projects i have seen.

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    Jill February 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Looking back, this is the last tool I would give up if necessary. I love mini albums and the BIA makes it possible to create them to your specifications.

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    NancyK February 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    I love my BIA! I have no problem on larger projects – you just need to follow the instructions on how to line things up. To get the coils closed properly, set your coil in the machine as directed and in one smooth motion press the handle down until it stops. If you don’t use a smooth coninuous motion you will gt distorted coils. By the way, I love your idea of using ribbons!

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    Ruby February 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    I don’t have this tool, but I really love this website. It introduces me to tools I might not even know about or afraid to purchase because I don’t know their capabilities. Please continue to showcase such products.

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    Mary February 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    I love mine. I was the same as rush8888. I took a Bind It All class on My Creative Classroom. Now I can’t be stopped! It is one of my favorite tools. I was afraid I’d screw up my project…. not any more. A trick, cover your chipboard with decorative papers. Bind it and then decorate it. At the very least keep your dimensional embellishment off until you’ve bound your project. I LOVE THE BIND-IT-ALL!

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    Scrappy Nan February 25, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    Nan from Zutter here 🙂
    Thanks for the nice review.
    Here are helpful links to various videos. A really helpful video on getting nicely round Owire when binding…check out this fave video of mine of my daughter and I 🙂

    http://www.binditall.com/VideoPage.html

    http://www.zutterzisters.com/ZistersVideoLibrary.html

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    sarah February 25, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    LOVE this review. I’m a zutter DT member, and instead of opening up the coils, zutter now offers prepunched moveable pages. you can now move pages in, out, forward, backwards… 🙂

    also, it does bigger projects too… you just have to connect the holes accordingly. there are videos on the website to get a continuous punch.

    Thanks again for this great review on this must have tool!

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    Fleursbydesign February 25, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    This is one tool I love – that’s why I am on their design team 🙂

    It is so versatile and once you practice a few times it’s super easy! I love making mini albums, home decor and everything in between and I use it all the time!

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    voodoo vixen February 25, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    If I lost all my scrapping tools there are plenty I would not bother to replace… the BIA is the first thing I would have to go out and buy… it is my best scrapping buddy (and yes, I am nuts as I often talk to it)!! I find it can do so much more than just bind books, no pricey punch for making torn notes… I just put it in the BIA and punch and rip it out… voila!
    and all I can say to rush8888 is get the little blue guy out of its box… it will be sitting in there broken hearted because it has no fun at all! Try making a couple of notebooks to start and then tell me it is difficult to use!! 😉

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    Helen February 25, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Great review, Taylor! The only thing I’d add is that the CD that comes with it is HILARIOUS!!!!! (Don’t think it’s supposed to be though)

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    pamala February 25, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Lovely projects! I love my BIA, it is definitely one of my favorite tools. I have used it to make so many projects and gifts. If you want a professional looking project, this is the tool to use. People will think you used a purchased book when you bind with the BIA! I love the color variety in the wires too, so easy to coordintae with your project. If I change my mind about the order of my pages, I do one of two things, either rebind it (the holes are already punched, and the wires are very inexpensive, or I carefully sneak the page out and reinsert it. You can also do as Sarah suggests, and use the removeable insert pages. The removeable page protectors are AWESOME! 🙂 I love using ribbon on the spine too, as well as jewelry bits and dangles. Thanks again for the fab review. Happy binding! 🙂

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    Kamilla February 25, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Another Zutter DT here 😀
    I just love the reweiw, and the BIA is so versatile, I love to do some minibooks, but I also use it a lot in my altering!
    Its just the Imagination thats puts a stop in it 😀

    Have a Bindilicious day 😉

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    Linda Elbourne February 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    What a fab review … I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Bind it all and use it for a whole load of projects not just binding books … you can make a great ribbon channels with it on your cards and scrap pages and did you all know that it is tough enough to go through a CD?
    It really could n’t be simpler to use for the basic stuff … so get it out of it’s box rush8888 … trust me you won’t regret it!

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    Bee Burg February 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I have been considering buying one for a while but it is too expensive for what it does in my opinion. I just read that We R Memories is coming up this spring with their own version so I’m waiting to see what they have to offer! ;-)…

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    scrappylovey February 26, 2010 at 4:17 am #

    I have to say that the size and weight of this machine is definitely a huge plus point! Nothing beats it’s portability, nor the fact that in one simple action, so many things can be achieved – hole punching, squeezing wires, using it for projects of all sizes!

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    Btrflywmn February 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    I have wanted one of these for a long time, my friend has one. Very cool.

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    Sarebear February 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    I have been wanting one forever, but adding “pages” is one thing that buying pre-made movable pages or page protectors won’t solve my particular need.

    See, the particular projects (aside from the more usual uses) that I have in mind, are to document a collection of my husband’s, and one of mine. So I have been keeping portions of the packaging, from these die-cast Titanium Series Star Wars mini-vehicle things that I started him on. The back of the package gives a bunch of “statistics” on the vehicle, like the shipyard within the Star Wars universe that would have made it, what the most famous battles it would have been in, and other things about it, etcetera . . . . I’ve actually learned more about the movies from some of the details on the backs of these things, and have made a point to look for some of the more obscure vehicles and it’s added fun to watching movies we’ve seen a zillion times!

    Anyway, the front side of this chipboard back of the packaging has a black & white radiating graphic that was centered behind the vehicle – I figure to put an acid-free Avery sticker that I can print out from my computer with information about the date he received the collectible, occasion, from whom, and the name of it. Also possibly Affiliation (Galactic Republic, Galactic Empire, Rebellion, Sith, Jedi, or Clone Wars stuff, whatever).

    Also, there’d be room to put a photo of the collectible on the front side of this back of the packaging, as well.

    I have an Archival Mist spray, so I can treat these, to remove the acid in them.

    I figure to eventually learn how to and make polymer clay covers in the same shape for the “book”, and know that it may have to be in a couple volumes, given there’s a maximum size coil, but being able to add more of these “pages” as time goes on, though they’ll eventually stop making these collectibles, and recently most stores around here have stopped carrying them, so it’ll be more of an online search, but being able to add more “pages” is an essential thing.

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    Sarebear February 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Had to break my comment in two, too long (sorry):

    Especially with MY collection, which shows no sign of new releases and/or “Waves” of figures, slowing down . . . . . I’m a DC Comics superhero nut, specifically Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and the female superheroes, but I’m collecting the DC Universe series of 6″ and the smaller ones as well that are within the series, and the backs of these packages talk about the stats (on the smaller figures) and the biographies (mostly on the big figures) of them.

    Again, I can use the front side of the package backings to include information like when received, occasion, giver, etc., and a photo of the figure, as well as in this case there’s a title strip from within the packaging that refers to the wave and the series and figure name/title, as well as, if it’s in a Collect & connect series (collect all the figures within the wave, they each come with a part to build a further, different figure). Also, some figures within a wave have a variant version, and some I find worth my time/money, and some I don’t. I can also track that on this side as well. So these are my “pages”, and won’t fit in any pre-made sheet protectors.

    I’ll obviously need more than one volume, again because of maximum coil size, but still, being able to add pages over time will be important, because of the nature of collecting these things.

    Now you guys probably think I’m nuts.

    But rather than a traditional scrapbook, I thought, I can use the packaging ITSELF as the scrapbook, and there’s plenty of room on the other side for the information not contained on the back, that I’d like to keep track of.

    Also keeps SOME stuff outta the landfill, heh.

    In this case, perhaps the RIBBON solution, or, well, ribbon and Star Wars and Super Heros don’t quite go, but I can see CORDING or a certain kind of BRAID, like some of the superheroes have holding their capes on, for mine . . . for his, perhaps . . . . well, something . . . industrial looking, it’s STAR WARS, and vehicles?