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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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Zutter DreamKutz

Reported by: Katie Renz

Have you heard of the Bind it All (BIA)? Well, many of you who are into creating your own journals and books have and are familiar with it, but did you realize that Zutter Products has a whole line of products other than the BIA? One of them is a paper cutter called the Dreamkutz. I have one and have had it for at least a year or more. In this article, I’ll give you a run down of the Dreamkutz and then explain why I don’t ever use it.

The Dreamkutz is a paper cutter that is specifically designed to work hand in hand with Zutter’s BIA. I purchased my BIA prior to purchasing the Dreamkutz and love my BIA. I don’t use my BIA often, but I love the fact that its there when I need it.

Now in the case of the Dreamkutz, I don’t have a “love it” relationship, but I’ll get to that later. In case you aren’t familiar with this machine, the Dreamkutz is essentially a paper cutter. It has enclosed blades and is free-standing which means that you are the power source. There is a handle on the side that you turn to move your paper through the machine. There are 2 slots in the machine – the 1st slot has one blade and will cut the width of your paper in half. The 2nd slot has 2 blades that will cut your paper into thirds. There are small guides on both sections to secure your paper in place. The guides are adjustable, but only in equal increments from both the right and left side. As you can tell, there is a sticker that says “cut only ONE sheet”. The blades are self-sharpening and aren’t designed to cut multiple layers. With that said, I tried using a variety of cardstock weights with no issues. I would stay away from the glittery papers or anything that would really dull any blade.

The one component that you MUST keep and have handy at all times is the break down of paper sizes that you can achieve from passing it through the single or double blades. The guide is made of a nice sturdy vellum like material that will endure the passage of time.


Here are some pictures as to how the paper is run through the single and double blade passages. This first picture shows cardstock that is in position to be cut in half. The blade is right in the middle and is not adjustable. Any paper that is put into this slot will be cut exactly in half only.

Here is how the cardstock is going to look after its been cut.

Here is a picture of cardstock placed in the 2nd blade passage which includes 2 blades that will provide you with 3 equal sections of paper. Notice the black lines representing where the cuts will be.


And your cut cardstock afterwards.


The Dreamkutz is a cool looking machine and it does do what its supposed to do. It cuts well, is quiet, and there is something magical about seeing that paper slide on out all cut and even while you are turning that handle. I can see where the ease of the turn handle helps crafters who have any physical issues with their hands, and it is nice that there is no electrical cord to trip over or worry about. The one issue I have with this machine is that you really do have to make sure that you have your cardstock in straight. You also have to steady it with one hand and slightly push it in so the blades having something to grip on to while you turn the handle. It does take some care and handling to ensure a straight and perfect cut.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with the machine, and I know that there are many, many fans of the Dreamkutz, but if I were to do it all over again, I would not have purchased it. As I said, I have had mine for about a year and I have used it less than a handful of times.

So, if I don’t’ have any issues with the quality or the function of the Dreamkutz, you might be curious as to why I don’t use it. Well, here are my reasons.

  • First of all, my space is precious and I have a paper cutter set out at all times anyway. I just don’t have the room for a relatively large piece of equipment to just sit there waiting for me to make card bases. I do have to note that the paper guides all fold down to create a nice smooth profile to the Dreamkutz
  • I’m not a huge book, journal, or mini album maker
  • I am a consultant and do host some clubs, but feel that I can do the same thing with my table cutter

Now, if you are the exact opposite of me you probably would see the value in the Dreamkutz, but for the retail value of $97.99 I have a difficult time recommending anyone to dish out that much money. I didn’t pay nearly that much for mine, but I still feel like I could have put the money to better use.

So here is my breakdown of pros and cons:

Pros:

  • it provides nice clean cut edges
  • is very quiet, tidy, works well
  • provides a multitude of sizes that are excellent for large batch book-making, mini albums, or journals

Cons:

  • takes up a good amount of space
  • is expensive
  • sizes aren’t customizable

Online retailers that carry the Dreamkutz:

As I stated earlier, the retail value for the Dreamkutz is $97.99, but definitely shop around because I found a variety of prices. I personally had no luck finding this item in any local shops and had to purchase it online. The Dreamkutz is quite simple to use and does what its supposed to do quite nicely, but for me, it doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary that I can’t do with my preexisting paper cutter, so for me the value isn’t there. I would rate the tool itself a 7 out of 10.

In conclusion, I have no issues with the Dreamkutz or what its capable of doing, but for me, it doesn’t do anything that I can’t do already with a tool that I already have. I would love to hear from those of you that should be dusting off your Dreamkutz too, as well as those of you who are huge fans of the Dreamkutz. We would love to read your opinions based on your experience!

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