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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

My Favorite Junk Journal Binding Tools

When I was in college, we created altered books in one of my art classes. As the instructor described the project, I felt as if a chorus of heavenly angels was singing in my brain. The project was a mix of repurposed vintage stuff, and art, and good old handcrafts. Can anything be more perfect than that?


That particular project was created similarly to this  Dollar Tree project, that I shared earlier. 
Eventually, I realized I wanted to bind more junk into my journals, so I researched binding machines. When my kids were in elementary school, one of the tasks given to volunteer parents was booklet binding, using plastic comb binding, so I though I might purchase one of those machines. I went online and discovered that DIY book binding has come a long way since I worked on those student booklets! Nowadays, DIY binders can bind books and journals using those nice metal O-rings. 


After lots of research, I finally decided on the Zutter Bind-It-All. While it doesn't offer all the functions of the other leading machine, it is solidly built and I felt it would hold up better to the tasks I was going to ask of it.

My machine is the pink one, but don't let the pink fool you -- this thing is tough! This machine punches through thick book covers like buttah.


I also bought the handy carrying case, which has pockets for "all the things", including a side pocket perfect for the Zutter corner rounder. After I'd been using the binding machine for a while, and was impressed with it's quality, I decided to buy the corner rounder.


Once again, I was not disappointed! I use the Round-It-All to chomp the corners off of thick book covers, and it works great.


Sometimes, I completely deconstruct a book, including the cover, but other times I leave the cover intact, as shown below. Either way works great with my Zutter tools. There is a slight learning curve to squeezing the O-rings shut, but with practice, you will get the hang of it.


When guests come to our beach house for a visit, the most requested creative project has been making junk journals. The Zutter Bind-It-All has been so popular that several of my guests have gone home and bought their own!

Do you have a favorite tool you use when creating art or journals? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.



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~Amanda

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