If you've arrived here from The Blog post over at Scrapbooksteals.com then welcome to my little blog! If you're a regular follower of mine, make sure to head over to the SS website and check out the amazing projects that are being featured using today's steal, The Cinch, by We R Memory Keepers!
Make sure you also go and check out the creations that Amber, and Kristy made using The Cinch! They are A.Mazing!
I was introduced to The Cinch last winter when ScrapbookSteals.com had a WRMK Giveaway on their blog. When it arrived at my house I must admit I was really intimidated by this huge tool and wondered if I'd ever be able to make something with it because it looked so "complicated". I could NOT have been more wrong! Seriously, this tool is awesome! It's very user friendly and incredibly easy to use.
With Christmas nearly here, I wanted to create a little desk calendar for my son to count the days until December 25th arrives. Similar to the little daily desk calendars you see in offices, but more fun and reusable ;)
WRMK's 6x6 Chipboard pieces for The Cinch were the perfect size for the cover of the calendar and what is a Christmas calendar without Christmas patterned papers?
Enter Season's Greetings by Echo Park Paper Co
First I covered the two chipboard covers with paper,and using the Imaginisce D-Stress tool I sanded down the edges of the paper so that the two boards were covered perfectly. Inked the edges and decorated the front title page.
For the individual pages of the calendar I cut all the 12x12 pieces of EP paper down to 6x6 squares.
Using my Silhouette, I cut out all the numbers I would need, painted them bronze, sprayed them with a hint of Glimmer Mist then used some Stickles to add some extra glitter.
Once all my pages and numbers were ready I went to work decorating all the canlendar's pages. Some of them I will admit are a little empty looking, there was one point I thought I was going to run out of embellishments so I stretched them as far as I could ;)
With all my pages ready I went ahead and used The Cinch to punch all the holes. After the chipboard pieces had paper on them I could only punch them one at a time but for the thinner pages I think I did 2-3 at a time. I loved how easy the holes punched using The Cinch. With no effort or strain at all, even with 3 thick pages, the handle easily and smoothly pushed down and created clean and complete holes!
Tip:When decorating and preparing your pages keep in mind which side you'll be binding and leave approx. 0.5 inch gap there otherwise you risk punching holes through your designs.
The great thing about the The Cinch is that it also comes with these super cute pink wire cutters that are just for me! No more rooting around in my husbands manly (and usually a bit dirty) toolbox looking for tools, these pink ones are still just as tough but are nice and girly looking ;) I used it to cut down the binding wires to the size I needed for the calendar.
On the side of tool is the binding hooks, the wires just sit on the hooks and don't move while you simply place all the pages in order. I found a neat tip online that if you want to hide the "seam" that's created when the binding wires are pushed together, place all the pages on the wires first, THEN the title page, THEN the back cover.
I used the 1.25 inch binding wires, so I changed the binding settings to match the width and while holding the open face of the wires flat up again the back of the tool very slowly pushed down until the 2 sides just passed one another.
Tip: The slower you push the bindings together I found the more circular the shape is. If I went too quickly it would look more oval. Also keep the bindings flat up against the wall of the Cinch for a more circular look.
With a little bit of wiggling I moved the seam and flipped the back cover over and the binding is complete!
I can't get over how easy The Cinch is to use and now all I can do is think of all the other cool projects that I'd love to make! A board book for my son, calendars, travel journals, work presentations, the possibilities are really endless!
Thanks so much for reading through and if you're on the fence about today's steal, don't be! It's so much fun to use and being able to do your own binding is pretty darn neat!
For my Desk Calendar I used:
WRMK The Cinch!
WRMK 6x6 Chipboard Set
WRMK Cinch Wire Cutter
WRMK 1.25 inch Cinch Binding Wire, Black
EP Season's Greetings Kit (I used the entire kit for this project, plus a couple extra pieces of 12x12 from "For The Record" and "Holly Jolly")
Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Tea Dye)
Imaginisce D-Stress tool
Kiwi Lane Design templates
Stickles (Diamond,Holly,Starry Night,Crystal)