Bind It tutorial & Giveaway #7

Hello, my name is Shona and I am addicted to my Bind It machine.

Yes it is true. I want to make journals out of every collage I make. Someone stop me!

No don't :) I am having too much fun.

I thought I would show you how simple this machine is to use. The process can be fitted into spurts of work here and there, which is the perfect activity for a busy momma:

Step 1

Create the journal cover, back and inner pages. Here I collaged a piece of cardboard with paint, stamps, paper from an old book, a punched leaf, pastels and 10 layers of varnish. The inside and back have scrapbook paper glue on and varnished. The inner pages are the same size as the cover pages – I simply cut up a small stack of printer paper.

Step 2

Measure the side you want your journal to be bound on. Mine is 6 ½ inches long.

Step 3

Consult your Bind It guide book on how many holes to punch and follow their instructions:

Step 4

Set your Bind it dial to C

Step 5

Put the journal cover in to the machine and pull have the lever to punch the holes. Do the same for the inner sheets and back cover.

Step 6

Set your Bind it machine to A.

Step 7

Slide the cover towards you leaving the required number of holes visible (you can find out how many holes to leave by following the guide book for your size journal). Now, set your Bind It dial to B. This pushes a little notch into the hole to keep the book steady so you can punch the remaining holes in the right place. Pull the leaver again punching the remaining holes in the cover. Repeat for the inner pages and back cover. (This sounds more complicated than it is)

Step 8

Empty the chamber of the punched paper.

Step 9

Assemble your journal.

Step 10

Trim your Bind It wire to the correct number of holes your journal has.

Step 11

Depending on the size your wire is, place the guide key into the Bind It machine.

Step 12

Turn the screw until the guide key fits snuggly in the tray. Remove the guide key.

Step 13

Take your journal and rotate the back cover up onto the front cover.

Step 14

Thread the wires through the holes on the journal from the inner pages through to the cover.

Step 15

Place the wires open side down into the Bind It tray. Pull the lever down to close the wires. Take your journal out and swing the back cover to the back.


It seems like a whole lot of steps, but once you get the hang of it you can bind a journal in minutes.

I am offering this journal in a new Giveaway that I am participating in – One World One Heart. It starts this Monday January 25th.


As a bonus I am including in this giveaway the birdfeeder stamp that I made from a photo of a bird feeder which my son made and which hangs in my garden! You do not have to be a follower to sign up for that giveaway – just leave a comment to be entered. So check back in on Monday.


On with today's giveaway!
And this week it is......

Lisa of LifeUnity


Pick your prize from the choices below, these are the three my girls chose for you (click on image to see a larger image) and post it in the comments. I will contact you via email so you can send me, privately, your physical address.

Choice #1 - Mini Journal 7x3 3/4 inches

Choice #2 - Mini Journal 4x5 1/2 inches

Choice #3 - Mini Journal 4x4 inches

For everyone else - Please check back in next Saturday to see if you win something. I will offer a new set of prizes. And thank you for being a part of 'An Artful Life'.

And of course, if you are not listed as following this blog, you are welcome to do so! Join in the fun.


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