Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cinch or Bind-it-all

Well...I have to admit I groaned when I saw WeRMemoryKeepers came out with the Cinch. I already had the Bind-it-All...and well...I wasn't really all that happy with it.

I bind 6 12x12 Calendars every year. I do not bind all the way across the top. I cut a binding wire into 4ths and use 2 on each calendar. 6 holes twice. Sounds easy, right? Nope...the Bind it All is not all that sturdy. I had to hold the pages up, make sure they didn't topple out and hope for an even punch which was difficult. The bind it all doesn't have counter weight to the punching side.

The Cinch is heavier, can punch more holes at a time, and the paper lays flat...a win right there. I happened to have 50% off coupon at my LSS, so I thought I'd give it a try.

The Cinch is a MUCH better punching system. Easier to line up, easier to punch, and easier to load the wire. Plus I could punch more pages at a time! I was thinking the Bind-It-All was going to become garage sale fodder. Then it came time to bind...the actual squishing of the wire. Cinch works with 3/4" wires and above. It would not smoosh my 1/2" wire...bummer. So I used the Bind-it-all for that.

The Bind-it-All might still end up in a garage sale. I can't see punching with it anymore. And maybe I can find a way to shim the smooshing process on the Cinch.

If you are only working on smaller...I'd say 6" or smaller books...then the Bind-it-All would be fine. Once you start creating larger books...Cinch is the way to go!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Almost caught up!

Well, it's January 17th. I finally finished the 6 calendars last night. I just need to bind them up and ship them out! I'm just now prepping for my class tomorrow. New book, new software...I'm not near ready or comfortable. I hope to get the Christmas decorations finally down this week. AND I hope to finish getting my mom's finances all settled this week.

Hmmm...I remember selecting "Balance" as my one little word that I'd work on for 2010. I don't think I actually accomplished it. But I did learn a ton. I think I will continue to work on "balance" again for 2011.

I really need to work on asking for support. Adding the second kid, teaching part time, having a daughter on team gymnastics and cheer, and still volunteering...well I just can't do it all by myself anymore. Support is a beautiful is soo easy to give, but much harder to ask for (for me anyway). I don't think I can create balance without support.

Me time...this one seems so easy, yet I also find it difficult to implement. I always put the needs of others before myself. Taking time for me...reading, relaxing, scrapping, eating healthy, exercising...etc is always last on the list. I did better with the healthy eating and exercising last year. I joined a gym close to Kelly's gymnastics so I can work out while she practices. I ate healthy for about 2 months. It became stressful. I need to find a way to implement the plan in a non-stressful way this year.

I also need to get back to scrapping. I had some very bad online experiences last year. I love the online community, but not the drama that comes with it. I love the challenges of being on a DT, but have yet to find the right fit. Maybe I'll just start out with some online challenges and see where it goes.

I hope to post about Kelly's cheer competitions. She's doing so well that she doesn't want to quit. She is finishing the season and then focusing on gymnastics. I'll also put up more photos of the calendars. They seem so simple, but took a long time. I think this year I'll buy the card stock with the pattern papers I'll use. I spent a lot of time looking for matches. I'm also going to work on them monthly. I said this last year...and was much farther ahead when it came to November...but life took over. It was a crazy Christmas this year.

So that's it for now. I hope to have some scrappy stuff up soon!