Last week I saw a picture of some spiral bound notebooks somewhere online, and it sent me on my usual hunt to find spiral book binders at all the usual office supply websites. I have wanted my own ever since freshman year of graphic arts in high school. I’m pretty sure we had two machines, one was for normal spiral binding (yay) and the other was the comb binding (blech, books never open well and pages don’t lay flat). I’ve found plenty of machines online, but I’ve never gotten to the serious stage of actually price comparison or reading reviews. When I started my search again last week I suddenly had the idea to check the Etsy forums and sure enough, I found a thread where everyone was raving about a model that can be bought at Hobby Lobby. I love me some Hobby Lobby, but is a craft store going to carry a worthy book binder? After a little bit more research I see that the binding looks good, and oh, it only costs $60! 40% off coupon and it’s basically a steal.
There are plenty of videos on youtube showing you how to use it and provide creative project ideas. I’m remembering some awesome little notebooks I’ve purchased at Renegade in the past and now realize these were probably also all made with the Zutter. It can bind books with covers made from cardboard, wood, and I even saw a video where they were cutting through plexiglass.
At the first opportunity I went to Hobby Lobby and picked one up for myself. I immediately got down to business and with my mom and sister we made the first little book, using an assortment of papers. The next day I went crazy and made all the little notebooks in the top picture,
and then of course I had to see how tiny I could go. I was able to make these little notebooks that will fit inside the capsules for my gumball machine.
Zutter offers a variety of spirals, and oh look, the machine punches your paper and yay, confetti!
The Zutter is a success!