Rather than waiting around for someone to pick it from my Christmas list, I decided to treat myself to the Cinch.
Two fun packages arrived over the past two days...
|binding wires from JoAnn, and...|
|the Cinch v2.0 from Amazon!|
Normally when I get a new toy like this, it sits around for awhile. I shove it from place to place, eyeball the instruction booklet, and put a million other tasks ahead of figuring it out.
Not this time!
Maybe because I had a few dozen things I ought to have been doing (to get ready for my craft show tomorrow night, and my daughter's birthday party the next day), I decided to mess around with the Cinch immediately.
It helped that I had watched a couple of videos on YouTube to compare the Cinch with the Bind-It-All, as well as the original Cinch with the version 2.0. I recogized how all the parts worked, and in what order things needed to be done.
I found an old book of Mark Twain short stories that I bought at a library book sale, and decided to use its cover and some of the interior pages. The most tedious part was cutting papers for my book, using Strathmore drawing paper that I raided from my kids' crafting cupboard. I am definitely putting a guillotine-style paper cutter on my Chrstmas list now, because my Fiskar's paper trimmer and X-acto with a straight edge got old fast!
|Debris from my project, and from testing out my new Cinch|
Overall, the book came together more quickly than I expected. One of my character
flaws traits is the desire and expectation that I will be able to do everything perfectly the first time. It quickly became apparent that this would not be the case with this project. There were a few issues with my hole spacing, as well as with the cinching of my wires. But here was the result:
|Spread with text page|
I like the circular holes that the Cinch punches better than the rectangular holes of the Bind-it-All, and my pages turn very easily on these wires.
Overall, I'm happy with my purchase, and I look forward to playing around with it some more. I might even make a few Christmas presents with it, if I can get the hang of it a little better!