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10.29.2009

Follow Up: Unibind Answers and a Unibind Give Away!








{Reported by Susan Keuter}

I was so glad to find out that bunches of you are as equally excited about Unibind's PhotoBook Creator as I am!

I loved reading your comments on Wednesday! The folks at Unibind did too! Thank you.

But one comment in particular made me stop, and gasp. It's an idea that hadn't ever crossed my mind - and I thought it a totally fabulous one!
mom of fab five said...
Susan you crack me up! I wonder if it would work to rebind magazines or books that fall apart because they have been left in the hot cars of Az??? Wanna give it a try and let me know?

Thanks!
Well Fab Five - I've never had a book fall apart because of the heat {where exactly are you parking your car chica?} but what I do struggle with on a monthly basis is the accumulation of magazines. UGH - the piles drive me crazy! So last night I sat and watched the Yankees kick some Philly booty and flipped through the last four issues of my scrapbook magazine.

I ripped - I tore - I mutilated, those four issues. I was left with a raggedy stack of ideas. THIS is what I wanted to try out - thanks to Fab Five's question!

Here is my stack of thirty-eight pages. Some ripped on the left, some raggedy on the right. But perfectly straight on the tops and bottoms. PERFECT for the PhotoBook Creator 8.5"x 11" horizontal book!

I lined up the uniform edges and centered them in the album, ready to drop into the spin...

Here is a close-up of the spine...can you see the thick line of adhesive? It appears grayish here, but is actually clear. It is edge-to-edge, left and right and is going to completely surround whatever paper you place in the spine.

Drop it on the metal heating element - and it automatically turns on. The red light illuminates for 90-seconds while that strip of adhesive is melting and grabbing hold of everything in its path!

When the light turns green - the heating process is over. Now you just let it rest for a minute or two. Because magazine pages are thin - I decided to go ahead and let it "set-up" for longer. {I ran and folded the white-load...that was about 20 minutes. Then I switched the dark load...so another five!}

I had added in one piece of regular copy paper to my stack, right before heating, to use for labeling purposes. Nothing fancy AT ALL, because this is just for me, just to set next to my idea books.

I added in the date, just in case I'm ever looking for something specific.

VIOLA! Four months worth of ideas, lifts and sketches all contained in one hard-bound cover! I love it and totally see this becoming a regular routine for me.

Someone else asked about the strength of the binding. How well the adhesive holds. I handed the book to my son and asked him to pull on the pages. Now, pulling on pages doesn't really photograph very well, but I tried to show you that this page was definitely going to tear before it released from it's binding.

And with over thirty pages in here - there was still plenty of room. I can even go back and add pages, or sketches of my own. I just need to reheat the spine with the new pages in place!

Hopefully this answers a couple of the questions from the other day, thank you so much for your comments! {As for your compliments and your well wishes...I'm feeling much better today, thank you very much!}

Now comes the best part! Unibind sent me a PhotoBook Creator to give away! Three cheers for Unibind - hip hip hooray, hip hip hooray, HIP HIP HOORAY!

This is going to be a fast and furious give away process, it's open only for today. And for this go around, it's only open to USA addresses. Please leave a comment on this post, telling me one way that you could see yourself using the PhotoBook Creator. Just one. Comments will close at 11pm PDT. Winner will be announced this weekend.

If you have any other questions leave those in the comments as well and I'll do my best to find an answer for you. Otherwise you can also contact Unibind directly through their website.

Good luck everyone!

98 comments:

Joli said...

OK, so I don't buy magazines (I am too cheap), but I am constantly printing off ideas and sketches. This woud be a great way to organize my piles, which are currently strewn around my craft room. Thanks for the great tip!!

lisa g said...

I would do something similar to what you did, except with the hundreds of recipes I've ripped out of magazines over the years. Awesome give away!!! :)

Paula said...

I have been doing what you are doing but my pages are in a manilla folder. I would love to have this machine!

Dixie Supler said...

What a great give away! If I won, I'd use it to bind pages of my daily blog!

Shell said...

ok now I want this... to bind pages out of magazines

scrapping ones
design ones
recipe ones

ooooh the possibilities are endless!!!

Brianna said...

LOVE that idea for the magazine ideas! I have all mine just sitting in a pile on my desk! I would also make some mini albums for the grandparents!

Mary said...

I agree - love the magazine idea! My first thought was to create books to chronicle a single event or a single person or family. I keep hearing good things about this product!

Vicki said...

Susan, glad to hear you are feeling better. Thank you for showing another way this could be used. I think it would be great to use to make quick albums to give away. I would photocopy the pictures (I would put several pictures of each page) and then bind. I think it would make great albums for people who don't appreciate typical scrapbooks but they'd get the pictures.

Holly said...

That is a fantastic idea!! I can't believe the machine is only $100. What a fun thing to play with!! i would love to make books of my family's recipes to give to everyone. Oh, totally gotta get one of these!

Jingle said...

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts! I would totally use this to create gifts for all kinds of people! It would be so fun! I love your magazine inspiration idea!

Christy's Cricut Corner said...

I would use a mini 4x6 album to hold the boxes of pictures I don't use for the scrapbook pages, but are still too good to be sitting in the boxes! I could also use it to create journals, to-do book for work, bind articles I find on the internet that I want to keep....I could find lots of ways to use this for gifts too!

ArlaMo said...

Very cool! Would love to play with this machine.

Heather in az said...

If I won the Unibind system I would use it to make my mom books about her grandkids. She doesn't totally get scrapbooking and sending her assorted pictures never seems right. A bound book would be so much nicer.

Keely said...

This is a really neat and useful system. I think I will have to be looking into purchasing it! Thanks for all the great info!

Lisa said...

Wow--love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

Scrapycandy said...

So exciting! My mother is in assisted living and I send her minibooks of the kids as often as I can. But this would be so much better! Thanks for thinking of us!

Jill said...

Making your own idea book is a great idea. . .I have a 3-ring of my "portfolio" and one with idea scammed from the internet. . . My mind is going like crazy w/ ideas for this product.

grammyscraps said...

I loved the idea of making my own photobooks but the idea of binding up loose pages is fantabulous!!! I have all kinds of loose pages EVERYwhere!! Thanks for this opportunity.

Dana said...

I've collected 4 years of daycare artwork from my son that's all in a huge pile. I'd love to make some books for him of his masterpieces!

Scrapamum said...

Oh boo, I was so excited to hear that you're giving one away. If only I lived 100 miles closer : (

Christie said...

I love what you just did! What a great idea! I could also seeing me use it for school papers that my kids bring home. I could have a book of about 30-40 of their best work for each year. And I would use it to make little brag books for the grandparents. Oooh, I'm getting excited just thinking about this!

Anita said...

Wow! I've been hiding under a rock! I didn't even know this was out there, but now it's a must-have. What would I do with it? Quick albums to share with grandparents. I'm thinking Christmas presents, baby! :)

Jenn said...

Awesome idea! of course I would use it for photo books for the grandparents! :)

{Sarah} said...

WOW there are SO many things you could do!! The first that come to mind for me would be kids art work or recipes! =)

Stefanie said...

When I read your original post I though this was a great product and would use it to create photo books for my family as well as for gifts for grandparents. After seeing today's post, I'd love to use it to organize my favorite recipes I have collected from magazines. I have a few favorites from a bunch of magazines and can imagine the space I'd save if they were all bound in one book.

Michelle T said...

I would love to use this to create a book for my friend's wedding, which each table or guest receiving a sheet of paper to write a note or decorate or add pictures to, and then binding it together!

Also think it would be a fun gift for any budding authors in the family - have them write a story or a book, print it out, and then bind it with a real hardcover.

Jill said...

I would LOVE to use this to make a book out of my son's school and art projects I have saved. That would be the perfect spot to put them and so fun to be able to easily look back at them. I love too that you can go back and add pages later on. That is a huge feature for me. Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

That's a great idea. I just sat & ripped thru magazines & was just gonna throw them in sheet protectors & stuff in a binder. His would be a great help

Cassi said...

I'd make books cataloging my craft supplies e.g. stamps, ink colors,and pictures of projects made, etc.

Anonymous said...

Oops forgot my name. Lynda in calif

Danielle Holsapple said...

Oh my - I have so many ideas floating through my head!!! I, too, have lots of magazine pages I tear out...for recipes, scrapbooking, kids' craft ideas, home decor...you name it! I am also a teacher. I would love to bind up little things for my students, bind up quarterly lesson plans to keep for the next school year, help the kids make portfolios of their work....the possibilities are truly endless!!! Thanks for bringing this product to my attention!!!

Rachel said...

Love what you did! I would use it to organize lots of LO inspiration and also the recipes and travel ideas I pull from magazines!

Bethy said...

NOW THAT is the coolest idea every. Now I know what I could do with one and all the other possibilities for making family members personalized books.

I would use it for the 100's and 100's of recipes I've torn out of years of cooking magazines. I'd have my very own COOKBOOK!

Veronica said...

OMGosh! When I saw this demo on a scrapping show, I was "Ga-Ga!" I think that it is soooooo cool. Awesome giveaway. Thanks!

jennie said...

oh I would love to make books for each of my kids with thier artwork and writing for each year! What a dream!

Carla said...

What about all those fun school projects your kids do and they are too big or bulky to put on a scrapbook page? You can put them all in a book, with a few extra blank sheets of paper to label them and maybe even do some journaling on the project, and your child can proudly display these in their room! We have folders of school projects, since my husband and I have 5 kids between us and this would be a great organizer and we wouldn't have to choose what to throw away or what to keep.

joni said...

What a fantastic idea! I too, rip out ideas that I may want to refer to and this is a perfect way to store all those little nuggets of information! I would love to own one of these nifty little machines! Thanks so much for the opportunity! Always great ideas from you! Happy Halloween!

NenaNYC said...

I think that its great that you're giving away the product, but since fab mom of five came up with the idea up with the idea you tried, I think she SHOULD get it!

Thanks for the review and glad you're feeling better.

Melissa said...

Very cool that you are doing a giveaway! I would use it to create year in review books for the grandparents.

Jen said...

Wow, what an awesome give-away! The one way I'm thinking that I could really use this Unibind, is to create a book with all of my son's elementary school artwork! I have it all in a plastic bin and would love to be able to showcase it! Thanks for the chance!

Nancy K said...

I wasn't much interested in this product after the last post, I'd rather make my own books. But, now you've got me! I have a drawer full of magazine pages that I was going to "organize" someday. I can't wait to get one of these and start my new library.

kismet art said...

to put together all the artwork I have saved made by my two sweet kids!

Karen and Kyle said...

I love finding out that you can REbind the books with more pages. Genius! I would totally use it for all of my daughter's artwork. She is a budding artist which means LOTS of art around the house!

kgscrapper said...

I LOVE the idea of REbinding magazine clippings, both scrap related and....RECIPES!!! I think I am going to have to invest in one...that is if I don't WIN it first!!!

Julie Overby said...

Oh wow, I could think of so many uses for this!! I have a heart for photograpy and I'm also a teacher so I could see myself using it in both areas. Not to mention all the adorable projects and bizzillion pieces of art that my kiddos are constantly giving me!

Thanks for the chance.

Angela said...

This looks cool! I can see using it for kids artwork, recipes, sketches, and more.

Rebecca said...

What an excellent idea! I just went through 2+ years of scrapbooking magazines, and I was wondering what to do with the sketches I pulled out. This would be a great solution!

cupcakesforchloe said...

Oh how awesome is that! I would have never thought about using it to make books of sketches! Neat-O! Thanks for the idea! :).....Now this will go on my wishlist! LOL

Cynthia B. said...

I love your idea about mag pages run through the Unibind! I can totally see myself using this tool for my pile(s) of sketches and ideas that I've printed off from various sources.
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome tool!

Brenda said...

This machine has so many possibilities... thanks for the opportunity (Both Susan and Unbind) to win one of these.

So Cool!!!!!

hattrikk said...

ok, now I know I totally NEED this!! the very first thing I would bind is my children's artwork and stories so they each could have a book for each year :)

Anonymous said...

I am interested in finding out how it compares to ProvoCraft's YourStory machine ... I'd definitely be making personalized baseball books for my son's teammates ... they are also great for cheer squad pics ..

Cheers ~ Scrappy Val
scrappyvals@hotmail.com

faith said...

I would use this to put books together of my children's old school papers.

lisa808 said...

I think organizing recipes would be a good use.

Janette said...

I scan my kids artwork for the school year, it would be awesome to print that out into a book for them to keep and look at. What a great product!

6p00e00997d1308833 said...

Wow! I could bind so much but would first bind the handout pages I have printed from the Ali Edwards class Yesterday and Today I am taking online.

Kelly said...

Wow that's a fabulous idea!! I'm adoring this machine!!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Super fab giveaway!! I have too many ideas to count but how about making a photography portfolio or binding customer's photographs. I aspire to be a semi-pro photographer one day and this would be a great start! I'd also like to colour copy my scrap pages and bind them for my mom since vitually all are of her grandbabies!!

A said...

I have a bunch of old stories and pictures from when I was in school that my mom has saved that I could bind by school year....I have notes from college courses in 3 ring binders that are falling out that I can make my own text book...I am a teacher and could make put together student portfolios for the kids to take with them....I can...wow and that was only thinking for 2 minutes, give me five and this could be one of the longest comments ever! Love it!

connie said...

I would put all my the projects/downloads that I have sitting in a pile on my desk.

Scrappergal in Idaho said...

I have tons of sketches and ideas I can use this tip on .. thanks for the great idea.

williamanddina said...

School art work would be great to bind!

Etta said...

I'd be making tons of Christmas presents!!

Vicky said...
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Vicky said...

We (my sisters and I) can use it to bind all of our idea and inspiration pieces together before we go to crops or retreats. Thanks UniBind....way cool!

T. said...

I am totally excited by the idea you had of consolidating magazines to single volumes. What a way to make such a user friendly reference that I'd actually use!!!
Love it! And Thanks to Unibind for sharing!

Michelle*G said...

I would love to use this exactly as you did...I have TONS of inspiration pages that would be so much more useful if they were bound in a great little book!

mvance said...

I teach pre-k & would love a unibind to create memory books for my kiddos at the end of the year! I've been reading about it-looks like a very cool tool!

PamS said...

I can't believe that this is the first time I have heard of this product. It sounds like a definite 'need to have'. I have notebooks all over with ideas in them.

Mary F said...

OMG! I LOVE this idea-I'm constandtly doing the same thing with my scrap mags-I have so many piles BUT my hubby and I are also big fans of Food network-this would be great to bind all the recipes we print from the shows-it would be no more PILES around the house! I would love to try one of these out!

Anonymous said...

would love to bind all the art from my son's grade school years - what a great idea for a book! javapea@yahoo.com (leesa)

Rebecca said...

Oh WOW! I would definitely make myself one of those inspiration books. I have TONS of mag tear outs. Plus I would make a recipe book--again I have tons of loose pages yearning to be bound :) And what a cool gift for the holidays to take some scrapbook pages and bind them together for a grandparent. Thanks for the chance to win :)

beckyc said...

Here's my comment on how I see myself using the PhotoBook Creator: I am doing some genealogy research and collecting copies of a lot of documents--wills, birth records, marriage licenses. I thought it would be great to make a book for each person (in addition to the scrapbooking that I am doing) but couldn't figure out how to put it together. The PhotoBook Creator would be great for that! I thought of doing some altered books but it's hard to find enough of the right size.

Emily said...

That's awesome! I want to use it just like that! I have piles and piles of scrapbook magazines, and I write on the front cover with a sharpie the pages that I am most interested in and why, (apparently I'm not good at just filing those articles), but ripping them out and binding them all into one book? Ohhh, I would love that!

cbk said...

Love, love, love the magazine article idea - to be able to condense favorite articles or recipes in one convenient book - great idea!

ShellyJ said...

love the sketch book idea for it!

Rebecca S. said...

WOW!!!!! I have TONS of mag tear outs.I have so many ideas floating in my head.. And what a cool gift for the holidays to take some scrapbook pages and bind them together for a grandparents. Thanks for the chance to win one...

Moe said...

What a great idea, I'm sure everybody does this, I usually wait 6 months to a year before ripping them apart (I like the look of them stacked together on my work station) I then usually use page protectors and slip them into a binder with notes attach as to what I liked about it (colors, photo placement, technique or the whole darn thing). I'm running out of page protectors so binding them with out having to use page protectors would be perfect!!!!

Kim M said...

I would bind up all my magazine pages. I have a horrible habit of ripping out all the ones I love to use for ideas, having them all binded together would be perfect!

Jodi said...

I can see myself using this to put together an end of season thank you book for my daughters coaches. I can also see myself using it as an autograph type book where she can have her friends sign. She can hand out pages to them and have them each create a page. So much easier than passing the whold book around.

Anonymous said...

Susan, glad you are feeling better. Would love this machine to use to make gifts,and photo books of my kids and granddaughter. What a wonderful keepsake they would make.
Terry

bc said...

I could use this to bind together directions for wood working projects or make a custom little scrapbook with the kids. It'd be neat for them to have a real book that they made.

Jewel said...

Wow! I love your idea. I would love to use it to bind together my kid's school artwork and stories they write. What a great way to keep them.

Tammy said...

Oh Ms. Susan, I totally need one of these, and I know how I would use it. I have saved everything my kids have made in preschool and kindergarten so far. I would bind their artwork together in little books, and ooooh, their handwriting samples through the year and how it changes. My hubby would be so glad that all the stuff wouldn't be in boxes anymore, and so would I!

lenore said...

I would love to use this to make a book of my son's best schoolwork and art from the school year!

Dawn said...

Hello Susan,

I would like to use this product to hold my children's school papers and art projects in for their future reference. I think they would enjoy looking back on what they did in school organized in these hard cover books. It would let them know how much I love them because I kept their important school papers and projects.

Marilyn623 said...

In my high school Child Care class each student makes a year long scrapbbook for their preschool buddy. The unibind system would be so much nicer than page protectors and 3-ring binders! I also collect teaching ideas for the students to use in our preschool and it would be a great way to collect them and bind them by theme... such as a "Community Helpers" idea book! Either of these ideas would work so well in my classroom! Thanks for the chance to win!

Stephanie said...

Wow! I've learned a lot just from reading these comments! I'm not sure I have an original idea that hasn't already been discussed. But I love the idea of using it to bind my child's artwork and for organizing all those loose sb papers. I would make one for sketches and one for ideas from mags. Thanks for the great ideas!

Dania said...

I work for an Interior Designer and she needs to get a portfolio in place. This would be an awesome tool to do this. As of now she has all her creations in a three ring binder and page protectors - not very professional looking. :P

Also, my son is almost done with his Eagle Scout progect and he has all his paperwork, essays, plans, pictures, etc. in a three ring binder. It would be so special to bind it all in a keepsake he can treasure for years to come.

Anonymous said...

This is a great giveaway and I'm how keeping my fingers crossed that I'm lucky. I can't tell you how it would help me with my organisation as well as many other things. EJ

NanaBeth said...

I have taken several online classes-so I tutorials and project ideas printed out and stapled together. After that any semblance of organization disappears-this would the tool of tools to own for me. When I wanted to make something I might actually be able to find the directions. Now I'm so frustrated trying to find what I'm looking for by the time I find it I'm too tired and upset to make anything.

Becky said...

Oh I could so see myself using this! Organizing files for the church that we will be leaving when we move with the new job that we will hopefully hear about next week. Making books for my kids to color, because they LOVE to color and this would make it so I could personalize it for them. (3 1/2 and 2 years). I would also organize my files for scrapbooking, web design and everything else. Oooohhhh, ooohhhh please pick me! :>)

Pamk said...

scrapbook sketches, recipes that I print out and tear out of magazines. reports for the kiddos school lol. He like the to look professional lord help me lol.

s ott said...

My kids projects when they were little, and recipes that have been torn out of magazines. Love it.

Sue said...

I am addicted to printing out ideas that I see on blogs & websites and then having loose papers everywhere. I love the idea that I can make a book of ideas by theme.

Diane said...

I teach third grade and I can see myself constantly using the Unibind. We make a number of class books where each student contributes a page and I staple them toether. A professional looking book like the Unibind produces would make these much more permanent and far more appealing to the students. I also help each student make a scrapbook of their third grade year. Parent volunteers assist the children in scrapping their completed writing projects (this opportunity to "publish" motivates the kids to take their work a step beyond the usual). Generally the parents donate money for me to buy albums, but that is tougher for many of them this year. The Unibind would allow me to guarantee that each child leaves my class with a classy final project. I can see some real uses at home as well. The wheels in my mind are turning . . It looks like the folks at Unibind have come up with a great idea.

Melanie said...

Wow! What an amazing product--so glad I checked out the blog before heading to bed tonight.

The first thought that came to my mind was my children's artwork and achievements they have received. With five kids, I have binders for each of them every year. I think this Unibind would make it all much more condensed and easier to store and look at.

Another thought that came to me was for my music. I'd love to have sheet music I've purchased online and printed out in one book instead of in stacks by the piano.

Thanks for the opportunity. Have a Happy Halloween1

Helen said...

The unibind sounds like such a great product.