Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Time for Unibind!!!

It's a brand new week and time for a brand new sponsor!

Unibind is known for it's innovative products and the Unibind Photobook Creator is just one of those!! Not familiar with Unibind and the Photobook Creator...just click here to watch this short, informative video that will have you anxious to own your own Photobook Creator!

The Photobook Creator gives you the ability to make beautiful hardback books in just 90 seconds, right from the comfort of your own home or office. There is no need to load your pages up to a server or wait weeks for delivery.

The Photobook Creator is perfect for scrapbookers, photographers, small business owners, or anyone who wants the ability to bind and preserve digital images in an attractive, durable way. Photobooks come in a range of sizes 
Photobooks are available in a variety of sizes (12"x12"11"x8½"8"x8", and 6"x4")
- and also a variety of colors and finishes to complement any application. 

Today two of our designers are sharing unique ways to use the Unibind Photobook Creator...and we have to say...they're amazing! Designer Jenny Chesnick made a stunning Father's Day Keepsake book filled with special photos! It's almost too special to give!!!! And Designer Lisa Day made a fun book to use as a keepsake for her son's baseball season! 


Fathers Day Brag Book
Designer: Jenny Chesnick

Glue Glider with Perma Tac & Extreme Tac
U-Cut 3D Foam
Raise N's
Mini Extreme Tac Squares
Unibind 4x6 Photo Book & Unibind Machine
Paper, Stickers, Die-cuts and Transparency by My Minds Eye
Twine by Divine Twine
Frame by Little Yellow Bicycle
Tags by My Minds Eye & Inkssentials
Star Pins by Maya Road
Font Stickers by American Crafts & My Minds Eye
Punch by Ek Success

1. Start by covering your book with paper. The books measures 4x6 so I roughly cut 4 sheets of paper at 5 9/16 X 4 5/16, 2 for the front/back and 2 for the inside front/back. Apply using Extreme Tac in your Glue Glider to make sure you have a strong hold. 
2. Set your book aside as we are going to decorate the front after the binding process. Gather your supplies for the inside of your book. I had random tags, stickers, photos and transparencies.
3. Starting with my manilla tags I trimmed down 2- 3x4 pieces of paper to line the front and back of the tag. Next I punched out a small border and layered my stickers and embellishments on each tag. I used U-Cut it foam to give my stickers depth on my tags.
4. I finished off each tag with bits of twine looped into the tag hole as well around the tag. On the backside I used a Mini extreme square under the twine to keep it secure.
5. I then moved on to my 3 already made tags by My Minds Eye. I layered each tag with pattern paper on the backside to give them a more solid feel as well as cover up the plain side.
6. Layer each tag with stickers and embellishments to coordinate with your previous made tags. 

7. Next the photos! I simply picked out 6 random photos and lined each with pattern paper on the backside to keep them from curling in my book. This also adds extra space for journaling and or more embellishments. You could also layer two photos together front and back if you like. 
8. Next I layered my pieces together in the order in which I wanted to bind them in my book. Make sure they are placed exactly where you want them in depth as well as placement top to bottom.
9. Next up, BINDING! This was actually the EASY part of the whole process. Plug in your Unibind machine (there is no on/off switch) Place your tags/photos etc into your book. Make sure you get them into your "groove" nice and tight. Place your book onto the machine. The red light will light up to let you know the machine is working. When the green light turns on your binding is done and cooling. I left mine to sit for 15 minutes before I moved onto the last part which was decorating the cover.
10. Final step! Again I used twine to wrap around my frame then attached it to the front of my cover using Raise N's. I wanted depth but not too much. Then added my remaining embellishments using Extreme Squares and U-Cut Foam.

Baseball Travel Album
Designed by: Lisa Day

Glue Glider with Perma Tac
Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive
Unibind Photo Book & Machine
Paper from Pink Paislee
Alpha Stickers from Making Memories
Digital papers and journal tags from Designer Digitals

I made this album for my 9 year old son to take with him on his traveling baseball games to record his memories. I thought it would be a fun way to keep him doing some creative writing this summer!

Step 1 - Print out a bunch of cool digital papers to use as a journal in your album and using the Unibind Machine bind the papers to the inside of your album. I used about 25 8.5x11 sheets of papers printed double sided.
Step 2 - Trace and cut out a square the shape of the cut out on the cover.
Step 3 - Using the cut out shape as a template, use an exacto knife to cut out a rectangle in the middle of the frame you want to add to your cover.
Step 4 - Using Perma Tac adhere the frame to the front of your cover. note - I found the Perma Tac only applied to the paper and not the front of the album, but once it's on the paper it will stick to the cover perfectly. 
Step 5 - Apply some paint to the inside edge of your paper frame to hide any mistakes when cutting with the exacto knife!
Step 6 - Apply two strips of ribbon adhesive to your cover and then adhere ribbon all the way around your album.
Step 7 - Add a title to your album.
Step 8 - Using Perma Tac adhere a 4x6 photo to the inside of the front cover. Cover the back of the photo with a 5x7 piece of paper with more Perma Tac.

Step 9 - Using Perma Tac adhere a library pocket to the inside of the back cover to hold some journaling blocks for easy addition to the album.

Don't you agree...Jenny and Lisa did an amazing job with their PhotoBook's! And Unibind and GlueArts would like to give you a chance to create your own PhotoBooks. Unibind has generously given us a Unibind Photobook Creator to give away to one of our GlueArts fans! 

We're going to include a GlueArts Glue Glider Pro and our  Adhesive Squares. Simply leave us a comment and we'll select one random winner next Monday!! It's just that simple!

And speaking of winners...let's announce last week's October Afternoon winner of the Paper Pad, Stamps and GlueArts products. That winner is:

Two things I love more than anything (in the creative world)... My Glue Glider Pro mini ATG & October Afternoon EVERYTHING!!! My LSS turned me on to the glue glider & I havent been able to turn back!! I'm so glad to see this match made in creative heaven!!

I make a mean cheesecake, love to cook & bake. I subscrive to "Simple & Delicious" and LOVE the Food Network mag!! It's a great way to get a variety of recipes in one place!


  1. Wow!! I didn't even know there was such a thing available at a reasonable price! This is going on my Christmas list for sure this year! I love making minibooks as gifts and this would really up the ante!

  2. Love this product. Saw a demo of it online with Pinky Hoobs this weekend. What a wonderful way to creat and make anything at all for family or friends. With the unibind you are not limited to the traditional albums. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  3. as seldom as I get to see my grandkids I do like making mini albums for them so they remember me. This looks like the perfect and easier thing to use!!

  4. WOW!!! This is simply amazing! I've created photo books like that on internet many times but to be able to create one myself just the way I(!) want it and not following some specific template!!! WOW - and then a Glue Glider Pro in it too... Should I say a tripple WOW?!?! If I could cheat to win I probably would ;-) haha

  5. I would love the opportunity to try making my own books! Love this!

  6. I am a follower of the Cricut blog! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love that Unibind is sponsoring this. LOVE them and already have one, but I would love the opportunity to give one to my sister for her birthday that is coming up. She has 3 kids and could really use this!!! Although I admit I'd have a hard time not keeping all the extras for myself to use with my Unibind.

  8. Wow! This looks like a must have toy and I did not even know it existed :) Good thing you teamed up with it this week! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  9. congrats to the winners! enjoy your goodies :)
    what a wonderful lil toy~ love the look of professionalism it lends to your creations. would love to have one (wink wink)
    i follow all of the above at their sites and on facebook, (you guyz also)
    thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Now that is cool. I love it, how awesome is that Unibind. THis is the first time have seen that...Thanks for sharing and I will cross my finger for luck...

  11. Wow Jenny,And Lisa...Your books are beautiful,Thanks for sharing with us...I would love to have this give away...I can make some books for my sons Autism class...Thanks for a chance...And you guys rock....

    Irene Aiello

  12. I went to a Make and Take thing once and they had this. THought it was soo cool. Great for making little gifts and such.

  13. Wow, what a great product--this will be added to my wishlist. Thanks for the chance to win it and of course for the great Glue Arts items!

  14. Wow, love the little albums for Father's day. What a great idea!

  15. I became a follower of the Cricut blog.

  16. This looks like an awesome product! I love the books showcased today.

  17. I follow the Glue Arts blog too.

  18. Awesome album projects, Glue Girls!

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  20. Oh this is so cool, thanks for teaming with Unibind today, would love to win this, and it is definatley going on my list of must have tools!

  21. It would be so much fun to create my own books to keep and for gifts. The projects you have shown today are fabulous!!

  22. This would be perfect for my kid's school and scout scrapbooks.

  23. This looks very cool! It would be great to put finishing touches on school projects for my HS kids and little readers for my little ones~! THanks so much for the chance to win.

  24. I never heard of Unibind before until now. Thanks for the heads up on a great product! Those photo books are awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Unibind looks awesome!!! Love the projects and would be so happy to win this wonderful prize!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing!

  26. AWESOME projects! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  27. Another great project from Jen! Love her work!!!

    I also became a follower on the Cricut blog!

  28. the unibind looks like a great addition to our scrapbooking supplies - i really liked the books that were made
    i would be happy to wind this prize

  29. Thanks for the info on new products. I joined the cricut blog and have been a glue arts follower for a long time

  30. Interesting new product. I am now following the new Cricut Blog, yeah!

    Carol B

  31. I have seen this book binder before and it seems awesome. Great books designed today, thanks!

  32. The book binder would be a great addition to my tools! The two projects have already given me ideas. Thanks so much!! And I just became a Cricut blog follower. What a fun day!


  33. OHHH! I think this would be perfect for making a client's scrapbook! What a great tooL! THANKS for sharing:)

  34. I just can't seem to master the art of making mini albums but I love them and have been looking into book binding machines. I saw the Unibind on Pinky Hobbs blog and now here. I use nothing but Glue Arts adhesives. I trust your's and Pinky's endorsement.

  35. this truly looks like something I would be using all the time. Love the results.
    am enjoying the cricut blog.

  36. Loved what your designers did, as usual :)
    I have only seen the unibind in action on blogs ect. but I am dieing to own one. I have seen a large variety of books made with this & they all look so professional.
    Thanks for the chance.

  37. I would love to try the unibind!

  38. whoa! this is cool! thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Unibind is AWSOME !!!! Wow, these things are going to fly off store shelfs. I think this is a product anyone could use. So many ideas whirling around my head, I can't type. Thank you so much for a chance to win.

  40. What a fantastic tool to have!

  41. Oh Wow I'd love to win!! Thanks for the chance

  42. Great ideas! I have so many photos I'd love to put into books like these. Love the covers.

  43. Wow, what a project and what a product! Would love to win.

  44. Gorgeous books! love the journaling card holder in the baseball book! So many wonderful tips and inspiration! Thanks, Glue Girls!

  45. The Unibind looks amazing!!!
    Karin BG

  46. Ooooh, this has been on my wish list for a while! Will you make my wish come true??? :o)

  47. Super cute projects. I would love to win a unibind and some glue arts product.

  48. All of these projects are wonderful. Unibind looks like a fabulous product. I would love to own one along with some Glue Arts. Hoping!!!

  49. LOVe all the projects!!!!!!


    ps--google is not working today

  50. I love both projects. Too cute! I would love to win. I just need to have some rockstar luck!

  51. These albums turned out so good! This looks so amazing, thanks for the chance to win!!