Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wait, TWO Giveaways?!

Okay, I know some of you have been patiently waiting for this post to come about.. well, here it is!

I was contacted by MyBinding.com to review some sort of awesome tool. I chose to review the Book Binding Machine since I already have a great laminator and a paper cutter. I also have been interested in a machine to make books for my future students rather than just putting a paper clip on the top or stapling the edges and being faced with crumbled papers. SO, I asked to review the binding machine!

This huge box showed up on a rainy day. I actually missed it walking inside the house because it was off to the side... but I was expecting something so I went back outside to check for it. Low and behold, there it was!

I cut open the box and was faced with this. WHAT?! Did I really just get my own binding machine to make books, calendars, etc.?! AND the box came with tons and tons and TONS of supplies like binding combs, clear covers, AND embossed paper? Yes, yes, I did.

So, I decided to break it out and play with it some! It's a pretty lightweight machine that's REALLY simple to use once you get the hang of it. It being my first time using it, I actually followed the directions. But, now that I know what to do, it's as easy as pie! The BIG gray handle is the hole puncher (in a sort of way). There's a little gray sliding tool on the top there to the right, that's the lock. So, the machine locks and unlocks for safety. Definitely a good idea, in my opinion, so that things don't get punched that you'd prefer not to get punched!

You unlock the machine and the gray handle pops up to allow for you to insert sheets of paper to be punched. I used my Student Word Wall Book as a sample for this project to see how it works. The only thing I didn't like about this part is that I could only fit 8 pages in at a time... kind of disappointing BUT it works great nonetheless! Since my document had a total of 17 pages, I just had to punch through twice. When you're punching through, it sounds like the machine is breaking BUT do not worry. This is good! The handle also does not pop back up by itself.. you have to pull it. You should have seen me trying to figure out how to get the handle back up... what a concept to just pull back up!

Once you've got your holes in, now it's time to set up your comb. The comb confused me at first, too (you'd think I had not experienced anything in life before with me trying to figure out this machine?!). Anyways, you set the comb up so that the teeth are closer to you than the machine (see picture below). You have to physically push the two levers on the side of the machine to spread the comb open (bottom picture), but it's much MUCH easier than sitting there trying to open each tooth to separate it from the continuous spine (does that make sense?). I absolutely love the ease of this step, as it only took me about 30 seconds to do.

Then, place your product on the combs so that each tooth has gone through each sheet of paper. This step has to be possibly the easiest, yet most frustrating, step. I have an issue with things having to go on at the SAME time, so if some of the pages missed some of the teeth, I made myself start all over again. BUT this step is the easiest, so don't over think it like I did!

AND voilà! There you have it. You've made a book in as short as 1 minute. Once you've got things figured out, you'll whip out your books in no time. These are also going to be very helpful when you need to make books for your students to take home for presents, to give to your parents as a thank you gift, and so forth. There are MANY different things you could use this binding machine for, and guess what?
MyBinding.com is giving one of you, my readers, a chance to win your own!

Please enter the Rafflecopter below to have a chance at winning your own Binding Machine with supplies, FREE! Isn't MyBinding.com so generous to be doing this?!

You must do all the required entries. They WILL be verified. If you do NOT complete something that is required, and your name is drawn at the end, you will be disqualified. HONOR SYSTEM, Y'ALL!

ALSO: At the same time, I'm hosting another giveaway for hitting 300 AND 400 followers! Please enter the giveaway below for a gift card from me for $30.00. The gift card will be of YOUR choice, all for hitting 400 followers on this little blog of mine
Examples could be Starbucks, Target, TPT, TN, Etsy, Applebees, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, whatever you'd like (that I am able to either buy online OR go to the place and buy).

RULES ARE SAME AS ABOVE. Must complete all required entries. Entries will be verified. HONOR SYSTEM, Y'ALL.


*All opinions expressed on this post are of my own. MyBinding.com supplied me with free products, but opinions are 100% my own.*

PS. Don't forget about the Ohio Blogger Meet Up! It's happening on Sunday, October 7th, 2012! We'd love to have as many of you that would like to join! Goody bags, good conversation, and new friends!

Have a good night, y'all!


  1. I love the cool weather and the leaves changing colors.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  2. My favorite thing about fall is the weather!!!

  3. My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather, but I love pretty much everything about fall! I love the changing leaves and the fact that fall means a lot of get togethers for friends and family!

    KinderKids Fun

  4. My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather, change of colors (although I don't see as much of that in FL lol) and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. My favorite thing is the cooler weather so I can wear all the comfy fall clothes!

  6. I love how the leaves change, and it gets me closer to the holiday season!!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  7. Oooh, my favorite thing about fall is getting to hang out with friends, watch ballgames and grill too!


  8. My favorite thing about fall is the weather. I LOVE comfy pants and hoodies!

  9. My favorite thing about fall... sweaters!!!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  10. My favorite thing about Fall is football season!

  11. crunching leaves and the crisp cool air--unfortunately in florida that doesn't happen until september ;(

  12. I love the change in weather and leaves and candy corn! Growing up in Louisiana makes me love it even more!

    Reading Toward the Stars!

  13. I love all things fall, the crisp air, new smells, and beautiful colors!!

    The Resource(ful) Room

  14. There isn't anything I DON'T love about fall...my birthday is in the fall, school starts, then the holiday-snowball of Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas...the cooler weather, the lovely fall colors, the smells, the spicy-sweet fod...ahhh:)

  15. I LOVE going to the local nursery with my daughter and taking our annual fall picture! Each year I add the new picture to a timeline of the pictures and it's amazing to see how much she has changed and grown!

    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

  16. Pumpkin spice lattes and cool nights. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

  17. I love the leaves that fall and cover the ground! just so magical.

  18. I love the weather and pumpkin lattes.

  19. I love Pumpkin muffins at Starbucks and getting to dress my girls up for Halloween. It doesn't get much cuter then two 15 month olds in bumblee costumes!!!

  20. I love the leaves changing color!

  21. I love the colours... I just want to stop and take photos wherever I go :)

  22. Cool nights for sure! Thanx for the giveaway!

  23. I love the pretty fall colors and cooler temperatures.

  24. I love the cooler weather and all the leaves changing colors....visiting the pumpkin patch,apple farm, and Yankee Peddler. :)

  25. Hey girl! You won a Target gift card from my blog! Message me at thedailytay@gmail.com!

  26. The colors :)
    Thanks for the chance!
    mjp_0419 at yahoo dot com

  27. I love the crisp air!

  28. I love the air, smell, leaves, football, and Halloween!!

    EduKate and Inspire

  29. I would have to say living in the south my favorite thing is cooler weather.

  30. The change of weather and I feel like it starts the holiday season! Love it!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  31. I love the colors of fall! There's nothing so beautiful.

  32. What a fabulous giveaway!! I love the change of weather, Halloween, everything!! :)


  33. My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather and the beautiful leaves :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  34. My favorite thing about fall is the pumpkins- I LOVE pumpkins!! I also love the colors, the cooler weather, the apples, the leaves. Fall is my absolute favorite season! :)

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

  35. What I love about Fall...EVERYTHING!! The pumpkins, the smells, definitely the cooler weather, Halloween and Thanksgiving!!

    Spotted Around the School

  36. My favorite thing is when the leaves turn!


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