Have you been thinking about purchasing a We R Memory Keeper’s Cinch binding system? Do you already have one and don’t use it?
I bought mine in November, right after I retired from being an over the road truck driver. I figured if I was going to spend $140 then my butt was going to be home instead of all across the US.
I don’t, as a rule, read the instruction manuals that come with equipment. Why? I think there is more testosterone in me than estrogen Some things I live dangerously and throw caution to the wind. Besides….I know what I’m doing and there ain’t gonna be anyone tell me different!
That is just before I go SPLAT!
I’m making a type of field journal for my son who is a Mechanical Engineer. It is for his birthday present. February is the month of his birth. I made Joe’s book and didn’t have any problem, so why would I worry now about making my son’s?!
Mainly because it has been more than five minutes since I made Joe’s book. If you follow this blog you will have been told, on more than one occasion, my memory is not the best. The expiration time seems to be five minutes AFTER I do something or assimilate any kind of knowledge.
Keep in mind, the following photos are AFTER I botched the first attempt at punching the binding holes. I cut off the mess and put some of my metal tape along the edge of the front and back cover for this journal I am trying to make. So….I go and botch up this one also. HOWEVER, I do have a reason to show you this.
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! They are right on the danged machine. They tried to idiot proof this tool. Well…..Uhm…..maybe the next time they decide to come out with some special tool they had better come to my house to make sure they have INDEED idiot proofed the device.
This is the result when the directions are not read and the advice heeded.
I have a ton of photos of what NOT TO DO. I think I will spare you that bit of craziness.
Now, listen up here. Link this post somewhere that you will remember it when you use your brand new Cinch. Print this post out so you have it handy when the time comes. Write a note to yourself about this being the place to come when you need instruction for using the Cinch.
Okay, never mind. I forget where I save blog links in my handy dandy “Favorite” feature in my browser. I print out useful information and it gets buried and lost in a pile of other papers that I’ve printed off….never to be found again. Written notes suffer the same fate. They get buried in other papers.
Are you ready? Well, if you are not, too bad because I’m moving right along with or without you. Now you can feel like one of my kids
GET A SCRAP OF PAPER OR CHIPBOARD. Do that first. Preferably one that is the size of the piece you will be binding.
The contents of my journal are going to be 1/4 inch shorter at the top and bottom than the covers are. This is an important thing for you to know and consider. How much of an overhang do you want on your journal? NONE? Well then you can leave and go find some other blog to read. Or go make your bed, do your dishes, or get dressed to go shopping.
The machine is automatically set at a “Zero”. This is the place you would start with if you DO NOT want an overhang. This is also the setting you would use for the inside pages of your journal.
To get the 1/4 inch overhang on the top and bottom of your covers do the following. Slide the ruler thingy to the left and line up the 1/4 mark.
Place your scrap piece up against the guide stop and push under the machine’s head.
Check to make sure your scrap is fully engaged under the head on the right side.
Lean over to the left and make sure the scrap is fully engaged under the head.
Now pull down on the handle and punch your holes. When the holes are punched raise the handle to disengage the steel punches.
Next you will have a fight with this guide. You will need to show it who is boss! Press on the dang thing until it falls over. There will be a loud SNAP sound. You will be absolutely certain you have broken the thing. The next thing you will be doing is calling me names. Some quite salty ones at that.
I’m a big girl…I can handle your frustrated utterances. You will see that all is right with your world. The guide has, indeed, fallen over. Just like I told you it would. Once you show it who is boss.
Now pull on the guide and extend the measuring device to its fullest.
Locate the NEXT TO THE LAST hole you just punched in your scrap piece.
There is a little locking device that is built into the machine. It is a “Thumb Latch”. Line the thumb latch up with the next to the last hole you punched.
Using your thumb, or finger, press the thing down until it locks into the hole. Make sure you hear a click. Oh, and don’t worry about my fingernail. It has broken and I have used a home remedy of glue and tissue paper to keep it from tearing further.
Before you get all antsy and begin pressing the handle, take a look at where the top edge of the scrap paper is. I need a 1/4 inch gap at the top of this cover. Not going to be good if I put a hole there instead. In your case the punch might end up making a crescent shaped notch in your piece. Pull on the peg at the number that is at the place you don’t want punched.
Grab hold of the little peg and pull it outward. I will be pulling on PEG #5.
The peg will now stick out further than the rest of its brothers.
When you are ready, pull the handle down. You will notice that the peg you pulled out will remain near the top. All of its little brothers will be down near the bottom.
To remove your test scrap lift up on the thumb latch to release your strip.
Check your work to make sure you have the 1/4 inch top and bottom gap and your holes line up with the journal contents. Do a little bit of a dance and shout if it all worked out well.
Oh, and DON’T FORGET to push in the peg you pulled out. Your happy dance will be over! Right fast!.
One final note. On your successful scrap guide, write down all the pertinent information. Preferably with a Sharpie or black marker. At the top, write the length of the scrap used. This will help you later when you want to do this again. For me, it is a foolproof…notice I didn’t say “Idiot Proof”……way for me to remember what I need to do.
In the body of the scrap note any guide adjustments made and which pin to pull.
Now that you have seen the glorious working of the We R Memory Keeper’s CINCH and are ready to give this a try…..
Go “Show someone how special they are”.