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Review | Xyron Mini Sticker Maker

I’m a big fan of Xyron products – my husband bought me the Xyron 510 (now known as the 5″ Creative Station) about eight years ago as a surprise gift for Christmas and I’ve pretty much worn it out. I use it to make stickers out of everything– from die cuts to vintage postage stamps to mailing labels.

One caveat to the 5″ machine is that if you are just making a few smaller stickers, you waste a whole lot of adhesive in the process.

That’s where the smaller Xyron sticker makers come in. The one I used for this project is the blue Mini Sticker Maker, which retails for $4.99.

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Review | Xyron Glue Stick

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I believe that Nancy (our Craft Critique angel) thought I lost my mind when I got very excited about reviewing a glue stick ! What she didn’t know is that I was after a glue stick which could cover corners for ages. I personally use a variety of glues – one alone doesn’t seem to be good to do it all. I do like to use glue stick to cover the front of my card with thin paper, and my tip for working with them is that you add the glue from the glue stick to the card base not to the paper you are trying to adhere.

Once you’ve applied the paper, you need to let it ‘cure’ for about 30 minutes under something heavy like a book, or even your craft mat should do the trick. There’s a good reason for doing that, since glue sticks tend to warp your cardstock and even extra sturdy stock might bend a little. Since you need to be quite generous with your glue stick to give it good adhesion for the paper to stick, I always felt that I made sure to go through all the corners but I used to put a blank sheet of paper under my card blank to avoid putting glue everywhere on my craft mat. Now that I have this Xyron glue stick – not anymore! Continue Reading →

Xyron 9" Creative Station

Reported by Christian Tamez

Laminating has always been one of those mysterious crafting entities that I have always admired, but stayed away from. Mainly because most of the laminating machines I came across were fairly expensive and did only one thing, laminate. That is until the Xyron 9” Creative Station came into my possession.

 What I immediately liked about this machine was that it needs no electricity to run, which means you can use this machine anywhere, anytime and did I mention that it’s quiet? A simple turning crank on the side of the machine, (yes there is an arrow so you don’t get confused which direction to turn), and you can use this little machine with all of its different refills. Another bonus: with 9 inches of laminating width you can laminate a complete piece of 8″ x 11.5″ piece of paper! 

Refills are the different cartridges that you can use with the Creative Station. Five different options, including three different acid-free adhesives, two-sided laminate, and a magnet material. The machine comes with a Permanent Adhesive cartridge already installed, so I picked up the two-sided laminate and the magnet refills to go with my machine.

So the first thing I wanted to do was laminate, and preserve some of the memories I collected when I tagged along with Craft Critique to go see Martha Stewart. I printed some of my pictures, and to keep them from getting all smudgy from being touched, laminated them. You just put your item to be run through the machine on the little platform, press it gently against the rollers and turn the handle, simple, fast and easy. I made a quick video overview of the Xyron 9” Creative Station, take a look!

The second cartridge I purchased and was so excited to use was the magnet refill. I love magnets and love making them even more. I took one of my favorite pictures from that trip to Martha and turned it into a magnet so every time I go to the fridge, I get to see me with Martha. I also took some pictures and turned them into magnets for my family so they could think of me always. For my sister, I took a picture of her little baby girl, slapped some text on it, ran it through my Xyron, and like magic, an adorable magnet! 

Each refill cartridge was easy to trim; I was a little hesitant about using the removable trimmer for the magnet material but it did just fine and cut through cleanly on the first swipe. Scissors, craft knives, rotary cutters all easily trim away any excess Xyron material, leaving you with fun personalized crafty goodness. There’s a score mark on the removable cutter that lets you know where the blade will cut, very important so you don’t accidentally cut right through what you were laminating! 

All in all I would say the Xyron is a great tool to use. I had a great time decorating my fridge with all of my projects!

Pros:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Multiple uses for the machine – I love that this does not exclusively laminate.

Cons:

  • Removable trimmer occasionally comes out of the machine
  • The magnet material could be a stronger magnet
  • Small items tend to use excess material, that cannot be reused

Do you have a favorite laminator? Do you have the Xyron 9″ Creative Station and love it? What about other Xyron products that you love?

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