Xyron Sticker Maker – A Low Tech Best Friend

Xyron Sticker Maker – A Low Tech Best Friend

Have you ever looked at tiny little pieces of paper and wondered how in the world am I supposed to glue that onto anything? Or maybe you want to say Ready to Pop on 50 baby shower invites and need to make stickers of the one inch letters you cut. This is where the helpful XYRON sticker maker comes in. You have probably even looked at this plastic X in the paper crafting isles of your local craft store and thought what the heck is that thing? Xyron makes stickers in different sizes everything from 1 ½ inches to 9 inches. I’m here to tell you it’s your best friend. I use it for everything from a penguins tiny beak on my Christmas tags to making my own phrase stickers to converting plain ribbon to self-adhesive ribbon. I have often found that kid’s craft kits come with tiny pieces of fun foam but no way to glue them together. This tool fixes that too. You can send fun foam pieces through it just as easily as you can paper.   The Xyron sticker maker comes with two types of sticky paper refill cartridges. One is permanent, meaning once you stick it in place and push down then don’t expect to move it. The other is a repositionable cartridge, meaning once you stick your piece down you will have a little time to move it around before if stays in place. They cost anywhere from $5-$7 dollars for the 1.5” cartridges. This will make 20 feet of stickers. I like to have both types of cartridges on hand.   Shopping Tip: I...
Cut, Fold, Stick, Punch, and Admire!

Cut, Fold, Stick, Punch, and Admire!

This post will share with you the top five must have tools for crafting with paper. Can you do it without them? Sure you can, however the right tools not only make the process easier but it also makes the end result look better. There are literally hundreds of tools for card making and scrapbooking but this post will share with you the ones I would not do without. 1.) Paper Cutter: A good, sharp paper cutter is very important for cutting paper to the correct size for scrapbook pages, card embellishments and even trimming photos. Paper cutters come in many sizes. I use two types of paper cutters, one 12” cutter and one 6”cutter. You can usually find both size cutters for less than $25 each. Getting a clean sharp cut is the key. 2.) Bone Folder: A bone folder is used to create that perfect crease and for scoring paper to make folding easier. You can also use it to make a temporary mark on fabric.  A bone folder can be found in any craft store as well as department stores like Wal-Mart or Target. They range in price from $4.00 to $8.00. You can see from the image below that a bone folder makes a huge difference in how flat your card lays and how professional your project looks.  The card on the left was folded without a bone folder and the card on the right was folded with a bone folder. Quite a difference. 3.) Adhesive Squares: An adhesive square is basically a double stick tape square. They are perfect for adding background paper to cards...