Monday, January 26, 2015

My Favourite Xyron Adhesive Product is .............

When I got the brief for this assignment I felt like a mother standing in front of her children and being asked to choose a favourite !.  Not an easy thing to do when you use every Xyron machine in the range everyday, so I totally kinda cheated and picked the machine that I use the most.  The Xyron 9" Creative Station has been a life saver for me, especially as I make a lot of 8x8 albums and cards.  It is so versatile and great if you want to apply adhesive to multiple toppers, ribbon etc all at the same time.

Here comes the science bit!

 "The Xyron® 9” Creative Station™ Home (also called the Xyron® 900) is a sticker maker, laminator, and magnet maker all in one. The easy load cartridges will allow you to change applications quickly, to make permanent stickers, repositionable stickers, laminated stickers or magnets, and to laminate both sides of an item. The Xyron® 9" Creative Station™ is an ideal tool for photos, signs, banners, labels and many home, school or office projects. Enjoy applying edge-to-edge, acid-free, permanent or repositionable adhesive to items up to 9" wide. It also laminates or creates magnets with a laminate finish up to 8.5" wide. Simply feed the item in, turn the handle and trim. Includes a removable cut bar for convenient trimming. It’s portable and does not require batteries, electricity, or heat. It comes loaded with a 9" wide x 25' long starter cartridge of acid-free permanent adhesive."

So for my project using the machine I wanted to do create for children something functional, fun and easy to take on car journeys, visiting friends or on holidays.  Yep I'm upcycling again and this time it involves using a wine storage box that I got for €4.


Multi Activity Play Box


Mod Podge
'Lego' Mat
American Crafts Alphabet Sticker
Large Wine Box (3 Bottle Size)

How it's Made

Sliding lid boxes work best, lightly sand the edges to make sure there are no splinters if your box is made of ply wood.

This box was held together with staples that will come apart if dropped and since this is for kids I decided to strengthen the corners and base with 1" brads

On the top of the box measure a third of the way in from the sides and mark drill holes.

On the top edge of the box and around the edges of the lid paint two coats of acrylic paint, this adds a nice finish once covered.

To cover the base I needed to use two 12 x 12 sheets and the box base was a little over 9" I had to use my Xyron Creatopia but if you don't have a Creatopia cover the back in three strips using the Xyron 9" Creative Station.

Tah Dah!, I covered the back first leaving a 1" overlapping border on the sides, then using the 9" Creative Station I covered the side panels.  I applied several coats of Mod Podge around the edges of the box to add protection to the paper.

Poke the holes drilled on the top through the paper, put a little Xyron Teresa Collins Glue in the holes, Thread eyelets onto the ribbon and then place the eyelets in the holes.  make sure enough ribbon is left for the handle.

The lid must have the chalk board on the inside, if you put the Lego board on the inside the lid won't slide into the box.

On the top of the lid is the Lego board.

The back of the box is where I put the road play area.

The sides of the box have a checkers, Snakes & Ladders and Tic Tac Toe.  I used buttons for markers.

In Silhouette Design Studio I created a counting race game, if you would like the cutting file for a limited time (offer ends March 1st 2015) I will be able to email it to you for free.  If you would like the file please email me at

Thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure to follow Xyron on Facebook and their Blog

To buy Xyron products in the UK please visit Crafter's Companion

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Insta Albums with DCWV

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.  Today I'm sharing with you an altered 'Insta' album from DCWV.  The Insta Albums and accessories are a must for your stash, from 4x4 pads, accordion albums, insert, toppers and fun accessories the possibilities are endless.

I adore these albums which come in a range of colours and styles. Each ready for you to get creative.  I went for an oh la la Paris theme. To alter the Album I used DCWV Adhesive Jewelled Sheets and Adhesive Glass Banners (details below).

Products Used

Flowers, Pink Caviar Beads and Ribbon

The adhesive jeweled sheets can be customised to fit any project using scissors or a craft knife.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure to follow DCWV on Facebook and their Blog

I'm also on facebook if you want to stop by and say hi !

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Multi Memo Board using Xyron

Howdy !, quick post today to share a multi purpose notice board that I made a few weeks ago for my daughters room.  It has a mini whiteboard, chalkboard, pinboard, Post It's and clips.  It is super quick and easy to make.


Kaisercraft Twelve Frame Photo Display
Scraps of other papers from my stash
Pegs, clips, pens

Lets get started

Mark the inside spaces of the frame and then separate from the base, paint the frame with your choice of colour, I opted for black spray.

Use the markings to measure your cut outs and play around with the layout

Once you decide where you want to place the different pieces, measure and cut them and run the DCWV Whiteboard, DCWV Chalkboard and paper scraps through the Xyron 5" Creative Station

For the cork (which is quite thin) I mounted it onto a piece of very thick cork (tablemat from IKEA!) this gives more depth to hold the pins.  

(Do not stick the cork down yet) 

Put all the sections in place, once the frame is glued in place then push add the cork segment

Glue small pegs to the frame facing downwards to hold the clips

Cover the whiteboard and chalk pens in white paper first to hide the print on them, them wrap with some matching washi tape

Glue large pegs on the top corners to hold the pens, decorated the pegs with some washi tape.

Add little elements to the other segments if you wish, I put mini Post It's on mine

A calendar is always handy

Thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure to follow Xyron on Facebook for inspirations and giveaways. 

I'm also on facebook if you want to stop by and say hi !

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