It was probably 4 or 5 years ago when I first stumbled upon a Xyron Create-a-Sticker 250 for sale in my local Wal*Mart. I bought it wondering how I would ever end up using it. Little did I know that I would soon find my life impossible to live without it. And not just for scrapbooking. I have used it for all kinds of crafts, some of which I will talk about in this article.
I use this is for applying ribbon to a layout or other project where you want the ribbon to lay completely flat. Before I got my Xyron I tried ribbon glue, which always bled through my sheer ribbons and was a sticky mess. I also tried regular adhesive runner tapes, which are too wide for some skinny ribbons and didn't hold very well. Feeding your ribbon through the Xyron Create-a-Sticker makes it perfect every time.
I also use this to apply diecut alphabets. This machine is perfection for this task. After cutting out letters with my Cricut, I simply feed them through the Sticker Maker and they adhere perfectly. No trying to glue it, and no corners peel up.
When my daughter was potty training I scoured the store for just the right stickers to fill her reward chart with. She declined every suggestion I made and finally I said, Honey, what kind of sticker would you like? And she answered A sticker of me. I immediately went home, printed pictures of her face, cut them into small 1 inch squares and sent them through the Xyron. She was completely thrilled and was potty trained in a week flat.
I'm sure by now it's obvious that I am completely smitten with this product. I could not live without it!
I just received my Xyron from this site and I love it! It is terrific, particularly for small items that I want to adhere to a scrapbook page. It's also quicker than adhering little stickies to each little item and then applying them to the scrapbook page. I just line up everything that I know I am going to be adhering and crank it through the Xyron; what comes out the other end is a "paper" with the items stuck to it. When I'm ready to use the little (or larger) item, I just take it off the Xyron paper and stick it to the scrapbook layout - no stopping to mess around with glue, glue tabs, etc. I am now looking for a sale for the 5" Xyron because I love the 2.5" so much!
I can't get over how easy the Xyron Create A Sticker Maker is. I've spent the last three years attempting to get adhesive on very small embellishments that I have made myself. I have found this to be a very taxing process. I get adhesive where I don't want it, and I fail to get adhesive where I do want it.
The Create a Sticker Maker even takes in very small, fine-detailed paper items. If I can cut it small, the Create a Sticker Maker can get adhesive on it. Completely!
Now I don't have embellishments coming off the page, and I don't have adhesive showing or stuck to things I didn't want to include.
And it is so fast and easy to use! I feel so empowered!
I have this little goodie in two sizes. You could get by with one if it were this larger one, but it's handy to have both. If you ever work with ribbon, you absolutely need this. It will turn your project with the crooked ribbon placement, the glue peeking out and the frayed ribbon edges into a professional looking project you can be proud of. My new favorite way to use it is to run a cardstock embellishment or a pattern cut or punched from cardstock through the little gadget and use the resulting goodie as a seal on an envelope flap. More wonders await--I just have to put on my thinking cap and figure out what they are :-)