When scrapbooking became fashionable more than a decade ago, I honestly thought it might be one of those fads that stay for a while and then go away. I was, of course, wrong. Scrapbooking seems to become more popular with each passing year.
I have always loved to scrapbook. We did it regularly in my sorority to honor our chapter’s president at the end of the year. However, in those days, we had to be very creative because we didn’t have the myriad of craft supplies that are now available on the market.
My daughter has put me in charge of doing scrapbooks for my grandson. I love it! It’s a lot of fun and it is something that he will know his Nana did for him when I have passed on. I hope it will become a special memory for him that lets him know how much he was loved.
I’m constantly in search of new ideas for my grandson’s books. I like being creative and using unusual items to decorate, but my crazy ideas don’t always easily lend themselves to what I want them to do.
I’ve been longing for a Xyron machine for the last few years so that I could create my own stickers for the scrapbook. Most, however, tend to be very expensive; well out of my budget range.
My husband, knowing that I wanted a Xyron, purchased one for me for my birthday. Being the smart man he is, however, he knew better than to spend too much because of our tight. He managed to find the Xyron 500 for just $19.99. It’s refill cartridges are also reasonable at just $9.99.
The Xyron 500 isn’t a large machine. It is wonderfully compact and doesn’t require batteries or electricity. Still it does exactly what I wanted. It creates stickers out of virtually anything by applying an even layer of adhesive to materials up to 5″ in width and 1/16″ or less in thickness. It also accepts two different types of cartridges; acid-free permanent adhesive and repositionable adhesive.
You simply roll the item you wish to make into a sticker through the machine, turning the dial clockwise. Once it has received its adhesive backing, all that is left to do is tear it using the machine’s own cutting blade.
Because the machine doesn’t use heat and doesn’t employ batteries or electricity, almost every member of the family can use it. Children under the age of six should not, however, use the machine without a parent in attendance.
Xyron can be used for a myriad of projects outside of scrapbooking. You can make your own greeting cards, calendars, books, and labels (e.g., for jars, packages, CD’s, etc.). Use it to embellish a gift bag or box or to make your own picture frame. Decorate your school binders, wallets, purses, CD cases or almost anything else you can think of.
With Xyron the only limitation seems to be your own imagination. However, the machine also comes with an idea book to get your creative juices flowing.
While this surely isn’t as sophisticated a machine as some of the larger Xyrons that laminate or turn items into magnets, it is perfect for my scrapbooking purposes. I love it and give it four out of five stars.
For more information on this and other Xyron machine, check them out at local craft stores like Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Hobby Lobby, or Ben Franklin; call their toll free number at 1-800-793-3523; or go to their website at www.xyron.com.