I bought myself a new toy last weekend and I’ve already had some fun with it. (Thankfully, most of my “toys” aren’t too expensive, unlike Jon’s “toys”. :-P)
In case you aren’t familiar with the Xyron, it’s a sticker maker. That’s the basic principle behind all of their models. As you get the higher-end models, they can do a bit more, and you also have a larger working space. Here’s mine…
Isn’t it cute?? This model, the XRN150 of the Create-a-Sticker family, provides you with a 1.5 inch working space. For this particular product, there are two different cartridges that are available, each at a length of 20 feet. Each applies a different type of stickiness to your object: permanent or repositionable. As you can see in the picture, in the center of the “X”, there is a place for the cartridge to show through which lets you know which one you are using. The one currently in the Xryon in this picture is a permanent cartridge.
While I haven’t had a lot of time to use my Xyron, I envision it having many great uses. From card making to scrapbooking to general crafting to helping to keep me organized, I am looking forward to using this little tool! (Some of the higher-end Xyron devices appear to be able to help me out with those tasks even more. I think I’ll be investing in those in the near future if I have anything to say about it.)
One of the best things about this device, and all Xyrons for that matter, is that they are simple to operate. On top of that, there are no batteries or heat required.
After I got my Xyron, I took on a simple organizational task in getting some of the bins I have labeled so that I can more easily located things. Allow me to show you how easy it was to get these made:
First, I started with my labels. I simple typed them up on the computer in a font I liked and big enough that I could read them at a distance. I then cut them up using my Fiskars paper trimmer (I’ve had that thing for years. I don’t know what I did before it. Or what I’d do without it now.).
Next, pick a label, any label! Which ever side you want the sticky to be placed on needs to be facing down (or, if it’s easier for you to think of it this way, if there’s text on the object, that needs to be facing up). Load your object into the Xyron as shown here:
The object that you are putting through the Xyron does not have to be straight as it goes through the machine. I had no problem with adhesive being evenly applied to the object. Here’s what it looks like after it’s been pulled through the Xyron:
As you can see, there is a white backing and a clear overlay. The white backing has the adhesive. You can also see the start of another label on this same string. You can continually string them together without an issue. It also saves you a few inches of your precious adhesive tape. In order to make sure that the adhesive has been successfully and completely applied to the label, you’re going to rub across the label, like so:
(Yes, I know. I switched labels on you.) Now, find where you want to apply your label and stick it on. Be sure to smooth it out from edge to edge because, unlike if you had used tape, you have edge-to-edge adhesive on your label.
And now, you have a beautifully labeled box where you can easily locate your supplies! And it was so quick and easy to do.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. However, if Xyron would like to send me products to review, I would do so with great enthusiasm! 🙂