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Attention planner addicts and papercrafting enthusiasts...besides the Cricut or Silhouette, there are a few other essential machines that have added so many options to my crafting possibilities! Meet the Xyron Creative Station, the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Machine, and the Xyron Create-A-Sticker. I am so excited to share with you why I love these machines and what they can do for you!
Xyron Creative Station
This item is a must-have. There are so many things you can do with it, including laminating, making magnets, and making repositionable or permanent stickers. I have a 5 inch and 9 inch version and love them both.
Note that mine in the picture looks slightly different from the one that you will see on Amazon, but this is only because they updated the look, but it is the same machine with the same functions.
The huge plus is that it does not require electricity, so it's easy to move around all you have to do is turn the wheel to get it to work. All it requires is a cartridge. There are several different cartridges available, such as laminating, repositionable adhesive sticker, permanent adhesive sticker, and magnet. The cartridges are a tad pricey, but I find they are cheapest on Amazon, and they last a long time.
In my opinion, the Xyron Creative Station is way easier to use than an actual laminating machine. I used it a ton when I taught high school, constantly laminating things for the classroom quickly and easily.
I have also made magnets with it (the magnets are apparently only available in the 5 inch version). You could put pictures through it and make them into magnets, use pretty pictures from magazines, or print out fun memes and other things to put on your refrigerator!
The adhesive option is one of my favorites. I love being able to make stickers easily and quickly. You can make virtually anything into a sticker. This comes in handy if you are a planner addict or snail mail enthusiast like me and you like having lots of stickers lying around.
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Machine
The Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Machine is amazing! The first time I saw it I thought "hmm..I probably wouldn't use that very much. I can't justify buying it." Later I realized how many things I wanted to have foil on them when I did papercrafting, and eventually I made the plunge and bought one a few years ago. I am still using it and am pleased with it, as it is a breeze to use, and it's so fun! It's not as essential as a Cricut, but it has its unique place in the crafting realm.
Imagine anything you print out in black ink being morphed into gold foil lettering (or pink foil or teal foil or silver foil...the possibilities are numerous with all the colors they have available.) That's essentially what it does, and you end up with gorgeous minc foil wall art, gift tags, stickers, cards, you name it.
Keep in mind you have to have a laser printer and smooth, glossy paper to make your own projects stick well with the foil. You can also purchase special sheets especially made for the machine, but I personally prefer the freedom to do my own unique things with the printer.
The minc foil machine is super easy to use and I'm so glad I purchased one, as I have made home decor and stickers, cards, and gift tags galore from it. Pictured below is a wall art set I made with my favorite hymns. It features Minc Foil on old transparency sheets (from the old-fashioned projectors that used to be around) with a scrapbook paper background to match my living room color scheme.
The Xyron Create-A-Sticker machine is the easiest way to make stickers out of literally anything. You could also make these with the adhesive cartridge on the regular Creative Station listed above, but this one is a more affordable version if you want to make stickers only. It is a 5 inch machine, meaning unlike the 9 inch Creative Station, you won't be able to put full pieces of paper in it and you'll have to cut them down to size. However, I use this machine ALL the time with making stickers for my planner and snail mail. It is a nice alternative to printable sticker paper, which can run super pricey.
Combine Both Machines to Make Gold Foil Planner Stickers!
If you are into making metallic foil stickers, you can even print off black and white stickers from your laser printer, then use the minc foil to make them gold or whatever other metallic you like, then use the Xyron machine to make them into adhesive stickers for your planner! How snazzy is that!?
Have you ever tried either of these machines? Which ones do you think you would use most? What types of papercrafting do you enjoy?
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Hi, I'm Tessa! I suppose I could sum myself up by confessing I am a crazy cat lady, amateur sewist, nature lover, bookworm, fabric fanatic, mental health advocate, craft enthusiast, tea addict, and an 'old soul.' Jesus is my all in all, and I'm so thankful that His love NEVER fails.