This mini makes me happy

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotI’m often asked which Xyron machine is my favorite and for this assignment that’s exactly what the Xyron people wanted to know. Such a difficult question to answer – especially for me. I own, love and use them all and have for all my crafting years. My Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker was purchased on my very first night of scrapbooking at a crop. I had no idea what I was doing back then but realized quickly this was one little special tool! It didn’t take me long to purchase the 5″ Creative Station then before I knew it I just had to have the 9″ Creative Station because I make a load of mini books. So, for this tutorial I chose the 9″ Creative Station as my favorite (though I did bring in the my 5″ and 1.5″ machine as well).

I’ve wanted to make a little book like this ever since I seen the one, Heather Conklin, fellow Xyron Design Team member made last year. So here’s my version!

I began with a paper pad from KaiserCraft – Telegraph Road. I also used craft-colored paper to cut my own tags to make the pages.

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The papers were cut, punched and inked before running them through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station. Love my Xyron machines! Xyron makes it so easy to create beautiful mini books. The papers are secure on the backgrounds and I never worry of any of them lifting.

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Then just remove the top covering of cellophane, peel and stick.

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When the pages were all decorated I stitched them around the edges a bit randomly. Half the finished pages were processed through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station so I could stick them back-to-back with the remaining pages.

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This book contains five pages back-to-back with room for photos on both sides. Holes punched in the top allow book rings to hold it together and hang from the Ikea Tolsby frame. I added photos of my adorable grand-dogs, punched flowers, some ribbons and punch-outs from the paper pack to finish it off.

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This is a wonderful way to display some of your favorite photos and Xyron makes it so easy to make!

Out in the wilds

The Xyron Design Team is hopping with Paper House Productions this week. I really enjoyed working with the paper and embellishments I received from Paper House.

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The paper pad is “In the Wild.” The papers have everything to do with the outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing.

I created this scrapbook layout using a photo I had just taken from a recent trip to Ludington – the paper was just perfect!

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After my border strips were cut and punched I ran them through my Xyron 5” Creative Station to adhere them to the background paper. The little corrugated hearts were mussed up and painted slightly then adhered with the Xyron Adhesive Dots.

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I typed my journaling and printed it on white cardstock, cut it out, inked the edges then run them through the Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker.

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I love the way this page turned out, especially with the punched leaves along the border – perfect for a Fall-themed layout!

I also made a little tag book from the same paper pad, lots of Paper House Productions dimensional embellishments along with some Coordinations Cardstock. It’s a great little book to take along on a weekend camping/hiking trip so you can journal your adventures.

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I processed all the tag pages through my Xyron Creatopia and adhered them back-to-back to create a nice, strong page.

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Adding a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges just helps to enhance the outdoorsy look of the book.

The embellishments were so easy to add to each little page – just peel and stick!

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I bound the pages together with the Zutter Bind-it-all system then added some beautiful fibers to each page to complete the look.

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Supplies used:

Xyron Creatopia with Stickz Adhesive
Xyron 5” Create-a-Station with permanent adhesive
Xyron 1.5” Create-a-Sticker maker with permanent adhesive
Xyron Adhesive Dots
Xyron Mega Runner with ½” adhesive
Paper House Productions “In The Wild” paper stack
Paper House Productions “Roughin’ It” 3-D sticker
Paper House Productions “In the Woods” 3-D sticker
Paper House Productions “Outdoors Diecut Sticker Pack”
Paper House Productions “Camping 2 Cardstock Stickers”
Coor’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection

Back to School in mini style

linda_mug_2014This little book came together so quickly and easily you’ll want to make one for each child, grandchild or friend’s child!  linda_neff_Xyron_Pebbles_back_to_school_mini_9

I started with four 12X12 sheets of pattern paper by Pebbles back to school collection: Notebook, Scissors, Apples and Rulers. They’re all double-sided so it’s like working with eight sheets! I also used Pebbles back to school stickers: Accent Stickers 6, 7 & 56; Accent & Phrase Stickers 10 & 18. Frames by Studio Calico, Xyron 5″ Creative Sticker Maker and Xyron Creatopia – both with permanent adhesive, Perfect Paper Crafting layering ruler, Ranger’s Black Archival Ink (for edging all papers), Westcott scissors and a paper trimmer.

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After measuring the library pockets the paper is cut to fit just inside the pocket with about an 1/8″ edge from the library pocket edge and at least 3/4″ down inside the pocket. I cut small pieces to fit the bottom flap and larger pieces to cover the entire back. All paper edges are inked.

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After it’s all inked, all the papers are passed through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station and Xyron Creatopia to place a solid covering of adhesive on the back.

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After every piece is run through I then, flip and rub the back before peeling the top layer of plastic coating off, so it looks like this – all nicely lined up and ready to peel-and-stick!

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It is so easy to simply peel the papers from the Xyron backing and adhere them to the library pockets in manner you wish. I like to mix up the patterns to create lots of contrast.

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The fun comes with decorating each little pocket. The Pebbles stickers made this part really easy as well! I had the sticker Frames by Studio Calico so opted to stick them to white cardstock (so photos could be added later) and then use the Perfect Paper Crafting layering ruler to cut a 1/8″ frame around the sticker frames.

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Then I ran these through my Xyron 2.5″ Create-A-Sticker and stuck them to the back side of the library pockets. Cool eh?

Once I started using the stickers I couldn’t stop! They’re just so stinkin’ cute and show me a kid who doesn’t love bright, colorful stickers! These pages turned out so cute and will easily hold 3X5″ photos. Just print your photos and tuck them into the pockets for a great Back-to-School memory book.

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I used the Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the upper right corner and inserted a book ring to hold it all together. I love this and I know just the person I’m going to give it to!

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