Thursday, January 11, 2018

Shabby Chic Love Journal


Hello, Crafty Friends! I'm back again for my LAST post of the term for Team Xyron. It has been a incredible year. One that I won't soon forget. As our term comes to an end, we were asked to make our last post about our FAVORITE Xyron product. And let me tell you, it was not an easy decision.

It was extremely hard to choose... why? Because Xyron makes tons of awesome products. Many of which I use on a daily basis and all of which are my "go-tos". So, I had to approach this question from a different angle... Which of my favorites had the most versatility, which one could do more? Because if it can do a lot more than the rest then surely it would reign supreme.

And the answer to my questions was a no-brainer... 

The Creative Station!!!

So, for my project today, I using the "Big Daddy" of Xyron Adhesive Machines, the Xyron Creative Station, to create another fave of mine... a journal!! A romantic, shabby chic, "Love" Journal to be more precise!

Supplies Used
Xyron Creative Station w/ 9" & 5" Permanent Refill
Meet Me In Paris Stack (DCWV)
Chipboard
Embossed Felt (Kunin)
Rose Buds-Cream (Little Birdie Crafts)
Flower Clippings (Prima Marketing)
Paper Leaves (Recollection)
Mechanicals- Tin Hearts, Grungy Butterflies, & Vintage Trinket Flowers (Prima)
Tim Holtz- Word Bands (Advantus Corp)
Guilding Wax (Pebeo)
Tim Holtz Acyrlic Stamps 
Distress Inks- Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain (Ranger)

I start off with cutting my materials down to die-cuttable widths (6"x12"). Then I run my paper through my Creative Station and adhere it to the chipboard on both sides. I just created a double-sided patterned chipboard. I repeat that step on a second chipboard piece. Then I die-cut both these newly covered panels using Eileen Hull's Journal Die and set them aside.

Ok, so the BIG work was taken care of. I still need my adhesive machine but I don't need larger sheets of adhesive... what to do, what to do... easy, I convert it!! I switch out my Large 9" cartridge for a smaller 5" one. It's soo easy-peasy.

Simply push in the top latch to release the lid, grip the 9" cartridge and pull straight up. Next, lift the little green partition, then slide in the 5" inch cartridge. Make sure your adhesive sheet is in between your two rollers, and close your lide till it clicks. BOOM, DONE!!
 Now, this bad boy is ready to go! I can run smaller object through with less waste. Becasue let's face it... our adhesive is like gold!! And we don't wan to waste gold!

But just because it smaller or less wide, doesn't mean that this puppy can do less... Nope... not at all!
The Creative Station can create self-adhesive Chipboard (YAY, Chipboard Stickers)! It can turn cut out journaling cards into homemade stickers!! Do you know how much embellishments like these cost in store? Too much if you ask me... I can just make them at home for a few cents!

Look how gorgeous they are decorating this journal insert!!
I'm not even close to coming to an end of the list of things this "magical" mchine can do... yes, I said magical... because how else can you also add adhesive to FELT and CHEESE CLOTH?? YESSSS, you heard me right... I ran both through my Creative Station!!

I've made my own self adhesive chipboard sticker, self adhesive felt, and self adhesive cheesecloth!!

All of these thing make my journal making a breeze!! I don't have to sit around to wait for massive amounts of glue to dry! Just BAM, BAM, BAM!!

Felt on... Check!
Cheease cloth on... Check!
Chipboard Frame on... Checkity check check!!!


The only wet glue I used was for my flowers and if those were'nt stacked so high I'd probably try to run those through too! The Xyron Creative Station can take widths up to 1/4" (think the width of a nickel). But shhh, I'm going to tell you a little secret of mine... pop the lid open, just let it rest closed and don not click it  shut. This gives you just a little more "breathing room". And instead a cranking your item through, give the adhesive film a gentle pull from behind the machine. 

**Disclaimer** 
This is my personal method and is not advised or recommended by Xyron. Use this technique at your own risk and discretion.

Hahahaha... just had  to let you all know that!

And here is my finshed Journal...