Friday, March 24, 2017

DIY: Mini Travel Bag Organizers


Happy Friday Everyone!

If you love Teresa Collins products and the theme of traveling, then you will love the DIY we are making today!

Today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 9'' Creative Station and the Xyron® Teresa Collins Mega Runner. I've talked about the Xyron® 9'' Creative Station and Xyron Tape Runner before, so if you want to learn more about them, then click here (for the creative station) and click here (for the Xyron Tape Runner).

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Teresa Collins! I have been a fan of Teresa Collins's products for years and was so happy to find out that she was our partner for this month! Now if you're not familiar with Teresa Collins, she creates tons of gorgeous products which are usually dripping in gold (lol). For example, she makes scrapbooking paper, stickers, stamps, embellishments, inks, and has even partnered up with Xyron! Needless to say, all her products are impeccably put together and she makes (product wise) a little bit of everything!

Specifically, in today's post, I will be showing you how to makeover some simple plastic travel bags to hold and organized all your stuff while traveling. This DIY was actually inspired by Teresa Collins's Wanderlust collection because it was just so darn pretty and made me want to travel!

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Supplies
Teresa Collins: Studio Gold Clip Set
Plastic Travel Bags (the size I used is 7 1/2 inches by 7 inches)
Scissors
Pen (not pictured)
Awl (not pictured/optional)
 

Step 1: Cut out a piece of scrapbooking paper that will fit the inside of your travel bag. With that in mind, it is better (in this case) if your paper is a bit smaller than the inside of your bag and not the exact size. Once that is done, then begin to cut out additional pieces and arrange them to create a mini layout. For the picture shown above, I used the following: Wanderlust Collection 12x12 Paper Tiles and Wanderlust Collection 6x6 Paper Pad.


Step 2: Once you are happy with the mini layout, flip each of the smaller paper pieces over. Then use Xyron's Teresa Collins Mega Runner to attach each piece to the larger piece of scrapbooking paper. Also, during this step, you may want to add other embellishments like stickers. For the picture shown above, I used a sticker from the Wanderlust Collection Decorative Sticker Sheet.


Step 3: Grab your mini scrapbook layout and slide it through your Xyron 9'' Creative Station machine. Once your piece has been run through the machine, cut around the laminated piece, leaving about a quarter of an inch of laminate on each side.


Step 4: Grab a piece of scrap paper and write what you want to store in your bag (like jewelry). Then attached that piece of paper to the outside of your travel bag by using your Xyron Teresa Collins Mega Runner. Once the piece of paper has been attached lay the gold bookplate on top of the paper and make two marks where the holes will be. Finally, use your awl to poke holes in the top layer of the travel bag and attach the gold bookplate using the brads. By doing this, you have now created a cute label for your bag!

When your label has been created, slide in your laminated scrapbook layout, and you are now ready to use your mini travel bag organizers! 





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I just loved how these mini travel bag organizers came out! My favorite mini travel bag is definitely the jewelry bag!

In case you are wondering these travel bag organizers can be used for almost anything. In the above photos, I created one for jewelry, Instax photos, and for souvenirs to give to a friend. Depending on your travel needs, these bags could hold almost anything. In addition, the fact that the decorate mini scrapbook layout is laminated and can be removed from the bag, makes it a good travel coaster or little mat to set your stuff on!

As always, to follow along with all the crafty fun and to never miss a new design team member's project, check out Xyron's Facebook and Pinterest page!

What do you think? Do you like these mini travel bag organizers?

xo Katie

Monday, March 20, 2017

My Favorite DIYs Right Now


Hello Everyone!

Well, happy March (lol)! I can't believe this is my first post since February. Not to sound like a broken record, but school has been taking up all my time this semester. Due to that, my blogging has been very slow and lacking for the past few months (which I can't stand). The fantastic thing, however, is that this week is my final week of college!!! I mean the LAST, FINAL, COMPLETELY DONE WEEK! For me, that means I will be graduating with my bachelor's and be DONE forever with school! After this week, we are going to have some fun around here!

Since I have been so busy, I've been looking at craft projects more often than making them. So today's blog post is full of bright and adorable DIYs that I'm currently loving right now!

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Studio DIY: DIY Embroidered Sweatshirt (+My Fave Easy Embroidery Hack!!)
The Crafted Life: DIY Glitter Hair Pins
Club Crafted: Kitchen Sink Brownies
Damask Love: DIY Crayon Mail Tube Bank
Aww Sam: Edible Girl Scout Cookie Dough: 3 Recipes
Enthralling Gumption: DIY Embroidered Patch Phone Case
The Glitter In My Tea: DIY Toy Donut Truck Thumb Drive
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Out of all theses DIYs, I love the crayon bank! I will probably have to make one of those for my school loans, but for now, I'm just going to enjoy the fact that I will be done with school (lol)!

What have been your favorite DIYs lately?

xo Katie

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DIY: Coloring Book Page Thank You Cards



Hello Everyone!

I have been waiting for this day for so long because today is my first project for Xyron!!!

As some of you may know, I was on Xyron's 2016 Design Team last year and was able to make the cut to be on their 2017 Design Team this year! Needless to say, it was so nice to know that I had not been voted off the crafty island (lol)!

Now, if you're not familiar with Xyron, they are a company that creates products to enhance and protect your handmade creations. Some of the products that they are best known for are their sticker makers, creative stations, and professional laminators. In today's project, I will be using the Xyron Creative Station Lite which is a great product to start with, if you're new to Xyron.

Also, if you landed on this post and have no clue who I am, that's ok! My name is Katie and I am a DIY blogger, who believes that crafting should be simple, fun, and unique! Here on Running with a Glue Gun, I focus on all things that are crafty. Meaning, that I share DIY posts, write craft products reviews, and share crafty tips.

But that is enough about little old me!

What you really want to know, is what we are making today! Well, Xyron asked each of their design team members to create a card for their first project. I will be honest, cardmaking is not my strongest crafting skill but I tried my best to create some cards that were simple, fun, and unique. Today I will be showing you how to turn your coloring book pages into fun thank you cards, in only 5 easy steps! 

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Supplies
Xyron® Creative Station Lite and Permanent Refills
Coloring Book Page
Blank Cards
Scrapbooking Paper from DCWV's DIY Project Stack Mini Albums
Paper Word Embellishments (not pictured)
Scissors 


Step 1: Grab your coloring book pages and color those areas that you want to use for your card.


Step 2: Cut out the images you colored with your scissors.


Step 3: Grab your scrapbooking paper and your other paper word embellishments, then cut them to size to fit the front of your card.

For this project I used the following from the DCWV's DIY Project Stack Mini Albums: (starting from left to right) coral/yellow arrows, yellow zigzag paper, multicolored triangles, blue diagonal lines, and green floral.


Step 4: Slide your coloring book page cut-outs, your scrapbooking paper, and paper word embellishments through your Xyron Creative Station Lite. Keep repeating this process until you have run each piece through your Xyron Creative Station.


Step 5: Once your paper pieces have been run through the Xyron Creative Station Lite, you're ready to start creating your card. In this case, I first put down my background (the scrapbooking paper), then my coloring book page cut out, and finally my paper word embellishment. However, before adding each piece, make sure you rub each paper piece while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you will be creating a really strong adhesive backing.

Once your cards has been completely assembled, you are ready to write your message and give them to your family and friends!





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I love how these thank you cards turned out!

The nice thing about using Xyron to adhere your coloring book pages to any surface is that the Xyron adhesive does not affect the medium you used on your cards. For example, if you were to of used a decoupage glue in this situation, then the glue might have smeared any ink or watercolor you might have used on your coloring book page. So in this case, I feel that Xyron's products and coloring book pages are definitely a perfect match!

Also, in case you are wondering, I actually rounded the corners of my cards by using the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board. I did this by sliding the corners of the card into the slot that said ''rounded corner'' on the punch board.

To follow along with all the crafty fun and to never miss a new design team member's project, check out Xyron's Facebook and Pinterest page!

As always, what do you think of today's project and have you ever used Xyron's products?

xo Katie

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