Monday, August 22, 2016

DIY: Crayon Box

Hello Everyone!

The back to school season is upon us which means the back to school DIY train is in full motion! Now I have been seeing tons of adorable back to school DIYs and really wanted to make something for the season. So when Xyron challenged it's design team members to create a back to school project, I was beyond excited! 

For this project, I wanted to create something functional but also super cute! The project that came to my mind was a crayon box because (if we're being honest) we all need one! I also thought a crayon box would be a nice duel project whether you were making it for your kids or for yourself (since the coloring book trend is still going strong). 

When looking at the final photo you may be thinking that this project is complicated. However, it's not! I decided to go full blown Crayola/ Roy G. Biv style but you could make this box any color or style that you want. All it comes down to, is simply choosing your paint! 

In this project, I will be using Xyron® 3” Sticker Maker. I've already talked about this sticker maker and all the awesome stuff it can do, in a previously post. So you if want to learn more about this sticker maker, then check out this post here

Now if you're ready to make your own crayon box, then keep reading below!

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Wooden Box
Wooden Letters
Paint (in multiple colors)
Foam Brush
Black Paint Pen  

Step 1: Paint your wooden box inside and out, then set it aside to dry. 

Now you may have noticed that I painted my box to resemble Crayola's Crayon box. Doing this type of paint job is completely optional and not necessary. However, if you want to paint your box like Crayola's Crayon box, simply tape off the striped areas with painter's tape and then paint each section accordingly.

Step 2: Paint each of your wooden letters and set them aside to dry.

Step 3: Once your wooden letters are dried, grab your black paint pen and draw on two squiggly lines. These squiggly lines will be at the top and bottom of your letter, and will represent the squiggly pattern which is on a normal crayon. 

Repeat this set with all your other letters.

Step 4: Grab all of your wooden letters and begin sliding them through your Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker. In the above photo, you will see how I ran the letter C through the sticker maker.

Keep repeating this process until you have run each wooden letter through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

Step 5: Add your now wooden letter stickers to the front of your wooden box. Before adding them through, make sure you rub each letter while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesives backing.

Once all your letters have been added on, you're ready to start using your new crayon box!

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I'm pretty darn happy about this little box turned out! I think it would look so cute on a shelf, in a teacher's classroom, or in the middle of child's ''coloring book table''.

On a side note, I do want to briefly talk about the inside of the crayon box. If you do make this crayon box, the inside of the box will be marked up by the crayons. This is sort of inevitable and the only way to get around this would be to store your crayons either in their boxes or in a plastic bag, then place them in your finished crayon box. I only mentioned this, because I know there might be a few of you who may want to keep everything super de duper neat! 

Besides crayons, you could always switch out the word to read markers, pens, or another type of supply. That way if your making this for a friend, it can really be customized to fit their needs or taste. 

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like this crayon box?

xo Katie

Friday, August 19, 2016

DIY: Wooden Jewelry

Hello Everyone,
Today I have a DIY which I haven't done in a while, that DIY being jewelry! Now back when I had my Etsy shop, jewelry was my jam. I don't make that much anymore, but today we're bringing it back!

With that thought in mind, today's project is going to be about creating fun wooden jewelry (specifically rings and pins)! Now 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® 1.5″ Sticker Maker. I've talked about the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Imagine Crafts! If you have never heard of Imagine Crafts, they are a company that is all about teaching, making and building the creative community. On their site, there is a section for their awesome products, which practically covers everything under the crafty sun! They produce craft products for paper, fabric, mix media, and even create tools and storage. Their selection is very wide and their color choices for inks pads, is pretty crazy (I mean you can seriously find any color that you want)!  

Now that you know what were using, let's make some fun jewelry! 

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Scrapbooking Paper (I'm using paper by Amy Tangerine)
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Ring Blanks
Pin Blanks
Scissors (not pictured)
Your Favorite Industrial Strength Glue (not pictured)

Step 1: Cut out pieces of your scrapbooking paper that will fit on top of your wooden cutout shapes. At this point, it's ok if your cutting is not perfect because we will be trimming down the paper later.  

Step 2: Grab your scrapbooking paper pieces and slide each piece through your Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker. Keep repeating this process until you have run each piece of paper through your Xyron Sticker Maker. 

Step 3: Add your scrapbooking paper piece to the front of your wooden cutout. Before adding it through, make sure you rub each scrapbooking paper piece while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesives backing.

When your scrapbooking paper piece is on your wooden cutout, trim around the edges with some scissors, to get a nice clean edge.  

Step 4: Dip your sponge daubers into the color ink pad that will match your scrapbooking paper. Then rub the sides of your wooden cutout with your sponge dauber, which is covered in ink. Keep repeating this process until you have the desired color and look on your wooden cutout. Finally, set the whole thing aside to dry.  

Step 5: Now apply a thin coat of Dimensional Magic to the top of your wooden cutout. When applying the Dimensional Magic you may want to have a toothpick handy so you can pop any air bubbles. At first, the top of your wooden cutout may look ''cloudy'' but that's ok because it will dry completely clear. After you finish applying the Dimensional Magic set your wooden cutout aside to dry for 24 hours.  

Step 6: When the Dimensional Magic is dry, flip your pieces over and glue on either a pin or ring blank and set them aside to dry.

Once your pieces are dry, you're ready to wear them!

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I just loved how this jewelry came out! The sponge daubers were the perfect tool to apply ink around the edges to these wooden cutouts! Also, it was so nice that I didn't have to break out any paint or paint brushes for this project.

Now I used scrapbooking paper that could be ''worn'' every day, but you could easily use scrapbooking paper that was holiday themed, to create holiday jewelry! I mean Halloween is coming up and you could seriously create some cute Halloween jewelry. 

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

Also check out the Imagine Craft's blog to see what there lovely team is creating with Xyron products! 

So what do you think? Do you like this take on wooden jewelry?

xo Katie

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

3 Small Xyron Products That Pack A Big Punch

Hello Everyone, 

As you all know, I am currently a member of Xryon's design team! Being on the design team has been so much fun because I am able to meet crafty people and try a bunch of new products. While being on the team, I have found that some of Xyron's products which are ''small'' are really the ones that pack the biggest punch! Meaning, that for the small size and price tag that they are, you do get a lot of bang for your crafty buck.  

So today, I thought it would be fun to talk about 3 ''small'' Xyron products that pack a big punch! Below I will be giving you the ''meats and potatoes'' of what you need to know about each product, along with my personal thoughts!

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1. Xyron Creative Station Lite 5 Inches: The Xyron Creative Station Lite was released earlier in the year and has become my favorite Xyron product! Simply because it can be used in a variety of craft projects and it does all the same things that a normal Xyron Creative Station can do. Now if you're not familiar with Xyron's Creative Stations in general, they are basically machines which allow you to add adhesive, magnets or laminates to your projects. The 5 inch Xyron Creation Station Lite can do all of these things but just has a smaller footprint!  

This smaller footprint is perfect if you're short on space and it really allows you to focus on those smaller projects, like cards. However, that’s not to say you can't use it to create bigger pieces of wall art (check out this project that I made using the Creative Station Lite). Finally, the Creative Station Lite holds both 5 inch and 3 inch Creative Station cartridges. This is great because you have the option of getting what you want, instead of being stuck with one particular cartridge that you need to get.

2. Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker: The Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker is truly a small product that packs a big punch! This sticker maker, I have used on countless projects and it has never failed me. Besides that, I have ran cardstock cutouts, ribbon, and even wooden veneer letters through the sticker maker, with everything being turned into a sticker successfully! If you don't believe me, check out my DIY: Wooden Veneer Labeled Drawer Set!

The sticker maker itself is only 1.5 inches, however, it great for smaller embellishment. My favorite thing to use this sticker maker for is ribbon. Simply because I don't like to put messy glue on ribbon! In this case, it's so easy to run the ribbon through the Xyron 1.5 Sticker Maker and know that the back side is covered with no-mess adhesive. Besides that, you can also buy either the permanent or repositionable adhesive refill for this sticker maker.
3. Xyron Tap Runner: The Xyron Tape Runner is an unique product which I had never heard about before being on the Xyron design team. The reason why the tape runner is unique is because it has a dot-like matrix pattern when being applied to a project. This dot-like matrix pattern is important because it allows you to cover those intricate die cuts where adhesive is needed. For example, if you had a die-cut that had some sort of word in the middle cutout, then the adhesive from the Xyron Tape Runner would only go on the solid portions of the die-cut and not the cutout word in the middle. 

I've used the Xyron Tape Runner on several different projects and the adhesiveness is just as the same as it is in other Xyron products. My favorite project that I made using this product as been these gift boxes. To me using the Xyron Tape Runner to either make gift boxes or wrap gifts, really shows that it’s a strong adhesive runner! Also, this tape runner comes in a Mega Runner, which is perfect for those larger projects!

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So if you're looking for something new to try out, then I would definitely check out one of these products! Out of the three, my favorite is definitely the Creative Station Lite!

To find out more about these and other Xyron products, visit their site here!

Have you ever used Xyron products before? If so, what is your favorite product?

xo Katie

*All opinions are my own. I am on Xyron's design team, but they did not ask me or pay me to write this blog post! I'm just a craft blogger who is trying to share useful information on craft products! *


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