Entries in in my toolbox (2)

Wednesday
Jun262013

IN MY TOOLBOX / XYRON STICKER MACHINE

I discovered Xyron sticker machines after J was born (ten years ago!) and I remember thinking it was one of the best inventions ever! And the funny thing is I thought everyone knew about Xyron sticker machines until I started teaching Packaging 101 workshops. So although many of you might already know about them, I will be satisfied if I have enlightened just one person about the wonders of the Xyron sticker machine. The Xyron sticker machine comes in a variety of sizes. You can put fabric, paper, and various flat materials through the Xyron and an adhesive will be applied to the back of the material. I use it a lot for paper crafting by making paper cut outs in to stickers. I've also used it to with fabric scraps to make little gift toppers like this and my boys like to turn their little drawings in to stickers. If you don't have a Xyron sticker machine in your craft toolbox, I highy recommend one!

Wednesday
May222013

IN MY TOOLBOX / DAHLE PAPER CUTTER

I receive a lot of emails asking for recommendations for various supplies, tools, and resources. And many people requested through my first reader survey that I list my favorite supplies on my blog. So I decided that every week I will share one of my favorite things in my toolbox. For the first "In My Toolbox" post, I wanted to write about my favorite paper cutter. If you are new to paper crafting or a seasoned pro, having a nice quality paper cutter will save you time and make life easier. I've had my Dahle 552 paper cutter for over ten years and it still works as well as it did when I first bought it. My first paper cutter was an inexpensive one (the kind you can buy at your local craft store) and I disliked it because it didn't make perfectly straight cuts. This Dahle 552 paper cutter makes perfectly straight cuts and the self-sharpening blade is enclosed in a protective house so even my boys can use it (I always supervise them though). I love the fact that I have never had to replace the blade and it still is super sharp and I also love that you can make cuts in either direction. This model can cut paper up to 20 1/8" long which I find handy since I often use large sheets of paper for projects. The paper cutter is made of metal so it is quite sturdy. I definitely recommend Dahle paper cutters!