When I first saw the Xyron Create a Sticker machine, my initial reaction was to liken it to things such as the Crayola Crayon Maker from back in the day. Something about the bright colours and presentation just made me think, this is a toy meant for arts and crafts time with kids.
After a couple years I decided, naturally, that I needed one. I have a pretty obscene sticker collection and because of my art projects I go through glue like you wouldn’t believe. I actually really dislike glue sticks in general, as I feel they don’t often work as I would like them to and I hate the residue left on the project and my fingers. I’m not a fan of the drying time required for liquid school glue and hot glue guns are just too much hassle. But making things into stickers would be ideal, right?
I figured so.
Essentially the Xyron Create a Sticker machine is able to turn anything into a sticker… or that’s the claim at least. As the art I do most involves collaging and other sorts of multimedia scrapbooking-esque projects, I was really intrigued by the idea of being able to turn photos, journaling cards, cut-outs and other forms of ephemera into something adhesive without having to deal with glue.
This year I’ve gotten more into planning and have dabbled in making my own planner stickers, which solidified my decision to invest in the Xyron Create a Sticker machine. There are a couple different sizes that function a bit differently, but I decided the “Max” would be best for me as I didn’t need the other features in the larger one but liked the size that the “Max” provides. (This one is also called the Xyron XRN500 5-Inch Create-a-Sticker Machine… but Create a Sticker Max rolls off the tongue a bit easier).
To test out my new sticker maker, I decided to use it in the making of my latest Wreck This Journal page and share my first impressions.
First, I was pretty impressed with the price. I picked this guy up for $24.99. I couldn’t find it at Michaels but ended up tracking it down at Wal-Mart. It is quite light and compact enough that I can easily store it. It is primarily plastic and doesn’t require electricity or batteries which is a huge bonus.
Inside the box is the machine itself and an instruction guide. The instructions are pretty basic but I definitely would not have been able to figure out how to use the machine without them.
The first thing that surprised me was the actual method of how you feed the item you want to sticker-ify into the machine. What I had imagined was some kind of paper that you would place your item on and then feed it through the machine and it would come out as a sticker. That way, I would be able to not only maximize the usage of the adhesive paper by strategically laying out multiple items and feed them through at the same time, but by properly Tetris-ing them, I would be saving time and have multiple things ready to go simultaneously.
I decided that instead of just testing the sticker maker out on something random, I would use it on a Wreck This Journal page I had been working on. I’d already covered the page in scrapbook paper and was using my Silhouette Cameo to make the text. One of the things I often do with WTJ pages is cut the prompt out of the book to make creating a background easier. This also makes it so I can reposition the prompt text to suit my idea for the page if necessary.
I used plain white cardstock for the text on the regular cutting mat.
My original thought of how the machine worked, turned out to not be the case. Each item you want to turn into a sticker must be fed through the machine individually by pushing it as close to the input tray until the wheel catches it. This makes it difficult to use small things, such as my individual cut-out letters. One of the biggest complaints I saw online about the machine is the wasted adhesive. I thought I would avoid this with my planned method, but as that doesn’t really work, I can definitely agree with that complaint. I ended up having to individually glue on the letters for this page (sigh) but instead used the prompt text as my trial sticker.
To feed the paper into the machine, you push it towards the turquoise interior of the machine and turn the knob clockwise. It catches inside and then comes out the back as you continue twisting the knob.
After the paper has come out of the machine, you rip it off from the machine much the way you would remove parchment paper from its roll or a receipt from a credit card terminal.
You can definitely see how much empty space came out with my sticker, which is all potential sticker making space. As the refill cartridges are quite expensive (almost as much as the whole machine!) this is a bit frustrating. I will attribute most of the wasted space to the fact it was the first time I’d used the machine and I think I twisted the knob while taking it out of the box. Hopefully with practice I can find out how to minimize the amount of the adhesive paper I use.
My new sticker prompt peeled off with no problem.It was sufficiently sticky and definitely permanent. I tried to move it to straighten out the bottom but it was not going anywhere. There is a removable version of the cartridge that can be bought separately.
Overall I’m pleased with the Xyron Create a Sticker Max. I was disappointed that I could not arrange multiple small items (such as the letters for this project) onto the feed tray to create sticker letters but I plan to play around with this and hopefully make it work, because that would be a total game changer for me. Leaving the cut letters inside the paper form and placing the whole piece inside the sticker maker and then removing the individual letters after they have gone through and become sticker-ified, is something I want to test out. I think there is tonnes of potential for this machine and for a relatively low cost the Xyron sticker maker is a nice addition to any craft room.
Products Used/ Mentioned:
- Wreck This Journal (Expanded Edition)
- Xyron XRN500 5-Inch Create-a-Sticker Machine
- Silhouette Cameo
- Silhouette Cameo Cutting Mat
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Thanks so much for reading this post! Let me know if you have a sticker maker or if you have any tips or tricks on using this one!