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Best Xyron Tips and Ideas

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The Xyron Machines -Tips, Ideas and Inspiration

The Xyron machine adds adhesive to card stock projects

The Xyron machine adds adhesive to card stock projects

Paper Projects Without The Messy Adhesives

If you are a paper crafter, card maker or scrapbooker, then you know the frustration of getting glue on your fingers and your projects. I can't even count the amount of times, I have had glue on my fingers and ruined a project ! It is just plain frustrating to have sticky fingers and be handling paper

There is an answer to the mess of glue and all the frustration. That answer is the Xyron Machine line. I have several sizes and I could not imagine being without it. I use this machine for so many things, that it has more than paid for itself ! You are only limited in it's use by your own imagination. Here are some of the ideas and tips that I have learned and wanted to share.

The Xyron series offer a lot of opportunities to be creative. Each one of the sizes has specific uses, and you will want more than one in your craft room. You will want to get the most use out of these machines, so here is a guide to each of the series. each of these Zyron tips and ideas have been selected for different paper crafts and crafters.

Making Sticker Is A Breeze-Learn More

You can make all kinds of custom stickers with the Xyron machines

You can make all kinds of custom stickers with the Xyron machines

Advantages Of The Xyron Sticker Makers

You might be thinking to yourself, what are the advantages to having one of these sticker makers? Are they worth spending the money on.

Here are some things to consider:

  • No matter which machine or size you chose, they have edge to edge adhesive coverage
  • No batteries or electricity are needed
  • No messy glues or stains on any of your projects
  • No waiting time for glue to dry
  • You can create stickers in almost any length you can imagine
  • A hold that is even better than glue
  • Non toxic acid free adhesive
  • Easy to refill

Make A Binding For A Mini Book

You can use material and your xyron to create fast and permanent biding =s for your mini books

You can use material and your xyron to create fast and permanent biding =s for your mini books

What has Changed At Xyron

When I started crafting the models that Xyron was offering were pretty standard. There were only a few models available. The cartridges were clumsy and difficult to load in my book.

They are now calling their older models the Historic models. There are refills available for these models, but you need to know the exact name of the model to get the right refills.

In my book, getting a newer model would be worth the money. I like the newer drop in refills. A also like the newer creative stations with their multi function uses.

You can still get some of the older models on Amazon, but my concern would be that as time goes on, refills might be more difficult to get.

How To Use The Xyron With A Planner

Create a custom planner with your Xyron

Create a custom planner with your Xyron

More Uses For Your Xyron - Why Xyron Is A Must Have For Any Crafter

  1. You can make your own pop dots. Buy the sheets of craft foam that have sticky on one side. Run the sheet through my Xyron and you have an entire sheet of pop dots for pennies. You can cut them to any size you need.
  2. Make glitter sheets and embellishments
  3. Adhere buttons
  4. Make your own washi tape with any ribbon or paper. Simply run a piece of paper or ribbon through your zyron
  5. Want to apply glitter the easy way? Run your piece through the Xyron. Peel back and apply your glitter
  6. Make stickers for your home and office
Perfect little Xyron for flat gems, buttons and diecuts

Perfect little Xyron for flat gems, buttons and diecuts

Xyron 150

This is the smallest Xyron and the easiest to use. You simply put the item into the opening and manually pull it through. This is perfect for small items. Can be used in scrapbooks, cards and planners. It does come with one refill

It will accept items about as thick as a nickel.

The refills come in both permanent and repositionable refills. Refills are 20 feet long.

Average price is about $10 but the width is limiting.

How To Refill

  1. Grasp the two tabs on wither side of the refill role at the bottom of the X
  2. Pinch the two tabs together and pull outwards to remove the old refill
  3. Insert the new refill upwards into the X
  4. Listen for the audible click to make sure that the refill is secure

Price point is about $12.

The disposable version of the Xyron 150

The disposable version of the Xyron 150

These delightful disposable sticker makers come in sizes of 1.5 and 3 inches, You get 2 of each in the bundle. They are disposable and are able to be recycled.

I have seen these in several different patterns. They would be handy to take to a class or a crop.

Create A Sticker 5 Inch Permanent Adhesive


Create A Sticker 5 Inch Permanent Adhesive

Comes with 10 feet of permanent repositional adhesive. Twenty feet drop in refills are available at additional cost.

Xyron 5" Sticker Machine

Create A Sticker 2.5 Ideas

Equally useful this machine can also apply adhesive to the back of chipboard objects!. The refills come in permanent adhesive or repositionable adhesive. This machine is great for scrapbook artists. This unit will take up to 2.5 width items. But the best part is length does not matter. It has a crank handle , so no electricity ! I find that the unit sticker paper tears off easily-very little waste. Does chipboard letters easily !

Anna Griffin Create A Sticker Mini Bundle


This Create a Sticker Bundle has been all glamed up and comes with 2 -2.5 " refills

Multi function unit. You change the cartridge to change the function.

Multi function unit. You change the cartridge to change the function.

Creative Station Lite

These units are available in both three inch and five inch sizes. The cartridges are acid free and non toxic. They have drop in cartridges that will help you change functions easily. It will allow you to use items .125 inches thick. Comes pre-loaded with 5 inches of permanent adhesive .

In my mind, this is probably the one machine that most crafters should have ! It certainly has the most functions in that there are many refill options.

Averages about $44. Refills vary in price Dimensions are 5x9,4x6 inches.

Weighs 2 lbs

You can create stickers, create magnets and laminate all in one machine by changing the refills.

Type Of Refills Available

  • Permanent-Comes in 3" and 5" widths and is 18' long
  • Repositional Adhesive- 5" wide and 18' long
  • Double Sided Laminate- 5" wide and 18'long
  • Laminate And Magnet-5" wide and 7 feet long
  • Laminate and Permanent Adhesive- 5" wide and 18' long

Price point is about $50.

Two cartridge sizes to handle both big and small projects

Two cartridge sizes to handle both big and small projects

Creative Station Standard

This is the larger version of the Creative Station. It takes both 5" and 9" . Perfect for your bigger projects. Create Magnets, make stickers and projects, and laminates, all in one machine.

Like the Creative Station Lite it will also create magnets and laminates.

It has a drop in cartridge-very easy to load

It has a built in cut bar, so there is very little waste.

You simply insert the project, roll the handle and cut when the project comes out.

The lamination is a cold lamination process.

It has an easy drop in cartridge. It comes loaded with one 9" 25 'long permanent cartridge. Other cartridges to create magnets and laminates are available for sale.

Machine Dimension is 13.75 x 6 x 7 inches . Weight is 4,8 lbs. Price average us about $93

Xyron Tips - Best Ideas For Making The Most Of Your Xyron Machines

  1. When your machine is not in use you should remove the cartridge and place it back in its box for storage. This will keep your ezLaminator refills from becoming dusty. Also before loading the machine prior to being used again, you should clean or dust off the ez Laminator machine. Again this will keep the dust away from your projects.
  2. When you have wrinkles in your laminate try this trick. Get a piece of cardboard maybe 3x3 or 4x4 (if you don't have card board handy then try folding a piece of paper 3 times (into 1/8 page size)). Send this through your machine. As it goes thru it will separate the laminate just enough to help the laminate re-align with itself. The wrinkles should pull themselves out within a few inches.
  3. To ensure clean edges, trace your item with a stylist or a pen before removing clear mask. You can also use a bone folder that you run around the edges to keep them clean
  4. To eliminate wrinkles in the laminate, run a piece of corrugated cardboard (approximately 4-inches square) or a strip of paper with multiple folds through the machine. This will force the rollers to separate and allow the laminate or adhesive material to pull itself back into alignment.
  5. If you are using lace or ribbon with you Xyron, make sure to press on the clear side to make sure that the material has picked up all the adhesive. You can also use a bone folder to press down

Xyron Mega Tape Runner

Zyron Mega Tape Runner

I don't know about you, but I love tape runners, especially the ones with the nice handles and the long refills. Makes my crafting so much easier. But the problem is that many of them come with long detailed explanations(usually with drawings) how to reload the adhesive cartridges. It is confusing and messy. When Xyron came out with their own Mega Tape Runner, I jumped on it right away. It is a simple drop in refill. You can get the refills in either 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch. Each refill is 100 feet. My other large tape runner is gathering dust. Xyron has once again answered this crafters needs

There are two widths of refills available for this tape runner. Both the 0.25 inch and the 0,50 inch come in 100 feet length.

Placing a new refill is easy. You just remove the old refill and drop in the new one.

Easy Easter Tags With Xyron Tape Runner

Make holiday and Easter tags with your Xyron Tape Runner

Make holiday and Easter tags with your Xyron Tape Runner

Add Texture To A Card Front

It's easy to add texture to a card front or a journaling piece for a scrapbook page with your xyron and some tissue paper. Once you get the hang of this, the possibilities are endless.

Here is how to do it:


  • Xyron machine
  • Tissue paper
  • Card stock
  1. Cut the card stock to the size that you need.
  2. Run it through your Xyron machine
  3. Smooth the adhesive covering to be sure that it is all over the card stock
  4. Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger than the card stock
  5. Roll the tissue paper into a tight ball
  6. Unroll the tissue paper carefully
  7. Remove the cover from the adhesive side of the card stock
  8. Gently place the tissue paper over the adhesive side of the card stock
  9. Smooth the paper a bit
  10. Cut any excess off the edges of the cardstock
  11. Decorate as desired

Xyron Adhesive Eraser

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Zyron Techniques - Unlimited Use For Your Zyron Machines

  • Use Xyron for Tissue and Crepe paper. Xyron adhesive does not cause the color to bleed and it doesn't get any cheaper than tissue paper for creating fun projects. Crinkle the paper to create texture.
  • For easier alignment, when applying a full sheet of paper to a scrapbook page, peel off the white paper liner as you stick it to the page.
  • Save material by stacking items when making different size stickers. Put a larger item on top of a smaller item (make sure the small item is away from the edge of the large item) and run them both through the Xyron adhesive together. Adhesive will be applied edge to edge on the smaller item and on the larger item everywhere except where the small item was.
  • Mosaics are easily made with Xyron adhesives. Run items through the Xyron and then cut to the desired shape and size. It's simpler than applying adhesive to hundreds of small pieces.
  • Run the stencil through Xyron repositionable adhesive. Place it on the wall or furniture pieces to be painted. Simply lift up the stencil and reposition to create the desired pattern.
  • Run card stock through the Xyron before cutting. Remove release sheet and place card stock face down on Cricut Mat. Use "Flip" feature and cut desired shape. Yippee, a sticker shape that's easy to handle.
  • You can run several small projects side by side to save adhesive.

Xyron Technique Videos - My Favorite Xyron Techniques For Paper Crafting

Xyron User Guides And Downloads

My Favorite Xyron Blogs

  • Ain't She Crafty
    Lots of projects and ideas to inspire you and to get the most out of your xyron machine

Xyron Inspiration

Make Your Own Washi Tape With The Xyron

Want More Paper Craft Inspiration?

  • A Paper Craft Workshop
    Resources, ideas, information and projects to help you learn,create and share your paper craft passions
  • Xyron Inc. (xyron) on Pinterest
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  • Paper Craft Workshop Facebook Group
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© 2013 Linda F Correa

Share Your Xyron Ideas And Tips - Or Just Stop By And Say Hello

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on March 19, 2014:

@Craftymarie: I love my Xyron machine to make my own stickers. I vut out décor on my cricut then run them through my Xyron. I love making words and letters too

Marie on February 11, 2014:

I really enjoy my Xyron machine. I probably use it most for die cut lettering and fonts which I run though once cut in the Xyron for the adhesive backing - they're then ready to stick when I need them for a craft project.

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