Thursday, June 26, 2014

All About Adhesives Tutorial Series - References

Today I come bearing gifts...more great Adhesive references!

P.S. If you haven't figured it out yet, you can find loads of great info on manufacturer's websites. They want you to purchase and use their products so usually offer loads of tutorials and tips. ;-)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

All About Adhesives Tutorial Series, Xyron Love!

So, by now you know I LOVE Xyron. Make sure to check out their official blog, Ain't She Crafty, with Beth Kingston. She offers giveaways, tutorials, lovely projects and more!

Beth, the Corporate Spokesperson for Xyron, has been a personal friend of mine for ages. In fact, she's the gal you'll see on HSN (Home Shopping Network) promoting Xyron products. She's a hoot, so you'll have to DVR HSN during any paper crafting events when Xyron is scheduled. ALSO, check out Xyron's YouTube channel for loads of tutorials and a chance to "meet" Beth.

Have fun!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

All About Adhesives Tutorial Series - Xyron, Part 2

More Xyron love today! Their edge-to-edge adhesive is just tops! In the video, below we'll go over:
  • Xyron 900 - acid free adhesive, 2-sided lamination
  • How to purchase a refill cartridge

Hopefully, this video can help you in your adhesive journey! :-)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

All About Adhesives Tutorial Series - Xyron, Part 1

I've loved Xyron products forever, it seems. Their edge to edge adhesive is just tops! In the video below I share are several of their many adhesive machines, how to use them and how to change the cartridges.

What we'll go over in this video is:
Adhesive Runner
Mega Runner
2" and 4" Adhesive Runner, aka the "Cheetah"
Xyron 150, aka the little "X"
Xyron machine numbering system
Xyron 250 Create a Sticker
Xyron 510 Creative Station

Do you have any Xyron machines?? Which is your favorite?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

All About Adhesives Tutorial Series, Dry Adhesives - Part 1

Hello there! I'm back again for the first video in the topic of Dry Adhesives. In this lesson we will cover: Glue Sticks, Glue Dots, Foam Dots /Squares, Photo Tab/Stickers/Mounting Squares, Mounting Corners/Photo Corners, and Adhesive/Glue Runners.

Glue Stick Tip: Only unscrew a small bit of glue and rub it perpendicular to the paper.  You don’t need a lot.  If you do get a big glob, use an old hotel key and scrape it smooth.  Make sure you get glue all the way to the edges. Press down item to ensure adhesion. 

Photo Tab Tip: These tabs are plenty sticky if you will be placing your layouts in page protectors, but I’d definitely use a different adhesive if your scrapbook pages won’t be in protectors.

Photo Corner Tip: If you have paper photo corners, you can paint them with acrylic paints and color them to coordinate with your artwork. Let them dry well before adding to photos!

So what is your favorite type of dry glue? Are you a glue stick gal? Or maybe you love a good tape runner, like me.  Let me know!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

All About Adhesives Tutorial Series Begins!

We all usually need some sort of adhesive in every crafting project we do, but have you checked the adhesive aisle in your favorite crafting store? The choices are overwhelming! What's a crafter to do? In these tutorials, I'm here to help demystify a very "sticky" subject! In the weeks and months to come I will offer a bit of advice on several adhesive topics:
  • Lesson 1: Dry Adhesives
  • Lesson 2: Wet Adhesives
  • Lesson 3: Spray Adhesives
  • Lesson 4: Fabric Glues and Fusibles
  • Lesson 5: Adhesive Removers and Erasers
So won't you  join me? Let's begin with an overview of adhesives.

Join me next time for Lesson 1: Dry adhesives. "See" you then!