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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Product Review: Xyron 150 and 250 sticker makers

Stickers are a great way to add a bit of fun to pretty much anything. Cards, toys, books, planners… And in my case as a kid, my face. I personally LOVE stickers but like everything else I do, I like to customize and choose what I stick on my planner, or my bullet journal.

Enter technology. Gone are the days where what you found in the store was all you were going to get. Now you can pluck almost anything from the internet and turn it into a sticker for your own personal use. I love that. You have so many machines that will print and even cut stickers for you so that all you have to do is peel them off the backing. I’ve seen the cricut line of machines and they are totally drool worthy. What’s not drool worthy though is the price of these machines. $300 and sometimes even more! Ouch right? I mean if you’ve got it then go for it but I personally don’t have that much lying around to spend on a machine that is pretty much just for my own personal use. If you want to start a sticker business then I highly recommend you invest in one of these machines. Not because I’ve used one though I’d love to one day, but because I’ve talked to people who do have them and they swear it’s easier on you.


Makes 1.5 inch stickers.
Don’t have a cricut? Then use your trusty old printer. But WAIT! Make sure that your printer can print on sticker paper to begin with and that you are using the right sticker paper for that printer. Sticking just any old sticker paper in can ruin your printer.

But I don’t have a printer you say. Well neither do I. I’m looking into that one would print good quality photos AND print on sticker paper but that is going to take awhile. Which is why I want to introduce you to the Xyron sticker machines!

*throws confetti*




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These nifty little machines can make stickers out of images you have cut out. Say you’re like me and use magazine pictures in your bullet journal. Well instead of gluing it down and getting those nasty bubbles why not make it into a sticker? I love these little things because they’re inexpensive AND they’re easy to use.

 But are they what everyone needs? Well that depends. Let’s start off with the Xyron 150 sticker maker. This one is the cheapest at $10-$15 depending on where you buy it. I bought mine at Target for $10 but Michael’s sells it for $15. Of course if you have a coupon from Michael’s it will come out to about the same price as Target. Amazon also has them so if you like to order from there then go for it. So here is my pros and cons for the 150 series:

Pros:
  • Totally affordable.
  • Refills are totally affordable. I found the refills for $5 at Target, $7 at Michaels.
  • Refills come in permanent adhesive and repositionable.
  • Easy to use.
  • Child friendly. With supervision as where you tear your sheet off has sharp edges.
  • Portable.
  • Doesn’t need to be plugged in or turned on so no batteries either.


Click above images to purchase from Amazon.*

Cons:
  • It will only make stickers out of physical images that you already have. It’s not a printer.
  • It will only make stickers out of images that are 1.5 inches in width. That’s kind of small if you ask me.
  • If you don’t feed the image in straight, it will come out folded or jam completely. You have to keep the image straight as it’s going in.


If you ask me the cons are annoying but I can deal with that. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and I have a ton of small images that I’ve clipped out of magazines anyway.


Not big enough? How about the 250 series? This one has a crank handle for an easier process.I bought this one on clearance at JoAnn's so I got lucky. But remember, coupons are your friends!


Pros:
  • Affordable.
  • Portable.
  • Refills are affordable at $14-17 for 20 feet of adhesive. I bought the refill for this one at Michael’s with a coupon. Pretty sweet deal since I got it for like $9.
  • Refills come in permanent and repositionable adhesive.
  • Doesn’t need to be plugged in or need batteries. It’s entirely hand operated.
  • Child friendly with supervision. Again, the area that cuts the sticker sheet has sharp ends.


Click above images to purchase from Amazon.*


Cons:
  • It will only make stickers out of images that are 2.5 inches in width. Again, not a problem for me since most of the images I use are around that size BUT I do have a few that are 5 inches in width which sucks because I either have to use glue or do the double sided tape thing. Unless I have refills for my Tombow glue tape runner.
  • Like the 150 series, if you don’t feed the picture in straight it will come out wrinkled or jam altogether.
  • Also, don’t load one picture in right after the other, they will overlap and aside from that first picture, the pictures that come after it will only have adhesive on half of them.
  • I don’t know if this is for all of them but my machine is a bit noisy when I’m turning the handle so doing this at night or in a quiet space may not be the best thing. It’s not a terribly loud sound but it is noticeable.

So would I recommend the Xyron sticker maker? In a word, yes. If you’re not looking to get all fancy and you have cut out pictures no bigger than 2.5 inches then these are great inexpensive options for you or even your kids to have fun turning photos into stickers. I think kids would definitely get a kick out of these. I know the kid in me does.

I make my own stickers for my traveler's notebook!
Looking into Xyron, I’ve seen that they do more than just provide affordable sticker machines, they also have affordable laminating machines among other things. I know that they have a sticker machine that does 5 inch photos and I’d LOVE to see how that works. 

If I am able to get my hands on any more of their products I will definitely review them here. And if all goes well, in the fall I’ll have a phone that doesn’t pick up on every little noise so that I can start posting review videos.



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