A few weeks ago I was blessed to receive one of the first Creatopia machines from Xyron to use for a variety of crafting projects for the company. (I think Martha Stewart was another one of the early recipients, so I was in good company!!)
The Creatopia is a BIG deal in the scrapbooking industry, and I have been so excited about the product development over the past year. (It has been hard to keep it a secret.) Never has one product been able to do so much (and I am all about streamlining my scrapbooking products. Goodness knows I have more than I need!) The Creatopia is an all-in-one 12″ machine that has four families of product:
- The refillz family: Cartridges of permanent, repositionable and fabric adhesive, as well as two-sided laminate
- The cutz family: Allows you to cut paper up to 12 inches wide in straight or patterned edges
- The patternz family: Allows you to emboss up to 3″ of paper in a variety of patterns
- The shapz family: Allows you to use die cuts from almost all manufacturers in the machine
If you want to learn more about the products, go to YouTube and search Xyron. They have made some really informative videos all about each of the product families for Creatopia.
Here is a video of Elias and I opening the product for the first time.
I have not had a lot of time to play with the machine yet, but I definitely will be over the next few months. I am so excited to have one machine that can do so much. I am particularly excited about the fabric adhesive option because fabric is really popular in scrapbooking right now, but it can be a bit of a pain to adhere to layouts. I also think this is going to be great for altering, card making and other crafting projects.
It should be available in stores within the next month. The price point for the machine is about $149, but I know you will be able to use Michael’s/JoAnn’s coupons to buy it. When you think of the cost of a laminating machine, a big adhesive machine, an embosser and a die-cut tool, this is really much more cost-effective. I am grateful to have received one from Xyron or I would have been asking for one for Christmas!!