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Getting Creative with the Creative Station

Family Luggage Tags

Creative Station

I’m pumped to share my experience with the Xyron Creative Station today! The Creative Station is a small machine that laminates, creates adhesive backing and magnetic backing. Recently, I tried it out and within just a few days it became a household staple. It’s truly the perfect item for all parents, teachers, scrapbookers, and crafters in general. There are SO MANY things you can do with it, and the best part is that it’s compact and easy to use. No plugs, heat or fuss.

To put the Creative Station to the test I decided to try the three small projects below. A “Days of the Week” chart for Jake, laminated luggage tags for the family, and magnetic photos. And that was just to get me started. There is still so much I can’t wait to do with it!

Days of the Week Chart
Days of the Week Chart
Jake, my 3 1/2 year old, loves charts. We use one in his room that outlines the bedtime routine and it really helps reduce the fussiness. When all else fails, at bedtime we go to the chart and check off pajamas, teeth brushing, nighttime stories, etc. So, now that we are starting to have more activities and he is understanding the concept of the week vs. the weekend, I thought it would be good to have a chart where he can mark the day of the week, and that day’s activities each morning.

To start, I downloaded a free template, as well as a few free clip art images for activities, and printed them out on my color printer. Knowing that the kitchen is a spot that we are in every morning, I thought the magnetic backing would be perfect for the fridge. I was right…Just a few turns of the handle and I had a great magnetic chart and accompanying magnets ready to go. Two weeks later he is checking off swim lessons and play days like a champ.

Days of the Week

Magnetic Chart

Luggage Tags
Wanting to now test the Creative Station’s lamination, I tackled making custom luggage tags for the family. I simply cut a rectangle from craft paper, put our address on the back and one of their name tags on the front. I then used the Creative Station lamination cartridge and a few handle turns and a hole punch later, I had cute luggage tags ready to go!

Family Luggage Tags

Family Luggage Tags

Photo Magnets
A few days later I was sorting through some photos. I love displaying them around the house, but you just can’t frame everything! I had a few that I loved like Jake’s school photo and one of Max and I when he was a newborn. I decided to quickly send them through the Creative Station using the magnet cartridge and mere seconds later I had cute photos on the fridge. Doing a set of these would be such a great Christmas gift for the grandparents. I can’t wait!

Photo Magnets

Now that I have the Creative Station I can’t imagine living without it. What a fun way to preserve your children’s artwork, create amazing scrapbook pages, and get inspired for custom gift giving! It’s so compact and cord free that I think every school/preschool needs to have one for teachers. Oh, and the new design call for both 9 and 5 inch cartridges, but the fine folks who designed it made sure the old cartridges still work, just in case any of you already have one!

I’ll keep you posted as I continue to create but in the meantime make sure to check out the Xyron Creative Station for yourself!

Disclosure: We received compensation for this review, however all opinions and projects are our own.

  • Heather Lawrence

    You had me at laminate!
    I run a dayhome and locating is a staple in my line of work. Would love to give this machine a whirl!

    August 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Tamara

    This makes me want to be creative to have a Creative Station!
    I’d love it for custom gift giving.

    August 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm Reply
  • Debbie L.

    The Creative Station looks like a fun tool for crafting. I will check it out.

    August 17, 2015 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Debbie Denny

    That is really neat. Very cute and creative,

    August 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Jeanine

    Oh now this is something I need. I’m into lamination, pictures and all that type of thing for my planner. I’d love to do this! Love a creative station!

    August 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm Reply
  • Ashley @irishred02

    That is a really cool tool to get creative with! I like the luggage tags you made

    August 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Bri

    Having unique luggage tags can help you find your bag fast. The cat face is so cute.

    August 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm Reply
  • Claudia Krusch

    Sooo cute! Sometimes I wish my son was little and I would go back to do those things I did when he was younger!!

    August 17, 2015 at 10:12 pm Reply
  • Carol Bryant

    I love the idea of dog projects and some custom cute photos – this looks like a neat tool to have!

    August 18, 2015 at 12:45 am Reply
  • Dawn McAlexander

    This would be great for business cards, too. Also, when I head off to blogger conferences, I could use it to laminate my ID badges that they give us at the conference.

    August 18, 2015 at 1:04 am Reply
  • Mama to 5 BLessings

    What a great idea! I really could use this for my little ones in our homeschooling.

    August 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Kerri

    I had not heard of this before and now I feel like I totally need it. So many great projects that you can make with this!

    August 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm Reply

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