Time-Saving Scrapbooking Tools

by Jana Lillie

Think back and you may recall scrapbooking the hard way. Those days are over! Enter the revolutionary Creatopia from Xyron, Cricut Expression from Provo Craft, Crop-A-Dile from We R Memory Keepers, and Epic Six from QuicKutz. These handy-dandy tools tackle tasks such as cutting, pressing, punching, and embossing with ease. With the following tools, tips, and ideas, you'll jump-start your creative jive, and it'll be better than ever!

scrapbook tool


Creatopia Pulls Out the Creative Stops

Say the name "Xyron," and most scrapbookers think "adhesive." It's time to expand on that! Xyron has rolled out an über-versatile machine, Creatopia, and with its modular components, you can experience a brave new crafting world. Check out the machine's capabilities:

  • Apply adhesive to-or laminate-items up to 12" wide, 40' long, and 1/2" thick. Choose from permanent or repositionable adhesive. Or apply fabric adhesive in wide, long swaths as well.
  • Emboss areas large and small with 12" wide pattern rollers or 3" wide border rollers. Keep on going-length is unlimited.
  • Cut paper strips and finish edges using interchangeable blade cartridges in different styles: straight, perforated, scallop, wave, deckle, postage stamp and scoring (card lovers, rejoice!).
  • Create rectangles, squares, and strips up to 12" wide in unlimited lengths.
  • Use a 6" wide universal die press to cut and emboss. Relish how simple it is to use dies and embossing folders from leading manufacturers.

Create a cool distressed look by embossing, then sanding, white-core paper.


scrapbook layout

Fairy Houses by Kimber McGray, as seen in Creating Keepsakes' May/June 2010 issue.


To see the Creatopia in action, check out this video or click here.

- Learn about the Cricut Expression on page 2 -

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We R Memories
This company makes good, solid tools. Also, not very complicated with user-friendly, intuitive instructions. I am also interested in the new binding machine. It is on my wish list.
Cricut Expression
This machine is the ultimate. I think that the video should also show setting the pressure and speed buttons in addition to the size setting. It's all important information. Working with the Design Studio & the Cricut expands the Cricut's capabilities. Woo Hoo!
Creatopia looks interesting. Like the idea of being able to emboss a 12 x 12 sheet all at one time. Very cool. Anxious to see more videos of the other accessories in action.
I have had my eye on this for a while now and would love to add it to my collection, from the tape runner to the 900 machine, I love them all!
Xyron Creatopia
That is one cool machine! Of course I want one! I am the Gadget Queen and I must have everything cool! ;-)
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