Xyron Blog Hop with Graphic 45 & Petaloo

My friendly UPS man delivered a box from Xyron® a few weeks ago chock full of new papers and embellishments from Graphic 45’s Steampunk Spells collection ~ along with loads of flowers, leaves, and trims from Petaloo…. what a fun mail day!  Xyron® is introducing its new Xyron®  3″ Sticker Maker, too, so all three companies are collaborating on this Blog Hop.  You might want a cuppa as this is a photo heavy post.


I used four of Ranger’s Giant (Size 12) tags as my base, and applied adhesive to the papers using my Xyron® 9” Creative Station.  My hubby was good to come hold the end of the sheet for a photo. Pardon the state of chaos of my studio… there’s a lot going on in here right now.


I used the new Xyron® 3″ Sticker Maker to apply adhesive to the smaller parts like the journaling cards.


Using my Xyron machines speeds up assembly in a huge way. These are all good to go.


Once I folded the giant tags in half, I had four pages per tag (front and back) so I ended up with a mini book that has 16 pages even though I only used four tags. Click any photo to enlarge.


That metal butterfly on the cover is from Graphic 45, too.  I didn’t realize they have metal embellishments and these are quite nice.  They have a substantial weight to them and yet you can bend them as I did to life their wings, and you can emboss them as well.  I received three different three sizes and ran each through my Vagabond using Tim Holtz’s Texture Fades.  Afterwards I applied Ranger Alcohol Inks to color this one for my cover.


And here’s a look at the pages:


As you can see I used a lot of my Sizzix dies and embossing folders on the pages.  Those leaves are so cool and while I do own those dies,  these were a gift from Linda Coughlin in a package I ordered from her Funkie Junkie Boutique. They were colored and stamped so beautifully by Linda and I was happy to give them a home right away.  Linda is a super fast shipper and her prices are great, so check her out  next time you need a fix.


That spider is a Halloween embossing folder (one of the skinny strip ones) and there’s a bit of Tim’s Filmstrip Ribbon. I used the Sizzix ATC die here too as a photo card mat.


I really like how matting one of the journaling cards on black paper edged with a decorative paper punch makes the journaling card below pop.


These are my favorite pages:


The little envelope holds a journaling card and I like the clusters of embellishments using Petaloo flowers, paper parts from the kit, and Tim’s Idea-ology.  I added a trinket pin with a brad as a pull for the journaling card.


A Halloween Texture Fade and the Rickety House die and along with some Petaloo flowers:


More Sizzix enhancements with the Flourishes die and a very old Square Frames set:


The back cover is done with postage stamp embellishments from Graphic 45:


Whew!  This was a long one.  Thanks for sticking with me, and for the visit.  If you’re new here, click on any of the blue buttons in the sidebar to stay connected and get alerts when there’s new content here, or sign up for my monthly newsletter.

Be sure to visit the Xyron blog too, as every day this week the Xyron Design Team is hopping with the collections I used in this project.


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Wow, that’s a breathtaking piece of art.

  2. Love seeing your studio! This tag book is fabulous Marjie! Love the Halloween theme!

  3. Helen Markee says:

    I love your book!!

  4. Crafty Aunt Dee says:

    Clever and cute book and a very good tutorial to make the album. love the embossing that gave more texture and designs to the pages. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Squeal! I adore this, Marjie. I’m a mini album junkie, and this one rocks! Love, love, love!!!! Gonna hafta make one!

  6. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    I LOVE THIS … so cute Steampunk Spells has so many cute elements to work with… I like the idea using xyron … mine is still in the box…it’s coming out very soon Thanks for the tips!
    I think I need that little one too 🙂 ! I hadn’t seen those giant size tags either ( my list is growing)!

  7. Carla Hundley says:

    Lovely work!
    Wonderful idea, thanks
    for sharing it.
    Carla from Utah

  8. What a cute and fantastic mini album!!

  9. Wow!! What a great idea and love that your Xyron cut the work in half with having it all ready to glue down! Fantastic and I am off to pin this! Beautiful little mini album!!

  10. Love your studio.
    I wish my mail carrier brought such wonderful surprises.

  11. Debbie L Gregory says:

    Amazing book, love the pics of all the cards from xyron machines, they are great, I have the 5″. Love love the embossed butterflies.

  12. Donna Landgraf says:

    I really LOVE this mini album!
    Question: How did you bind the pages together?
    Don’t excuse the “messy” crafty room! It is wonderful and a sign of “fun in progress!”

  13. Fern Edwards says:

    Bewitching and bootiful project !

  14. Wow Marjie, I just followed your link from the CHA Designer email you sent and got all caught up in reading your blog! Wow- love your work- this mini book was great especially. Hope to meet you in person at CHA 🙂

  15. Great project, I love that paper!

  16. Another inspirational post – thanks so much, Pauline

  17. What a great project Marjie! I had never thought to try to emboss the G45 metal bits. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Wonderful make Marjie and your Xyron certainly speeds up the process of matting and layering. I have these stunning papers but they are so gorgeous I don’t want to use them….now I am inspired x

    TFS and Crafty hugs Annie x

    Great studio and you can’t create without your stash/tools being used.

  19. Wow.. what an assembly, Marjie. Fantastic post, my friend. Whew. If I smoked, I’d need a cigarette right about now… I kid I kid… no really. Beautiful results here.

  20. Gorgeous project, Marjie!

    Lucy x

  21. I am so glad your studio looks like that, makes me feel quite good about my mess – tee hee! I so want one of those G45 butterflies now, I didn’t know they did them either and those papers are on my wish list too. What a fabulous tag book, the little envelopes are wonderful and the papers are just perfect! Love this wonderful creation Marjie. I agree about Linda too, her packages arrive in the UK in super quick time too. Hugs, Anne x

  22. Super cute project, Marjie! I love G45 and Xyron, and, together, they rock my creative world!

  23. Barbara Albrecht says:

    Great project,Marjie! I love my Xyron…makes big projects go so much quicker and the “stick” is so much better than glue sticks, tape runners and other adhesives.

  24. Wow this is great. So much work goes into it, glad you showed it all.

  25. A wonderful project Marjie! x

  26. An amazing project, Marjie – so clever to get so many pages with so few tags… and the Xyron adhesive thingy looks very cool. Also love that peek into your creative studio – such fun to see behind the scenes!
    Alison xx

  27. Great little book! Valerie

  28. Great project Marjie! So glad you’re participating in this blog hop!

  29. Sweet Marjie….I like those giant tags. Gotta try playing with them. xox

  30. Wow Marjie!! What a fabulous make!! I love the papers from Graphic 45!!!! I wish the UPS man would make a delivery like that to my house without maxing out my credit card 🙂 Fabulous pages … so much fun. Love the butterflies and that back cover is spoooooky! — Mary Elizabeth

  31. Wow wow wow wowwwwwwww! this is gorgeous!!! LOVING the colors and that butterfly on the cover!!

  32. Amazing project!

  33. A fun make Marjie, I love tag books and this one looks fab with those papers! I have a question though,how did you fit the pages together? Did you trim the inside pages a bit and turn one of the tags round to have the shaped bit on the other side for the back cover? I make these booklets a lot and am always wondering what the best way is to put them together.
    Have a great week!

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Astrid. I didn’t trim these – they’re all the same length – but I do often do that when I want a more ‘tidy’ looking booklet. This one is a bit more loose with the inner pages poking out bit, which I kind of like.