Hey all!! This is SUCH exciting news!! I have been wanting to shout this from the rooftops since I got to work with it last week - but the new Xyron Creatopia is on its way!!
The following info is from the Xyron press release (with my own rambling comments added in a lovely fuchsia color and some fun photos from the video shoot):
Creatopia will offer three adhesive cartridges and one laminate cartridge at launch. The standard Permanent Adhesive and Repositionable Adhesive will be joined by a Fabric Adhesive. The Fabric Adhesive adheres textiles to the surfaces of your projects with optimal adhesion. The end user can use the Fabric adhesive to hold appliqués and batting/backing in place instead of pinning items; it will remain repositionable on fabric and is washable. Creatopia allows the end user to apply these adhesives to items up to 12 inches wide and 40 feet long with a thickness up to .5 inches. The Two-Sided Laminate cartridge will allow the end user to apply laminate to items up to 12 inches wide and 40 feet long.The fabric adhesive is AMAZING. No more pinning appliques or using a temporary stitch to hold items down on your fabric project - you just use turn your fabric pieces in to stickers! I also love that the adhesive is now 12" wide - for my bigger altered projects and things like lace paper that I've been cutting down, now I can use the whole sheet!
Creatopia introduces the industry's first 12 inch wide embossing roller. These rollers will apply a uniform pattern into paper and thin materials up to 12 inches wide with an unlimited length. There will also be 3 inch wide border patterns to emboss only the edge or strip of thin materials. I thought this was the coolest thing ever. Embossed paper can get pretty pricey - and you can only get it in the colors the store carries. Well not any more! These rollers work like a dream! And the border patternz are PERFECT for cards. You are going to love it!
Creatopia allows the end user to cut in a variety of ways with a rotary cutting component. This component has interchangeable blade cartridges with a variety of styles including: straight, perforated, scoring, pinking, scalloped, deckle and postage stamp. These cartridges can be placed anywhere along the 12 inch cutting surface to cut rectangles, squares and strips from paper up to 12 inches wide with an unlimited length. Up to 6 blades can be used at one time to increase the end user's productivity. The decorative edged blades were my absolute favorite! You can buy decorative border strips at any scrapbooking store - but again, they can get pretty pricey and only come in certain colors. Now you can MAKE YOUR OWN - and make them in any color and width you want! SO GOOD! And scoring too?? HELLO!!
Creatopia's 6 inch wide universal die press will allow end users to cut and emboss using dies and embossing folders from Cuttlebug, CuttleKids, Quickutz, Sizzix, Ellison, AccuCut, Spellbinders, BossKut and Fiskars. Ok - how awesome is this? How many times have you seen a cute die but couldn't buy it because it didn't fit the system you own? Now you can buy them ALL!!!!!!
Xyron Creatopia will be available for purchase in September 2009 from local craft stores, mass craft chain stores and online retailers. All prices are listed at MSRP. Main Unit with Permanent Refillz Cartridge - $149.99 Additional Adhesive and Laminate Refillz - $39.99 Border Patternz Starter Kit with Floral Pattern - $24.99 Additional Border Patternz - $8.99 12 inch Patternz - $24.99 Cutz Starter Kit with Straight Blade and Guide Wheel - $44.99 Additional 2 Packs of Cutz blades - $14.99 Xyron Shapez - $69.99
I'll keep you updated as I learn more about exact release dates and when you can start spotting them in stores. The instructional and project videos should also be available around the same time - so keep your eyes open! In the meantime, let your imagination run wild! With Xyron Creatopia, the possibilities are truly endless. The only question is...what will YOU create?