Blogging From A to Z – 2018 – X is for

Welcome to the letter X in the A to Z Challenge for 2018.  This year I am highlighting the alphabet as seen in Michaels Arts and Crafts store.  You might think I would have a hard time with the letter X but fortunately there are a few products whose names help me out!

We have X-acto knives.  These are handy for all kinds of things and do come in a couple of different styles.  Look at all the different blades the first one has!  I didn’t even notice that until just this minute when I was typing this.  I may have to get one of those – when I get a 60% off coupon!

Next is X-treme.  These are tape runners in the scrapbooking section.  With some of the items I make, like the mini-albums, I like to use this kind of tape to make sure it will hold up to lots of wear.  Xtreme will hold things in place for sure!.

Last but not least is the Xyron brand.  These are sticker maker systems and come in a variety of sizes.  I don’t have the Creative Station but I do have a couple of the smaller sizes.  

I have this size that I can use to make any piece of paper a sticker up to about 2-1/2 inches wide.

I have this one too and it will make stickers up to an inch and a half wide.

You just put whatever you want to make into a sticker in the slot and pull it out from the other end.  

You get this and those embellishments are now sticky on the back.  Pretty clever actually.

Xyron also makes a tape runner.  Theresa Collins is one of the bigger scrapbook designers.   

Those are the legitimate X’s but I’m going to stretch things a bit and add some X-tras because these are things I found when going through the store that didn’t make it into other posts and I didn’t want to waste the pictures.

Michaels is also a place to get interesting gifts.  These are some cute animal themed mugs and things for the dog and cat lover (pet parent).

Since it’s getting close to Mother’s day they also have some bath-related items and summer totes, etc.

There is a whole section of “design it yourself” ceramic and plastic items that you can paint and personalize to your hearts content.

While I showed you the styrofoam heads in the “Unusual” category, there is a whole section of other styrofoam bits and pieces that you can use for wreath making and any number of things.  The round ones are used a lot for the kids who have to make the solar system projects.  

In addition to the wedding section, there is a section with gift bags, bows, tissue and filler for presents for all occasions.  

There are summer themed dishes for the backyard barbecues that will be coming soon (provided winter goes away).

Paints, paints, paints galore.  

Lots of different sizes and fonts of letters too.  You definitely can get your A to Z here!

This is modeling clay.  I just took a shot of the small packages but there are tubs of modeling paste available too.  

I noticed these in the home decor section the last time I went.  I love the vibrant colors.  
Not sure what I would do with this big flower but I thought it was kinda cool.

Finally, my last X, fancy shoelaces with decorative buttons.  

That about covers the X’s and the X-tras.  What do you think?  
Only Y and Z left.  I have the pictures and the posts drafted so I think I’m going to make it this year.  Please stop by and see what others have come up with for the letter X.  Hope to see you tomorrow – Y? because I like you!
(Note:  I decided I should add a disclaimer to these posts because I certainly don’t want to give the idea that I am being paid by Michaels to do this or that they are furnishing me with material.  All pictures used in this blog series were taken by me at local Michaels stores, or are my personal pictures and every Michaels store may not have everything shown.)

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13 Responses to Blogging From A to Z – 2018 – X is for

  1. Janet,

    A sticker making machine would’ve been great fun to have when our kids were small. They loved stickers! These days I look for every opportunity to use up the stash I still have on hand from their childhood. Your post Yielded a wealth of info!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketch ‘Y’ for a cute Yak

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Thanks Cathy. My kids didn’t use that many stickers so I don’t have many from when they were little. It makes it a lot easier to get those tiny pieces down.


  2. joey says:

    You got more out of X than I would have expected! I love the kitty mug — I kinda wanna go see the mugs at Michael’s now…

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  3. I love my xyron machine. It comes in quite handy in paper crafting. Weekends In Maine

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  4. ghostmmnc says:

    I like the tape runners, and have used quite a few of them. I also have a small sticker maker, which is really neat that you can make your own stickers. πŸ™‚ Good ones for letter X πŸ˜‰

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  5. Great job with “X” Janet! I hope Michael’s is paying attention to your posts. πŸ™‚

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I’ve sent a message to corporate and I’ve posted a link on the official Michaels’ Facebook page and have gotten a response saying they like them. When it’s all done I think I’ll link my recap page with a note to corporate again. As I say in my disclaimer, I’m not getting paid to write the posts but if Michaels likes them and it brings more traffic to my site I’m not opposed πŸ™‚


  6. Your posts have made me realize how much I’ve missed on the shelves of my neighborhood Michaels. Next time I’m in there, I’ll spend a bit more time exploring.

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