Giftwrapping

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Unboxing and First Use!

My Heidi Swapp Minc Machine arrived, hooray! If you don’t know about this machine, it’s basically a foil applicator so you can make things shiny! I ordered mine from Create & Craft TV here in the UK, but they’ve sold out for now. I know several other places have it on order though, including Hey Little Magpie.

Frustratingly the Minc 6×6 pad and tags that I ordered at the same time have not been delivered yet, but I’m lucky that I have a laser printer, so I can use that, plus the tags that came with the machine, to play with while I’m waiting!

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Foil Applicator Unboxing and First Use

As it’s such a new scrapbooking / papercrafting product I recorded a video of the unboxing and first use of the machine:

 

(You can also watch the video on YouTube HERE)

I have not sped up this video (like I sometimes do on my videos) because I want you to see how fast you can take this out of the box and put it to use! I did record the sound later as a voice-over though – the mic on my camera is not great and there’s generally a lot of noise in this house during the day.

Here’s a couple of tips for things I’ve learnt so far. These are the main points of the video but I’m putting them here too in case I talk too fast on the video.

Minc Machine First Use Tips:

1. The machine gives off an odour the first couple of times you use it, like when you’ve just cleaned the oven and the next time you use it it needs to burn off the smell. This odour disappears after a few uses (I’ve used it more times since the video).

2. Be careful when taking the foil sample that comes with the machine out of the plastic packet, I got the foil stuck to the sticky strip on the bag and wrecked some of it! Cut off the sticky tab first!

3. Have some really sharp scissors to hand, you can’t cut the foil with blunt scissors.

4. The rollers are much further into the machine than I thought they would be!

5. The static properties of the carrier sheet can grab the foil and make it move around when you are putting the foil and tag/item inside it. Double check the foil is covering the whole printed part of the item before you put it into the machine!

Also, the power cable is not very long – about 40″. I’m going to need another extension lead if I want to use this in the middle of my table, which is a bit annoying, but not a deal-breaker for me.

That’s the main points for now, I’ll be doing more videos with the Minc so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel  so you don’t miss them! If you have any questions about the machine let me know and I’ll try to cover it in a future video.

Here’s the two tags:

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Tags

They aren’t perfect but I’m getting a lot better the more I practice!

What do you think, would you like one of these machines? What foil colour would you choose to use first?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Industry News & Reviews

CHA 2015 Product Picks!

I would love to go to the big CHA show in America one year. For now though I have to make do with stalking the manufacturer blogs and drooling over new goodies from afar!

This is a round up of the things which are exciting me the most, that I just can’t wait to get my hands on! I’m posting them here to remind me of the things I want to buy, and to show them off to you in case you missed the reveals (I cannot be held responsible if this makes you spend money when they hit the shops… if you’re on a spending freeze look away now)!

My CHA 2015 Product Picks…

My Cha 2015 Product Picks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Um, yeah, this is awesome. A machine for foiling and making things shiny! I’ve already ordered one from Create & Craft TV HERE, though they are sold out at the moment – I’m not surprised, even non-crafters who I’ve shown the Minc videos (like THIS ONE) too have oohed-and-aahed over it! You can use it to foil Heidi Swapp’s matching collection of tags, papers, etc, or you can make your own with a laser printer or toner copier (it doesn’t work with inkjet printers).

I haven’t always been a lover of foiled things, mainly because they are soooo hard to photograph and I put almost everything I make onto this blog. But they have been growing and growing on me, and my Gingerbread House page and my Ready for Christmas page are my favourite layouts from my the end of last year, because the gold foil is so pretty.

I also loved the idea of different coloured foils, so I’ve ordered hot pink, teal, and mint foils with my machine. I can’t wait to start playing! You can expect to see some shiny things in my Etsy shop soon too! Here’s the choices of foils:

Heidi Swapp Minc Foils

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Collection

Oh this just feels so refreshing to look at! It’s got perfect springtime colours but with a bit of a summery twist with the flamingoes and lemons. I like that this will extend the use of the collection.

I can see me using it for lots of projects. I especially like the puffy stickers – they are so cute and the variety of sizes is good for me:

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Collection

Crate Paper Journey

Crate Paper Journey Collection

Crate Paper are good at bringing out collections that I want to buy, and this one is trendy and interesting! Some of the icons are a bit too USA related, but they don’t dominate it so I can overlook that. Especially when it means you get cute camper-vans, feathers, arrows, and cork and glitter details!

I’m most looking forward to getting the ephemera set. We’re bound to go camping at some point this year, so these will come in handy for scrapbooking our adventures:

Crate Paper Journey Collection

Simple Stories I Am

Simple Stories I Am Collection

The concept of this collection appeals to me – it’s all about documenting our own stories. I could imagine making a mini-book with this about my life before kids, which I could share with them.

The ‘I am’ quote is a great page title starter for when you’re stuck for title ideas too! The thing I want most from this collection is these stickers, which include lots of ‘I AM’ quotes in different colours:

Simple Stories I Am Collection

Pinkfresh Studio Up In The Clouds

Pinkfresh Studio Collection

Pinkfresh Studio have been producing some gorgeous colourful embellishments for a while, but now they are also bringing out papers to make a whole collection release. Up In The Clouds is bright and playful which fits my style!

One of the items I love is the 3×4 cards, as they look like they were fun to design and would add so much life to my projects:

Pinkfresh Studio Collection

Chickaniddy Crafts 365

Chickaniddy Crafts 365 Collection

The 365 collection from Chickaniddy Crafts is bold and cute at the same time. It’s an everyday collection that can be used for an abundance of projects!

I really want the stamp set, the geometric shapes and little phrases are all the kinds of things I love to dot around my pages:

Chickaniddy Crafts 365 Collection

There we go, they are the things I’m most looking forward to getting my hands on. That’s quite enough don’t you think?

If you want to see if you missed anything else there’s a good list of links HERE at Paper Vine.

Have you spotted something you’d love to buy? What kinds of collections do you look forward to seeing at this time of year – spring, travel, or everyday themes, or something else?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x