Are you confused when it comes to choosing adhesives? Today there is such a wide variety of adhesives, unlike the days of choosing tape squares or glue. This post will provide you with information to help you chose what works best for you.
Nowadays the “rage” is the ATG gun as seen in this photo. The ATG gun that crafters are now using is the same ATG that framing companies use–believe it or not. Knowing this gives me a sense of security because if it holds professional pictures together, than I know it will hold my cards and scrapbook layouts together.
I recently purchased this item and now I wonder how in the world I ever did without it–but not everyone would agree. This item is bulky, and many find it too heavy and cumbersome. In other words, a nuisance. I held off purchasing this item because I read that it was too bulky. When my girlfriend was ordering her refills, she asked if I want to order a tape gun, so I caved in. This is why I like my ATG gun:
- Bond gives a professional finish.
- The bond is permanent and will not unglued like tape squares.
- Tape guns and rolls come in a variety of sizes. I use the 1/4″ tape refill.
- Cost effective. Refills are as cheap as $2 (and as high as $5-$7).
- Rolls of tape are large, thus refilling is not as regular as with smaller hand held dispensers.
- Tape runs over top of bulky items and adheres without trouble. Brads no longer cause a problem.
- Refills come in archival quality.
One of the original methods of adhering photos and paper in scrapbook layouts is still around and shows no signs of going away. Prior to my ATG gun purchase, this is what I used. Tape squares are quick and easy to use. The downside is that over time the tape squares come apart on cards (albeit a long time down the road, but if you are creating cards and know someone is holding onto them this can be a disadvantage). Tape squares work beautifully with scrapbook layouts and offer a life-time adhesive bond. They are archival safe.
This hand held adhesive is loved by so many. It is not bulky and gives a beautiful permanent bond. Personally, I have a hard time using the tape runner because I run the tape off the track and end up throwing out the runner after only one or two uses. Apparently there is a trick to the way you have to hold this gun. Aside from my problems, many use it and love it.
Personally, I see no advantage to using a glue stick. Items eventually come unglued. Items do not have a professional finish. Once the glue has dried, cardstock bends and buckles, and images fall off of the cardstock.
Double-Sided Glue Pen
This a fabulous way to glue small pieces together. The glue goes on blue and dries clear. If you adhere when the glue is still blue, than it offers a permanent bond. If you wait for the glue to turn clear, or white, then you can move your piece around until you are happy with the placement. I keep one of these on hand at all times.
Glue pens are pens that have a clear glue in them. These pens are fabulous to have on hand for the teeny tiny items that need glue. My girlfriend introduced them to me (thanks Christie) and I know wonder how I ever did without it.
There are other adhesives around, but these are the main ones that card makers and scrapbookers use. Each one has their advantages and disadvantages. You will find what works best for you.
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