5 Tips To Adhere Photos Correctly For Your Scrapbook Making

Scrapbook Making Tips : Adhering Photos

Scrapbook making is a way of preserving photos and mementos that you can look back on and enjoy for many years to come.  As you put together a scrapbook, it’s important to know how to adhere photos correctly; otherwise, within a few months the photos might become loose or have dark spots from using the wrong kind of glue.  This would be disheartening after all the hard work you put into creating the scrapbook.

So what are the best types of adhesives to use when making a scrap book and what should be avoided?  The following tips will help you out.

Tip #1.  Don’t borrow from your child’s supplies.

Discover why what works to glue construction paper together may not necessarily work for adhering photos.

Most glues designed to be used by children are washable glues and not acid-free.  In your scrapbook making if you use a bottled liquid glue, there’s a good chance that it will seep through the photos and most likely ruin them.  Inexpensive glue sticks tend to leave little bumps under pictures if the glue doesn’t adhere to the back of the photos smoothly.

Over time, the glue can become brittle and begin to flake.  If you choose to use a glue stick, use an acid-free type and only glue the four corners of the photo and a small dab in the center.


Tip #2.  Click and stick it!

The number one choice of scrappers!

When you’re scrapbook making, here’s the key to adhering photos—use photo tabs!  Photo tabs come as a role of double-sided square tabs housed in ascrapbook making cardboard box dispenser.  A personal favorite is the Click n Stick brand.  You simply place the box applicator onto the back of your photo, press it, and it transfers the tab to your photo.  This is much easier than having to peel one side of the tab.

Please note that there are different types of tab dispensers and you’ll need to discover what works best for you during your scrapbook making.

When using photo tabs, place one tab at each corner of the photo, rather than just one tab in the center.  Photo tabs cost a little more than regular tape or glue sticks, but they won’t damage your pictures.  Furthermore, if you need to remove a picture to make a copy of it, or you decide to use it for a different scrapbooking page, you can easily do so.  Your photo will safely lift up off the page.  Reattach with new tabs.

Tip #3.  Temporary holders.

Deciding on the purpose of your photo will help determine what adhesive to use.

For some of your scrapbook layout ideas, you’ll want to be able to secure a photo, but only temporarily.  For example, as you create thank you cards for the gifts celebrating your child’s first birthday, you want to include a picture of the birthday boy diving into his cake with his face.  Rather than permanently attaching a picture or keeping it loose in the card, attach it to the front of the card using photo corners or a photo pocket.

  • Photo corners.  You can purchase premade photo corners that come in a wide selection of colors or you can make your own corners out of card stock scraps.  Place your photo exactly where you want it and use a pencil to draw around the four corners.  Remove the photo and adhere four photo corners.  Now you can easily place your photo into the corners and the receiver can easily remove it and place the photo on the refrigerator door.
  • Photo pockets.  Photo pockets are a clever way to house a photo so that it can easily be removed later on.  Photo pockets can be kept simple and made out of card stock, or you can enhance the pocket by adding a sticker or other embellishments.  Let’s say for example you have a photo of your child on a class trip.  The pocket could be a picture of a bus.

Tip #4.  Avoid the rubber cement!

As kids, we were taught that rubber cement is the answer for all gluing needs–change that thought.

A lot of beginner scrappers reach for the rubber cement to make a scrapbook.  Although there are some acid-free types of rubber cement, it’s just too messy of a choice.  If you use too much of it, it will cause your photo to ripple and the glue will ooze out to the sides.  Also, if you do a quick touch up using your finger, you’ll begin to stick to everything.

Tip #5.  Give your pictures a dimensional look.

For a fun effect, use foam mounting tape.

Foam mounting tape is a 1/8″ double-sided adhesive. It comes in strips that can be cut into smaller pieces.  Let’s say you’re creating a Halloween scrape book page that has a spooky background.  Make the picture of your daughter dressed as a witch “pop” from the page by adding a small piece of the foam mounting tape to the four corners of the photo and one in the center.

The more you dabble with scrapbook making, the more you’ll discover what adhesives work best for you.  In most cases the photo tabs will be your best option.  Hopefully these tips have helped take the “stickiness” out of knowing what works and doesn’t work when adhering photos.

Topic: Scrapbook Making