Scrapbook Adhesives: The 5 Important Things You Must Know To Protect Your Pages.

The Ultimate Guide To Using Scrapbook Glue

When I first started out, I thought scrapbook adhesives were all the same.  I purchased a bulk supply of inexpensive glue sticks and thought that I was all set for at least a year or two.

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Choosing The Right Glue Is Very Important!

However, I quickly discovered that a glue stick isn’t the best adhesive for some materials and I also learned that you get what you pay for!

Here are five important Do’s and Don’ts  you need to know about scrapbook glue.

DON’T!  Don’t purchase cheap glue sticks.

DO!  Purchase quality glue sticks.

In regards to scrapbook adhesives, a glue stick is a great option for adhering lightweight materials.   Be sure to purchase a quality glue stick, such as Elmer’s glue stick.  Inferior glue sticks will quickly dry up and they tend to leave little lumps of glue on your material.  These glue sticks also hold very little glue and will run out twice as fast as quality glue sticks.

When using scrapbook glue, work on a smooth surface.  Otherwise, your paper may become wrinkled or torn in the process.  Glue as close to the outside edges of your scrapbook paper as possible.  Over time, the glue can lose its stickiness and your work can come undone.

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DON’T!  Don’t use hot glue guns for photos.

DO!  Use glue dots.

Have you ever flipped through an old photo album and you were distracted by the marks that tape left on the pictures or you noticed yellow spots left by glue?

Glue can be a good scrapbook adhesive, but you need to be careful in what type of glue you use.  Although hot glue is strong and its adhesiveness will last for years, the heat and acidity can harm your photos.

You also want to avoid using Elmer’s Glue or rubber cement on your photos.  Instead, consider using glue dots.  Glue dots are double-sided adhesives that will bond with most any surface.  They’re easy to use, aren’t messy like other glues and don’t require any drying time.

Glue dots are available as permanent or removable dots.  If you think that you might want to remove a photo from a layout at a later date, then use removable dots.  For a lot of gluing, you’ll want to use a glue dot dispenser.  You simply run the dispenser in a straight line and it will dispense dots at about an inch apart.  If you want to glue a small item, such as a tiny flower, you can purchase glue dots that come on a sheet.  You would press the flower onto the glue dot to lift the glue and then place the flower on your layout.  In addition to glue dots, this same glue comes in lines.  Lines are great to use for heavy materials such as ribbons or borders.

Another option for photos is to use corner mounts.  Corner mounts are little triangles that will hold your photographs in place without having to adhere the photos to the paper.  Most corner mounts are a peel-and-stick product.

DON’T!  Don’t use one-sided tape.

DO!  Use double-sided tape.

One of the scrapbook adhesives that you’ll want to keep on hand is double-sided tape.

Whether you choose to use permanent or removable tape, double-sided tape is a great way to bond your die-cuts, journaling shapes and photo frames to your layouts.  Make sure that the tape is designed for scrapbooking use and is acid-free.  Keep in mind that if you’re using permanent tape, once you adhere the two materials, you can’t lift the top piece off and rearrange it.

In addition to double-sided tape, mounting squares are a good option to add a dimensional feel to your layouts.  Mounting squares can be purchased as a roll-on tape dispenser or as sheets which allows you to peel off one square at a time.  Mounting squares work really well for adhering photo frames and die-cuts.

DON’T!  Don’t use dry scrapbook adhesives for chunky or heavy objects.

DO!  Use  liquid craft glue.

For most scrapbooking items, you’ll want to use dry scrapbook adhesives such as glue dots, glue sticks or double-sided tape.  For embellishments such as plastic items or metal charms, you’ll need to use a liquid craft glue.

The glue will fill the nooks and crannies of the embellishment, allowing it to adhere tightly to the paper.  One word of caution though.  Be careful not to use too much glue.  If the glue oozes out from beneath the embellishment, it can discolor your paper.

DON’T!  Don’t adhere acrylic shapes with glue dots.

DO!  Use a clear glaze for clear embellishments.

Acrylic shapes have been a popular scrapbook item.  Whether it’s a pumpkin for Halloween or a snowman for a winter scene, acrylic shapes add a fun touch to scrapbook layouts.  Because many of these shapes are translucent, you need a scrapbook adhesive that is clear.  A clear glaze, such as Diamond Glaze, will provide a clear layer of adhesive.  As the glaze dries, it gives a crystal clear bond.

By following these five Do’s and Don’ts regarding scrapbook adhesives, you’ll be able to create beautiful layouts that will last for many years to come.  You won’t need to worry about potential glue spots, ugly tape marks or items falling off of the page.

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