I am with you with the liquid. I make a mess.. I do use in occasion but rarely. I love my ATG it lasts a long time. And I scrap alot. I do like my Xyrons. I have 3 different sizes. I love the X for small letters you can beat it. And if i have something with small designs it is hard to to ATG on it (bc sometimes it makes it tear) so I use my Xyron 5. And I use Glue Dot for buttons etc.
Good luck. It is a trial and error thing for each of us.