I think you'll find that 10 different scrapbookers will give you a dozen different answers
I myself am fond of photo splits, 3M Photo Mount, my xyron 250, Zig 2-way glue pen, and sometimes I use a repositionable (temporary) adhesive, I think from Tombow.
This is very true!
And, it seems to change.
I liked my Hermafix runner (now dotto runner), and now it's ridiculously frustrating. I've heard others comment that some brands change and old favorites are no longer favorites.
Although, I think most will agree - DO NOT USE GLUE STICKS! They WILL lose their stickiness, and your pages will fall apart. Not worth the effort!
Do a search for adhesive (and check the resources tab at the top). There is a TON of info here about adhesives.
If you get addicted to this hobby then eventually i would suggest the ATG. You can get the gun for around 40 but the refills are around 3.50 for 36 yards. In the long run it is cheaper and it holds extremly well. Don't get the knock off from tape depot alot of people are not happy with the tape,it seems to be very spotty in terms of quality whereas the 3M tape is great and the "gold" brand tape is still pretty cheap (3.50 a roll) and it goes a very long way. The gun looks big but is very light and holds almost everything.
well, I like the Elmers Photo Sticks..
have had no problems with layouts falling apart, I started scrappin about 5 years ago.
I do not like the Uhu or Fiskars sticks. Total waste to me, can see it while working with them.
Actually, used Tombow permanent tape runner for dd's wedding invitations..thinking it would be better than glue sticks. and I've seen the invitation falling apart at a friend's house. So, I'm not a fan of Tombow tape runners.
so, for me, Elmers Photo Sticks...mini glue dots for embellishing and vellum glue dots for all vellum/transparancies.
I swear by the Tombow Mono tape runner... you just have to make sure to use enough, especially on heavy cardstock. I've also used the Adtech runner from Walmart, but it seems like it doesn't go as far as the Tombow.
Lots and lots of scrappers hear love their ATG; I may be looking at that one next!
I love using 3L Scrapbook Adhesives you can find those at HL. I also recommend using glue dots for flowers, buttons, and chipboard. Some of my other fav's are Judikins Diamond Glaze and Glossy Accents.
i have a glue stick that came with a scrapbooking kit, i hate it. forget a year from now, it doesn't stick right at time of application.
i think it depends on what you're using them for, i like my tape runner for large pieces of paper (mine is adtech), but i have mounting squares (i get these at the dollar store, 250 squares/box for a buck! they work great) that i like to use with photos. i really want to get a liquid pen for small embellishments, as of now i've been cutting mounting squares in half or smaller but sometimes it doesn't quite do the trick. i have 3d mounting squares (3m)that i love also, i usually just use them to raise up a paper design to give it depth (like waves etc)