I use Xyron sticker maker(s) because it is great adhesive and it is easy. I also use the Glue Glider because again, it is easy to use and I like it. I use the Zig Pen for quick and small jobs. I also have other adhesive just because I am addicted to adhesive....everyone has their preference of adhesive and those are my choices....
When I use monoadhesive my stuff ends up falling off later on - I also make a lot of cards so thats a BIG problem LOL. If a page is in a page protector I don't think the mono falls off. But I seem to be making alot of mini alubms w/o page protectors so I gave up on my mono
I use the ATG 714 gun and other than lately (see my post below where I talk about a broken piece) I've had no trouble and it sticks like a dream
I also love love love scor-tape. Sometimes I use glue dots but yeah that dos get pricey. For little bitty things I either use the Xyron X or zig two way glue.
Actually I have 2 shoebox bins and a drawer of glues LOL - I get stuff on clearance whenever I see it so I always have lots of options on what glue to use. Somehow I just don't like spending the sb $$$ on glue - its so expensive!
I use the tombow mono adhesive as well, but only because that was the first tape runner I ever tried and it seemed to worked well enough and I'm comfortable with it. I buy the refills in three packs with a 50 percent off coupon so it's fairly economical. I ALWAYS buy the permanent adhesive, not the repositional one.
I have had a few things with the mono adhesive not hold, however. If I have something heavy on my layout like a large photo mat, then I use something other than the mono. You know, like stitching!!
Actually, good old fashioned photo tabs hold VERY tight and I've never had anything fall off with those. I buy the ones without the pesty blue tabs.
I use glue dots for buttons, if I don't sew them on.
I used the same adhesives most of my scrapping “career” (I’m NOT a pro!), but over the past several months I’ve branched out to try some specialty adhesives. Here’s what I like to use:
Therm o web memory tape as my main adhesive. I’ve always used it and (unfortunately) I can’t find a less expensive alternative that I like as much. I’ve come to terms with it. For me, it’s like milk - I can’t live without it, so I spend almost 8 buck per gallon/roll. At least with therm o web, I can use a coupon! I will eventually get an ATG gun.
Terrifically tacky tape: for cards and envelopes, mini albums or anything that will be handled a lot. TTT has almost completely replaced glue dots for me, but I do still use glue dots for buttons and small heavier embellies.
Hot glue gun: almost everything that goes on a mini/altered project. Starting to use it on los more and more.
Aleens quick-dry or fast-tack. I don’t even know the difference between these 2. I have them both and usually use one of them when I would have reached for my zig 2-way pen. I find they are easier to control when they go on due to the pin-prick opening. I found my zig sometimes globbed up (I have the ball-point one- maybe others are better) and I also found I had to hold things down too long while waiting for it to dry. I also got some smearing with it as another poster said, but I presume Aleens would leave smears too- I just find I don’t make as many overglueing mistakes with Aleens.
Xyron X for things I’ve cut with my Slice or Cricut.
But… I recently got one of those sticky thumb tape rollers for free with a SB.com order, and I LOVE it! It’s doesn’t run quite as smoothly as my thermo web, but it is much, MUCH stickier. I’ve been using it on textured and glittered cs which never seems to stick well with tape runners, and guess what? It sticks with sticky thumb! I just ordered a bunch more and might even switch from the thermo web (warning for anyone with stocks in thermo web, they may go down if I stop using their adhesive!)
I've listed below the adhesives I use the most. Until I got my ATG, I 99% of the time used the mounting squares for all of my scrapbook pages. I will still use them a lot. They are flat and hold great. I've never had a problem with them coming lose.
The Zig pens (I use 2 sizes...one is like a ballpoint pen and the other is chisel tipped) are awesome for small Cricut cutouts.
I use Zots for dimensional embellishments that needs something to "gel" around them (such as a brad through the center of a flower).
I love pop dots to make things stand out too.
Hope that helps! You will find the adhesive that works best for you.
I have to look for both quality and price because I scrapbook a lot. In fact, when I'm home its about all I do and I don't work outside the home, although we travel a lot.
I scrapped over 600 pages in the past 2 1/2 years, so that is where the price is important.
For die cut letters and small pieces I use th Zig pens. I do not like the one you have to squeeze - I hated it so I use the normal Zig pens for detail work.
For pictures, mats, etc I use the square scrapbook adhesives - the 500 mounting squares in the box and I always but the Temporarily Repositionable.
If something is a little thicker or heavier or if I'm sticking to glitter paper I use the thin orange double-sided tape that comes on a roll or the glue dots. Those two items hold forever.
For room key cards (heavy plastic) and things like that - I always use the double sided tape that has the orange plastic you peel off.
A few months ago I was in Joannes or Michaels or Hobby Lobby - don't remember which and the boxes of mounting squares were half price so I bought all they had - 33 boxes for $1.25 each! I'm set for another month or so!
ATG all the way,,,,,occasionally for very glittered paper, I use double sided tape like the Terriffically Tacky Tape with the red skin you peel off,,,,,,,,and glue dots,,,,I use alot of them for buttons, flowers, etc,,,,,and Zip dry if I want a wet glue that does NOT wrinkle paper,,,
but mostly, my ATG which was one of the best things I ever spent money on,,,,
Photo tabs to adhere my pics, Magenta double-sided tape for large pieces,Glue dots for small embellies and Xyron (X, 250 and 500) for almost everything. I have to say that I don't really look at the price of adhesive. I just buy what I like and that's it.
ATG for most stuff; small and medium glue dots for flowers/buttons/chipboard ; Scotch Quick Dry glue for tiny bits of paper (think loops and flourishes); pop dots and foam tape to add dimension here and there.
It seems crazy to have so many different adhesives for the same basic hobby, but I couldn't bear to do without any of mine.