ATG for almost everything--glue dots for buttons and ribbon, xyron for die-cuts/titles. I only use liquid glue on rare occasions such as small pieces of chipboard or when I don't feel like running one or two small things through my xyron X.
It is very easy to use the ATG and not messy at all!
I use my ATG most of the time,,,,,,,my second new fav is glossy accents for things like buttons, chipboard or paper that the ATG doesn't like like highly embossed or glittered paper. I also use sticky tape (double sided tape with a red skin you peel) for ribbons and lace.
I have a GlueGlider Pro and is it okay to say that I HATE the dern thing?! I do like glue dots, regular glue, and double sided tape. I had a little, fit in the palm of my hand adhesive thingajiggy once that I really liked a lot. I don't know why I have such problems with the GlueGlider Pro...perhaps I should stick with Elmer's?!
I love my ATG and use that mostly. To add to what Holly said, it also doesn't work very well on flocked paper. I have a Xyron X I use for smaller things and I use Glossy Accents for tiny things or clear things. I highly recommend the ATG! The refills last a really long time and it's so huge you can always find it on your table! LOL
I have 2 ATG guns. One is for photos and the other is general purpose (got one in clearance section for $9 didn't have tape in it). I use the ATG for most things, photos, ribbon, paper,etc.
I also use Scotch Quick Dry for chipboard, buttons(sometimes), bling,googly eyes, etc. Sometimes I use gluedots for buttons. I have a xyron X that I will use for little pieces, border strips. I also use the zig 2 way for small, intricate pieces. I have an arsenal of adhesives at my finger tips because I could never decide what I liked or should use for what. As I have become more experienced with workind with different materials I have stopped purchasing some adhesives like smaller tape runners and double sided tape, tacky glue. Unfortunately I did stock up on all these items and will have them for quite a while...
Learn from my mistakes and buy an ATG. you won't regret it!
ATGs aren't available here otherwise I'd get one. There is one similar product available, but I don't like the waste - you seem to be throwing so much plastic away with every refill. When a greener one comes along, I'll have my eyes open.
Manda... I probably use too much but I want to make sure it holds. I go all the way around the edges. If the piece is big, it gets a smack in the middle as well. I'd rather have too much than have my albums falling apart years from now (ex. glue sticks)
ATG for all pictures and cardstock/pp if possible and ribbon that is wide enough
Xyron X and 250 for diecut letters and skinny ribbon
Liquid glue and glue dots for buttons that are too small to get ATG adhesive on.
I use my ATG for everything that is big enough for me to roll it across or pull a ball off of the roll and use on it. I LOVE that thing!
and this should be noted for those who think the ATG gun is to expensive.....I found out something in the last week
I loaned my ATG to the local FFA chapter as they are trying to throw together a year's worth of activities into the scrapbook before banquet next week (very long story as to why it didn't get done throughout the year) anyway...I've been without my beloved ATG and thought I just wouldn't get to scrap for a week.....I found that I can roll small strips of ATG adhesive off the roll and cut with my scissors and apply onto photos etc. Then just pull the "tape" off like you would a photo split...convenient no.....but I'm still scrapping!!
I use my red ATG more than anything else. For tiny pieces I use Zig, and for buttons or bulkier items I use glue dots. I HAVE used Diamond Glaze to attach some tiny rick rack to a LO, though, and it worked very well.
Now that I've used it a lot, I wouldn't be without my ATG. Wouldn't wouldn't wouldn't.
I used to only use the Tombow adhesive runner UNTIL I had to go back and re-do almost every page because it was falling apart. Now I use the ATG on just about everything. I also use the Xyron machines, glue dots and the Zig glue pen.
Has anyone used the Glue Glider Pro and if so, what's your opinion of it?
I used it before I got my ATG and it's ok. If you are worried about the size of the ATG, the GGP is a good way to ease yourself into the ATG...an expensive way to ease yourself it, but it works! I bought the refills at HL with a coupon so they seemed like an ok price for me at the time, but when you finally compare it (and others) to the ATG it's not worth it.
As for the GGP itself, I liked the tape refills, but had problems with the dotted refills (sorry, don't remember the official names...). I thought I was having horrible problems with the dotted one, but it turned out that it just wasn't as sticky as it could be because my scrap area is in the basement and last winter was very very cold...that made me break down and finally get the ATG. I still have my GGP--I mostly use it for the repositionable adhesive (that's a nice option for me). I let my 5yo use it to use up my other refills, but I gave up on that after my 3yo got ahold of it and broke a nearly new refill (now my 5yo has his own ATG for when he needs something...and I have a second one with all-purpose tape for making cards!)
So overall, it's not a bad adhesive...it's just hard to recommend it over an ATG...
Thanks sweetie! Since my GGP was swag from the 09 CHA Craft Supershow, I'm not out anything should I decide I want an ATG in the future. Mind you it won't be the NEAR future if I do but.... It came with a Perma Tac tape cartridge in it. I find it a bit large so the ATG may not be for me...I dunno. lol I was just wondering if the Perma Tac really is permanent. I'm fairly new to this scrapbooking thing and I know virtually nothing about this stuff! lol
I love my ATG gun...not only because it's a big honkin' piece of scrapbooking goodness...but because it lasts so long! I also use the smaller type rollers I had stock piled before I bought my ATG...esp if my ATG runs out in the middle of a project.
Oh, I also use glue dots a lot too...love how easy they are and super sticky for big items.
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I use about a dozen forms of tape. The ATG is by far the best for me. I have two now. I have tape for vellum, acetate, blah, blah, blah. I have the Pro glider (by far the smoothest, but still too expensive). I have a basket filled with my adhesives and I probably use 3-4 kinds on every page.