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crichards1
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What do you all find is the best glue for scrapbooking? I've searched the boards and found several answers in past posts. I've also watched some videos. I'm not interested in the large Scotch ATG gun. I've seen it at Michael's and think it would be too big for me.

This is what I have:

Creative Memories tape runner and mounting squares. I like their tape runner except when it gets stuck/caught. I found the mounting squares tedius.

I also have photo corners and some

Scotch glue. I haven't used the glue yet.

I have a Martha Stewart pen which I like.

I am looking at the Xyron Mega Runner. This isn't as large as the ATG gun, is it?

I also read positive things about Tombow Mono liquid glue.

What do you all think of these? Do you have other recommendations?

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I mostly use my ATG which I got for Christmas last year. Before that I just used plain old acid-free double-sided tape. Nothing fancy, but it took more time to use than the ATG.

For special embellishments I also use:
- glue dots
- foam tabs/circles/tape/whateve r I can get
- liquid glue occasionally
- Glossy Accents
- Zig 2-way glue pen (not the one below - they haven't got the one I use)

And I still use plain old double-sided tape for ribbon, lace and things that are smaller than my quarter inch ATG.


 
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I use the Tombow tape runner and for embellishments I use Glossy Accents. A lot of people really like the ATG, A woman at a crop I went to let me use hers to see if I would like it, I just found it too bulky feeling for my taste. I like the Tombow because it fits nicely in my hand, I've never had one jam up or get caught, and I've never had anything become unstuck.
It's all just a matter of personal taste, everyone has something they just can't live without while another doesn't care for it. You just need to try things and see how they work for you.


 
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I use a wide variety of adhesives.

Xyron "X"
Xyron 250 - Cricut cuts
Xyron 500 - large, intricate Cricut cuts
CM glue pen - for tiny pieces that don't fit in the "X"
Photo tape for heavy elements

For photos and most everything they will fit on:
Photo splits - tons and tons of photo splits. Scotch makes them, along with other companies, but I always make sure they are "made in Denmark"...they come out of the same plant and are the best on the market (IMHO)


Edited by The Biscuit Scraps on 03-21-13 03:06 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I only use my Zip pen and the ATG.

I thought the same thing about the ATG, especially given that I am left handed, thought it would be too hard and bulky to use, too heavy but I tell you Im so glad I just went for it and got it!

Do you have a friend who could lend you hers for a day or 2 to give you a real chance to use it?

Otherwise, the others have given you great alternatives!


 
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I am fine with my ATG but some type of tape runner is best on the back of photos I have found. Any liquid glue there and you can have some "pucker" or bumbs if you are not careful.

For liquid I like something like the pen to do a precise amount. I have the Scotch brand, it has a pen point end and a larger end. Photo safe but I don't use it on photos as I said.

Dots are very useful expecially for tiny things and if you use ribbon, fibers, fabric and on any acetate piece. Glue will show thru acetate (voice of experience).

Self Adheisve Foam to add demension. I buy the sheets that are long strips and cut it to the size I want. I think that lasts longer than the dots.

Also, if you are working with metal, plastic or anything heavy, like shells, I have found E-6000 is great.

I own one but have never found glue stick useful.

In addition, if you are a Clutz like me, you will want to have some some of remover handy! UN-DU is great. It works on photos as well. BTW the only place I can find UN-DU is here are SB.com. Their site says WalMart has it but I can never find it there and I've checked two.



 
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For a liquid glue Beacon 3 in 1 is the best on the market hands down but get a long stick pin to keep in the top of it otherwise it's a bear with the cap.

I love my ATG but a lot of people like the tape runners that put off the little dots of glue.

As far as Pop Dots I use the black 3d dots that they sell here.


 
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As you can see, everyone has their favorites, and we're all convinced we've found "The One"! I absolutely love a liquid glue called "The Best Glue Ever". It's found on ScrapPerfect. It's great for gluing on those little fine letters, like you cut with a Cricut, because it has a very fine point on it. And better yet, it rarely, if ever, clogs. The cap has a little extra grip in the top that keeps it sealed really well. I always keep a bottle or two on hand.


 
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Yes, everyone has their own favourites! Mine are;
- Tombow runners for matting and putting photos or paper embellishments down
- Zip glue pen for fine detail glueing
- Xyron create-a-sticker for alphas or other embellishments that are smaller than 2.5 inches
- Adhesive foam dots for a 3-dimensional look
- Versamark for embossing powders
- Glossy Accents for heavy embellishments or to coat something
- Mod Podge for paper layers or tissue papers

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  • stick on 03-21-13 08:29 AM
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I regularly use:

ATG
glue dots
Best Glue Ever (it really is awesome but I've found that if ANY of it splooges out from the edge that it will be sticky forever - just have to be really careful with it)
3M Photo Mount spray
3M Scotch Quick Dry
Glossy Accents
Zig Pens
Xyron X and 250
double-sided foam
washi tape - there's no rule that says you can't put the adhesive on top!

And non-adhesive methods such as eyelets and brads.

I have a few other adhesives but don't usually use them in scrapbooking.


As to Un-Do - it's too expensive for such a small bottle, and if you're in California it's a different formula because we're over-protective here I buy a big can of Bestine at Ms or D ick Blick or any other art store (don't know why this is allowed in CA and Un-Do isn't, but clearly we're not very consistent here either). It's exactly the same chemical as Un-Do. Whichever one you buy - as with all chemicals, just make sure to read the instructions and the warnings and use in a well-ventilated area.


 
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Thank you everyone. You've been really helpful.

I'm placing an order for a Storage Spinner and a few other things and will add some UnDo to the list. I've put some of the others on my Wish List so that I don't forget about them.

My area needs to be neater, and the Storage Spinner looked like a great solution. I couldn't find anything that I liked locally. I've got two orders coming now and can't wait to get them. I've been visiting JoAnn's and Michael's frequently, too. I think I've officially stopped shopping for a while. Things really add up!
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I was also leary of the ATG because of the size and I fell in love with it the first time I tried it. For months I wouldn't try it - now I wish I had started with it becuase I have to go back and re-do some earlier books because things are falling off.

I was in a crop and a little lady - about 85 years old, maybe 90 was sitting next to me and her daughter on the other side of her.

I used my ATG and set it down and then she picked it up and used it. Every time I set it down the little lady took a turn with it. SHe was making cards and just loved my ATG.

I don't think she ever realized it wasn't for sharing. I am sure she though it belonged to the store becuase she never said a word, just actied like it was community property and I kind of got a kick out of it.


 
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I have these.....

ATG I can't be without it
Zig pens I have several sizes
Glue Gloss.....love the stuff. Looks like a lip gloss container with glue in it. Wonderful to piece together cricut cuts and glue down small letters. I use it with my TweezerBees.
Best Glue Ever for a liquid Glue to glue down heavier items.
Glue Dots in several sizes.

This combo works for me. I am really happy with them all. But one thing for sure, I can't live without my ATG , Zig Pens and Glue Gloss.


 
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Pics


 
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  • dwelch Said:
As you can see, everyone has their favorites, and we're all convinced we've found "The One"! I absolutely love a liquid glue called "The Best Glue Ever". It's found on ScrapPerfect. It's great for gluing on those little fine letters, like you cut with a Cricut, because it has a very fine point on it. And better yet, it rarely, if ever, clogs. The cap has a little extra grip in the top that keeps it sealed really well. I always keep a bottle or two on hand.


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That's a funny story about the lady and your ATG.

For everyone that loves these, why are they better than regular tape runners? Is it because the adhesive is better? I've tried a couple that I really didn't like and never could get the hang of. I do like the Creative Memories one though. I'm willing to try something new if it's that much better.


 
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I think most people like them because they hold a larger roll of adhesive tape - like 4" across (or so). Therefore, it makes it cheaper in the long run. I'm among the very few who doesn't like an ATG. I ended up selling mine at our LSS garage sale. It always felt so awkward to me.


 
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The ATGs look intimidating but you are only holding it for a few seconds to make the adhesive strip.

I used to use the small tape runners and I could go through 6 in an afternoon. Some of the small ones are refillable but I was refilling one every few minutes it seems. It was just cost prohibitive for me to use the smaller runners.

The ATG holds a lot of tape - unless you really scrap a lot, you fill it and you don't have to fill it again for a while, its always ready.

At the scrapbook crops the ladies even bling them up and decorate them!

The tape is from Scotch (3M) and is a good quality and it sticks.

On the down side, when you glue something down you need to be serious about it. There are some papers you can remove it from but for the most part, its difficult to get up. But that as a good thing, as I want a adhesive that is serious about sticking.

To me personally it is better. But as Darla pointed out, we all have different favorites.

Some people pick up the ATG and go with it - for others its a bit of a learning and practicing curve becuase you do have to release the trigger and lift the ATG at the same time.

Its a one-motion thing and it works perfectly for me but I did have to try it a time or two to get comfortable with it.


 
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What Henri Jean said! Totally agree - when I first brought the ATG home, I was so frustrated with it that I almost returned it. But, once I got the hang of it, I never looked back. I can't stand the little pieces of wax paper from photo squares, they get everywhere and are hard to pick up. I should have an adhesive sale, goodness knows I've got enough to stock a small ss. I do like the Zig two-way pens for paper piecing small parts when using the Cricut or Cameo - couldn't scrap without those.


 
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Thank you all for giving me both points of view. We don't have a local scrapbook store, and I only know one person who scrapbooks. She got me started and uses a regular tape runner.


 
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Maybe it's our name, Darla, because I don't like the ATG either, lol! I didn't have any trouble using it, but it felt so bulky and unwieldy in my hand, it just wasn't comfortable. I don't care for the photo splits either, too time consuming to pick off those bits of paper that then end up everywhere but the trash can. I'll stick with my old faithful Tombow tape runner. I order the refills by the case and the cost comes out to about $1.39 per refill as opposed to $3.99 at HL. I also use the pop dots for dimension and the Glossy Accents for heavier embellies. I use a double sided tape (can't remember the brand but it has an orange film on it) for my ribbon.


 
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I had the CM one but it's really expensive. Yes there is the initial cost of the ATG but it lasts longer than the CM ones. The adhesive is close in strength, in my opinion.
I absolutely adore my ATG but it did have a small learning curve. That's probably on account of me being left handed but as Henri said, it does take some getting used to.
The tombow adhesive runner is very light weight strength in my opinion. I found myself having to run much longer strips to achieve the same holding power.


Edited by fknapoleon on 03-21-13 01:10 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Another thing I love about the ATG is it's harder to lose in your scrap mess....believe me I can still lose it but it's harder


 
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I've tried a lot of different adhesives over the years and found that Tombow Mono Multi-glue works the best for me. It works so well and is inexpensive. One little bottle lasts so long. I love it.


 
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I also use the Zip pen for tiny pieces from my Slice and Cricut.

However, when I make individual letters on my Cricut I put them directly on drywall tape to hold thier position and keep them straight and perfectly spaced. Then I use the Zig 2-way when I'm ready to put them on the page.


 
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Jane has an excellent point! I loose my rules and Zip pen and even sissors in my scrap mess but I can always find my pink ATG!


 
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  • chocolateaxel Said:
Maybe it's our name, Darla, because I don't like the ATG either, lol! I didn't have any trouble using it, but it felt so bulky and unwieldy in my hand, it just wasn't comfortable. I don't care for the photo splits either, too time consuming to pick off those bits of paper that then end up everywhere but the trash can. I'll stick with my old faithful Tombow tape runner. I order the refills by the case and the cost comes out to about $1.39 per refill as opposed to $3.99 at HL. I also use the pop dots for dimension and the Glossy Accents for heavier embellies. I use a double sided tape (can't remember the brand but it has an orange film on it) for my ribbon.



Another negative on the ATG here....I love my Tombow! I just refill and I don't find that I am refilling that often....
I have never had trouble with the Tombow not sticking....I use Glossy Accents if it is a really heavy embellishment but for regular paper the Tombow works fine.
It's small, easy to take to crops, easy to hold in your hand and easy to get just a little bit off......

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I took your all's advice and bought the ATG. I've only had it for a couple of days but do like it. I have a couple of pages of flocked paper from a K&Company paper pack. Will the ATG tape be strong enough to stick to this? Do I need to use glue instead?
Thanks,


 
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Good for you! I reckon it should be strong enough - try it and see? The only thing I've had problems with any glue sticking to is glitter paper.


 
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  • Vae on 03-31-13 06:10 PM
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Whoa! They make black pop dots??? All this time I've been inking the sides of mine or coloring them with a sharpie and I didn't have to??? My mind is blown.


 
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The ATG should take care of the flocked paper with no trouble....and Yes Jarvae they make black pop dots it's about all I use. I hate the white they show up on my cards and since I don't like switching back and forth I just use nothing but the black.


 
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Thanks for the info. I'll go ahead and use the ATG with the flocked paper.


 
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I like dot runners - especially on the punched borders , since you can apply adhesive on the lacy part with all those holes. I have smaller ones and a big Xyron dot tape runner for the main pages. And I almost always use photo squares on photos - don't glue them all the way around. Clear glue dots , Martha white glue for chipboard, and Glossy accents. and pop squares/dots for dimension! that's all I think..


 
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here are the black pop dots my fave are the 3 L ones.


 
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  • Vae on 04-01-13 08:59 AM
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Thanks Jane!

Man, I had no idea. I am not surprised at all but I wish I'd even thought to look for something like that ages ago. LOL.

Thank you again!


 
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Me too!


 
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Yep, I use black most of the time. Imaginisce even makes colored foam tape in red and brown. I have used the brown before.

My favorite is the 3L brand like Jane showed.
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