I'd used many tape runners and searched for the best adhesives at the best prices. I stopped searching when I heard the buzz a few years ago over the ATG gun and its adhesive and purchased one. I've since given out many recommendations for it myself, and I use this gun every time I craft.
First off, don't let the size scare you. It's lightweight and well-balanced. Framers have been using this gun for years and if there were issues with it, it would have been criticized well before the time that it became popular with scrappers and cardmakers. For those with small hands who are worried about its size, don't be. A child's hand can easily grasp the handle and pull the trigger to lay down a strip of adhesive--you're not grabbing the whole thing! :-)
The adhesive is great, almost too great in that once something is stuck down, it's not easy to move it. I've been using this for about three years now, and cards that I made from back when I first started using the ATG are still holding together nicely. Since it holds so well, I can use less of it, too. The 1/4" size is definitely plenty.
The adhesive comes on nice big rolls of 36 yards, so running out of it in the middle of a project doesn't happen often. When it does happen, it's fairly easy to reload. There are arrows inside the ATG itself which show exactly how to thread the new roll of tape. There's also very little waste, just the strip of paper that the glue transfer came on and a small plastic ring. It's nice not to have to send disposable plastic tape dispensers and/or their refills to the landfills. A couple of years ago I also did a cost comparison of the ATG vs tape runner refills--the ATG refills were cheaper by far, with others costing on the order of 3x as much per yard. Also, if your tape happens to break, with the ATG you can just rethread it--with tape runners or cartridge refills, you end up having to toss whatever was left on the roll.
If there's a downside to the ATG, it's that it might be a little tougher for lefties to use it. The tape runs on the left edge of the roller, so it's easy to see exactly where you're laying down your glue if the gun is in your right hand. It's not as easy if it's in your left, though my daughter is a lefty and she uses the ATG without any problems. Okay, and the ATG isn't very pretty as is, but you can alter it--paint it, stamp on it, add some rub-ons and bling and you have your own personalized ATG.
I highly recommend the Scotch ATG 714--it's been one of the best investments that I've made for my crafting and has more than paid for itself in terms of savings in cost of refills and in ease of use. Love it!
For years I've wanted an adhesive dispenser that was large enough to hold lots of adhesive with a very user-friendly applicator. When I saw this tool for the first time I wondered where it was going to fit on my drawing table and how well it would fit in my hand. I'm happy to report that it's balanced, fits comfortably in my hand and stores well at my table when not in use. I can always find it among the piles of paper and supplies I work with too.
I was astounded at the number of layouts I was able to complete with one roll of tape. The dispenser is easy to reload because of the embossed diagram on the discarded tape side (when you remover the paper backing roll you'll see it). When you put a new roll of tape onto the right-side wheel you'll have no problems following the diagram.
I really like the press, release and lock trigger and once you get the hang of it you can place adhesive quite accurately.
If you don't like the color of the casing, you can paint it with Krylon spray paint made for plastics. I saw where a user in our Gallery had done this and then added rub ons.
Great for right and left-handed use.
Used in this layout: Trouble Shooting
The Scotch 3M ATG 714 Adhesive Gun ROCKS!!!!!
I have taught and demonstrated scrapbooking and general crafts all over the country, and used every manufacturer of adhesive.......I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!
It seems bulky and akward looking when you look at it, then when you put it in your hand it isn't so bad..then you use it and are like, WOW!
You must practice for a minute or two at first to get the feel for it, but once you have a good grip on how it works and feels, you will be amazed at how fast you can zip through a page! I use it for cards, pages, and other paper projects too. The refill rolls last forever, and the application is so precise without YOU have to be careful!
Two thumbs and two big toes up to Scotch for this one. I actually was at the booth trying it during CHA, when the girl who helped them develope it came up and showed me exactly how to use it. WONDERFUL!
I have used every tape runner that I could get my hands on. With one simple hope. That I can finish a complete project without running out of tape.
I am so grateful to the ladies in my scrapbook club. That is where I discovered this awesome applicator. The only thing that I did dislike at first was the size. However, the adjustment did not take long. It is so light weight, that I take it to all of my scrap clubs.
This tape gun is totally worth the money. The adhesive is awesome. I don't have to worry about my photos or embelishements falling off. Nor do I worry about running out of tape in the middle of a layout.
If you have not bought one, I would highly recommend this product. Not only will you save money in buying so many refills. You will be able to make several layouts and projects from just one refill. Buy it, you won't regret it!
I've been through almost every kind of tape runner that is produced for scrapbooking, and found fault with almost all of them. My Scotch ATG 714, however, is hands down the best tape runner or gun I've used. First, the cost is extremely low compared to other runners. Second, it is very easy to load and use. There is a little bit of wrist action you have to learn when "releasing" the end of a run of tape, but other than that it's pretty much intuitive. Third, since each roll of tape is 36 YARDS long, I don't have to constantly keep adding refills. I've gone for two 6 hour crops on the same roll of tape with some left to spare. I also like that the refill produces very little waste- just the tiny core and the backing paper is disposed of. I've disliked other tape runners that seem to replace half the mechanism when you install a new refill.
Used in this layout: Love Anthropologie
I've had my ATG 714 for about a year now. This is by far the best adhesive I've used! It really sticks and keeps my project in tact. How many times have you seen your page fall apart when you tried to take it out of the page protector? I haven't had any problems with my layouts falling apart since I've started using the ATG. In fact, the permanent adhesive sticks so much that it's hard to move the pieces afterwards. I'm indecisive so when I want to move a piece of paper or embellishment, I keep a bottle of UN-DU handy.
Although the initial investment for the ATG is high, you will get more adhesive with each roll compared to other tape runners. So you'll end up saving more in the long run.
It's big, it's a little bulky, and you definitely need the instructions to get the adhesive roll threaded in there, but it's not too difficult.
It takes some getting used to - from where you put it down, pulling the trigger and then letting go and lifting it up without leaving a string of adhesive.
The adhesive is VERY aggressive - more so than even our beloved Tacky Tape. So be careful when you position pictures, paper, etc. It's not moving once it goes down without seriously ripping some paper or even destroying it.
It isn't good for adhering smaller pieces of paper or embellis to LOs - use this for your bigger elements.
I'm so tickled with mine - worth the investment!
I had heard from some people that the Scotch ATG gun could be considered awkward and hard to load, but I did not find this to be the case at all. First, I thought loading was pretty easy. There are markings on the inside of the gun that make it clear how the tape feeds though there. Granted, it's not as easy as a refillable cartridge of adhesive, but it's a lot more cost effective. And I think using it is really straightforward. And it never gums up or jams, which I think actually makes it easier to use than the smaller refillable adhesive applicators which often gum up or jam. I have been using mine for almost two months now and I still have tons of adhesive left on my first roll.
Used in this layout: this is the face I first fell in love with
At first I thought this adhesive gun would be way too bulky. It is rather large, but is has some great features. It holds a large roll of tape, and I like the fact that you just have to buy the refill. Some adhesives have disposable dispensers. This one is very sturdy and light weight. I also like the fact that there is a trigger on the handle so when you do not need any more adhesive you just let go of the trigger and lift up. No more guessing if the adhesive is going to come out of the dispenser or if it's going to stop where you want it to. Once you figure out how to load the roll of adhesive it is fairly simple. Now I couldn't live without my Scotch ATG Adhesive Gun!!!!
Used in this layout: Water Babies
I kept seeing people talking about this atg gun, I was a little intimidated by the size of it, so I put off buying one. But then someone else on the message boards had mentioned something about having small hands and had no problem at all with the atg gun. I ordered it as soon as I read that. There is a small learning curve on how to load the tape into the gun, but it only took a few minutes. It is so easy to use! This is probably my best investment in scrapbooking! The refills are not very expensive and you get 36 yards of adhesive. So, if you are reading this and you have the opportunity to invest in the atg gun I say do it you will not regret it!!
Used in this layout: Proud Son
I just love my ATG gun. I am left handed and have no trouble using this item. There is a small learning curve to these items. However once you try them, you will end up with more than one like I did. (Yes even with the cost of the item, it is worth the price. ) I love the way you can remove extra tape by just rubbing it when you put the pages together. There are different tapes with different sticking strength. Great for paper to paper, and chipboard to paper. I now have 2 of them the 714 for the small detailed items and the 700 for 1/2 inch tape for the larger itemsl.
The price of this applicator gun scared me. But you only have to buy it once then the refills are cheap! I got my refills for under $2.50 each. Wait til the gun goes on sale and then buy it! I've been through so many other tape dispensers and always am amazed at how quickly I use them up. This baby holds 60 yrds. Considering the others cost $6 - $8 and I was constantly breaking the tape or it would fold back on itself, this is truely a bargain. I have not wasted as single inch of the tape on this applicator. I love this tool. I use it on everything.
Used in this layout: You & Me & Baby Makes 3
I love my adhesive applicator Gun. It's a little bulky but it is worth the money, Great for chipboard, metal, cardstock and pictures. However hard to use in small areas.
I recommend this if you work with lots of mini book, because it will keep everything in place. The first time a saw this gun was when I went to my framing store. I ask the person who was using it if this was a good tool and he said " is great and the tape is acid Free.
Requires a little practice, but after you get use to it, you are going to love it.
Used in this layout: FALL
This adhesive runner is the king of all adhesive runners! It looks like it might be too big and bulky, but it is not. It is so easy to use. The best part is that you never run out of adhesive!!! I have used this sucker on about 10 los and still have lots of tape on my roll. I doubt I will be changing it anytime soon. The adhesive is very sticky, so be sure that whatever you are working with is in the correct spot because it won't be going anywhere! Love this thing!!!
Used in this layout: 5 Years Later (and you're still the one)
This adhesive gun is a must-have item for the serious scrapper! While the initial purchase price is more than your traditional adhesive, you will be amazed at how long a single roll will last you. No more running out of adhesive mid-layout, because a little bit of this stuff goes a LOOOONG way! The gun itself is a bit large, but the weight is surprisingly light. You'll be the envy of the crop when everyone else is buying more adhesive, and you're still on your first roll!
Used in this image: journal - inside cover
I was hesitant to purchase this due to the upfront cost, but I am so happy I got this. It is very simple to use - it doesn't gum-up or break and holds excellent. Only problem is that I forget how to load the tape because I no longer have to refill after a layout or two (great problem to have!) Another huge plus is the cost of the adhesive - 36 yards @ $7 vs. Tombow Mono 6 pk. price of $10+ for the same amount. So, over time, you will end up saving money.
Used in this layout: Pretend Blue
The first time I saw a scrapper using one of these at a convention I thought that was just crazy....now I wouldn't live without mine! Wow! Wow! Wow! I can create 'forever' with this thing...and just in case I always keep extra adhesive around for when I need a refill. I will say that it lasts so long that I have to look at the directions to refill when it's time to do so...not such a bad problem to have I think.
Used in this image: Happy Fall Locker Sign
Loving this applicator. It seemed a little bulky to use at first and took some practice.
I no longer have to worry about my matting coming loose from the picture because the quality of this adhesive is well worth the cost of the gun. It doesn't gum up and it's easy to load.
Only wish that for the price of the gun, they should have included either a free roll or sample of the adhesive
Used in this layout: Define Yourself
Before getting this, I used photo mounting squares which took alot of time when you're making 12x12-lo's. I'm so happy that I got this! It's easy to use with clear instructions on how to attach the taperoll and then use this tool. It saves you alot of time and is also way more ergonomic than those "small" adhesives like squares or dots or so if you use alot of adhesive. :)
Used in this image: Happy birthday - gifttag
The best thing since sliced bread. I have battled adhesive issues for years. The cost, getting all gummed up and now I have no problems at all and this last forever. I was worried about the size, it looks big and bulky, but once you get the hang of it there is no going back. Saves you tons of money, and no messy gummy clean ups anymore! LOVE IT!
Used in this layout: Simply Me
This is the most AWESOME product I have ever used !! It has really cut down on my trips to the store for adhesive, and I don't worry about running out at crops :) I have recommended this to several friends and relatives. I just changed my tape for the first time the other day and I've had it for well over a month - and I use a LOT of tape !!!
I never thought I would be able to adjust to the size of this applicator, but I have found that is it one of the easiest to use. The adhesive lasts for an extremely long time and it holds better than any I have used in the past. If you don't have one yet, just know that once you buy it, you will wonder what took you so long.
Used in this layout: *~* 6 months b *~*
I love this thing. Bought it and put it together with no directions although the instructions come with it. It is lightweight and will pay for itself in no time. I used another adhesive runner all the time and would typically use one per project. The refills for this gun hold 36 yards of adhesive. Its great!!!!
Used in this layout: seven gypsies
I was hesitant to buy the ATG gun because of the initial expense, but once I figured out that one roll of adhesive would go six times as far as the adhesive I was currently buying, I was sold. I was impressed with this product from the first time I used it. The adhesive went on smooth and things stay stuck!
This is my favorite scrapping item ever! I love how easy it is to use. Plus it is so much cheaper in the long run because of the amount of tape you can use in one roll. I used to buy the individual rolls of tape but after I made the decision to get this I wish I would have bought it sooner!
Used in this image: Stamped Images with a Twist
My mom got me the ATG 714 for Christmas. I've only had it for a week and I already can't live without it. I can't believe I went so long buying tons of expensive adhesives. The initial cost for this item is kind of high, but I'm already convinced that it is well worth it!!
Used in this card: Sweet Birthday Wishes
I had been looking for an adhesive for years that was just right....and I finally found it! This gun is light weight, easy to fill, and you get a ton of adhesive on one roll! I would 150% recommend this is anyone and everyone who is looking for that perfect adhesive!!
Used in this layout: *Caught Red Handed
I have tried numerous adhesives and adhesive applicators; this is the best yet!! It is easy to load, applies smoothly, is easy to handle and holds 36 yards of adhesive. I love the 1/4 inch line of adhesive and the ease of application. Very Happy with this product.
Used in this card: Open hearts valentine card
I just got this, and I love it. I've been using the peel and unroll by hand, and this just makes it so much faster. It's taking some time to get use to the size, but it's light and easy to use.
Now I can't wait to alter it.
Can't live without this! Of all the tools I have this is my favorite. I've found that if you work quickly you can easily remove the adhesive if you put it in the wrong place. Well worth the price.
Used in this layout: Grand Bahama Islands
I love this gun! Been looking for a holster so I can strap this on. :LOL: It's actually cheaper than anything else that I've found and far better than anything else I've used so far, too.
Used in this layout: Friend's 40th Birthday Party 3&4
Very worth it's price considering that tape rolls are $5 a pop and i go through one for every 2-3 pages!! Love this gun, very easy to use, rolls easily onto paper and handle is comfortable.
I own this, use this daily and LOVE this atg unit. It's saves me a lot of money and works so well. Scotch made a great unit.
Used in this layout: hooray 4 sorbet!
I haven't decided if I am totally sold on this. I do like it and for the most part it is very easy to use. I still forget to let go of the trigger sometimes before lifting the gun off the paper. And I wish the tape was positioned in the middle of the roller as instead of to the side. I am right handed and I have found that when I am putting the adhesive on the left edge of the photo or paper I can't see where the adhesive strip is, as far as not getting it on the table.
Also, if you are one of those people that tends to reposition items if they are not placed perfectly where you want them, like me, you may not like this. The adhesive is very sticky and very stronge, so once you place and press, it's not moving!!! So, I have learned to set stuff lightly and not press until I know it's where I want it. I have used this one ribbon and it works wonderfully, I would never have used my old rolling adhesive on ribbon!!
So, all in all it's a good item. The gun itself weighs almost nothing and since it stands up, it's easy to store.
I read lots of reviews and threads about this before I purchased it. It was easier to load than the tape runner I usually use, so no problems there. However, when I started using it I thought it seemed awkward to have the tape running on the outside rather than the inside of the roller. It's because it is a RIGHT-HANDED tool! If you enlarge the picture you can see it.
I have learned to compensate but it can be difficult when working on detailed stuff so I just switch to a small adhesive for smaller items. If you can use your right hand for some things you can probably use it for this to.
I am glad I have it because it is so nice not to have to change the tape roll all the time and I think it will be very economical in the long run.
Used in this image: Altered Mailbox
I spent forever figuring out how to load and use. Wasted a bunch of tape.. but it's cheap so I didn't feel so bad.
To use: Keep your elbow at your side and wrist straight when you dispense and let go . This was in the instructions and when I did it, it's the only way it didn't leave a strand of tape. I'm just excited that it will last so long. I bought the dispenser and 5 refills. I should keep track of how many projects it takes to use all that tape!
Used in this layout: We Are Family
I love this product because it holds a lot of adhesive; you are not constantly looking/changing refills. The adhesive itself holds very well. You can also get different sized tape for the same tool. The two things I don't like about it is that the adhesive is permanent--once its down, its down. Also, the gun is kind of big and bulky, so not real easy to carry around. But, I think the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Definately recommend.
I know this is pretty expensive but. it works tremendously. I like it so much that I always use not only for paper crafting but, in other projects as well that needs adhering. It's aggressive so you have to be precise what you want bec. you can't peel it off after. I recommend this product if you're looking for a more sturdy thing to adhere your photos and papers.
Used in this layout: laugh
When my Scotch ATG arrived in the mail, my first thought was, wow this is a lot larger than I imagined it to be! But it has been great for adhering larger items (larger than 5"x7") together.
I have trouble keeping the tape from running off the edge of the roller. The extra tapes I bought are all curved, like they haven't been lying flat and so it is hard to keep them on the roller. I am sure when I get a little more experience with it I will be fine.