A scrappy tool must have is the Scotch ATG Pink Adhesive Applicator Gun. So, so, so many people SWORE that the Scotch ATG was their FAVORITE adhesive applicator. But it was big & red & a little heavy, so I stayed away. Well, when Scotch came out with their slightly less industrial PINK ATG and I found it at a bargain price, I figured I would see what all the fuss was about. THERE IS FUSS FOR GOOD REASON!!! This is THEE VERY BEST adhesive applicator I have ever used! As well as, THEE VERY BEST ADHESIVE I have ever used! 3 major reasons why I love the Scotch Pink ATG & Adhesive: #1: STICKY, STICKY, STICKY--my pages do not fall apart, like they have with other adhesive & the Scotch adhesive for the Pink ATG can adhere to MANY, MANY different surfaces, good for almost any type of sticking you need to do. #2: EASY TO USE APPLICATOR that does not break--to use, pull the trigger and press down & pull towards your body. Simple, right? #3: REFILLS THAT LAST A LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG TIME!! I think this is my favorite, the refills are reasonably priced, do not use a ton of plastic (environmentally friendly!) or take up a ton of space if you like to buy in bulk. AND even if you are an adhesive hog, like me (I have to have adhesive on the perimeter of every piece of everything I put on my pages), they still last a long time. The only complaint I have is that by the time I need to refill the applicator I have forgotten how to do it! Luckily, there are cool little picture diagrams on the inside of the applicator to remind you how to refill :)
I have wanted an ATG gun for a while now because everyone on the forums rave about it. My mom gave me a giftcard for xmas so I ordered one from j.com and it was only 14.99 with a coupon. Great deal! I was a little worried about loading the tape because some people have had issue with it. The hardest part for me was opening it. Once I got it open I just followed the instructions and bam it was in. Totally easy! I love this gun. The size makes you think it would be heavy but it is not. It makes it easy to see on a table full of paper and embellishments, cutting tools etc. It glides across the page way easier than my Glue Glider Pro does and the amount of tape you get greatly surpases that of the glue glider plus there is no big plastic attachment to throw in the trash when I have to change my tape roll which is great for the enviroment. The adhesive forms a permanent bond and has a great hold so I am not worried about my cards or pages falling apart. Another added benefit is the donation for breast cancer that comes from every purchase. So no matter how you look at it this is a great tool to add to your papercrafting arsenal....BUY THIS IS if you are in the market for a great adhesive machine....
First off, please don't use this review as purchase consideration if you are right-handed. I don't think this is quite as fabulous for the left-handed as it is for right-handers. I am extremely left-dominant, and can't do much of anything that requires fine coordination with my right hand. Because of the shape of the device, it is a lot harder to apply tape right on the edge and in a straight line. It's just very awkward to use with your left hand. On the other hand (pun intended), my right-handed housemate thinks the ATG is fabulous. I even made my lefty brother try this out, to be sure it just wasn't me. He could not understand why I bought it.
I am used to things not working as well for me because I am left-handed. That's just the way the cookie crumbles. What irritates me in general (and why I gave this 2 stars) is that far too many companies are not forthright in their product descriptions about something being shaped for right-handed use only, or optimized for use in the right hand. Bottom line: If you are a lefty, don't buy this until you have a chance to really try one out. Same advice if you are buying this for a lefty: make sure they really know that they can use it first.
Oh, and if anyone from 3M reads this review - I would gladly pay $100 with no discount for a left-handed version of this! I can see how it would be great to use in the right hand if that was possible for me.
This tape gun has made crafting so much less expensive for me. All I had to do was compare the price of refills with this gun getting two reels of tape for less than $10 (depending on acid free or not) for 72 YARDS total as compared to about 50 to 60 FEET from other manufacturers for comparable prices. That means the refills give me THREE times as much product.
Yes the gun costs something - I waited for a sale and actually got two, one for acid free tape and one for regular tape, so I wouldn't have to unload and reload one gun to switch tapes in the middle of the roll. I figure I made back the price of the gun within about 3 boxes of refills, and you know the gun will last a lot longer than that.
Loading the gun is really no problem. There is a video right here on scrapbook.com and there are directions with pictures that come in every box. After you do it once or twice, it's natural to you.
I would say the only drawback is its larger size to accomodate the larger reel of tape, but even that I got over very quickly. At least I don't lose my tape on my desk somewhere!
Very highly recommended
I got this when it was on sale for $20. I am so thankful for the sale; this is by far my favorite Adhesive. If I don't like something I give it away or throw it out if it is horrible--some things just aren't worth passing on. I found loading easy for me. I just followed the pictures on the enclosure and engraved on the ATG. The hardest part is getting the door open, as other reviews have commented.
The adhesive is excellent. I think it is the strongest so far. It does take some getting used to; at first I was stringing adhesive. Then I sort of went back just a bit and the stringing stopped. The adhesive lasts great. I tore my tape once and had to rethread it. It was nice to be able to do that. I never could get the Hermafix threaded and either gave it to a store owner or friend to do for me.
I haven't decided If I'll use it at workshops because of the size or not. It is perfect for home. The size makes it easy to find when I make a mess!