Favorite Adhesives Paper and Tools
A big question with new scrapbookers and crafters is; what is the best adhesive to use.
I admit to being personally fond of glue dots. You can find them online and in most craft stores. They’re a permanent adhesive and maintain their bond on many types of material. They’re easy to use and I don’t worry about getting too much glue squeezed out of a bottle accidentally. They’re also less messy than many other kinds of glue and can be used for small pieces of projects. Pop-up dots add dimension to any project, they just peel and stick to everything from paper to wood, fabric, plastic and even metal.
Many crafters swear by their double-sided adhesive tape applied with a gun or glider. The Scotch Applicator Gun is one of the best choices. It uses an acid neutral tape that will not damage family photos or yellow any paper. The Scotch ATG applicator can hold a roll of 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch tape, just right for most Cricut crafts.
The applicator releases the tape in an accurate and easy to use manner. It removes and stores the liner as it releases the tape. The roll of tape is very large and lasts a long time. I find this to be well worth the money and usually look for deals on several rolls of refill tape and stock up. There are cheaper versions but I haven’t found one that works as well.
For acid-free and archival safe glue, the Zig family of glue pens is a popular choice. The fine tip pen is perfect for applying glue to your intricate designs. Or you can use the wide mouth roller for bigger jobs. Depending on how you apply it, this glue is permanent or repositionable.
Zip Dry Paper Glue is not just for paper but also works with all kinds of embellishments like glitter, beads and metal. What’s really nice is it doesn’t leave any sticky residue on your finger when you wipe it off, if you make a mistake or change your mind.
Xyron adhesives seem to be popular with crafters and come in a whole line of products; their sticker maker is on my wish list.
I enjoy the American Crafts card stock. The color goes all the way through which means you don’t end up with the white core on layered projects.
Some card stocks I’ve tried are simply too fibrous and don’t cut well and often leave a big mess behind.
When trying to cut thin paper it’s often a good idea to tape around the edges. This seems to keep it from slipping. Personally, I find really thin paper some of the hardest to cut without tearing.
I have also had good luck the Bazzil and Recollections brands. They can be found at most craft stores or online.
If you’re looking for designer paper with more options you may want to try K and Company Designer, but they are a bit pricey.
Remember if you’re cutting thicker card stock you may need to use the multi cut function. This means the cutting blade will go over the cut up to four times to make sure it’s cutting all the way through.
I have a teacher friend who has tried to use the cheap construction paper she’s supplied with at her school. It usually rips and sticks badly to the mat. Slowing the speed down and using an old mat helps some.
One type of paper I’ve heard many complaints about is the single sheet paper and card stock at Hobby Lobby. Many users seem to have a problem with this brand.
Card stock: I personally find 65 lb. card stock to work the best. Thinner stock doesn’t handle intricate cuts as well and thicker wears out my blades too quickly.
Adhesive backed craft vinyl is another material I like to use. It’s more expensive than buying regular vinyl but it’s easier to use since the adhesive is already added. It usually provides a smoother surface than risking lumps of glue when you attach the vinyl.
When working with vinyl some prefer the KISS Cut method where you just cut thru the vinyl leaving the backing intact, rather than cutting all the way thru.