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The basics of Adhesives
by CreatingKeepsakes.com

With a whole aisle at the scrapbook store dedicated to adhesives alone, it’s tough to decide which ones are right for your needs. Here’s a rundown of the basics, with a few tips for selecting the best adhesive for the job:


• Glue sticks are great all-purpose adhesives for scrapbooking. They work best on paper; however, they can be messy. Be careful not to transfer glue from your hands to your photos, and be sure your glue stick is acid free.

• Adhesive dots are small, clear sticky dots that you simply peel from a roll and use for just about anything from jewels and buttons to fibers and fabric. They come in different sizes, including pop-up for dimension.

• Glue pens also work well for mixed media like fibers, etc. They’re just what you need for applying glue to tiny accents and hard-to-reach places since many of them have a chisel tip.

• Glue and tape rollers adhere paper and photos without wrinkling them or making a sticky mess. Rollers are a good investment since you can purchase refills and continue using them for as long as you like.

• Mounting tabs and photo stickers are perfect for adhering photos—they’re easy to apply and you don’t have to worry about getting glue on your prints. Many come in a repositionable form so you can move photos around if you change your mind or need to take them out of your album.

• Vellum adhesive is a wonderful creation that allows you to adhere all types of vellum without the adhesive showing through. No more secretly positioning the glue behind a sticker or other embellishment to tack down vellum!

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