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
• 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
• 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!