Choosing the Best Adhesive Part 1

choosing the best adhesive
Choosing the best adhesive

If you are new to scrapbooking, you may be asking yourself “How am I going to attach my photos?’ How do you know what adhesives are the best to use in your scrapbook and are the safest? That is a very good question and one that will save you in the end. Not all adhesives are good for photos and will cause harm in the future.

So, what are the Best Adhesives for your Scrapbook?

In this first part, we are going to look at various ways to adhere your photos to your layouts. The most important thing in choosing the best adhesive for your layouts – make sure it is acid free. In the past, our ancestors didn’t think twice about how they stuck photos into their albums.

Rubber cement, school glue and Scotch tape were readily available and therefore used the most. As time went by, the pages started to yellow and get brittle from the acid in the paper to the chemicals in the glues. Today, we strive to include acid free products in our scrapbooks to ensure our albums last a long time.

Photo Corners

The old fashion style photo corners are still around and better than ever. In the past, you had to lick the back (yuck!) of the corner to attach the photo to the page. Today, they have adhesive on the back. These are the best to use if you have photos that you may want to remove at some time. I recommend these for older photos, but be sure to have a digital backup of your photos in case you need them

Square Photo Tabs

These little square adhesive tabs adhere to the back of the photo. You can add one to all four corners or just a few. I used these in the beginning, and they do work great. However, if you ever want to remove the photo from the layout, I find it very difficult.

Acid Free Glue

Many scrapbookers prefer to use a liquid glue. Zig Memory System* Two Way glue is a great choice. When the glue is blue when wet, giving a permanent bond. Or wait a few moments until it turns clear, then it will be re-positionable. It comes in various size pens and nibs for applying the glue. I have several styles in my drawer and use them for gluing embellishments. Another great liquid glue is Tombow …I have one of those too!

Double Sided Tape

I know of a few scrapbookers that use Red Line Tape by American Crafts or Scor-Pal Scor Tape. I have both in my stash however, I do not apply it to my photos. I find that it is a great tape for cardmaking and adhering some embellishments to my layout. The tapes are very sticky, so if you wanted to remove the photo it may cause damage to the paper or photo.

Tape Runners

There are many different tape runners on the marker in all kinds of sizes. Tape runners apply a continuous line of double-sided adhesive. They come in solid, dot, thin strip, permanent or repositionable. Here a small list of brands –

*Scotch ATG  (the biggest and for me the hardest to use)

 *Tombow Mono

 *Elmer’s Craft Bond

 *Xyron Tape Runner

 *Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner

 *American Crafts Sticky Thumb

 *Kokuyo Dotliner *

I must admit – I tried all the ones listed and a handful of others that are no longer made. My favorite is the Kokuyo Dotliner. These are manufactured in Japan and are very well made. I have found the glue to repositionable for about 20 minutes or so and then the bond is very strong.

For the past year or so it is the only tape runner I have used. I think it is the best adhesive all around for adhering various items to a layout. It is a bit harder to find, I have yet to see it in any of the craft stores. I order mine from Amazon and I have included a link in case you would like to check it out.

But Wait, there’s more!

In part two, I will talk about choosing the best adhesive for adhering embellishments. Some of the products on this list will work, but there a few more for us to look at. Until next time,

Happy Scrapping!

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