Choosing the Best Adhesive for Embellishments
Today we are going to be choosing the best adhesives for embellishments on your layout. There are a variety of items that can decorate your scrapbook page. I love buttons and ribbon. Of course you can sew those onto your page, but I prefer to use some type of adhesive.
Some of the liquid glues we talked about in the last post will work great. Zig Memory System and Tombow Mono glues are very good for attaching embellishments. For sequins my favorite is Art Glitter glue*. It goes on white but dries clear. It has a very strong bond ans dries quickly. I also use this for adhering wood veneer pieces, you really want a strong bond for those.
Another great glue is Ranger’s Glossy Accents. It has an opaque color and dries clear. I use it as an adhesive but it also is fun to had some sparkle. If you apply a layer of Glossy Accents to a die cut or even wood veneer, it will leave a clear coating on top. If you try this technique, be sure to let it dry over night or longer.
Glue Dots brand was founded in 1997 and they make a variety of styles. Crafters as well as scrapbookers use the double sided, instant bonding adhesives. They come in a variety of sizes and styles. Glue Dots* are safe easy to use, photo safe and non-toxic. I have them in the mini, craft, pop dot and glue strips. I love the glue lines for adhering ribbon to my layouts. They have a very strong bond and are mess free.
IF you are looking to add a bit of dimension to your layout, check out the various foam adhesives. These also come in a wide range of sizes, and thicknesses. American Crafts make both foam squares and foam dots. I personally find their brand to be the thickest. I tend to use them more on handmade cards that I intend to give to someone in person. They have a nice range of sizes on the sheet and have a good bond.
Scrapbook Adhesives make a great line of foam squares. They come in white and black, so you can pick a color that will blend in with your project. I have been using this brand the longest and I have been very happy with the quality. The packs come in all large squares, all mini or a combination pack. I tend to get the combo pack to accommodate the different size embellishments I need to adhere.
Last year I found that the company began making a Thin Foam Square. I LOVE these the most! They are half the thickness of the regular design at 1mm. I do find them a bit harder to find in stores but Scrapbook Pal.com* carries them at a very good price. In the photos below, I have the different sizes and thicknesses for you to check out.
My last favorite in the foam square department are from Scrapbook.com. They recently started manufacturing their own line of products. The small foam squares are tiny and are perfect for small/thin embellishments. Them have a variety of sizes and the prices are really good.
Pick and Choose
As you really start to get into scrapbooking, you may find yourself needing different tools. Choosing the best adhesive for the job isn’t hard, but you may have to try a few before you pick one you like. I know that I started out with the square tabs and a glue pen. After I started adding different types of embellishments to my layouts, I found I needed different glues to tackle the job.
On my desk or nearby, is every single one of these products I listed in both posts about choosing adhesive. I have tried them all, some I use more than others but it’s nice to know I have a good selection of adhesives for any project. I hope this has helped you in choosing the best adhesive for your crafty needs.