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The Basics of Scrapbooking Adhesives

Jul 7, 2008
Scrapbookers have so many choices in scrapbooking adhesives. Manufacturers are offering more and more options to meet the needs of this hobby. Scrapbooking techniques have continued to change over time, and now scrapbookers need adhesives that can handle the newest techniques and trends.

The primary concern when choosing scrapbooking adhesives is to make sure it is archival safe. All adhesives used on scrapbooking pages must be safe for your photos. You have a variety of options available to use on the back of your photos or scrapbooking embellishments.

Photo Corners: These are the pioneer adhesives of scrapbooking, and they still remain a popular choice for many scrapbookers. When scrapbooking first began, photo corners were used because they would allow you to attach photographs to a page and still remove them. Because photo corners are not permanent adhesives, they are ideal for heritage photographs and anything you don't want to permanently mount to a page. They now come in a variety of colors and materials.

Glue: Whether in pens, bottles or tubes, glue is the most versatile adhesive option for scrapbookers. Glue pens allow you to put a tiny dot of glue where ever you need it. They come in permanent and repositionable varieties, as well as specialized glues made for fabric or metal.

Tape Runners: These are a necessity for any scrapbooker. Tape runners allow you to quickly place adhesive on a large surface, and makes for quick scrapbooking page layouts. They are double-sided adhesive, and come in a roll or in dispensers. They are one of the more economical options for scrapbooking adhesives. You use only the amount you need.

Glue Dots: What would we do without glue dots for our heavy embellishments? Glue dots are ideal for ribbon, fabric and textured items as well. They create a strong bond, and are available in many sizes on either rolls or sheets.

Glue Sticks: If you don't want the mess of glue, glue sticks are a convenient alternative. They glide on easily and allow you to cover a large area quickly. You can still use them on small embellishments too. Use only glue sticks that specifically state they are photo-safe. Stay away from the ones that are for school use.

Adhesive Spray: Adhesive sprays provide transparency and even coverage. They don't show through paper like many adhesives, making them perfect for vellum. Be careful with over spray. You always want to cover your work surface before using adhesive spray.

Tape: Double-sided tape is a basic scrapbooking adhesive. Standard one-sided tape is also a must-have for scrapbookers. Apply one-sided tape to the back of eyelets or brads to keep the prongs from catching on the paper.

Foam Tape: Foam tape comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, such as dots and squares. The adhesive is double-sided, and the foam allows page elements to have a dimensional effect. This adds interest to small items and works very well with letters in titles.

With so many scrapbooking adhesives to choose from, you'll want to stock up on your favorites. Watch your favorite craft stores for sales. Make sure you pack a variety of adhesive options for your next workshop or crop. You'll be sure to have the right adhesive for your next scrapbooking project.
About the Author
Christine Perry is an avid scrapbooker and has over 10 years of scrapbooking experience. Her favorite scrapbooking subjects are her children. She invites you to her website, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com for more beginner scrapbooking and creative memories scrapbooking .
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