Scrapbooking Adhesives: A Primer

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Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or a seasoned pro, picking the right adhesive for the job is an ongoing learing process.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re choosing an adhesive for your pages.

  1. Don’t use “school glue” – you know that stuff you buy for your kids?  <u>Do not</u> use it – you need to use an adhesive marked “acid-free.”
  2. Don’t use rubber cement – see above.
  3. If you think you’ll want to remove a photo from the layout in the future – you may want to stick with old-fashioned photo corners, which are available in a wide variety of colors and designs, and can become an embellishment on your page.
  4. If your photo will stay on the layout – decide on a permanent or repositionable adhesive.  A permanent adhesive is just that – permanent, with no chance to change your mind or your photo’s (or embellishment’s) position.  A repositionable adhesive gives you options – you can move something if you don’t like it where it is, or, if you’re fearful of making a mistake, you can move and remove the object in question.
  5. Decide on the type of adhesive you’ll use – this is where you’ll be overwhelmed.  As is permanaent versus repositionable wasn’t enough, now you need to figure out what adhesive is best for each element on your page.  Among your choices are photo tabs, tape runners, dimensional adhesives, spray adhesives, glue sticks, sheet adhesives, and liquid adhesives.  If you’re a scrapbooking newbie, you may want to try a multi-purpose adhesive until you get familiar with different techniques and embellishments.

Of course, the most important thing to check for in an adhesive – make sure it is <u>acid-free</u>.


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