Types of Scrapbooking Adhesives

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So many types of adhesives, so little time to figure them all out.  Here’s a crash course in the top ten types of adhesives for your scrapbooking layouts (in alphabetical order).

  • Dimensional – usually a foam center between two pieces of adhesive; gives dimension to your page, be it photos or embellishments.
  • Dots (also called tabs) – small pieces of adhesive, usually found in a roll or on cards, that are perfect for attaching small embellishments like buttons, chipboard letters, or acyrlic items.
  • Liquid – often quick drying with an even consistency, good as a multi-purpose adhesive for scrapbooking.
  • Multi-purpose – handles multiple types of media used in scrapbooking (paper, fabric, chipboard, embellishments); a good choice for a beginner.
  • Permanent – when you want your photos and embellishments to stick forever, permanent is the way to go.  Comes in a variety of formats (including dots, liquids, glue sticks, and sheets), and cannot be moved.  Ever.
  • Repositionable – allows you to move pieces of your layout for a short amount of time before they become affixed to the page.  This also comes in a variety of forms.
  • Runners (also called tape runners) – easy application, allows for control over the amount used.  These also work on a variety of media types.
  • Sheets – used to create stickers, often used with a machine.  When used with a machine, great for die-cuts and paper letters.
  • Spray – use for “invisible” hold, for items like vellum or transparencies.
  • Stick – easy application, works well with a variety of surfaces and media.  A very good choice for a beginning scrapbooker.

And always remember, and adhesive you choose <u>must be</u> acid-free.

For more information on scrapbooking adhesives, check out this article.


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