What Is The Best Glue For Scrapbooking?
Glues and adhesives are essential items for anyone’s scrapbooking kit. If you are an avid scrapbooker, you will want to know what the best glue for scrapbooking is.
I can’t tell you exactly what the best glue overall is, because there are so many craft glues available and each one serves a different purpose. You will need to look at what sort of scrapbooking layouts you do and then decide how strong the glue you use must be
Let us start with what types of glues and adhesives you should keep in your kit and what the best ways of using them are.
For most crafts, a good all-purpose craft glue will be enough, but you may find a combination of several glue types and adhesives useful to have on hand, and easier to use for certain elements in your projects and layouts.
When purchasing your glues and adhesives, check the labels for safety precautions and application instructions. Here is a list of all the most popular choices of glues and adhesives that you will find useful to have in your scrapbooking kit.
Glue sticks are clean, white non-toxic, washable and easy to use. They are specially formulated for sticking paper and card, and you can usually lift and reposition the items until the glue is dry.
When using glue sticks, make sure that you take the adhesive right to the edge of your project. Glue sticks are not suitable for use on tissue paper or other thin papers, as they can cause tears.
All-Purpose Craft Adhesives:
These adhesives are great to have, as they can stick a multitude of items, including fabric, paper, felt, leather and plastic. Use all-purpose adhesives sparingly and don’t apply them too close to the edge of the motifs or they may squish out the sides when you press the motif down onto your layout. Try using a toothpick to apply just the right amount of glue in the right place.
Glue pens will put fine dots of glue just where you want them and are ideal for sticking small items, like small punched shapes or sequins.
They are small thin squares that are sticky on both sides and are usually acid-free, which make them ideal for sticking down your photographs.
PVA adhesives have great holding power for collages, paper sculpture and pop-ups. You can buy small dispensing bottles to apply directly to your projects, or you can squeeze some into a saucer and apply it with a brush.
PVA adhesives are normally white in colour, but will usually dry clear.
These are foam pads that are normally available in varying thicknesses. They are great for giving a three-dimensional look to your projects as they raise whatever you are sticking down. Any avid scrapbooker should always have some of these on hand.
You can also try using several layers for greater height. They are strong and flexible, so this makes them great for sticking different things together.
Spray adhesives come in aerosol cans and normally deliver a clear, fast drying spray that evenly covers any surface that you want to stick.
You can reposition your elements until it dries, and it won’t leave a sticky deposit once dry. Spray adhesives are ideal for tissue paper and other delicate thin papers. Make sure to follow the safety guidelines on the can.
Double-sided tape bonds two surfaces together firmly and is great for holding down the inside panel of booklets or to use on shaker boxes. Double-sided tape works on many different types of materials.
Masking tape in scrapbooking is usually used to hold things together while you work and it is easy to remove and won’t leave marks. If you use masking tape to hold things down permanently, make sure that you cover it, as it is not the most attractive looking adhesive.
Strong All-Purpose Glue:
This is a versatile and strong adhesive and is suitable for just about any material. You will only need to apply glue on the one surface and press down firmly.
Remember that if you are working on a scrapbooking layout, it is important to find acid-free adhesives to preserve your work for generations to come.
Hope this post on the best glue for scrapbooking has helped you to clarify what you need for your scrapbooking kit.