Adhesives Galore!

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. I hope all of you had a happy Christmas and that tonight you will safely ring in the New Year!

Today, I want to chat with you about adhesives. As a crafter and a designer, people often ask me which adhesive is my favorite. I am always stumped at how to answer that question. I have many “favorites,” depending on the type of project that I am creating. I thought I would give you a list of my favorites for each type of crafting in which I participate.

Tape runner

I use a tape runner for scrapbooking and basic card making. My “go to” tape runner is the 3M Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) Adhesive System.

The main reason that I use this tape is the cost of refills! The refills contain 36 yards of tape and can be found online for less than $2.00 per roll. Most tape runners either hold less tape for a higher cost, or they are not refillable. The Scotch ATG is easy to refill, and I also like the quality of the tape, especially how strong it is. I use it for all of my flat projects such as scrapbook layouts, cards, and mini albums. The size of the ATG “gun” is a bit off-putting at first, but it is lightweight and you do get the hang of it after awhile. I like this product so much that I actually have two of the gliders; I have a pink one and a red one!

The only con that I have found with this system is that the tape unwinds from the “wrong side” of the glider, simply because I am left-handed! I have gotten used to it, but that was an issue for me at first.

Double-sided tape

There are times when I need a stronger double-sided tape for mini albums and other dimensional crafts. For these projects, I like to use Scor-Pal Scor-Tape.

Scor-Tape is an incredibly sticky tape, making it perfect for creating boxes and mini albums or for use with foil, metal, and ribbon. Each roll is 27 yards long; available sizes include rolls in 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″, 1″, 1-1/2″, 2″, and 2-1/2″ sizes, plus 6″x6″ and 8-1/2″x11″ sheets. My favorite rolls are the 1/4″ and 1/2″ sizes.

Wet glue

I have always had a love-hate relationship with glue. I don’t like to get glue on my hands, but I have found that I need to use a strong, wet glue to adhere flowers, buttons, and other dimensional embellishments to my projects. I have many half-used bottles of glue in my stash as I have searched for my “go to” glue. The glue I like the best, is easiest to find in local stores, and is most affordable is Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.

Aleene’s Tacky Glue comes in various sized bottles. I buy the large, 16 oz. size at my local craft store, and then transfer a small amount into a 2 oz. bottle that I keep on my craft desk. I like this glue because it is very strong, dries quickly, dries clear, and cleans up with water.

Fabric glue

There are times when I need to glue ribbons or other fabric items to my projects and the best glue I have found for that type of project is Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac.

This is another fast-grabbing, quick-dry adhesive which dries clear. I use it most often for gluing ribbon for my “double bows.”

The only con to this product is that you get “glue strings.” The manufacturer instructions say to put a dab of petroleum jelly onto the bottle tip to prevent the glue strings.

Foam tape

I love to add dimension to my projects and my favorite adhesive for that is Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares.

The foam squares are available in black or white. There are three packages that I like to use: the mixed size contains 217 squares, the larger size contains 126 squares, and the small size contains 308 squares. The adhesive back is permanent, easy to peel and stick, and safe for scrapbooking. I find the adhesive very sticky and strong.

Gel medium

My least favorite adhesive to use has always been the type of glue needed to create altered art and mixed media projects. This glue tends to be smelly, sticky, and messy! I recently found Liquitex Matte Gel Medium at my local craft store and fell in love with it!

I use this medium most often for adhering paper to wood or chipboard items, and for altering canvases. This gel dries to a satin, matte finish, and has great adhesive properties. There are other uses for gel mediums, but that is beyond my “pay grade” and I only use it as an adhesive.

Dimensional adhesive

I don’t use this adhesive very often, but there are times when I want to add clear dimension to a project or to attach metal embellishments. I use Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents, which is a three-dimensional, water-based, clear gloss medium for these types of projects.

You can use Glossy Accents under embellishments to make them stick or use it on top to protect and create a glossy surface.

I hope this takes some of the mystery out of adhesives. For a peek at how I use these adhesives, visit my blog!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (

2 thoughts on “Adhesives Galore!

  1. Gloria…we use a lot of the same products. I have only recently found Scor-Tape in my area, and I am hooked on it! I also use Aleene’s glue sticks when I am card making. I like that it really holds, but I can also adjust things before it dries. Thanks for sharing!

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