Papercrafts and adhesives. They go together just like peanut butter and jelly. In all honesty this is the most frequently replaced group of products in my craft stash. Because I go through so much adhesive I’m always on the lookout for good deals and everyday value. These are my favourites…
Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue is a strong liquid glue that goes on clear and dries clear. It is non-toxic and acid-free which means for scrapbookers that it will keep your photographs safe. What I love most about it is the two tips; one fine and one broad for larger surfaces. Using liquid glue with paper can be a bit tricky – you want to use enough for a good bond but not too much to saturate and ripple the paper. A benefit for any liquid adhesive is it allows for a little “wiggle” room when aligning project pieces as it only bonds permanently once dry.
Can be found at: Michaels, Amazon.ca, Walmart
Ad Tech Dot Runner was the first of these two products that I found at my local Walmart. The Dot Runner while advertised as a permanent adhesive didn’t hold my projects together as well as I expected. The Ad Tech Crafter’s Tape (and large refill pack) was exactly what I needed. Strong bond and the 8-pack is priced around $16 at Walmart. Get the blue box, not the purple. Trust me on this!
Double Sided Tape
Double sided tape is a must if you enjoy making small photo albums or bound books. The best I’ve found for both quality and price is the Daiso brand. Side note: if you live in Metro Vancouver, Daiso is the “Japanese” dollar store at the Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, BC.
Daiso offers a variety of widths in refill or dispenser options (I don’t use the dispensers at all). Due to the popularity of this product they are often low on stock but at $2 each for approximately 23 metres it is an excellent product for excellent value.
Double sided Foam (for dimension)
Crafts brand double-sided foam found at Dollarama is perfect for adding a lift or pop to a card or box topper. I wouldn’t use it with photos or in scrapbooking or with any project that requires archival quality. Almost 10 ft of double-sided foam for $1.25 – can’t beat that.
If you have any of your own favourites that you’d like to share, please do!
Until next time….Susan