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Top 12 Best Scrapbook Glue Reviews For The Money in 2019

Want to know a secret? Scrapbooks exist because of adhesives. Well, you might argue that fasteners and eyelets can also stick the layout together in the scrapbook, but not like adhesives. I mean, think about it: whenever you want to put the layout together, you will most probably go for an adhesive.

Since you landed on this page and have already read the first section, my correct guess is that you are in search of the best scrapbook glue. And you know what? You’re in the right place. This post will dig deep into the top adhesives for scrapbooking and also guide you further on how to pick one.

I remember when I was a child: we used rubber cement, white glue, and even cellophane tape as the main gluing solution. Rubber cement, which is a super-strong gluing solution with an unbearable smell, was the most popular adhesive. But things have changed and kids today are enjoying advanced and safe adhesives for crafting.

Today, you can find multiple gluing items like double-sided tapes, roller adhesives, sticks, pastes, and liquid glues. Nonetheless, you should keep in mind that not every product that claims to be right for scrapbooking is as it says. But I’m here to help you make the right choice and avoid blowing your money on the wrong product.

So the other day, a friend of mine, who wanted to follow his crafting dream, wanted to buy some adhesive for scrapbooking. He wasn’t sure which one to choose because he was new to this. But I promised to help him find the right glue for his crafting work. That is what inspired me to come up with this post – so that YOU can also benefit from it.

Here is our editor's top picks

Things To Before Consider Buying Scrapbook Glue

Before I listed my top scrapbooking glues, I followed a specific buying criterion. You should also do this whenever you want to buy the best adhesive for your scrapbooking projects. It will make your search narrower and also give you an easy time when finding the perfect product.

That being said, here is what you should look out for when finding the right scrapbooking glue.

a) Consider the type of adhesive you want

You should know that there are two major types of adhesives for crafting: wet and dry.

  • Wet adhesives usually come in paste, liquid, spray, or stick form. They are the ones known as ‘glue.’
  • On the other hand, dry adhesives are the tapes, dot, tab, and photo corners.

The good news is that both the wet and dry adhesives can be used for scrapbooking. You have to choose the suitable one.

b) Will you want to remove them or stick them permanently?

Along with the type of adhesive, you should also consider if you want a temporary or permanent gluing solution. With the adhesives, they can be temporary/repositionable, or permanent.

If you aren't removing the layouts, you should go with the permanent adhesive. However, the temporary-adhered glue is ideal if you are not sure where you want the item to stay. The repositionable or temporary adhesive will hold lightweight material like photos or stencils precisely and temporarily to the scrapbook.

c) The type/material of your photos

Since you will be gluing photos to your scrapbook, you will need to put some factors into consideration. Generally, photo papers are made with acid. For that, you should avoid using acidic adhesive on them. A reaction can occur, which will ruin the image on the photo.

Also, photos that were developed before 1968 contain a fiber-based paper. But photos after that year were processed on resin-coated paper. If you apply adhesive to the back of fiber-based photos before you add them to a layout, it will stick to the fiber of the photos and the layout paper. Now, when you try to remove or reposition the photos, the paper fiber will tear.

That is why you should use acid-free photo corners or adhesives to hold the fiber-based photos on layouts. One general rule of scrapbooking is to keep away acidic content from the scrapbook album.

When you are shopping for a scrapbooking adhesive, ensure that you go for the words like ‘pH Neutral,’ ‘Acid-free’, or ‘Archival Safe’ on the product label.

It is all about finding the right adhesive for your scrapbooking projects. If you are getting one for your child, then you need to ensure that the adhesive is child-friendly and overly safe.

You can also check out this fantastic video on how to pick the right adhesive for your scrapbooking projects.


Assuming that you are ready to go shopping; wouldn’t it be better if your shopping experience would be a little simpler? That is why I’ll be sharing my top 12 list of the good-quality adhesive for scrapbooking.

I dedicated my time [and money] to test and review these products, so you can have an easy time when choosing one. But you can still go for your favorite adhesive. Having said that, let’s explore the top-rated scrapbooking adhesives out there, shall we?

Our Top 12 best glue for scrapbooking reviews 2019

1. Elmer‘s All-Purpose Glue Stick

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We kick off our list with this amazing glue stick from Elmer’s. If you are a scrapbooking veteran, you’re most probably familiar with this brand. But I didn’t pick it because of its brand. Instead, it’s one of the versatile adhesives I have come across. But you should know that Elmer’s has been in the adhesive business for more than 65 years.

This is a fantastic, all-purpose glue stick that will offer a fun and easy way for scrapbookers to attach items to their albums. What’s more, it is non-toxic, photo-safe and acid-free, which means there won’t be any unwanted corrosion or reaction with the photos.

The glue will bond to foam board, paper, cardboard, and just about any common crafting material. What about when the kid touches the glue with their hands, or it gets in contact with clothes? No need to worry because the glue washes easily off hands and out of clothes. Plus, it is clear and colorless once it dries. You should also know that it will dry in a matter of seconds.

If your child loves scrapbooking, this should be the best scrapbook glue to get them. You know why? Other than being child-friendly and easy to work with, this one comes in a pack of 30. In other words, you will purchase a packet of 30 sticks at a super-cheap price. This means that it will last for long enough without having to buy another pack.

Favorable Features

  • It is all-purpose (bonds to any scrapbooking material)
  • It washes easily off hands or out of clothes
  • The glue dries within seconds
  • It is clear and colorless when it dries
  • It is non-toxic, acid-free, and photo-safe
  • Comes in a pack of 30
  • It is a non-mess glue


2. Angel Crafts Double-Sided Adhesive Tape

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For those that prefer a dry adhesive, this one should suit you best. I loved how easy it is to work with it, and the fact that it is offers a no-mess scrapbooking experience.

The double-sided tape measures 0.5 inches by around 50 meters. That length is enough to serve you with your multiple scrapbooking projects. In comparison to other double-sided tapes, this one is around 22 meters longer. That’s already a plus.

And yes, it is also a multi-purpose tape that will work well for paper crafting, cardmaking, glitter, embossing, cards, boxes, as well as scrapbooking.

By the way, you should know that a double-tape is usually a permanent adhesive. So, this one is a permanent adhesive. Oh, and it’s heat resistant as well. But what I truly loved about the tape is the fact that it is water-based. What does that mean? You can easily tear it out without the need for scissors. The heat-resistant feature means that it won’t lose its stickiness in a high-temperature environment.

The quality is better than other double-sided tapes out there. It’s not too thick, but it is strong and seems durable enough. I also had an easy time when gluing my projects with this glue. This double-sided tape is cheap as well, so you won’t have to worry about spending ‘more than you expected.’

The tape is acid-free too; meaning that your photos will be safe when you stick them to the surface with this tape. This also means that it will be safe for your child to use with bare hands.

Favorable Features

  • It’s very long at 50 meters
  • Sticks to multiple surfaces
  • It is acid-free, hence safe for photos
  • It is easy to use
  • Strong and durable
  • Water-based for an easy-tear application


3. Tombow 62207 MONO Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner

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This tape runner works differently from your regular adhesive tape. It is also a good choice if you need a permanent adhesive. Notice that it’s a ‘tape runner’ and not just a normal tape. For the record, a tape runner is a portable glue tape that is easier to use than the regular tape.

Now, this Tombow 62207 Tape Runner has been made to handle your scrapbooking needs correctly. If you were using it for your memory albums or archival materials, this glue tape would serve you perfectly.

I loved how efficient it is to work with the glue tape. It comes with an ergonomic dispenser that offers a smooth and quick application. All you have to do is flip the cover and slide the tape on your photos or papers. Plus, it doesn’t leave any mess, and you won’t have to ‘pull the end’ of the tape before using, as you would do with regular tape. It features a spatula head that gives you a clean and precise application.

I won’t fail to mention that it is Photographic Activity Test (PAT) approved, and acid-free. This gives you some assurance of keeping your photos safe as you stick them to the layout.

If you want to carry it around and use it while on the go, you are free to do so. It is compact and comes in a safe housing that makes it easy to carry around. Furthermore, it has a protective tip cover, which will protect the tape from dust and particles. This protects your bag from sticking to the adhesive as well.

You get a great value when you purchase this product because it comes in a pack of 3.

Favorable Features

  • Permanent glue tape
  • Comes with an ergonomic dispenser for smooth application
  • A spatula head offers you a clean and precise application
  • It is acid-free and photographic activity test approved
  • Application with no mess or gumming up
  • Easy to carry around and use while on the go
  • Comes in a pack of 3


4. Scor-Pal SP202 Double-Sided Scor-Tape

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If you are the kind of person that loves dry adhesives, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this one.  It is long enough to serve you for quite some time, even with your multiple scrapbooking.

This Scor-Tape is a premium double-sided adhesive that will do an amazing job on your scrapbooking projects. You can use it with various materials including foils, embossing powders, ribbons, beads, glitters, and more. Besides your scrapbooking projects, you can use this product to make cards and boxes too.

It is heat-resistant and very sticky. Even in a high-temperature environment, this amazing tape will still hold on to your materials without losing its stickiness. I won’t fail to mention that it is acid-free, meaning that it won’t ‘eat up’ your photos.

The reason I said it is a long tape is the fact that it measures 0.25 inches by 25 meters. Without any doubt, this mega tape will serve you for the longest time possible. By the way, the tape is not like other ordinary gluing tapes. You will have an easy time working with it because it is paper-backed. In other words, you can easily tear it with your fingers — no need for a pair of scissors.

Being a double-sided tape means that this one will correctly hold your photos and other materials permanently to your scrapbook. For that, you should be careful when sticking the items to the layout.

Favorable Features

  • Double-sided, hence a permanent gluing solution
  • 24 meters long (long-lasting usage)
  • Can be used with multiple materials
  • Paper-backed for easy tearing
  • Easy to use
  • Heat-resistant and acid-free


5. Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive Applicator

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Tombow takes yet another spot on our list with their glue runner. This product would also suit you perfectly if you are in search of a permanent adhesive.

 The glue runner works perfectly on any material including photos, cardstock, paper, and more. It will bond as soon as you apply it, which means that your photos or paper won’t slide once you have attached it to the layout.

This glue bonds cleanly and wrinkle-free. Speaking of free, it is also acid-free and has been approved by the Photographic Activity Test. It won’t ruin your photos whatsoever. The adhesive doesn’t have any toxins that would damage your photos or craft. You can safely use it on any of your craft work.

You’ll love the dual gear applicator that offers a smooth application without gumming up or skipping. What’s more, the delivery system will give you a consistent tension as you use it for optimum performance. Plus, it comes with a soft roller tip, along with a pivoting tape head. The tape head will apply consistent pressure to the surfaces, including the uneven ones. But that’s the only work of the tape head. Instead, it also helps to keep the tape from slipping and getting off track.

 Just like its first brother on this list, this Tombow Mono Glue Tape is comfortable and convenient to store and carry around. The protective tip cover will prevent the tape from accumulating dust and other particles. Dust and other debris tend to weaken the stickiness of the glue tape. The protective tip protects the content in the bag from sticking to the glue tape.

When you run out of the glue tape, refill the cartridge. Very easy

Favorable Features

  • Permanent adhesive
  • Applicable to photos, paper, or cardstock
  • Acid-free and photo-safe
  • Delivers a clean and wrinkle-free bond
  • Easy to use
  • A nice, protective cartridge for easy storage
  • Easy to refill the glue tape


6. Avery Permanent Glue Stick

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Honestly, if you are a fan of permanent adhesives, today is your lucky day because this is yet another permanent adhesive that I came across.

This glue stick from Avery is a perfect dry adhesive for those that don’t like a lot of mess when scrapbooking. Whether you want to work with it for scrapbooking, art & craft, or school projects, this glue stick will deliver accordingly.

It is a white glue stick that will go on smoothly on paper without wrinkling or clumping. The best part is that it remains clear when it dries. Plus, it will take a few seconds to dry up. Even with its fast-drying, this glue stick is still easy to wash off hands and clothes. If you happen to touch it when using or it gets to your clothes, you can wash that off with ease. But still, it is a strong adhesive that works amazingly.

You should know that this glue is safe for children to use. You won’t have to worry about your child’s safety when they are using it because it is ACMI-certified for non-toxicity. This means that it is acid-free too. It will not ruin your photos in any way, and it also won’t cause some serious health risks to your child.

It is quite easy to use this glue because all you’ve got to do is take off the lid and start applying it to your photos and papers.

I have to say that this product comes in a pack of 18 sticks. An ideal value pack to serve you for long enough. 

Favorable Features

  • White glue that remains clear when it dries
  • Photo-safe and acid-free
  • Child safe
  • Easy to wash off clothes and hands
  • Dries off quickly
  • Bonds to multiple surfaces


7. 3L Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Permanent Tape Runner

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Okay, I won’t talk about permanent adhesives again, because it’s clear that this one is. But I’d say that this is the perfect match-made-in-Heaven for scrapbookers that are looking for an adhesive that’s easy to use and mess-free.

This tape runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L is one of the most good-looking scrapbooking adhesives you would come across. I loved the dark pink theme color that makes it looks extra appealing. But it’s not all about the looks. Rather, this tape runner delivers incredibly.

What I loved about this product is that you get two adhesives for the price of one. You will get one double-sided tape that is 14 meters long, as well as two 14-ft refill cartridges. The adhesive is super-easy to apply, thanks to the user-friendly dispenser.

Plus, this adhesive is recyclable, archival safe, acid-free, and generally photo-safe. Even if you have some old photos, you can easily use this adhesive without any problem. It doesn’t contain any toxic content that might be hazardous to your child either.

The adhesive comes with an easy application dispenser, which will work well with pre-cut white strips for long rungs, curves, and even small spaces. You can consider this the best adhesive for scrapbooking if you want a strong gluing supply that is easy to use, permanent, and also durable enough.

The dispenser is perfectly compatible with any of the E-Z runner refill cartridge out there. By the way, the adhesive is also heat-resistant – so don’t worry about it losing its stickiness in a hot environment. You can switch the refill while using it without it threading, tangling or winding. I thought that was amazing.

Favorable Features

  • Enjoying gluing without threading, winding, or tangling
  • Acid-free, photo-safe, and non-toxic
  • Heat-resistant adhesive
  • The dispenser is compatible with any E-Z runner
  • You get one tape with two extra refill cartridges
  • It is recyclable and archival safe, hence environment-friendly
  • Elegant pink theme color


8. Tombow 62191 MONO Multi Liquid Glue

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No adhesive on our list understands versatile application like this one. It’s also one of the few wet-adhesives I preferred.

This liquid glue from Tombow has been made to make your scrapbooking experience swift and enjoyable. It is multi-purpose liquid glue that will work perfectly for memory books and paper crafts. You can comfortably use it for your scrapbooking projects and enjoy an amazing experience.

I loved the fact that this glue comes with dual tip dispenser for maximum usage. The small (pen) tip is ideal for precise application, especially if you are attaching small photos or papers. On the other hand, the broad tip is perfect for full coverage or when you are working on large photos.

It might be wet, liquid glue, but the adhesive is still acid-free and photo-safe. If it gets on your hands or clothes, you won’t have to worry because it is easily washable. You can use it both as a permanent or a repositionable adhesive. Either way, the results are impressive.

What amused me about this adhesive is that it does more than just sticking your photos and papers to the layout. Instead, you can also use it to create lettering or draw unique designs that you can glitter or foil – thanks to the pen tip applicator. The premium quality white glue delivers a firm consistency that will maintain its shape as you work on your scrapbook. Plus, it becomes clear when it dries.

Good part is that you can carry it wherever you want. It can even comfortable be carried in the pocket like a pen. It is not heavy at all.

Favorable Features

  • Offers permanent or repositionable gluing
  • Dual tips for precise and full coverage application 
  • Pen tip can be used to draw designs and create letterings
  • Easy to carry around
  • Becomes clear when it dries
  • Easily washable
  • Acid-free and photo-safe


9. Ad-Tech Permanent Crafter’s Tape

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For those that want the perfect alternative to white glue, this adhesive should be your ideal choice.

This is yet another dry adhesive that got my attention. Well, it is not too ‘complicated’ as such. Most scrapbooking adhesives are as simple as possible.

This one is not that long compared to the Angel Crafts Double-Sided Adhesive Tape, but it should still be able to serve you as needed. The adhesive measures 0.31 inches by 8 meters. Luckily, it comes in a pack of four tapes, which gives you a total of 32 meters of adhesive tape. Great value for money right there.

The tape runner offers you a clean scrapbooking experience with no mess. Plus, it works well on just about any material, including wood, paper, fabric, foam, and even metal. Yes, it will stick to metal without a problem.

This adhesive is non-toxic and acid-free. Translation; it is safe to use on your photos, and your kids can use it without the need of wearing gloves. What about when the tape runner is finished, and you want to replace it with another cartridge? That’s easy; open the dispenser and replace the cartridge with the ideal refill and you will be good to go.

Whether you need to use it for your office projects, your scrapbooking, or you want to get one for your kids’ school project; this tape runner would serve you perfectly. It is quite easy to use and effortless to apply to the photos/papers.

Favorable Features

  • Sticks to any material, including metal
  • It is non-toxic and acid-free, hence photo-safe
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Easy to refill the cartridge
  • It’s easy to apply to your material
  • You can carry it around in your purse or back with ease
  • Perfect for the on-the-go projects


10. Glue Dots Craft Roll

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Where are the scrapbookers that love wet adhesive? Here is the ideal adhesive for your scrapbooking projects. This adhesive is a little different from other products on the list, mostly in its application.

This Glue Dots adhesive offers a versatile gluing solution to use in multiple projects. Beside your scrapbooking projects, you can also use it in schools, art, or any other craft project. What I meant by this product being different with its application is that the dispenser releases small glue dots on your photo or paper.

It might be a wet adhesive that easy to apply, but it surely is a thick and strong adhesive that’s perfect for heavy materials. Whether you want to work on metal, thick cardstock, or wood, this adhesive will not let you down. It adheres well to fabric, foam, vellum, wood, plastic, paper, and more.

The glue dots are non-toxic, lignin-free, acid-free, which makes it perfectly safe to use on your photos and even touch with your bare hands. Even if you happen to touch the glue with your bare hands or it gets in contact with your clothes, you can easily wash it off.

The adhesive will bond easily with materials and is highly sticky compared to the regular glue. The dots are easy to apply, and they don’t leave the common messes. They also dry up so quickly. You can be worry-less when you or your child is using this adhesive because it is fumeless.

One single roll of the glue gives you a total of 200 dots. Luckily, it has been designed to dispense the same amount of glue dot at a moment. This makes it economical and great value for money.

Favorable Features

  • 200 Glue Dots that are dispensed equally
  • Dries quickly after sticking the craft work
  • Non-toxic, acid-free, and lignin-free, hence photo-safe
  • Ideal for heavy materials
  • It is odorless
  • Easy to apply and carry around
  • Sticks to any common crafting material
  • Washes off clothes and hands easily


11. Art Institute Glitter Adhesive Glue

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Here is another wet adhesive to get for your scrapbooking projects. It comes in a sizeable refill bottle to serve you for a long time.

The adhesive glue from Art Glitter has been made to serve multiple purposes. It can be used for scrapbooking, stamping, crafting, or any other art projects. Plus, it will perfectly adhere to any common crafting material including paper art, acrylic, ceramics, suede, metal, wood, feather quills, beads, glass and more.

It is an industrial strength adhesive that will hold on tightly to your artwork. This one will dry clear once you apply it. Plus, it dries in a matter of seconds. You won’t have to wait for it to dry once you stick your artwork to the layout. Since it is fast-drying adhesive glue, you must be extra careful when working with it. It comes in conventional bottle design and a flat lid that needs to be removed when you want to use it. For that, ensure that you close the lid as you use it to avoid it drying inside the bottle.

The adhesive is permanent and acid-free as well. This means that it will be safe to use on your photos. Plus, it is water-based hence making it easy to undo. You will have to follow the instructions on the bottle for you to achieve the expected results.

Favorable Features

  • Wet and permanent adhesive
  • Dries in seconds
  • Can be used on any art and craft material
  • Comes in a refillable bottle
  • Water-based adhesive
  • Acid-free and photo-safe


12. Art Institute Glitter DDCA Designer Clear Adhesive Glue

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If you’re keen enough, you’ll notice that this product is quite similar to our previous item on the list. Well, that’s because they are brothers. This is the younger brother of the previous adhesive glue, and it doesn’t disappoint at all.

Apparently, it is also from Art Glitter, and it offers an amazing scrapbooking experience. It is also made of liquid adhesive (wet) and is clear when you apply it to your paper or photos. It is an industrial-strength adhesive that will hold on to just about any material. The adhesive will do an amazing job on fabric and paper. However, it can still be used on wood, cardboard, metal, glass, plastic, and canvas. With just a thin application, it will hold on strong for years to come.

It is water-based, making it easy to undo. However, you might want to be careful when washing it off. Ideally, use warm water to wash off the glue from your hands. Cold water might make it difficult to come off.

You’ll have an easy time applying this glue to your artwork since it is stain-free and warp-free. Plus, it acid-free and safe for photos. Also, I didn’t experience any strong fumes with this glue, which is an added advantage.

If you are using it in cold weather, ensure that it is kept in a room-temperature. Low temperatures will make it freeze. The glitter will not come off when you apply it as instructed. However, the glitter is sold separately.

Favorable Features

  • Wet adhesive for permanent gluing
  • Water-based glue
  • Acid-free and safe for photos
  • Can be used on multiple surfaces
  • Industrial strength adhesive that holds on material for a long time
  • Fume-less
  • Easy to apply
  • Comes in a refillable bottle


best scrapbooking adhesive Brands On The Market

Now, that is the list of the top scrapbooking adhesive you can find out there. I’m sure you have some knowledge of what to buy when you want to shop for one.

So, I did give you some factors to consider when buying adhesive glue for your scrapbooking. But there is one factor is didn’t mention, can you guess what that is? .............. Yes, you got that right. It’s the brand of the product.

This rule applies to any product you want to buy out there. Jeff Bezos, who is the owner of Amazon and also the richest person in the world, quoted that “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person”

For that, you must consider the brand of a product before you even think about buying it. If the brand is known to make poor-quality products, don’t even waste your time on it. Instead, you should only go for good-quality products that deliver accordingly.

PS: You don’t necessarily have to go for products that have a 5-star rating. But consider a brand that delivers decent stuff.

I will make it easy for you and provide the top scrapbook glue brands you can find out there. Let’s get down to business.

  • American Tombow

We start the list with Tombow. Okay, I’m not saying this is the superior scrapbook adhesive brand on the market, but it’s my favorite brand. That’s the reason why I featured most of its products on the list.

This is one of the longest-serving brands in the scrapbooking world. It has been around since 1913 and still proves to be dependable today. With its 100+ years in the business, this brand assures you of top-quality products that meet your scrapbooking needs.

However, you should keep in mind that the company doesn’t only deliver products for scrapbooking. Instead, it is a brand that takes care of all the art and craft needs. Along with the adhesive products for scrapbooking, the company also delivers office supplies, executive pens, as well as other art & craft products.

Regardless of the art or official project you might have, you can easily find a product from Tombow. American Tombow is a subsidiary of the Tombow Pencil Co. Ltd, which was established in Japan back in 1913. Tombow Pencil started as a manufacturer of colored and wood-cased lead pencils. Today, it offers all sorts of miscellaneous supplies for office and art & craft items.

American Tombow itself was established in 1983 and has continued developing craft and scrapbooking adhesives and other supplies.

  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

This is another brand that has been on the scrapbooking market for a long time. It is under the 3L Consumer Products A/S, a company that has been around for more than 40 years. The main company started as a manufacturer of adhesives for the creative industry.

However, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L was later launched in 2004, and the main aim of the brand was to provide a full-line of carefully tested and approved adhesives for scrapbooking. These products are meant to be safe for all the craft work and also the user (whether adult or child).

This brand uses the art and craft enthusiast as their inspiration. In this case, they offer products that are reliable and easy to use. Plus, these adhesives are meant to suit any paper crafting need. This way, you can focus on your project while the adhesives do what they are meant to do.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L is a brand that understands the different needs of crafters and scrapbookers. For that, they deliver adhesive for different projects. You can be sure of getting reliable products at decent prices.

  • Elmer’s

Here is yet another veteran brand in the adhesive and glue for scrapbooking market. The brand has been in the industry for more than 65 years and has been delivering creative adhesive solutions that are meant to support art and craft ideas into reality.

The company is dedicated to delivering top quality products that solve the scrapbooking and crafting needs. They develop innovative products that are used in classrooms, workshops, at home, and for any craft projects.

Regardless of your creating needs, Elmer’s adhesives will help you solve them accordingly. However, Elmer’s goes beyond the product delivery line. They are not just out here to make money out of people. Rather, the brand is also known for its charitable moves. For example, it is known to be a sponsor of The Kids In Need Foundation, which is very active in most schools.

  • Art Glitter

Art Institute Glitter was founded in 1981 by an art enthusiast, Barbara Trombley. Barbra started by creating greeting cards by writing with glue on the card stock. According to Barbara, she was amazed by how her cards with glitter amused people. This is what inspired to start creating writing glue for glitters.

 Today, Art Institute Glitter has more than 12000 unique colors in different cuts and sizes. The company also delivers glitter along with adhesives to solve the crafter's needs.

This company might seem smaller than other mega-brands on the list, but what makes it stand out is the fact that it was started by an art & craft enthusiast, just like you and I. So, the owner of the brand understands what a scrapbooker needs and what type of glue suits them perfectly. You can be sure of having an amazing time when using the adhesives from Art Glitters.

Safety Issues Which You Need To Take Care While Working With Scrapbook Glue

Okay, so now you most-likely have made your decision on which scrapbook adhesive you will be getting for your projects. But how prepared are you to use it? First off, you need to keep in mind that these adhesives come in different form and preparation. For that, you will need to follow the instructions of the manufacturer on how to use it.

But for safety reasons, we will explore some of the issues you need to watch out for when working with scrapbook glue:

  • Always apply to the photo or paper directly. When you want to stick the photo, paper or any other artwork on your layout, ensure that you start by applying it on the photo directly, not on the layout. However, you can only apply the glue straight to the card or material if you are writing some lettering for glitters.
  • Keep the wet adhesives away from children. We all know kids can be curious. For that, ensure that you keep the liquid glues away from them to prevent serious health issues.
  • Supervise the kids when using the adhesives. Even if you let your kids use the adhesives on their own, always ensure that you keep an eye on them at all times.
  • Avoid using rubber cement. Yes, people have switched from the rubber cement to more advanced adhesives. However, rubber cements are still out there, and you might be tempted to use it. Do not use these adhesives because they have a high acidic content.
  • Avoid using children's school glue. If you want the best scrapbooking experience, you should use the right scrapbooking adhesive. Some school glue may have high acid content. Plus, they will become brittle and can lose stickiness over time.

All in all, ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid any inconveniences.

Frequently Asked Question

Q: Which is the right Adhesive to Use?

Well, it all depends on what you want. If you want an adhesive that will let you remove your photos off the page when needed, you can go for a temporary glue stick or photo tab.

However, if you want a permanent solution, Glue Dots or any other permanent adhesives would suit you perfectly.

Generally, go for the temporary adhesives if you are a beginner scrapbooker and the permanent adhesives if you are a master in the business.

Q: Can I stick my photos directly on the background paper?

Yeah, you can freely stick your photos to the background paper. However, the perfect way to handle your photos on the background paper is to mat them. Matting your photos helps to add a frame to it, which makes them stand out on the background.

Q: Can I scrapbook special photos?

I wouldn’t advise you to scrapbook your special photos. For instance, photos that were taken many decades ago or those of your deceased grandparents must be handled with care. Ideally, keep such photos safely away from water, dust, or fire. If you want, you can scan them and use the copy for scrapbooking.

Q: Can I use any adhesive for my scrapbooking needs?

Honestly, you can’t. Some adhesives are designed for specific purposes. For instance, some adhesives are best for lettering. If you want such, you cannot use a specific adhesive like the Glue Dots. Therefore, use the right adhesive for your scrapbooking needs.

Q: How long should I wait for the glue to dry?

Most of the adhesives and glue will dry in just seconds. However, it’s best to let it hold on stronger for about 12 hours. Temporary glues take longer to dry up to allow you to move them when needed.

Q: Must have good handwriting for journaling?

If you are new to scrapbooking, you probably wonder what journaling is. This is the writing that tells the viewer what is going on in the photo on the scrapbook. This is the section that makes the scrapbook interesting, and the main thing that differentiates it from a photo album.

Suppose you are worried about your handwriting, you can type the journaling on the computer and print it out on an acid-free paper. But when you are writing directly to the scrapbook, ensure that you use an acid-free pen. The rule still remains no acid content.

Verdict

So there you go folks. It has been a long ride, but I’m now confident you have enough information that you can use to purchase the right scrapbooking adhesive. But seriously, which is your best adhesive for scrapbooking so far? Will you go for the wet adhesive or the dry adhesive? Maybe you want a permanent solution, or you need a temporary adhesive that will let you move photos when needed?

Regardless of the adhesive you choose, my advice to you is to go for one that suits your scrapbooking needs. Don’t forget to purchase a product that falls into your budget. Even though these adhesives are very affordable, you still need to be disciplined with your spending.

So, are you ready to get going with your scrapbooking project? Get the right adhesive. The ball is now in your court.

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