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Let's start with what not to buy!
Before you buy any adhesives for your scrapbooking, card making, or papercrafts, know this ... you need to purchase acid-free adhesives. Make sure the label has the words ''acid-free''. Why? Because acids and photographs do not mix!
If you use any old adhesive, over time, a chemical reaction occurs and you will eventually be left with discolored and deteriorating photographs and layouts.
Want to know how I know? Because like many others, when I first started, I used my kid's low-cost and low-quality gluesticks for sticking bits and pieces down. Rookie error!
These days when I'm purchasing scrapbook adhesives, I look for words such as pH-neutral, acid-free, or archival safe. Knowing what glue to use for scrapbooking is crucial.
Alright, now that you know to only buy acid-free adhesives, let's talk about the different types. There are generally three different types of adhesives used in scrapbooking and papercraft: wet adhesives, dry adhesives, and low tack adhesives.
Wet adhesives are what we usually think of as ''glue'' and come in pastes, liquids, or spray cans. A lot of paper crafters limit the use of wet adhesives as paper that is even slightly too wet turns quickly into warped paper when it dries. There are safer adhesive alternatives out there!
Dry adhesives are tapes, photo corners, sticky dots, and tabs. These are great for scrapbooking and papercrafts and allow you to be just that little bit more creative.
Low tack adhesives are much less sticky and are generally used for temporarily holding things in place. They usually come in the form of sheets or tape.
Now that you know about buying acid-free and steering clear of too many wet type adhesives, let's talk about the best adhesives for scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafts!
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Glue sticks are a must-have for scrapbooking, card making, and papercrafts and are often one of the first adhesives you will purchase as they are just so incredibly useful.
Glue sticks are usually inexpensive and can be used for attaching nearly any lightweight paper or card together, or even to adhere your photographs down.
Most people use way too much as they think this is required to make it stick. However, this will only warp your paper or photograph. Use it sparingly and make sure to buy one with the words ''acid-free'' on it.
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Photo corners are a beautiful decorative touch when it comes to scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercraft. They are a triangular-shaped piece of paper or card that comes in a variety of pre-made sizes, colors, and patterns with a sticky adhesive on the back.
Photos corners are used to - you guessed it - attach a photo to your project! They are great because they allow you to adhere your picture down without actually damaging the picture.
Photos can even be swapped out for another one as it sits inside the triangle itself and it's the corner triangle that is stuck down to your scrapbooking page or card.
Photo corners also act as a nice design feature on your page!