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Glue dots can be used for many things, but as far as what glue to use for scrapbooking, they are one of the easiest to use. Glue dots are perfect as a scrapbook adhesive as they are not a liquid glue, which scrapbookers avoid when possible, and they don't leave a sticky residue as foam adhesive does.
Glue dots are really easy to use and are completely mess-free!
Adhesives can be tricky to use and could damage your scrapbook page if not handled correctly, a lot of factors have to be taken into consideration when using adhesives, you'll need to know whether it's acid-free, archival-quality, etc. with that being said, one of the best adhesives to use for your crafting project is glue dots.
Knowing the right way to glue your photos and embellishments to you scrapbook is a must for all scrapbooking beginners learning how to scrapbook.
Now, when I talk about glue dots, I'm referring to any brands of glue dots. However, there is an actual brand of glue dots called Glue Dots.
The Glue Dots brand website states that their products are acid-free, lignin-free, and archival-quality so they are actually a good choice to make when purchasing adhesive for scrapbooking as they even help you preserve your scrapbook elements.
I use them myself when I can get them and love them. But to make it clear, I'm not discussing the Glue Dots brand in particular in this blog, just glue dot in general.
If you decide to use a different brand of glue dot for your scrapbook adhesive, just make sure it's archival-quality, acid-free, and is suitable for photographs so that your scrapbooking pages can stand the test of time.
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Glue dots are a pressure-sensitive "blob" or "dot" of adhesive that you need to push gently on to make them stick your pieces of card, paper, or other surfaces together. They stick plenty of other things together too so you can use them for creating awesome embellishments as well.
Depending on what type of glue dots you use it also works great with adhesive stubborn surfaces which means you can use wood or some unconventional / unique material types for your embellishments.
Glue dots come in varying sizes and dispensers and how you apply them depends on the type of dispenser you have bought. Rest assured that regardless of the type of glue dots you have, they are usually easy peasy to use.
Below is a picture of two that I use regularly, a glue dot roller and glue dots on a sheet.
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Glue dots can be temporary, permanent, and super-strength.
Temporary glue dots are useful for sticking posters on a wall surface that will at some point be removed and when it comes to using temporary glue dots as a scrapbook adhesive, they are just perfect for holding things in place on your page while you're still experimenting with your arrangements.
Many people choose to use a temporary glue dot to adhere to their photographs so that it can be repositioned if they accidentally stick it down slightly crooked. You can also swap the photograph out at a later date when using a temporary glue dot.
Permanent glue dots are great for when you're 100% happy with your scrapbooking layout and are ready to finish it off. I nearly always use permanent glue dots, particularly when making embellishments for my scrapbooking pages.
Super strength adhesive dots are not really necessary in scrapbooking adhesives as usually, you aren't trying to adhere something together that is particularly stubborn.
Though it's great for wood or metallic embellishments, super strength dots are more suited to projects around the home such as holding a picture frame in place.
Glue dots can be fairly decent sized, like the size of a fingerprint, down to really quite small, like the micro glue dots in the photograph below.
Teeny tiny adhesive dots are great for creating fiddly embellishments and sticking little fiddly things onto your page like small plastic gems or flowers.