Have you ever flipped through an old photo album and you were distracted by the marks that tape left on the pictures or you noticed yellow spots left by glue?
Glue can be a good scrapbook adhesive, but you need to be careful in what type of glue you use. Although hot glue is strong and its adhesiveness will last for years, the heat and acidity can harm your photos.
You also want to avoid using Elmer's Glue or rubber cement on your photos. Instead, consider using glue dots. Glue dots are double-sided adhesives that will bond with most any surface. They're easy to use, aren't messy like other glues and don't require any drying time.
Glue dots are available as permanent or removable dots. If you think that you might want to remove a photo from a layout at a later date, then use removable dots. For a lot of gluing, you'll want to use a glue dot dispenser. You simply run the dispenser in a straight line and it will dispense dots at about an inch apart. If you want to glue a small item, such as a tiny flower, you can purchase glue dots that come on a sheet. You would press the flower onto the glue dot to lift the glue and then place the flower on your layout. In addition to glue dots, this same glue comes in lines. Lines are great to use for heavy materials such as ribbons or borders.
Another option for photos is to use corner mounts. Corner mounts are little triangles that will hold your photographs in place without having to adhere the photos to the paper. Most corner mounts are a peel-and-stick product.