Thursday, September 30, 2010

I am always on the look-out for things that I think would be helpful in this wonderful hobby of ours. When I found this article I wanted to share it with you. Hope this helps the next time you buy Adhesive.

Adhesive Review: The Good, The Bad and The Tacky
By Molly McCarthy
In need of a new adhesive that holds your paper and photos together on your next layout? Scrapbook Update has tested eight everyday-use adhesives and is reporting back on the good, the bad and the tacky!
The good news is that adhesives have improved tremendously over the years. The eight adhesives tested did a commendable job adhering paper-to-paper and paper-to-photo. They were tested on both flat and textured cardstock (i.e. Bazzill) and all held items together, though some did a better job than others on the textured cardstock.  The best application for all of these adhesives is on flat cardstock or photos but it’s nice to know that the industry has tried to address one of paper crafters’ biggest complaints regarding adhesive’s tackiness and the ever-popular textured cardstock lines.

If all of the adhesives worked in a straight line on flat cardstock, then what is there left to talk about? For this review, I added three other factors that are useful in an everyday adhesive. These included the ability to move around curved shapes, ability to remove stray adhesive, and the ability to reposition an item once it was adhered down.

Best Overall AdhesiveScotch Adhesive Dot Roller (49 feet)This is the best overall adhesive for day-to-day use. It goes on smoothly and evenly, and it goes around curves with ease. Because of its tiny dots, it’s easy to remove stray adhesive and it’s forgiving enough to rearrange paper or photos on the page. The dots stay put, making it easy to reapply paper/photo. It also gets high marks for a dispenser that has been created using 65% recycled material.

Best Around CurvesAmerican Crafts – This to That Dots (32 feet)This adhesive has the tiniest adhesive dots. Because of the thin line and the tiny dots this adhesive can go around a curve like Mario Andretti at the Indy 500 and not lose any of its adhesive. It’s ergonomic design makes it easy to tell the correct way to hold it. The protective cap is not attached, though, so I worry about misplacing it while working.

Easiest to RemoveTombow Mono Adhesive DOTS (49 feet)Tombow DOTS were the easiest to remove with a gum eraser or a finger. This works well when you get a bit crazy with the adhesive.

Most Tacky3L Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner (33 feet)This adhesive wins hands down on tackiness (the good kind). If you have two items that you never want to be separated, then this is the adhesive for you! The E-Z Runner holds two items together like they are in a vise.

Most Innovative DesignMartha Stewart Crafts Tab and Roll (32.8 feet)The Tab and Roll adhesive is designed to be two adhesives in one. When in stamp mode, you will get a small tab of adhesive – which is great for those who want to conserve their glue. It can then be switched to a roller mode for longer adhesive strips. In either mode, it works best on flat paper on a flat surface. The bulky cartridge makes it difficult to keep the unit flat when in roller mode, so some adhesive dots don’t adhere correctly. It’s also unfortunate that adhesive is wasted when switching between the tab and roller modes. Keep trying Martha!

Most Difficult to FindKokuyo Dotliner (52.5 feet)Last year when Kokuyo announced it was discontinuing its American distribution of the popular Dotliner, scrapbookers began to stockpile this beloved adhesive. While it can be found on several specialty online sites in its Japanese packaging, it’s not sold in mass distribution as it used to be. For those who love this adhesive, the Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller is almost the twin sister of the Kokuyo brand. It works and functions pretty much exactly like the Kokuyo. Note: Don’t confuse the Kokuyo Dotliner with the Dotliner POWER. They are completely different adhesives.

Widest AdhesiveKokuyo Dotliner POWER (32 feet)At 10mm, this adhesive is the widest I tested. It is super tacky and will hold your project together tightly. It works best in a straight line. The adhesive case is huge and difficult to hold, not to mention difficult to find at your local scrapbook store. A good substitute is the Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner. It’s not as wide but it definitely has the tackiness to hold a project together.

Quietest AdhesiveThe Duck (27 feet)If you’re working in “stealth” mode late at night, the Duck will adhere your items with quiet ease. They’ve changed the adhesives’ shape from dots to lines so it’s no longer possible to erase stray adhesive, but if you’re working into the wee hours and don’t want to wake your family this is a good choice.

Friday, September 24, 2010

I've been thinking about writing this first post for awhile.

I have been gone from Scrappuccino for all most 6 months so I feel like it is time to start doing my own thing so I'm starting here.

First I would like to say....that I loved being at Scrappuccino and getting to know each and everyone of you. It has been my life for 5 years. I did my very best to make it work! As you know there was two of us and that was just not working out. It is very hard for two women to be together all the time we both had very different opinions. One of us had to go and and I'm sorry to say that it had to be me. Kathy owned the building & had put lots of money in to the store. Me only my time, heart and soul. This is in the past and I plan to move on. I love y'all and this is only the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

I have enjoyed being home this summer spending time with my family and getting my house back in order. I have spent lots of time with my Mother I know that this has been good for both of us.

I hope to be posting several times a week.