Sticky Situation

My mom is a die hard fan of glue dots. I am not.

Long before she got into scrapbooking my mother’s craft adhesive of choice was a stash of glue dots. However, not only is she a rabid fan, but she’s also a pusher of the sticky circles. She’s been after me to give up my double sided tape and glue gun for years.

While I have nothing against glue dots per se, I don’t think they should be used on all scrapbooking materials. For example, I think tape works much better when you are trying to adhere chipboard to your layout. In addition, a hot glue gun is infinitely more effective than glue dots when you are trying to get extra large or heavy embellishments to stick to a page design.

Whether you use glue dots exclusively or you employ them on a case by case basis, it’s important to realize that they are pressure sensitive. What’s more, they come in a variety of sizes, so it’s best to assess the embellishment you are trying to stick on a layout before going crazy trying to get glue dots to make the item stay put.

I buy my glue dots from my local scrapbook store, but I have also seen them stocked at Hobby Lobby and Michaels Crafts. They are commonly sold in sheets, but if you use them as much as my mom does, then it’s more economical to purchase them in large roils. Just remember to check the package’s label before buying. It should say that the dots are acid free, lignin free, and of archival quality so they won’t damage your embellishments, especially metal charms, tags, ribbons, chipboard letters, buttons and beads. Photos also do well with glue dots, as does smaller memorabilia.

Are you a fan of glue dots?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.