Some Reality When It Comes to Adhesive

This is the time for my annual project called "Get it in the Book."  I procrastinate all year getting my layouts in an album.  I store them in Cropper Hopper or Iris plastic boxes made for scrapbook pages. Some of my pages have been sitting in these boxes for about year.  I'm careful how they lay in the boxes.

As I was putting pages in the protectors I was disappointed when letters, embellishments, even photos came off some of the layouts.  Most of the letters were self-adhesive.  Some was just the adhesive I used.  None of my supplies are stored in extreme temperatures. 

So the Reality is ...
  • not all adhesive, glue, or self-adhesive items are long term;
  • not all adhesive has the ability to be flexible for turning pages;
  • add more adhesive to your already self-adhesive items;
  • go back once a year or so and check ALL your pages;
  • find an adhesive that works long term for the climate in your area; and 
  • stay tuned here because I'm going to test several GLUES ... not dry see how they work both short term and next year at my "Get it in the Book" event I'll report back how they all held up.

I love the Helmar's sketch I posted last time so I thought this would be a great beginning.  I used Helmar Premium Craft Glue

Short term:  I've been bouncing the page around and it's holding.  Easy to use, dried fairly quickly, nothing buckled under the glue. FYI:  this is my personal review in order to find the best glue for me...Helmar's did not ask me to do this.

Here's my interpretation of the Helmar January sketch.

 The shadow on the photo is me taking the photo.  LOL

I added tinsel embossing powder to the Tim Holtz Adornment.  It added a low key sparkle.

Take a moment and read the journaling.  It's a heart warming story.  Click on any photo to enlarge to see details.

What types of adhesives and/or glue do you use?  I would love some ideas to test out.

Supply List
Websters Pages Waiting for Santa
Tattered Angels Tattered Traveler Glimmer Chips Pocket Watch
Prima Flowers, Heirloom Paper Leaves Willow, and crocheted buttons
Epiphany Crafts Round 14 and Scalloped tool and epoxy caps
Tim Holtz Adornment and Ticket
Tim Holtz Distress...stain: Weathered Wood; ink: Vintage Photo
Ranger Tinsel embossing powder
Helmar Premium Craft Glue

My Granddaughter started walking over the weekend so I have a lot to look forward to today!

Have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List
1.  time with Jacob before returning to college
2.  visit from Will and his family
3.  safety when the railing on the porch gave way
4.  the absolute beauty of life God has given me
5.  Your hands made me and fashioned me; (Holy Bible, Psalm 119)


  1. Great post!!! love how the sketch came out~beautifully done!!!!and yes you are right about Helmar if you like the craft glue you will love the 450 quick dry!!!

  2. I'm always trying out new adhesives (and making a few repairs to LOs in my albums too). :) Beautiful LO and great job with the sketch!

  3. this is perfect!!! I too have had some things fall off, when I was first starting I did not know what to use. Now I cannot wait to see what you find out.

  4. Yeah! Walking!...oh no! Walking! The coffe table is no longer safe! LOL! Good luck with the glues. I find that all Thickers (no matter how good they stick at first) need extra glue! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your results!

  5. I know exactly how you feel about the adhesive and it's extremely frustrating! I've had letters fall off by the time they make it to my LSS to be displayed and that's only in like a matter of days usually after finishing! Your layout is absolutely beautiful and the journaling is priceless! I love moments like that, they're very special!!

  6. Hey proud grandma :) Your sweet little girl is just the cutest and I totally adore the picture you scrapped in your beautiful LO :) TFS!

  7. beautiful page!!! love your take. i hate to file so i find putting it in a 3ring binder right off helps and also i don't have room to stack anything.

  8. I use Helmar to adhere my letters too...even if they are self adhesive. ALSO I have a hard time getting my pages in albums!! They tend to pile up...thought I was the only one to do this! :)

  9. Awesome take on the Helmar sketch! Love the fab photo and embellishment cluster! Sweet journaling too. :-D

    Other Helmar to try: Liquid Scrap Dots, 450 Quick Dry and their Acid Free Glue.

    WP's Waiting for Santa is my fave Christmas line of all time! :-D

  10. Debby. This could not be more timely. I have my own pages in boxes. I was checking them out, and SEVERAL are falling apart. I'm SO upset. I too am interested in what adhesive works for people. When I do altered work, I am very particular about the adhesive I use. Clearly I should have used the same particularness with my layouts. I'll be paying attention to what people say to you... and I may post about adhesives myself.

    FANTASTIC layout.

  11. Love your layout! I like the Helmar glue as well, just be careful as it will take off your nail polish or eat your acrylic nails!

  12. Deborah R9:03 PM

    Debby, this is a beautiful photo! So happy you were able to capture this moment!

  13. I am the queen of picky adhesive buyers. Creative Memories tape runners are still the best. I like UHU gluesticks, and 3 in 1 glue for projects. Tombo is good for ribbon only, but deserves credit for being the best for ribbon by far. It won't hold heavy paper or textured paper though, so it will never be my main glue. For a while Duck made a great tape runner, but it seems to have disappeared, which is sad since they were inexpensive and really great. I haven't tried Scotch or 3M since they test their products on animals, and no animal should have to suffer for me to craft.

  14. That is a gorgeous layout Debby and a great post. I love my Helmar products too. Great take on the sketch and that photo is adorable!!


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