ADHESIVES and GLUES
What you should know about
Glues and Adhesives for Scrapbook and Card Making
Without adhesives scrapbook, card making and paper crafting are nearly impossible. Glue is the mortar of your project’s pieces. Adhesives have one purpose and one purpose only–sticking two things together. That having been said, you will be well served to understand a little more about what glues and adhesives will and will not do.
First, glue is made of natural products, and adhesives are made from synthetic materials. Knowing what a particular glue or adhesive is made of could have relevant value. Making the assumption that the manufacture’s have done that part of the process for you should help. Knowing what they will adhere to is more important. How long will the adhering or bonding last. Can the items be separated, ifo so when–will you be able to work with your item (repositioning them), and for how long.
When selecting bonding agents for scrapbooking knowing if the product is “acid-free” and “lignin-free” is vital. These two elements can be destructive and degenerative to your precious hard work over time. That is why you see newsprint yellow over time (lignin–the fiber holding nature in all plant), and a principal reason for using lignin–free paper.
What you want to look for are adhesives that are “acid-free,” “pH neutral,” “archival=safe” or have the “CK ‘OK’” seal on them. CK stands for Creating Keepsakes . . . who do a lot of research and testing of scrapbook products and materials. A work of caution here. The proliferation of scrapbook and card making has equally spawned many producers of helpful products for crafters. Not all products are made with future viability associated with it–the manufacture’s goal many not be your goal. Because of the size of the scrapbook and card making market, many paper craft manufacturer’s have gone to great lengths to meet crafter’s needs–including knowing what could be destructive to crafter’s projects overtime. This level of responsibility is to your advantage. They want your continued business. So, it may pay to work with the products of reputable manufacturers. The cost may be more, but in the long run you could be saving time and money, not to mention your prized page or card making efforts.
Selecting the Best Adhesive for the Job
As previously noted in this article, there are several issues you should be concerned with as you select your bonding agents.
The importance of using non-acidic glues and adhesives has been well covered. Knowing what you want to glue will help in your selection process. Determining the actual item, i.e., photographs, mats, different size and weights of paper, and other embellishments you will use are helpful in your selection. Also, consider the permanency or workability of the item you are gluing. Can you, and will you be able to move your glued item easily, without tearing the paper–or is it permanent. If you will need to move your item about on you scrapbook page or card you need to select an adhesive that will allow you to do so. There are products that allow for varying amounts of time to move items about before becoming permanent. And there are adhesives that never become permanent like the tackiness of “post-it-notes.”
Because there are a myriad of quality and useful adhesive products available for your use, you may want to consult with store personnel who are knowledgeable in the products they sell to find our what the various bonding agent’s limitations are. You need to know what they will do, and what they won’t do for you. You can, and will, do some experimenting (either intentionally or otherwise) as you go along putting together different scrapbook pages and cards. You will find the glues and adhesives that will do what you need them to do for your particular project(s).
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