Okay, I just think the ATG by Scotch 3M is maybe the most amazing adhesive EVER! I’ve had this little beauty for 2 years now and I am still amazed by it.
I am a former adhesive junkie. I had at least one of every kind of adhesive that was made for papercrafters, a few that were "borrowed" from other crafts, and some that were strictly ‘office’ adhesives. Seriously – I needed a storage cabinet just for my adhesives! It was way out of hand. Then I heard of this "new" adhesive. An ATG. Long lasting adhesive that actually *stuck*. The size of the dispenser was huge, but I was told it didn’t matter. Hmm…I was definitely intrigued. After doing a comparison of costs, I was more than intrigued – I wanted one!
A quick search of the Internet revealed a definite price scale. The cheapest price was, oddly enough, found in a neighboring town (remember I live in a tiny town in the mountains). A friend happened to be in the area. I called her and she (great friend she is) agreed to go pick up one for me.
Fast forward 2 years and I’m still using it and love it! I’m a reformed adhesive junkie with a few select adhesives now, for when I need a specialty bond.
My adhesive of choice? The ATG!
Why? Many reasons…
1) It actually STICKS! If you’ve ever poured your heart into a project, only to have it come undone or find elements of a scrapbook page at the bottom of a page protector, you understand what I mean. Ever give a card and as you’re putting it in the envelope an embellishment comes off? Yeah, you know who you are…
2) It’s acid free! At least the refill I choose is. I use the ATG Gold 908 refill. I’ve seen dissenting opinions on this – some say that since the ATG was originally designed for framers, all of the adhesive is photo-safe and fine. I’ve also heard (from the source I purchased mine from) that the only adhesive that is truly acid-free is the Gold 908. I’ve tried both refills and honestly prefer the adhesive qualities of the 908. So I pay a few more cents for the "guaranteed" acid-free refill and don’t worry about it.
3) You can’t lose it in ‘creative clutter’. No, seriously – in the midst of a creating frenzy, you always know where your adhesive is when you use one of these!
4) In a pinch, you can make your own glue dots. Just take the gun and run it over the palm of your hand, wad it up and voila! A makeshift glue dot.
5) The price! Yes, the dispenser does cost more up front, but the savings are quickly realized. The cost per yard of the ATG adhesive is almost negligible. And you can save even more if you buy in bulk.
I have the ATG 700, which is the yellow gun. It applies adhesive in 1/2" or 3/4" strips. Another choice is the ATG 714, which applies 1/4" adhesive. The choice is truly a personal decision – buy whichever makes you happy.
Thanks for stopping by! Go alter something (with your ATG)!