Adhesive Tips – Paperclipping 200

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Here’s one of my best adhesive tips…

There are two parts to layouts:

  1. The Foundation – the underlying structure of the layout made with your main papers and photos.
  2. The Detailing – the embellishments, and sometimes your journaling and title work).

When you’ve finished a good foundation on its own, you can adhere those main foundational pieces, and that makes working with the embellishments so much easier!

I used to wait until I’d figured out my entire layout before I’d put tape or glue to the pieces.

What a confusing task — never fully feeling sure of anything, trying to remove items to tape stuff underneath, and then remember where the top items were supposed to be.

Make your underlying structure and then commit to it. Trust yourself. It’s so much easier.

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Worried you might want to tuck something underneath something else?

Put your adhesive closer to the middles of your photos and papers. That way you can just tuck that additional last minute brilliant item underneath!

Shine On,

P.S.> Want more adhesive tips? I just made a video where I put a couple layouts together, all the while showing the adhesive I use for what purposes, including those tricky screen-printed transparencies! You’ll see all my staples and solutions for both layouts and mini-album covers with big heavy items made of metal.

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  • Great tips! Thanks again :)

  • Krystal Arnot

    Noell, I really enjoyed this episode. I
    love the hardware you add on the front of your mini books. Have you used
    modpodge in replace of PVA glue? Does the PVA dry quick? Also- when you glue on
    letters, do you just stick them on with the adhesive that they come with (I’m
    thinking of Thickers), or do you add extra? Thank you :) OH- I love the signature!

  • Thank you!

    I don’t really trust modpodge the way I trust PVA, so I haven’t tried it on a book cover. I won’t make a book without PVA. If it was no longer available I think I would use gel medium.
    Gel medium didn’t make it into this episode b/c it’s not a staple for me — but maybe you saw it appear in the episode on newspaper articles? I trust gel medium 100%. It’s what professional collage artists use and it’s amazing.
    As for letters — I usually add a drop of Glossy Accents when I put letters like Thickers on the fronts of a book. In fact, I do that for my layouts sometimes for certain Thickers that don’t stick as well.