I feel like I've hit the proverbial 'jack pot'.....got invited to be an ambassador for BOSTIK products....& since my 'go to' glue is the GLU STIK....of COURSE I said a resounding 'YES'!!!!!
So, this will be a bit different for me - I'm gonna focus on one product at a time.....in Aussie this product is available practically EVERYWHERE:
Including supermarkets, Big W, Woolworths etc etc.....
I thought I'd start with a 'WHY' I use Glu Stiks.....'cos originally when I started scrapping I used this stuff:
And it makes me 'grrrr' when it comes away from the inner core like this...one of the reasons I don't use it anymore. Here's a couple more reasons:
It's FIDDLY...man, peeling that back layer off & leaving the front ON the paper....and then, once you stick it. It's STUCK. Crooked. Too late!
The worst thing I've found, though, is after a period of time it lost its 'stickiness' & my pages started falling apart. Scrappers worst nightmare.......
Sooo...then I went to liquid adhesive. It has its place in my scrappy 'repertoire'. However, for run of the mill 'sticking'...I don't like it 'cos of this:
Some liquid glues, as soon as you open them start to 'squidge' out all over the show.....others get clogged up.....& then, if you pop on a touch too much glue - or place it too close to the edge....it smudges all over the show. Trying to clean it up creates more of a mess. It's really sticky & messy!
Bostik Glu Stiks have these advantages:
- Quick to operate [no holding the liquid glue upside down, waiting for it to run into the nozzle!]
- No leakage/mess
- The paper can be adjusted/moved after application
- You can get right to the edges without seepage
Convinced you yet? At the very least, give them a 'go'. And not other sorts - they HAVE to be Bostik...I've tried 'em all, believe me!
Here's how I get my glue right to the edge of my papers:
I twist up the glue a little way. Using an old piece of scrap paper, place my cut out patterned paper right side down on it, then holding it in one place, go around the very edges with my Glu Stik - some of the glue will go onto the scrap paper, but that's fine.
I make sure I twist my Glu Stik down to this height before putting the lid on, & I ALWAYS place the lid back on as soon as I've used it. It keeps it 'moist' & makes it easier to use.
Soooooo.....there's my 'product focus'......& of course, then I had a whole lot of stuck down patterned papers that were squealing 'USE ME, USE ME.....' so I thought I'd make a card:)
CARD ~ STEP BY STEP:
Firstly, I trimmed back all my papers - even the ones I put on crooked. The 'squidged' out card I simply turned over & used the back side......
- Use your grid mat to help centre your card
- Create the TOP of your card BEFORE you attach it to the card base
- Only pop a dollop of glue in the CENTRE of the card stock as you attach the layers - it provides plenty of 'stickability', & then, if you decide to tuck in some more layers, you can do so easily:)
Below, you can see I decided to trim off the ends of the little strip I added...simple, cos the card stock was not glued right to the edges....the photo tabs [Typo] were easy to tuck in too, for the same reason:
BTW, here's my 'cheats way' of getting glue onto little bits of paper:
Just as I'd glued the card top, ready to stick onto the base, the phone rang. So I slapped it down quick & answered the call...it was for DH, so I took the phone into him....came back to my scrap room & looked at my card & realised I'd STUCK IT DOWN THE WRONG WAY...
....I even had time to take a photo of it!!!! Thank GOODNESS for that lag time you have with the Glu Stik before it sets....peeled the top off, turned it round....NO PROBS!!!!
The finished card:
NB: Glu Stiks are GREAT for attaching materials like this doily [thanks Chantelle H!] & the Dusty Attic leaves - it's the only glue I used on this card!
Hope you enjoyed taking this bit of a journey with me.....& I hope you'll look at Bostik Glu Stiks in a slightly different light from now on;)
Happy Scrapping ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥
GOODIES USED & THANKS TO