If you are a glue stick user, open the lid and place some on your finger. If your finger slides smoothly across the surface, and doesn't leave big spiderwebs of glue from your finger to the stick, then chances are you have a good glue stick. While a cheap glue stick may do the job, those spiderwebs of glue will leave marks on your page and because your glue is slightly dry, may not adhere very well.
If the glue stick rolls on to your page and leaves lumps, chances are it's time for a replacement. Obviously, try to keep your glue stick capped as much as possible.
As for myself, I am a tape or glue runner user. I have tried many kinds from the cheapest, to the most expensive. Here are some things to watch for:
- Just like all your scrapping supplies, make sure it's acid free
- Look for the word PERMANENT on the label. Some glue runners are just meant for laying out your project before you permanantly stick things down. These will usually let go after a few hours. Some people swear by temporary glue... but I think it's a waste of time to stick things down twice!
- Don't be tempted just because it's a bargain. Go with the tried, tested and true method. Buy one and test it with your scraps. Glue different kinds of papers, cardstock, vellum, foil and what ever other materials you regularily use together to ensure that the adhesive sticks to all of your favourite products. I had to go back and redo some of my earlier layouts all over again because everything fell off. What a mess. There is nothing more frustrating than doing your LO twice.
My favourite brand is Scotch. It applies easily and smoothly. You can run it I've never had the tape rip, break, or tangle. There are many brands out there that are just as good though. So keep testing, and find one thats right for you. If you are going to invest money into anything, it should be a good adhesive.