(Closed) Quick Crafting Question

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

The Tombow was very easy to use and ultra effective.  It didn’t alter the condition of the paper (like say Elmers would).  It was a bit on the pricey side, I think we used 2 rolls for 60 invites.  I’d say buy a refillable roll and a refill.

ps. I can’t really take the credit Miss Fondue clued me into embossing 🙂 

Post # 4
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

A Xyron machine is absolutely the quickest and easiest way to do it… and depending on which one you get, they’re pretty affordable too!  I bought mine at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon and it was a great deal.  It’s super erasy to use – it just applies a thin coat of adhesive to the entire back surface and you can buy cartridges that have permanent or movable adhesive.

Post # 5
497 posts
Helper bee

Although I like the Xyron machine, I have found when doing my professional invites, that I use the Tombo. The xyron leaves a residue around each piece that in order to be ‘perfect’ you have to spend LOTS of time rubbing off.

One tip, I would score the lables prior to puttin the adhesive on. Then you can just line up the edges and press them on.

Also, Costco is selling 6 packs of MemoryStor adhesive which is very similar to the Tombo and I think works just as well. The website says it is $19.99 but I thought I saw i for less in the store.

Post # 6
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you do a lot of crafting, or are planning to use adhesive for a lot of other projects, adhesive transfer tape is another option you might want to consider.  The dispenser is expensive, but refills are super cheap.  Lots of scrapbookers swear by the Scotch ATG guns, around $45, but the non-name brand one also has a great following, and is $25.  I just took the plunge and ordered the generic version, since it fits both 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch tape, whereas the scotch gun needs an adapter or an entirely different gun.  Tape refills (36 YARDS each) can be around $2-3 each, or less in bulk.

From what I’ve heard, although the gun looks bulky, it’s super easy to use and incredibly fast as well.  And the adhesive reportedly has great staying power; I’m planning on using it for invitations, cards, scrapbooking, so for me it’ll be worth the investment.


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