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All about Adhesives 

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All about Adhesives 

Otherwise know as glue. To celebrate National Craft Month, I am going to highlight my favorite glues and my favorite applications for them.

  1. Mod Podge
  2. E6000
  3. Elmers CraftBond Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive
  4. Glue Dots

I love when I can get two things done at once. And that’s why Mod Podge is my all time favorite adhesive because it’s not only an adhesive, it can be used to seal or finish items as well. Mod Podge comes in many different formulas and I they have this wonderful blog that can walk you through its different uses.  It’s easy to use and mostly error proof. It also has low-to-no odor, so you can use it in a space with little-to-no ventilation. Use this glue if you are doing mixed media applications. Mod Podge is best if applied in a thin layer and if you need more, add more.

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I used Mod Podge here to keep the burplap letters from fraying. It dried clear.

 

Moving on to E6000. I use this glue when I am adhering heavy duty items. Things I don’t want to move ever, like crystals or gems. I would never use E6000 on paper, its too heavy for my tastes. It takes 48 hours to fully dry and set, and it has a heavy odor. But the glue dries mostly clear and it HOLDS like none other. I would use this in an area that is VERY ventilated, and depending on what you are adhering, I would use gloves. You don’t want this to dry on your skin.

 

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Specked Earrings made using E6000

 

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Swarovski Gemstone Earrings made using E6000

 

Next is the Elmer’s CraftBond Multi-Purpose Adhesive Spray. Okay. I don’t know what made me buy spray glue, but I am SO HAPPY I DID. It is becoming my favorite adhesive.  You can use this for any application, and the best thing about it is, you can use it if you only need a tacky surface. I use this spray when my Silhouette Mats start to lose their stick.  I’ve been mostly successful, but I did have a time where I didn’t let the glue ‘dry’ long enough so the paper actually stuck to my mat.  It wasn’t difficult to clean up.  So the key to success here is to let the spray glue dry to tacky.  Then its only a temporary adhesive. And if you happen to get this glue in an area you don’t want it in, you can use Goo be Gone to clean up that surface. I bought this glue at A.C. Moore, but its available at Michaels.  It is a DIY-er and crafters must have.

Finally we have Glue Dots. And you can use these in card making, but I used them in this shadow box I made to commemorate my daughter’s birth. You can use these in card making and scrapbooking.  They are very versatile and I use them in a moments notice.  So these are some of my favorite adhesives.

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Shadow Box of Aria 🙂

Just an FYI. I hate hot glue. Don’t ask me about it. Its not my ministry, but I know a lot of crafters love it.  I hope you liked this post though! Thanks for reading!

 

Review: Sakura Gelly Roll .6mm ball & Pentel Slicci .25mm Pens

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Review: Sakura Gelly Roll .6mm ball & Pentel Slicci .25mm Pens

Let me start off this post by explaining that I am a brand snob. Let me also explain to you all that I studied Intellectual Property Law because that is how much brands and trademarks have an effect on my life.  I am quite particular, and if I like something from a particular brand, I will go back and try other products from that brand.  That is how branding is SUPPOSED to work.  The opposite is also true, if I DONT like something from a particular brand, chances are I will not buy that brand again. Read the rest of this entry

Weekly Planner Spread March 20-26

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Weekly Planner Spread March 20-26

I used my Unicorn 🦄 Stickers for this spread. I’m so pleased with the way this entire project came out from start to end. I am not a graphic designer. I have an undergrad degree in business administration and I have a law degree. I love Intellectual Property Law. But I’ve always been a creative person and I am a life long learner. So when I saw people creating stickers, I knew it was something I had to learn how to do. And I did! And I think I did a pretty good job, all things considered. I have some things I want to tweak, but overall, I am very proud of myself.  Read the rest of this entry

STICKERS: A ‘how to’ Post

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STICKERS: A ‘how to’ Post

The planner community loves stickers. This is a fact. You can go on Etsy and type in ‘Stickers’, and you’ll get over a million results.  But let’s say you were browsing Pinterest and you came across a picture you really liked. So you save it. But what you really want to do is use the image as a sticker in your planner. How would you do that, and what would be the best way to do it?  You have several options.  You can either: Read the rest of this entry

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Wellness Wednesday: Jungle Mandala

I was so stressed out and I didn’t even realize I was stressed.  It took me two trips to the hospital to realize something really needed to change. So I took a trip, I cut back on my drinking, got off *most* social media, and most of all, began to practice mindfulness. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. I see a significant change in myself in the short three weeks since I started my self care.

One way I currently practice mindfulness is through meditation, but also through making time for myself to create and design.  Another way is through coloring in Adult Coloring books.

So on this Wellness Wednesday, I want to share with you all my 1st Jungle Mandala, a Jungle Themed Mandala Coloring page I designed! I hope you like it.  You can download it Here.

Take time to practice self care and self love today. You are wonderful!

My First Sticker Set!

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My First Sticker Set!

UPDATED: PDF file is now on dropbox, so the file should download much faster. Thanks for the feedback!
I am so pleased to share my very first sticker set! I designed this using Adobe Illustrator, Silhouette Designer Plus Studio, and seeing as how I am a Creative Market Partner, I also used a few Creative Market design elements. Read the rest of this entry