Needless to say, I have been on a search for a new adhesive to use. I bought a cheap Scotch tape roller at the craft store first and I didn't like that one. It was constantly getting gummed up and it wasn't always applying adhesive when I thought it was. So I went to a different craft store to see what I could find. I ended up buying three different adhesives and here is what I think about them. By the way I am not being compensated for this review and no one actually asked my opinion, but I thought I would share with you anyway!
Here are the three that I bought:
Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller (different from the previously mentioned Scotch adhesive that I didn't like), Pioneer Photo Memory Fix and This To That from American Crafts.
I think the Scotch Dot Roller is great and I know that some people prefer dots to solid or strip adhesive, so if you do then you'll probably love this adhesive. It applies easily and holds well. The applicator does not get gummed up and it is refillable (which was important to me.) The display with the Scotch Dot Roller also had a tear pad with a mail in rebate which will make the roller free when I get my rebate back, so I figured why not? I would definitely buy this again, although at $6.99 it was a bit pricey.
The next is the Pioneer Photo Memory Fix. This one was so-so. I honestly bought this one because it was $2.99 and so I figured I would give it a try. It is a solid adhesive similar to Mono Adhesive and the previously mentioned Scotch that I didn't like. It was easier to apply than the Scotch tape roller, but it still required just the right wrist flick when you pulled up the applicator. It also had a tendency to gum up the applicator. Not my favorite, but I'd use it in a pinch. I guess you get what you pay for!
Finally, is the This to That from American Crafts. This was my favorite of the three. I don't remember what I paid for it at the craft store, but it is available from Two Peas with a refill for $4.99. I bought the Stripe, but it is also available in Dot and Solid. This one is closest to the Tape n' Roller and it holds really well and goes on easily. It is an opaque adhesive, so you can't use it with vellum or acrylic pieces. I may try out the other two types of This to That adhesive just to see what they are like (Two Peas has an assortment pack for $9.95.
So there you have it! Hope that helps a few of you!