CHA Summer 2011 | Adhesives Roundup

The CHA show floor is a vast ocean of craft supplies of all types, and scattered amongst the reams of gorgeous paper and piles of pretty beads, baubles, and embellishments lie small islands filled to the brim with the one product that binds all the rest of it together – glue. Whether your preference is liquid or dry or tape or dot, adhesive is something that is a nearly universal need of every papercrafter.

At CHA Summer 2011, I made it a point to visit the booth of every adhesive manufacturer that I could find on the CHA show floor with the intent of asking them one question: “what’s new?” In the process, I discovered some pretty cool stuff, and, since the world of adhesive doesn’t turn over quite as quickly as the world of paper and stickers, a few of these items have been out since the last CHA (or even prior to that), meaning that you can most likely find some of these items in your local scrapbook store right now!

Therm-O-Web is well known for their Zots brand of adhesive dots, a favorite among many papercrafters. Among their newest items are “Zots for Bling”- micro-sized dots perfect for use on the backs of tiny rhinestones.

They also now offer “Lots O Zots” boxes for crafters who like to buy their glue in bulk. The boxes of large, medium, and small Zots each contain a whopping 900 dots while the bling Zots have 975. Both “Zots for Bling” and “Lots O Zots” were debuted at CHA Winter 2011, and are already available at many retailers.

Scotch/3M introduced their own line of adhesive dots at CHA Summer 2011. These dots dispense from a roll through the bottom of their packaging with each dot dispensing on its own clear backing sheet for easy handling.

Scotch is also launching new, easy-to-use packaging for its Super Glue product. The improved bottle has a tiny applicator nozzle that pulls any unused adhesive back into the tip, eliminating the frustrating overrun that can occur at the end of dispensing.

Scotch/3M is of course famous among papercrafters for their existing line of Adhesive Tape Gliders, as well as an array of smaller tape runners and glue sticks.

3L’s Scrapbook Adhesives line had some new additions at the CHA Summer 2011 show. EZ Dots Mini Dispensers will thrill Kokuyo fans who have been hunting for a replacement ever since that company ceased its US operations. EZ Dots Mini Dispensers, available in both permanent and repositionable formulations, work like a tape runner and lay down a pattern of tiny, very thin dots of adhesive.

EZ Runner Permanent Fine Adhesive is a reformulation of 3L’s vellum adhesive that has been redesigned to work with any fine or delicate paper (including vellum) while leaving no markings.

Crafty Foam Tape and Thin 3D Foam Squares Mix (product not pictured) are 3L’s entry into the dimensional adhesive market. Crafty Foam Tape, EZ Runner Permanent Fine Adhesive, and EZ Dots Mini Dispensers are all already available while Thin 3D Foam Squares Mix is due to hit stores in September 2011.

Beacon Adhesives has already made a name for itself among papercrafters with their Zip Dry paper glue product, and they have two new adhesives coming to market soon that expand their line’s capabilities even further.

Fast Finish Decoupage is an acid-free, fast-drying decoupage finish that dries to a clear matte coat with the first application and becomes glossier with subsequent applications. It’s also not susceptible to heat and humidity, meaning that the surface never softens or becomes tacky after drying.

Beacon had several projects using Fast Finish Decoupage on display in their booth, including a few paper bead necklaces and an adorable decoupaged pig.

Coat ‘n Create is Beacon Adhesives’ answer to papercrafters’ glitter-flaking frustrations. It forms an extremely strong bond, and even when I rubbed my finger quite hard across the surface of several small boxes that had been covered with Coat ‘n Create, only a few tiny little sparkles showed up on my skin.

Adhesive powerhouse Tombow has several new items on the market. Their Stamp Runner is available in both a solid tape and a dot pattern (another possible option for Kokuyo lovers!) and offers two methods of application in the same dispenser. It can either be used as a traditional tape runner, or users can “stamp” a single square of adhesive in a precise location, making it a great option for attaching both large pieces of paper and tiny embellishments.

Kokuyo refugees may also be interested to know that Tombow offers a dot pattern adhesive refill for their traditional tape runner (product not pictured) as well.

3D Foam Tabs, Fastener Tabs, and Power Adhesive Tabs were all debuted by Tombow at the CHA Winter 2011 show. The fastener tabs, consisting of sets of paper-thin hook and look fasteners, are the most intriguing of the mix since they provide a new way for papercrafters to attach embellishments, gift cards, and a host of other items to their projects while still having the ability to remove those items easily.

The Power Adhesive Tabs are extremely strong squares of clear adhesive capable of holding up to 6 ounces each – just look at them being used to suspend a series of glass pendants here in the Tombow booth!

Sticky Thumb’s massive green booth caught my eye as I passed it several times during the course of the show, so I made it a point to stop in while I was on my adhesive-gathering mission on the last day of the show. What I found there from this relatively new company (they’ve only been in business for about a year and a half) was quite interesting.

Sticky Thumb has two main product lines, the first being a set of foam adhesive squares sold in packs containing a variety of sizes and shapes.

The second product line is their tape runners, and it was this item that really impressed. These things are sticky! I stuck my thumb on it to see how tacky it is and had difficulty reclaiming my finger from the adhesive!

The tape runners and dimensional adhesives at Sticky Thumb are available at very reasonable price points, which should help this product gain a larger hold in the market as the company grows.

Devoted papercrafters can be very passionate about their favorite adhesives. The products may not change often, but for something considered mostly a “boring basic” they inspire a surprising amount of loyalty and emotion in consumers. It’s always interesting to look around and wonder what the next big thing in “stick” will be.

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14 Responses to CHA Summer 2011 | Adhesives Roundup

  1. scrapper al August 7, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    Thanks for the review. I’m an adhesive junkie, so I love hearing about the new stuff. I wonder how permanent the Sticky Thumb adhesive is. There are so many adhesives I’ve tried and liked and then discarded when their lack per permanency came to light in a few years (or even months).

  2. Jan Wilson August 7, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    I have always used Tombow and have been very happy with the product. WIll check out their new product.

    Thanks for the updates, they are great!

  3. Gab August 7, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Thanks for that round-up Melissa. I love adhesive!! I wish manufacturers would make a mixed pack of glue dots in different sizes

  4. Kathy H August 7, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Thank you for this informative issue! I am a Kokuyo “refugee” but have moved on to use a few different adhesives, one being the big pink atg. I am glad to know there are some new products coming out with the ability to really stick! Love the zots for bling!!

  5. Joanne H August 7, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    I have been looking for an adhesive that will work with acrylic sheets. I am happy to see an alternative to the vellum adhesives currently on the market. Thanks for the hard work….
    you’ve done an outstanding job.

  6. Candy August 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    This posting is very helpful! Thank you!

  7. WhamBamPam August 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    I just used my big pink ATG for the first time & was very impressed, it’s so big I thought it would be more difficult to handle. So far my favs are Xyron & Scotch, still looking for a popup or flat super thin adhesive, for elements like butterfly backs, etc… Thanks for the info Melissa.

  8. Judy Webb August 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Loved this review!! If I am going to make pages that last hundreds of years…..I want very best adhesive. I spent the weekend searching for acid free glue for hot glue gun. Glue Stix says they have one. Wouldn’t that be nice….but you have to buy 5 lbs.

    • Jennie August 9, 2011 at 9:15 am # has a glue gun with acid free glue sticks.

  9. Mary Kay August 8, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    You missed one, and I think it was the best at the show, in terms of value for the money AND stickiness. Plus Corporation makes a tape runner and a dot roller pen. I can’t find a link that shows the packaging I saw at the show, but here is a similar product on

    I know that Notions Marketing is carrying them, so your LSS should be able to order them– I think it’s worth asking. I’m always on the lookout for my new favorite (that search turned up Kokuyo years ago, then the Scotch dot roller became my favorite, though it’s very expensive), and this one definitely took the show for me.

    • Stacy August 11, 2011 at 1:19 am #

      I sell the Plus Corporation adhesives and I was at CHA on behalf of PLUS. Thank you so much Mary Kay for the endorsement. This glue is my #1 HOT SELLER and I love it! I sell it in a value pack and it contains both types of adhesive that PLUS sells. Their “stylus” glue had rave reviews at CHA.

  10. Cynthia August 8, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Great information to have – thanks! I am writing down a few of these that I will have to be on the lookout for.

  11. Debbie P August 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks for all the adhesive info; this is great! I am a self-confessed adhesive junkie and was a TOTAL Kokuyo freak who was very disappointed when they discontinued their US line. I purchased their tape runner refills in bulk and am actually now using my treasured last box (gulp!). My favorite replacement so far is the Scotch dot runner but you’ve certainly given a lot of alternatives to check out. Another favorite adhesive of mine is the Zig 2-Way Glue Squeeze & Roll which is so great to use on alphabets and other smaller pieces. Thanks again for the great review!

  12. Jeanne Smith August 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Thank you so much for all the work you put into your review. I never realized how many adhesives were on the market. I would love to try as many different products as I can find. Without the right adhesive for the job, your project can either stand the test of time or not. Adhesives are the foundation on which the whole project is built upon.

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