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Introducing Suzy

All this week we are going to be introducing you to our new reporters. We will run a short article and bio so you can learn a little bit more about them. So lets get started with Suzy Haghighi.

Suzy Haghighi : Staff Reporter

My name is Suzy Haghighi and I am a Californian living on the eastern edge of North American in Newfoundland, Canada. I fell fr a Canadian, and his work in radio brought us here. We live in a small suburb outside of St. John’s with our two American Hairless Terriers. A god friend introduced me to stamping about two years ago and I was instantly hooked. I finally have an excuse to color! I am primarily a cardmaker, but you can also find me scrapping a layout or altering something. My other interests include baking, cooking, reading (love mysteries), and photography.

Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

If you are like me, you are obsessed with finding the perfect adhesive. The one that is easy to use, quick to dry, bonds permanently and will work on everything. While I have yet to find the glue that will work with everything, Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives comes close. Zip Dry is an archival quality glue, which means that it is acid and lignin free, and therefore safe for scrapbooking.

Zip Dry lives up to its name – the glue dries very fast, so you want to be sure to work with one small area at a time. The speed with which it dries depends upon how much you add to your paper. If you add a few thick 1/8″ dots to the corners of your paper, Zip Dry does give you a few seconds to move your paper around for proper placement and centering. This is the main reason I love this glue so much – without Zip Dry most of my cards would be crooked. Another reason I love this glue is that no matter how much Zip Dry I apply, my paper and cardstock never warp.

The glue comes with a screw cap and a “precise applicator tip” which is a long, thin nozzle that also has a cap. The applicator tip needs to be snipped with scissors before you use it – the lower on the tip you cut, the wider the hole will be, and the more glue will flow. I like to cut it at the very tip so that the hole is tiny. The applicator tip is ideal for gluing all but the smallest items to your paper. For gluing very tiny objects onto paper such as a bead, I dip the tip of my paper piercer straight into the glue and dab a dot of glue onto the cardstock, and then place the bead over the glue with tweezers.

Zip Dry is a clear glue that dries to a clear finish. The Beacon website says that you can remove glue mishaps when it is wet, but I prefer to allow it to dry first. If allowed to sit on the surface to dry, it can be rubbed off with an eraser without the glue being pushed into the paper, where it can alter the color.

Pros:

  • Adheres paper, canvas, metal findings, beads, glitter, wire, cardboard, card stock, and papier mâché
  • Fast Drying (depending on how much is applied) yet movable for centering of paper or proper placement of embellishments
  • Dries clear
  • No paper warping
  • Mistakes are easily cleaned up with an adhesive eraser
  • Acid and lignin free

Cons:

  • It will not bond ceramics, fabrics, foam, glass, leather, rubber, stone, vinyl or wood to paper
  • Cost: $5.99 for a two ounce (59 ml) bottle (a little does go a long way though)
  • The precise applicator tip can get clogged and the glue can evaporate if stored without the screw cap

Zip Dry Paper Glue retails for $5.99 US ($8-10 in Canada) and is available in craft stores including:

It was actually pretty tough to think of cons for this product. It has become a staple in my craft room and is used every day, on every card I make. A two ounce bottle lasts me approximately 3 months.

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9 Responses to Introducing Suzy

  1. Jennifer Priest October 6, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    If you get a blob of it somewhere it peels off too once it dries. I like to call it “hot glue in a bottle” because it acts like that. Great review and love all the points you made!

  2. ~wenhether~ October 6, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks for this review.

    I have seen this in Michael’s and have been wondering how it works! It’s on my list to pick up!

  3. Sarah Moore October 6, 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    Welcome Suzy! We are so happy to have you on the team!

  4. Michelle October 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    I LOVE ZipDry and totally recommend it to every crafter.
    I live in Florida and find that most adhesives don’t stand up to the humidity. Zip dry does.
    Welcome Suzy!

  5. Lori Barnett October 7, 2008 at 12:55 am #

    Hey Hey Suzy! 🙂 I totally use this glue! I love using it to attach rhinestones to paper. It’s always worked wonderful for me. Thanks for the tip of using it for other things. I guess I never thought about using it to stick down paper to paper. I’m gonna give that a go 🙂

  6. Heather the Mooselover October 7, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    Welcome aboard Suzy!

  7. izziesnana October 9, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    I have used Zip Dry on my acrylic albums and it works great. Have also used it with a dab on corners of some vellum pieces and have great results. I think it is a must for every scrapper and card maker. I love this stuff.

  8. Conniecrafter October 10, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    I have used it with success myself, the only problem I have is the tip seems to get clogged and it isn’t fun to clean out, I like your tip of using the piercer tool to dip in and get the glue for small things, will have to try that one!

  9. Charlene H. November 9, 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    I finally picked up a bottle at the local craft store. I can’t wait to give it a try. It says on the packaging to replace the cap for storing. Do you think if you stuck a pin in the nozzle end that would keep it from getting dried up and clogged. I can’t see taking off the nozzle end everyday and replacing it with the cap. That seems like a real bother.