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.
- 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
- 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.