It's also unlikely that you will end up with just one adhesive and picking the "right" one is part function and part personal preference. You may not like to use a Xyron machine, but it is a good resource for small die cuts. Some scrapbookers swear by glue pens, while others prefer double-sided tape and still others like craft glue
Some of my favorites include the following:
- A variety of tape runners. These can be disposable or refillable, but provide nice even coverage without a gooey mess. They are convenient and easy to use.
- Photo Squares are readily available and somewhat easy to use, but I reserve these for sticking down photos and photo mats as they sometimes come unstuck or shift a bit. Once in an album, I've not had many problems.
- Glue Pens come in a variety of tips suitable for many project. They are easy to use and very good for small embellishments and titles.
- Glue Dots are paper-thin (the 3-D version excluded) dots of adhesive. The regular dots come in small (3/16"), medium (3/8") and large (1/2") sizes. These are perfect for buttons and small embellishments. There are also 3-D dots, which are 1/2" wide and 1/8" thick. These are great for adding a little dimension to your page.
By no means is this a complete list. Do you use something different? What's your favorite
TIP: Want to give some dimension to a sticker, but don't know how to keep it from sticking to the page? Use baby powder.