Friday, January 16th, 2015

The Art of Journaling: To Glue or Not to Glue



What do you do with the things you’ve placed inside the pocket of your journal? Do they stay inside the pocket, or do you in some way adhere them to a blank page? I usually don’t glue things in the journals I use for daily writing, but I do use a lot of glue in what I call my “Inspiration Books” where interesting images are cut from magazines and advertisements and are then arranged by color, subject or what have you. Some people call such books, “Glue Books”

Do you have a favorite adhesive? My favorite has been the Yes! paste. A little goes a long way and things stay affixed and flat. I typically apply it with a small brush that has been dipped in a small amount of water,

Want some tips on choosing the right adhesive? Check out these links: 

Glue and the Xyron Machine and Other Sticky Stuff: Sticking Things into Your Journal at Roz Wound Up

All About Adhesive at Scrapbooking 101

Want to learn more about gluebooks? 

Find a book. Find some glue. Find some things to glue. Glue with reckless abandon!

From How Discovering Gluebooks Changed My Life at Go Make Something

Glue-Booking at The Art Journal Community

5 thoughts on “The Art of Journaling: To Glue or Not to Glue

  1. I glue, use gesso, paint and tape to keep things changed up and fresh. I pack a uhu glue stick with my travel journal. The cover on that one will barely close.

    And then, there’s the rotation of pens … :)

  2. I generally don’t glue, but I do use washi tape for keepsakes that I want to preserve in a journal. The most recent is a photo of my dad (a young octogenarian) and me from a photo booth at a bat mitzvah reception. We’re wearing HUGE sunglasses and standing in front of a virtual image of an Egyptian sphinx. A keeper for sure!

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