ATG Scotch 3M & Tombow Glue Pen | REVIEW

Creating is one of my passions so whenever I find out about a gadget that will make things a little simpler I am always on edge to try it out for myself. Since I received my Cricut there has been nonstop talk about the ATG guns by Scotch. All the crafters I follow have been saying that it makes crafting a breeze and works like a champ with almost all medias. Once my adhesive squares had run out, yes the scrapbooking ones, I decided it was time to give the advanced tape glider (ATG) a chance. At first I was excited and anxious as it is way bigger to work with then little mounting squares and a lot more expensive in comparison. There is a thing called coupon courage and let me tell you this was one of those times and on the way to the counter I also saw a glue pen to try too. Since the ATG is a larger tool compared to what I was used to I thought the glue pen would help cover any smaller intricate details that the tape glider couldn’t cover with ease. 

The next project on my list was to create two baby shower cards so there was no better time than to try out both products. Below is the video of me using the products while making this product. Instead of getting used to the product and premiering ways to use it I thought it would be more worth it for people to see me use it for the first time on a project. Each card I designed with my Cricut and thus I had big and small pieces to assemble. So here is the breakdown. The Advanced Tape Glider, it is tricky to insert the tape roll for the first time, however, it gets easier with practice I assume since it does have quite a bit of tape to roll through before trying to load it up again. Strengths include the ability to remove items after placement without damage, a high stick rating, fast to apply, no dry time, easy to remove adhesive if placed in the wrong area and it is pretty fun to use. On the other side the tape glider can be a little frustrating when trying for the first time. The device requires the movement to rub off the adhesive to release it from the roll. You’ll see this issue happen a couple of times where it simply wouldn’t release/ cut the tape in the video. For the only negative thus far though it isn’t really the device’s fault but more of a learning curve to get over. After a couple of attempts I had no further issues with it. No more little sticker squares for me, the tape glider has won me over. 

Onto the glue pen, it is shaped like a pen and in comparison to others on the market I did not want one that was similar to a liquid glue stick. There is no mess when using the glue pen by Tombow. It is similar to writing with a gel pen though it takes a little bit of work to get the first bit out. I do wish it was a bit more of a liquid consistency because it does take a lot of motions in order to get enough glue to come out of the pen to provide any significant stick. Once the pen does get going though it does work well for those little tiny areas that get easily ruined by the average glue stick. When it comes down to the price point I would say it is worth a shot if you work on projects with small pieces for cards only if you have a coupon. Would I purchase another one if it ran out, probably not, it would be less hassle to rip off a piece from the ATG gun and roll it into a small ball to use. 

If you have any questions about these two products that I did not answer already, let me know in the comments. 

XOXO Faith

Free Cricut Wall Art | Tutorial

Since many of us have a lot more time on our hands than normal what better way to spend it then having a crafty afternoon or two. Due to the pandemic Cricut has unleashed over 10,000 free cut files in Design Space for people to get inspired by, so… use them before you lose them. In the tutorial below you will learn how to make both the Pufferfish with Balloons and the Bee Kind wall artwork from Design Space to behind the glass. Figure out the key steps to transform any cut file into a piece of art.

Cricut Tote Review | HOMEST

Finally, the Cricut box has made it out of the house which means yes a bag review of course. After doing some research I realize that the Cricut branded storage option wasn’t the optimal one for me. Although the brand’s bag is heavily padded and appears to be of good quality there were two things that had me searching for alternative brands.

Top 10: Cricut Beginner Tips

Throughout my Cricut journey I have learned a lot about well… what not to do. Master these top ten tips to start crafting like a pro without the pent up frustrations. Listed below are all of the tips and tricks as well as the time stamp to them in the detailed video at the bottom of this post. Whenever I am looking for tips I usually have a particular goal I am researching so I thought it would be helpful to list out all of them for you rather than leaving it a surprise.

Draw Organizers DIY| Recycled Materials

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Organizing is a passion of mine and yet even this drawer always ends up a jumbled up mess. Over and over I have tidied it up but it never seems to last long. While there are drawer organizers you can purchase they tend to be pricey and never fully utilize all the purposes that you need them to. Instead of running off to the store and buying a drawer organizer to fit some of the stuff, I decided to try to make my own for free. Yes free!  All of the materials I used were old boxes that would have been thrown in the recycle bin and the tools were literally already in the drawer.

Materials:

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • A Pen
  • Scissors
  • Handheld Stapler or Tape

Cricut First Impressions| Week 1

During the holidays, I received a Cricut Explore Air 2, which still seems surreal. As a craft lover I thought it would be the perfect addition to bring me to the next level of crafting in 2020. Before I even knew I had one, I would watch endless playlists of Cricut tutorials, Cricut tips, and all of those time trap ones that keep you hooked, thinking the entire time how did they do that. Plus, they all make it look so easy so of course naturally I thought once I get mine it’ll be just as simple.