I actually have a desk full of new toys today thanks to after-Christmas shopping. However, since my new year’s resolution is to try spending a tiny bit less* on crafts, I’m going to save most of it for future (Kinda) New Toy Tuesdays. So today, I’ll tell you all about my latest favorite.
This was a Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law, and it ranks up there with my Pazzles.
The Scotch ATG is the mother of all adhesive guns. Seriously, it’s very big and intimidating. But it’s so easy to use. And that roll of tape is 36 yards.
Before I got this, I’d been using the Glue Glider Pro. I’ll be honest, I was never a huge fan of it. The cartridges held about 20 yards of adhesive each, and generally cost $2-3 more than the ATG rolls. The first few applications off each cartridge were smooth, but it was only a matter of time before it started jamming. The rubber roller was barely wider than the tape, which meant there wasn’t much there to grip the paper. That made it hard to control, so half the time I found it easier to just remove the cartridge from the gun and hold it by the tip. And if the tape roll broke before you finished the cartridge, you were SOL.
The ATG, despite being 4 times the size of the Glue Glider, is infinitely better. The wide rubber roller makes it possible to apply tape much more precisely, and it dispenses very smoothly and easily. Also, in the event that I rip the tape on this, all I have to do is open the thing up and wind the end back onto the spool. Honestly, I should have made the switch ages ago.
So thanks, Mike and Joy, for this awesome, awesome gift.
*I would like to emphasize the importance of the words “tiny” and “bit” in that sentence, especially if my husband is reading.