Glue dots. Glue dots are small rounds of Shoe Adhesive
that are great for adding dimensional or heavier elements to pages. They typically come in a roll or sheet, and are pre-dispensed into specific sizes. These are perfect for adding ribbon or buttons, or other heavier, non-porous items to pages. The downside: They're more expensive than many other adhesives.
Tape runners. Tape runners are like having narrow, double-sided tape in a hand-held dispenser. You roll or run the dispenser over the item you're adhering, and an even line of adhesive is dispensed.
These are a quick, neat alternative to glue sticks, and they come in both removable and permanent options (ALWAYS opt for permanent unless you like to go back to your scrapbook pages a few weeks later and see all your carefully applied embellishments peeling off).
Tape runners come in disposable and refillable options, and are more expensive than glue sticks. They're great for paper-to-paper applications, but not so great for heavier items.
Photo splits. Photo splits are an "old school" scrapbooking option, and what I used when I first started scrapbooking over ten years ago. They are a hybrid between glue dots and tape runners. They are small squares of adhesive that you must apply individually to your pages, then peel the back off to expose the Adhesive Agent
. They are relatively inexpensive, but quite labor-intensive.