I reported back in August that my beloved Kokuyo Adhesive was going out of business. Here's the deal... apparently it was no longer being distributed in the U.S. However, the company was still up & running. People from all over the world e-mailed me to let me know that they were still able to find it in Europe and Japan.
I recently heard from a wonderful company right here in the good ol' U-S-of-A that carries the Japanese version of Kokuyo. JetPens.com carries the same adhesive I love & recommend to everyone, it just has different packaging.
Oh happy day!
The first adhesive I tried is their Dot Liner Power Acid Free Tape. This is the same beloved adhesive I have been using for years. The only difference is the Japanese packaging:
In fact, when you hold the new tape runner up against the old one, you can barely spot the difference:
Hands down, this is my end-all-be-all favorite adhesive. It is super sticky, so you don't have to worry about things not staying together later on down the road -- even on textured cardstock (hellooooo crappy Hermafix tabs). It never tears. Not once in all the time I've been using this adhesive had I had the runner tear (hellooooo crappy Mono adhesive). It is super easy to refill (ATG, you & I never even had a chance). LOVE IT. For all of you tape runner fans, you can scurry out & buy yours at JetPens right now. They also have refills for your old Tape Runner Plus (sold out as of 1/11/10, but you can request an e-mail notification when they restock).
In my their gift package, JetPens also included the Kokuyo DotLiner adhesive. This is the same thing as the old fashioned Kokuyo Dot & Roller adhesive. I have always wanted to try it (Scrapbooking guru Ali Edwards swears by it), but I saw no need to venture out when I was so happy with my Kokuyo tape runner. However, since it was FREE, what the heck?:
I think I need to add this bad boy to my collection of everyday essentials. It is smooth & easy to apply (God bless you brilliant Kokuyo people), but it is not nearly as permanent as my tape runner. I used it to glue the liner from a Nancy Drew Date Book to a piece of chipboard. When I tried to remove liner, it came right up. I put it back down & lifted it again fifteen minutes later -- it came right up. Now, when you put something down with my beloved tape runner, you damn well better love it. That bad boy isn't coming up. Ever. However, there are projects where I'm not sure if I'm going to get the placement right on the first try. I can see why using a dot roller would be helpful.
I'll be honest... this one didn't blow my skirt up. I tried on several occassions to try to stamp it down. At times, I'd only get two or three little micro dots. Sometimes nothing. I don't know whether I had a defective adhesive, but I couldn't seem to get it to work. Plus, why would I need a stamp adhesive when their glorious products are already so stinkin' easy to use?? I think I'll pass on this one.
Thank you JetPens for the freebies. And more importantly, thank you for making this wonderful product available again. You'll be getting my orders!