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3.27.2009

The Scotch Brand ATG 714 Gun


{reported by Brandi Wiggins-Côté }

I, like many scrapbookers and card makers, have tried many adhesives. And when I say “many”, I mean I could probably put Humpty Dumpty back together again several times over. I have a serious aversion to glue sticks. That stuff on my fingers, to me, is like nails on a blackboard for some. Double sided tape is enough to drive me insane with the little static-y wax paper pieces every where. Liquid glue, you say? Fahgeddaboudit!!!


Into my life, walks the Scotch ATG 714 gun. A few of my friends online have purchased it and I always thought, “Do I want to get tendinitis from scrapbooking? Look at the sheer size of that thing!” So, I put off buying it and continued to buy all the other adhesives on the market. Until now...

Construction and durability: The size is the first thing my friends notice when they see it. Yes, it is big. Not something to be “tucked away” in your tool bag. I justify the size of it with the reasoning that I won’t need to bring extra rolls of tape to a crop and that I need never touch a glue stick again…well, almost never. It’s light weight and easy to load. The trigger system keeps tension on the tape so you only need release the trigger and pull to rip the tape. It seems very well built without a lot of bits and pieces that could break.


Ease of use: There was a bit of a learning curve on the application of the tape. I’m a lefty so I had the tendency to lean the gun side ways a bit. This was causing the tape to lift as I was applying it. I’m a smart cookie. I figured it out. I sometimes go back to my Snail adhesive from Stampin’ Up! for smaller details as the ATG adhesive transfer tape is a little thicker and is harder to apply in a tight spot.

Cost effectiveness: I bought my ATG 714 gun which takes the ¼” adhesive transfer tape. There is another option. You can also purchase the ATG 700 gun which can be used with a ½”and a ¾”adhesive transfer tape. There is a nifty adapter that can be bought separately for using the ¼” tape with it. I didn’t go this route because I rarely ever use ½” or ¾” tapes so I couldn’t justify the expense of buying all that tape. The ¼” roll of tape has 36 yards on it so it lasts for a really long time (There is also a roll available which is 72 yards long). The tape needs to be purchased separately and the site that I bought mine from only sold it by the dozen. This is another reason I didn’t go with the multi-sized tape ATG gun. I’d like to be able to send my kids to college one day. LOL!

What I like:
-Allows me to apply tape without having to fiddle with little strips of paper and scissors.
-The tape is very effective and sticky.
-In the long run, it’ll save me money on buying all kinds of adhesives.
-It’s easy to load.
-It makes my friends jealous that I have one and they don’t. ;)

What I don’t like:
- The size is a bit cumbersome.
- The price is a bit steep for the gun and it would’ve been nice to have a couple of rolls of tape to come with it.
- I can only find the tape online but that’s normal as I live in the Great White North of Canada.
- Now that I’m writing this article, I’m thinkin’ maybe I should’ve went with the ATG 700 with the multiple tape options…sigh.
- As I got to the end of a roll, it gets harder to apply the tape.


What I made with it:







Materials used: Stampin' Up! stamps- Wagon Full of Fun, Wild About You Punches, Mots Chaleureux, Simple Serif Alphabet, All in the Family, Family Wheel- boho blossoms, round tab, window punch Ribbon- purely pomegranate polka dot satin, purely pomegranate double stitch Accessories- jumbo eyelets, flower and filigree brads, Signo white pen, blender pen, flower fusion II felt flowers, and my awesome sewing machine that my Ma gave me. All in and paper is from SU! What can I say? I'm a demo!

Normally, when I make an album that is going to manipulated a lot, I'd use Sticky Strip which is a super-sticky double faced adhesive. Instead, I used the ATG gun and it held great!

I also made these wedding invites for a friend of mine who is getting married this summer. There are 55 of the large invites, 40 of the "mini" invites (for people who will only be coming to the party after the reception), 100 place markers, 15 table markers, and 100 pillow box favors. Believe it or not, to assemble all of these (some of them aren't completed yet...why aren't there 27 hours in a day?) it will only take about 3 rolls of the ATG 1/4" tape. HOLY ADHESIVE SAVINGS, BATMAN!


Supplies used: Paper- SU! whisper white, rose red, pumpkin pie, summer sun cardstocks. Ribbon- SU! satin organza. Eyelets- SU! jumbo pewter eyelets. Punches- SU! 1 1/4" circle and 1 3/8" circle. Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut Machine with Daisies #2 Bigz die. Doodling- black marker of unknown origin.



Where and How Much:
Product Name: Scotch Brand ATG 714
MSRP: $67.99
Available at: scrapbook.com, overstock.com and *cropandstick.com


What the team thinks:

Noel: I have an ATG, and love it. I love that the adhesive sticks well to chipboard,my mono adhesive never seems to do the chipboard thing very well. It's much easier to use than it looks... it can be pretty intimidating opening up that package. I ordered my gun, and can get refills fromhttp://framingsupplies.com/3M/3MATGTape.htm. Their shipping is pretty fast, and their prices were great for refills too. It's not the prettiest website ever, but it is well priced. Oh, a side tip... don't forget to put the black "cap" on the side where the empty tape goes. The tape won't stay on right... so if you're noticing a problem check that cap thing. (I know this from personal experience! lol)

Anne: I have it and LOVE it!!! I don't know what I did before I got one of those babies! I love how wide the tape is, how PERMANENT the "permanent" is and I love that I can reload it and forget about it for a while. I also think the cost of refills is very reasonable. I do find that sometimes the "used" tape doesn't roll back onto the "empty" side and it gets kind of jammed. Still very worth it though!

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What do you think? Do you have an ATG gun? If yes, do you have one abnormally large bicep because of it? If not, did the sheer size prohibit you? Let me know what’s up, homeslice.

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53 comments:

HL0517 said...

I love my ATG - its my go to adhesive for almost everything - I also love how quick and easy it is to use once I got the hang of it. The only draw back is that it really doesn't do well in tight spaces, but I love mine.

Rebecca W said...

I don't have one but I have been looking at them. Thanks for your review it helps me think more seriously about it because I go through adhesive like crazy.

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to get one of these. I have heard alot of pros to it. One day, one day.....

Tina

Tara said...

I love my ATG gun! Love, Love, Love it!

Anonymous said...

I have the yellow ATG gun and I love it so much!

Sandra-Lee said...

Great review Brandi! I saw it at her place and personnaly I thing it's big and the fact is that I do not scrap as much as Brandi since she gives classes and do a lot... So I'm not shure it's worthed for my scrapbooking at home. BUT!!! I'm a teacher and I would REALLY like to have one for my class!!! For all the posters and school project I do. Thank you Brandi.

Joyce D said...

I have it and I love it! I too went through literally dozens of different adhesives until I finally followed the advice of fellow online scrappers (no, don't read that caved to the peer pressure!) and got one. It isn't heavy. It is very easy to use. I don't loose it. The only negative I have is that one of the cats (notice I didn't say "my" cat) likes to chew on the tape - so if I forget and leave the dispenser out in the open, he invariably bites the tape in two ....

cassie said...

I have the red one also. It took a few tries to get the hang of how to stop the tape so it doesn't pull off the paper, but once you get it, it's great. I love the fact that I don't have to change rolls very often. My one con is the smell of the adhesive. I use the Gold acid free type. I once made the sour cream containers filled with candy for my kids to give out for Valentines Day. I made them a week ahead of time and stored them in a plastic Target bag. When I opened it up the overwhelming smell of adhesive came wofting (is that a word?) out! I also smell this when I open the drawer I store my adhesive in. It does go away eventually. I just hope it didn't seep into the candy my kids gave out.
Even though it smells, I still love the ATG and would recommend it.
I also buy from www.framingsupplies.com who rolls their products up in a big ball of bubble wrap and that's how it's delivered.

RhondaG said...

Great review Brandi! The pros sure seem to outweigh the cons. I'm sure I will get one eventually!!

Laura L said...

My ATG is on its way as we speak! I have been borrowing one from my SU demo (as she has multiples) and can't wait to get my own!

lizacreates said...

Thanks for the review...I'm a diehard ATG fan and I can't imagine scrapping without it. When I initially purchased it, I got the red gun for $39.95 and a box of 12 Gold refills for $39.60 ($3.30 per refill, what a inducement). I wanted to get one for a long time but I just waited and waited 'til I could find a sale. However, I don't know if Crop and Stick still has these items at those sale prices.

Theresa said...

This device always looked so big and clunky to me that I didn't think it was worth buying - thanks for this review, because it has definitely made me rethink my position on that.

kgscrapper said...

I have an ATG and LOVE it!!

Liquid adhesives scare the bejeezees outta me!! Bad experience...long story short, picture 75 hand made xmas cards stuck together in one large blog...on December 20th!! Still brings tears to my eyes.

I got my ATG at a scrapbook expo, I paid $50 for mine and it came with 2 rolls of adhesive.

My one dislike....I thik I use more adhesive because I have more adhesive. I guess I just need to practice self control!!

Heather Prins said...

You can also order tape from here

http://armelcompany.com/store/index.html

and just an FYI, the Gold ATG tape works the best - no goopiness and runs smoother in the tool.

Carol S-U said...

Thanks for the info - I've been eyeing these... The size keeps me from putting it in my basket every time. Also helpful to read others' comments above.

Jennifer said...

I broke down and bought one in January 2009. I was intimidated, and wondered if I had made a mistake for about a week. Since then, I haven't looked back. It has become my goto tool!

Oh, and I bought it from Framing supplies, and you don't have to buy by the case. You get a price cut if you by more, but I buy 5 at a time and it still is cheaper than the other stuff.

Enjoy!

Amy said...

Great review, Brandi! I bought my ATG 714 about 2 years ago. I love that I never lose it on my stamp table. LOL I use the 987 tape, which is available in a 60 yd roll. I ADORE it! It's *really* sticky, it's not messy, and it's economical. It doesn't have that funny smell, either. :-) Bought my gun and tape at http://www.framingsupplies.com

Crissy said...

Awesome review, Brandi! Your article makes me want to buy one and I already have one!!! LOL It is a great tool!

Jess said...

I put off getting one for a long time and finally got mine last summer. I LOVE it!!! It is so great to have it last for so long and stick so well!

mustangkayla said...

Great review! I won a Glue Glider Pro and really like it as it seems to last a long time and it is small enough it still fits in my tool tote and isn't over cumbersome.

marla said...

I love my ATG it was one of my best investments. I found that other adhesives were not sticking over time and when I pulled a card out to use that had been done for quite awhile things were falling off. I found a great place to buy refills so they are very cheap. Only about $2 a roll. You cant beat this machine!!!!

Krista said...

Great review! I pretty much totally agree with you! I have one... had to talk myself into it but since then I wouldn't be without it. In fact, I'm down to 1/4 roll and waiting a case of new ones and don't want to work because if I run out, well there is no other adhesive I want to use for every day sticking paper togetherness! I also tested the adhesive for acid free... and it is :) Yes its' big, it certainly doesn't get lost. Easy to load, and as long as you remember to release the trigger, the adhesive stops and is placed where you want it to go. OH, and even though its what I would term a medium high stickiness, if I mess up, a quick rub with my finger can remove it.

Kimberly said...

I have this ATG Gun and would not go back to anything-else! It is great for me and I do not find it hard to work with and it transports just fine. In the long run it has been way cheaper than the alternatives.

Ashley Harris said...

I have this and I absolutely LOVE IT!! I use it for everything. I love that in the end, it really is cost effective. WA HOO ATG 714!

Cassi said...

I've not noticed a smell with the Gold adhesive, I wonder why that is? I love my ATG714, the sticker shock got me at first but then I found a great seller on eBay ($44.99) and all refills purchased at the same time shipped free. I love my gun, it's the only gun I'll ever own :)

Dee said...

I have had the red ATG for aboout 2 years - I altered mine because red is my least fave color. I couldn't scrap without it and it's so econ omical, I probably save $200 a year on adhesives!

Holly said...

Thank-you for the great review!! After researching this very subject yesterday - I wish I would have waited a day :), and reading all the positive reviews today, I am going to get one.

Beth said...

I ordered the ATG50 from Tape Depot 2 weeks ago and I am still waiting!!!! grrrrr

Courtney ;-) said...

ok, i am loving this review b/c i have been wondering about this HUGE thing and wondering if it was worth the cost! I would love to play with one before i buy one, but none of my friends have one! now i need to get my hands on it!!! :)

Tricia said...

Some of my online friends have been raving about this for a long time. Nice to have this helpful review. Love the projects you made!

Melanie Stanczyk said...

I have it and love.

At first I though it was to big, but noway! It's perfect and I can always find it under the pile of papers and supplies

MaryR said...

Well, just for starters, I am SO JEALOUS of Sandra-Lee who goes to Brandi's house! That said, I love your review of this atg gun - I really think you have enabled me enough to purchase my own - I've been thinking about it for awhile and and and I just haven't ordered it yet - consider it done, girlfriend!

Rebecca said...

I LOVE my ATG. You can buy refills online for so cheap at framingsupplies.com and it really does work on everything.

JennV said...

I have never thought about purchasing this because of the cost. I just use double sided tape and occasionally a glue pen for small stuff. You did give an excellent review and I would definitely consider this if I had the money. THanks!

Kim M said...

I love mine, it is the best scrapbook product I have ever bought!!!!

Lynette said...

I have had mine for six months. Once I got used to it, I would never go back to the small adhesive dispensers. There was a learning curve,but once you get past that period it is easy all the way.

LisaCat said...

I LOVE my ATG. The GREATEST. CRAFT. TOOL. EVER. I can cut paper with a ruler and xacto if I have to, but I will NEVER go back to Tombow/SNAIL. I can't. I WON'T!!!!!

Kim said...

Great review! My online friends who have this always have great things to say about it. My hands are small, & I'm not sure about the size. I wish I could see one IRL. Also the cost is a factor. You've got me thinking though!

Kim
destiny1

NanaBeth said...

Being just a "wee" advanced in years, regular size ATG's are difficult for me to use. I have a GlueArts GlueGlider Pro which I'm surprised I don't sleep with I love it so much. Plus GlueArts has great specials-at Christmas it was buy one get one free. Also great service-people there are awesome nice.

Kim said...

Great review. You sold me on it!

Suzanne Watson said...
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Suzanne Watson said...

I held out like you did Brandi. Boy was a mistake that was. I love it but it did take a little bit of getting used to. I found it not "leftie" friendly, so I'm not a righty gluer, but I can deal with that. One roll of tape lasted me about a month, and that included LOTS of wedding invites and Save the Date cards.

Thanks for the great review. Off to flex my bicep!

JoLynn said...

Thanks so much for this review. I am a Tombo Monoadhesive lover. I have looked at some of the larger adhesive models, but felt they would be too cumbersome. I enjoy hearing what you and others have to say.

StampingJan said...

I love the review! I have the ATG714, and would never go back to other adhesives. I got mine at Framingsupplies.com. When I bought mine the gun was under $40. Right now tape 1/4" refills are 2.40 for 12+ or 3.44 for 12+ of the acid free tape (which I use). It is so much more economical than the SNAIL/Momoadhesive option- which was my previous adhesive of choice.
I am in no way affiliated with any retailer of adhesives- by the way :)

Sharon Bridwell said...

Count me in as another ATG lover! Great article Brandi!

Paula said...

Great review Brandi! I got an ATG for my birthday last year and there is no looking back for me. I hate to use the other adhesives now too.

Rebecca said...

I'm looking forward to getting this for me and my daughter; it seems like I go through other refills very, very quickly. Thanks for the thorough review!

avidreader said...

I LOVE my ATG! It takes me awhile to use up one roll of tape...great for crops! Very cost effective.

Cindy Major said...

The ATG gun is on my maybe list. The size is definitely a consideration for me. I have a big work table that is already pretty full. If the tape from the ATG gun can compare to sticky strip, though, it is definitely something to keep in mind.

Thanks for the great review! (Brandi, I love your wedding invites!)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great review about the ATG adhesive gun! I own one and absolutely LOVE IT! I am also left handed and had no problem figuring it out. I love that the rolls of tape last a long time. I purchased my ATG at framingsupplies.com a few years ago. I still purchase my refills at their web site.
In my opinion, the ATG is a worthwhile investment.
Karen

Michelle Vega said...

Hi:
How does this ATG compares to the Glue Glider?

Robyn said...

Just thought I would stop by with my 2cents worth....I have owned the ATG 714 for at least 3 years now and will never go back. I did an analysis on the cost and at the time I figured after I put 11 rolls of the tape though it I had paid for the gun and the rest was extra money for other supplies! This is the best adhesive ever in my book. I also have a dear friend with MS and she has one and would never use anything else! So I would urge you to take the plunge and purchase one you'll save a lot of money!

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