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Let's talk about adhesives. This is the one art tool that I would consider spending a little extra money to get quality. Nothing is more frustrating than NOT having an item glue down securely.
I do not recommend using white Elmer's glue for pasting paper items to your page. It is very wet and tends to cause wrinkles. It does have it's place in the art journal, but that's for another post.
My favorite glue stick is made by UHU and it will secure light weight paper products, as well as card stock weight paper. For heavier papers, like watercolor paper or cardboard items you may want to use a gel medium, which comes in a glossy or matte finish. Gel mediums are useful for gluing things down on the page and then applying it over the whole page as a sealant. It is sort of like a fancy Modge Podge. I like the gel medium better than Modge Podge because it dries quicker and is less tacky.
For a quick and easy adhesive to keep a piece in place use double-sided tape. Then if you want to seal it in, apply a gel medium over the page to get a glossy or matte finish.
Upon reflection, I had two main insights. One, many of the things I chose to use came from special events that I had participated in, like the 5K run and going to a Arts and Craft show with my mom. (I glued a parking stub from the garage we parked in under the "A," which is not as visible, but I know it's there, so it's significant to me.) The other big moment was that I discovered that I am a finisher! (I have my doubts sometimes with so many unfinished projects.) I finished the 5K! It brings me joy to finish, but I also have the freedom to not finish everything.
For now, I am finished with this post.
Go have fun! And BE YOU!