Special Guest Blogger: Tracy Weinzapfel of Helmar USA

10/23/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in guest blogger | 136 Comments
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HeadshotHi, my name is Tracy Weinzapfel and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger on the Creating Keepsakes blog this week in celebration of Adhesives Week.  Personally, I think this should be made an international holiday, complete with a day off of work to craft. What do you say? Are you with me on this?

I suppose it makes sense that I react to Adhesives Week in this way, as I’m the President of Helmar USA, an international adhesives company.  Yes, I have a lifetime supply of glue, and I even glue for a living, which is a pretty great gig.  Sometimes I want to pinch myself because I can incorporate my business management and creative skills in one dream job.    

With this experience, I’m delighted to celebrate the fall season and show off some of our awesome adhesives today with a fun Halloween mini album. This is a fast and easy way to showcase those fun Halloween photos.    


Trick or Treat Mini Album by Tracy Weinzapfel. Supplies Chipboard album and patterned paper: Nikki Silvils; Die cut tags and stickers: Best Creation Inc.; Ink and stamp: Inkadinkado; Buttons: Buttons Galore & More; Trim: Creative Impressions; Tools: We R Memory Keepers (hole punch) and Helmar (Glue Spreader); Adhesive: Helmar (450 Quick Dry, Acid Free Glue, Liquid Scrap Dots and Permanent Adhesive Runner).


Step By Step Instructions

1. Cover chipboard album with Acid Free Glue and spread evenly with Glue Spreader.



2. Adhere patterned paper and trim excess with a craft knife.

3. Sand all edges with sanding block and distress with black ink.

4. Punch hole in upper left side of album.

6. Print ten wallet-size (2″ X 3″) photos with black border (or mount photos on black cardstock).

7. Adhere each photo to your album with permanent adhesive.

8. Adhere ribbon and buttons to pages with 450 Quick Dry, which will not bleed through even the sheerest of ribbons and fabrics!


9. Cut out ghost and pumpkins from the patterned paper and adhere with Liquid Scrap Dots, which will allow your embellishments to pop off the page.


10. Stamp “Trick or Treat” on patterned paper and apply to cover with Liquid Scrap Dots.

11. Assemble album with a jump ring, and tie ribbon and tag to ring to complete the look.


Helmar USA carries a complete line of adhesives to meet your every gluing need.  Make sure to visit our new website and check out our design team blog for more creative ideas using our products.  Our creative team regularly shares project ideas that amaze me. 

In honor of Adhesives Week, I want to share some of our great products with 10 lucky CK blog readers. Please leave a comment for a chance to win a variety of Helmar products.


Thank you. I hope you’ve enjoyed all that this week has had to offer.  Adhesives Week may not be an internationally recognized holiday yet, but I still think we should all take the day off to craft.

Happy gluing!
Tracy Weinzapfel 

Note: Winners for this and all Adhesives Week blog posts will be listed under our “Giveaway” tab at the top of the blog on Tuesday, Oct. 27, so please be sure to check back to see if you were selected. You have between now and Sunday, Oct. 25 to qualify. Simply leave a comment on any of our Adhesives Week entries. Thanks!

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  1. Liquid glue dots??? Why don’t I know about this?? Off to find these!!!

  2. I feel EXACTLY the same way: Liquid glue dots???? Holy Scrapbooking, Batboy! I can’t wait to go shopping. BTDubs, it would be helpful if you listed retail stores that carry your product.

  3. Also…very excited about the whole 450 no-show through fabric glue. Never happy with how I’ve had to adhere ribbon. Maybe this is The Solution!

  4. Welcome Tracy! Thank you for sharing your products–I am off to find some.

  5. love your creation tracy
    thanks for the chance

  6. hi, thanks for the inspiration, love your halloween man

  7. your album is really cute
    thanks for the chance to win some adhesives

  8. Love to try liquid glue dots !!!

  9. Welcome tracy !!
    love to see your scrap !

  10. I can’t believe I’ve never seen Helmar’s products in stores before. The sound wonderful! I’d love to win some and if I don’t, I’ll start searching in scrapbook stores.

  11. I love your album! I hope I win I would love to try your adhesives, I have recently started making board books, in fact I am working on one now for my Mother in laws birthday!

  12. Cute album! Liquid Scrap Dots? Never heard if it but it looks like something I need to find.

  13. I haven’t seen that Liquid scrap dots glue before! I’m definately going to have to try it-how cool to get demension all over.

  14. Gotta get me some of those liquid scrap dots.

  15. Wow, so much great stuff this week. I have not seen the liquid scrap dots before, I’m going to have to get some. Very cool!

  16. Liquid Scrap Dots glue! Why don’t I own any of this glue? I had no idea that it existed but I suppose if I won some for free it would give me a chance to try it out… 🙂

  17. very cute project!

  18. Really cute Halloween album. Will be looking for your products in our local stores. Would love to win some of them. thanks for the opportunity to do so.

  19. I love working with ribbon and fabric, so I was so excited to find a product that would not bleed through. And this is the first time I have seen the scrappy dots product – definitely must give these products a try as I am always on the lookout for the best adhesives in my cardmaking. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  20. I’d love to try these products! They sound awesome!!

  21. The Liquid Scrap Dots sound intriguing! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win!!!

  22. Wow! I learned about some new fun adhesives today! Can’t wait to go find them and start using them on my projects! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  23. Thanks for the info! I can’t wait to try some of these.

  24. would love to win some new adhesives to try!

  25. Hi Tracy! Thank you for the opportunity to win your things! So generous. 🙂

  26. Great Halloween album. Thanks for the tips. I love the liquid glue dots.

  27. Thank you Everyone! Make sure to have your local retailers see us at CHA Winter in Anaheim. I will be there.

  28. That is so cute! Thank you for sharing.

  29. Cute little album! I will certainly be on the look out for Liquid Dots.

  30. What a cute mini album! Thanks for sharing!

  31. what a sweet album!

  32. The little ghost album is so darling! I love it. I want to make a pumpkin one now!

  33. Thanks for sharing a bit about these different adhesives! I am going to be looking into these!

  34. Super cute Halloween Mini…and liquid glue dots?, gotta be one of the best ideas!! Definitely need to try those! Thanks


  35. oh my that sticky dots glue looks awesome!! thanks for sharing! i’m on my way over to the website and blog now!!

  36. Sweet album…I have not yet done a mini book and this tutorial is full of fantastic ideas!! Thanks and enjoy the rest of your day!! xOxO

  37. I love the mini album! I have never seen the sticky dots glue. Will have to get me some! thanks for sharing all the tips this week and the chance to win.

  38. This has been an amazing learning experience, bless the soul that came up with Adhesives Week, where has it been all my life!!?? This week’s blog posts have answered all my many questions of where and how and why and why not as far as sticking and adhering is concerned, thank you so much!!! You should definitely do an article combining all this weeks posts in one of the upcoming CK issues so I have something on hardcopy format for future reference at home, it would rock! Thank you very much again for teaching me all these fab new things, off to go stick 🙂 Bella

  39. I would love LOVE to win some of your awesome products! Thanks so much for the opportunity!!!

  40. Would love to try these products-especially the glue for ribbon!!

  41. I really want to try out the liguid glue dots … I am pretty sure it would be so much easier than cutting adhesive foam or using a pop dot (I always have odd shaped things I want to pop!)

  42. I would love to learn more about all the different adhesives….Ecspecially those liquid glue dots, those look AMAZING!!!

  43. I’m definitely going to have to check for some of these prodcuts at my local craft stores! I have never seen some of these before.

  44. Great ideas!! I’m really looking forward to trying some of these.

  45. Scrap dots!? That looks pretty interesting, I’m going to check that out!

  46. Very cool ideas!

  47. Wow, cool products! I have not seen this at my LSS and would love to try it!

  48. cool ideas–love the glue spreader for chipboard!Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. I’d love to try out Helmar adhesives. They sound wonderful! 😀

  50. Add me to the list of those who want to try liquid glue dots!

  51. Very adorable album! Thanks for sharing.

  52. Love the album, thanks for sharing it and for the giveaway!

  53. Wow.. this Halloween mini album is just the cutest! Thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions and the template!!!
    And I really enjoyed the ‘adhesive week’! Learned a lot new things about glue…. 🙂

  54. Thanks for the great info. Liquid glue dots was a new one for me too! There should be a degree given for all the things we learn on blogs!

  55. This album is so cute!! This has been a great learning week…using glue of different ypes for different kinds of projects. Who’d a thunk!!! Thanks everyone for all you’ve shared.

  56. Wow! Everyone needs a little more glue! Love the liquid glue dots!

  57. I really want to try those liquid glue dots. They sound great!

  58. Super cute album! And I need to get one of those glue spreaders – I’m always using my fingers and getting glue everywhere!

  59. What a cool album!
    Can’t wait to try the liquid glue dots!!

  60. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  61. Great job Tracy, I love the album! I need one of those glue spreaders!

  62. I’ve not seen the liquid scrap dots before, but will look for them asap!

  63. Very cute mini album. Now searching for liquid scrap dots. Thanks for sharing!

  64. I thought it was very cool that you used so many different adhesives in your project!

  65. would love to try that quick dry adhesive!

  66. What a great project you’ve shown. I’ve never heard of or seen the 450 Quick Dry Adhesive but I’d sure like to get my hands on some. Where can we find it? Thanks for sharing and offering a great prize!

  67. Your album is so great. Great inspiration.

  68. Cute Album…Never tried liquid Glue Dots maybe I’ll give em a try! Thanks for the chance to win!

  69. Great projects Tracy!

  70. Congrats on being the guest blogger….. I love your Halloween album, it’s so adorable! 10 winners, WOW!!! Thank you for such a generous giveaway.

  71. cute project!!! thanks for sharing 🙂

  72. So adorable. I love that you give step by step instructions!

  73. I’ve never heard of Liquid Scrap Dots, but now I NEED it!

  74. Got to have some of that liquid glue dots-who knew???

  75. Gotta love adhesives. How else would we keep our worlds from falling apart?? Thanks for the opportunity.

  76. I learned about some new adhesives. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to look out for them now. 🙂 Thanks for chance to win.

  77. love all kinds of adhesives!!! thanks for the chance to win some 🙂

  78. I must be out of it, because I am pretty sure I have never used these products, but I would love to test them out!

  79. Great project Tracy! Love the album – everyone NEEDS to have Scrapdots in their stash, once you use them you won’t use ANYTHING else!

  80. Thanks for all the great ideas and techniques this past week! I will be busy this weekend trying some of them out 🙂


  81. Love the project!

  82. I agree, why haven’t I heard of liquid glue dots?? Great album.

  83. A day off to craft would be delicious, not likely with little kids around. lol. Just have to make the most of those spare minutes here and there.

  84. I had no idea there was such a product as liquid scrap dots. I’m so excited to run out and try this product! Thanks for the great information, and may I also say what a super job you have!

  85. Wow, this has been one great day for emails! Thanks everyone. If you are looking for Helmar products please see our Design Team blog (www.helmarusa.tyepad.com) for stores & wholesellers. Or drop me an email: tracyw@helmarusa.com


  86. Wow another great post! I really got to get some of that Liquid Scrap Dot glue it looks fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win!

  87. Great stuff. Would love to try the Liquid Scrap Dots.

  88. Great Halloween minibook. I love adhesives–and “sticky” situations! (ie–having time to play with papercrafts!)

  89. What a cute mini album!! I am going to have to figure out how to get some of these adhesives. They look like they would be the perfect solution to some of my adhesive problems. Thanks for sharing!!

  90. Congrats Tracy on the blogger spotlight. My personal favorite Helmar Adhesives: Liquid Scrap Dots, Acid Free Adhesive and the Quick-Fix Adhesive Runners. Great products!

  91. Oh I would LOVE to have adhesives week as a holiday! I could get sooo much done!!!

  92. AWESOME glues!! I love your creation. I haven’t had a chance to try any Helmar adhesives – is there an Australian distributor I could contact?

  93. Great mini! Thanks for all of the info on your adhesives. Love the variety and will have to try to them out.

  94. I love your project! Thanks for the inspiration!

  95. I am always looking for great adhesives (you know, the ones that don’t make your paper winkle and actually stick) so I am happy to see all your info! Wouldn’t mind winning some too!

  96. CUTE album!! I’ve never seen these adhesives before – I’d LOVE a chance to add them to my stash – thanks!

  97. This is sooooo great!!!
    You r a fantastic artist!!

  98. Love the album:) Most people have an obsession with paper…. I have an obsession with adhesives!!!!

  99. I love seeing all of these adhesives. There are so many,it’s nice to see the different uses for each kind.Thanks for the chance to win some of these!Great album, too!

  100. Love the album! Beautiful work as always Tracy!!!! Congrats on getting on the CK Blog, now they need to publish your work in their magazine.

  101. I just checked out your Helmar blog and I can’t wait to go through all the projects. Thanks for the link! Liquid Scrap Dots, that blows my mind!

  102. What a cute mini album!

  103. That’s the cutest mini album! And I’m totally excited to read about these adhesives- Love to win some & try ’em out! Thanks for the chance! 😀

  104. wow cute album. Love that and would love to win that nice selection of adhesives.

  105. ohhhhh Scrap Dots, the possibities are endless! I want this product! To think I had never heard of it!

  106. Wow thanks for sharing such great products with us. I have to say that I that album is so cute. And the adhesive is woowie! I am on a mission to find a store that carries it and if not I will be talking with my LLS!

  107. What a fun project! Thanks for sharing!

  108. i’d never heard of the liquid glue dots before – they are now on my shopping list – too cool!

  109. I can never have enough of different types of adhesive. I’m with everyone else too, I need to buy some liquid glue dots!

  110. Caity,
    you can get on Helmar’s website http://www.helmarusa.com and contact our Australian office for Australian distributors and retailers. Thanks for asking.

  111. Adorable project. I am an adhesive junkie 🙂 – Tuesday is my birthday so maybe I’ll be lucky and win;)



  112. What a great project and I always love to learn about different adhesives to try.

  113. Thanks for sharing such a cute mini book… and the demo of the different types of adhesives.

  114. I have not heard of liquid glue dots either! I need to find them!

  115. Thanks for sharing your project with us Tracy! What would we do without adhesives?!

  116. Thanks Tracy!! love the no show through fabric!!

  117. That ghost mini album is just too darn cute! I love that you gave step-by-step instructions too, as I’ve never done a mini-album and now I have an idea as to how to proceed…thanks!

  118. Love your Halloween mini-album!!!

  119. Thanks for the tips and also for the chance to win!

  120. Those products look amazing! Where have I been not to know about this stuff?! Great album!

  121. I LOVE this!! I have been scrapbooking and making cards for years but did not know about some of these products! I am so excited! Thank you! Keeping my fingers crossed to win!! 🙂

  122. Beautiful stuff Tracey!! Wish i had a Glue Spreader!!

  123. Really cool stuff!! Who knew that playing with adhesives could be so much fun?! Hoping to win some 🙂
    Lovely font too! I’m off to download it.

  124. I haven’t seen these products before so I am excited to try them out! Especially an adhesive that won’t bleed through ribbon – genius.

  125. I’m always looking for new adhesives that work well-definitely interested in the liquid one for ribbon!

  126. Thanks for this project. Would you believe that I have never covered chipboard with paper because of my fear of ruining my project? I used to use glue early on in my crafting days but switched to tape because of a few bad glue experiences. It’s amazing to see all the different kinds of glue for specific tasks, I really should give it a second chance!

  127. I love your ghost mini album.

  128. Where can I find those liquid glue dots? I live in BC, canada.

  129. I love the ghost album! I will have to make one for our family Halloween this year! I also will have to search for the glue in my local craft stores!

  130. thanks for sharing all the adhesive info–Ive never seen those liquid glue dots before and I am definitely going to check them out!

  131. This was very informative. Thank you for sharing. I especially want to try out those liquid glue dots.

  132. I too am in love with the liquid glue dot idea… Hmmm no limitr to the size you want…

  133. I love adhesives! Never heard of liquid glue dots though.

  134. I tried but it doesn’t look like yours. I think I need a little more practice.

  135. cute projects

  136. Beautiful idea Tracey! + I can never have to much adhesive. Thanks for the chance!! 😀

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