Use Your Stash | Rub-ons

Do you have a lot of rub-ons in your stash? I have had a tub of them for years and haven’t used them in ages. When rub-ons first came out, I thought the idea was brilliant. How cool, to be able to rub letters directly on photos, dress up paper and create great looking titles that say exactly what you want to say! But the love affair faded at some point and I haven’t used them on a project in a long time.

While rub-ons can be difficult to apply (some brands rub on easier than others) they are still one of the most versatile embellishments you can have. So get out your stash of rub-ons and try some of these ideas:

1. Use rub-ons to embellish journaling cards. Flowers and flourishes give journaling cards a whole new look.

2. Embellish buttons with smaller images, like flowers.

3. Use rub-ons to add additional details to your page, like I did with the date and the JUN date stamp on the layout below.

Supplies: Pattern Paper – We R Memory Keepers 72 & Sunny Flower Patch and Sunkist, My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Gertie Delightful Sweet Stripe. Cardstock – Bazzill Kraft. Embellishments – Little Yellow Bicycle Boardwalk Spinner Chipboard Sticker and Top 10 Pocket (discontinued), Fiskars Medium Cloud and Large Cloud punches, Doodlebug rub-on letters. Other: Scrapbook Generation sketch from Volume 6.

In addition, I used alphabet rub-ons to break up my handwriting on the journaling strips. It adds a whimsical detail and make the strips more interesting.

4. Sande Krieger shows a great example of using rub-ons directly on the photo in this layout, Young and Crazy. She also mixed other rub-ons with word and letter stickers to help create diagonal balance on her layout. It all adds up to a fun and eclectic look.

4. Pea-liever used several rub-on words along with stamps to create different clusters on this layout, Torn. This is a great word art technique. It’s the perfect way to use up a variety of leftover words and create a unique embellishment for your layouts.

5. Don’t forget that your rub-ons are also great to use on home-decor items. Becky uses them to decorate plain liquid soap bottles,  Cosmo Cricket shows examples of using rub-ons to decorate candles and Hambly shows how to use rub-ons to create a unique canvas.

Lastly, a few more random ideas for using your rub-ons

  • Decorate chipboard letters and plain chipboard shapes
  • Decorate plain photo frames
  • Add a sentiment to a plain glass jar, fill it with candy and tie with a ribbon for a quick gift

What is your favorite way to use rub-ons?

20 Comments

  1. Hi, Tammy!
    I love how you are using your rub-ons that are in your stash 🙂 It’s a nice reminder – thanks! I am following you – hope you join mine…would love the company! Have a great weekend!

    P.S. Love your layout btw!! Come on warm weather! LOL!

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    • You got it! 😀

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  2. what great tips!

    love love love your layout! i really love 2 pagers!

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    • Thank you! 2 pagers are more rare for me, but they are fun.

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  3. Love the idea of putting them on journalling spots. It is so true I never really know what to do with the rub-on I have. Thanks for the tip and the others as well.

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    • You are welcome! 🙂

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  4. I’ve got lots of rubons. Like you, I was into them for a while. I have rubbed them on chipboard. They’re also fantastic for acrylic albums. I love your layout, the little envelope with the tags is such a fun idea.

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    • Thank you! I hadn’t thought of acrylic albums. That’s fabulous! I have one that I need to use, I’ll have to save some rub-ons to use on it! 🙂

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  5. I’m like you and fell out of love with rub-ons, mostly due to their unpredictable nature. But these are great tips and ideas. I may have to beef up my stash!

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    • I haven’t bought any new ones in years – I’ve even been able to resist Basic Grey rub-ons. But if I can manage to make a dent in what I have….I may need some new ones! 🙂

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    • You’re welcome! Get them out – it’s like finding something new to play with!

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  6. Love the idea of rub ons on journaling cards! I’ve seen people use them on buttons before but have never tried it myself. Might have to do that! Thanks for the shout out!!!!

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    • You’re welcome! I loved the idea and it prompted me to get the rub-ons out! 🙂

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  7. Love your ideas, I have TONS of rub-ons and don’t use them as I should…I’m going to be looking at them differently now…thanks!

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    • Thanks! Funny how so many of us put them away and stopped using them. I see a new rub-on trend starting here…. 🙂

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  8. I love your layout and I love that you used up some stash… I so need to get my butt in gear and start using up my stash… Thanks for the push… Hugs and thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you! I could open a scrapbook store with the amount of supplies I have so using up the stash is a priority. I hope you make a dent too! 😀

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  9. Love your layout, so fun. Good use of your rub ons.
    You know I don’t think I have used a rub on? I think I have one in my stash though, I should go and use it.

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    • LOL – that’s remarkable! You didn’t rush out and buy every Making Memories alphabet when they first came out with them? I still have a shoebox full. Give it a try – you may find a new favorite product! 🙂

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