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:
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?