Make Your Own Scrapbook Rub-Ons

Using rub-ons on your scrapbook layouts is fun and creative. However, rub-ons can be expensive and they don’t always have what you are looking for.

I recently came across a way to create your own. I tried it and it worked and now I cannot stop creating rub-ons because they coordinate so well with my different layouts.

The possibilities are endless when you create your own.

Just follow these easy directions, and you will be able to create your own rub-ons and you can make them as many times as you wish!

What You Need:

  • Transparency paper – I found it at the office supply store for pretty cheap
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Popsicle Stick

Begin by inserting the transparency into your inkjet printer. You want the printer to print on the smooth side of the transparency. Open your word processing or photo editing program and create the text/image you want to have as a rub on.
Next, format your printer settings so that it is set to print on “plain paper”, “best quality” and “mirror image”. The “mirror image” part is extremely important; the image needs to be reversed or it will print backwards. Hit print and print the image onto the transparency. When done, allow to dry for about 3-5 minutes, careful not to touch it. Place the transparency smooth side down onto your project exactly where you want the image/text to appear. Hold it firmly in place. Begin rubbing with a Popsicle stick just like you would any other rub on. Make sure you rub the entire image.
Carefully remove the transparency and let ink completely dry before touching anything. Using a damp cloth or paper towel, clean off your transparency and get it ready for your next rub-on. You can reuse the transparency as much as you want!

I hope you have fun creating your own rub-ons! Through trial and error and some really cute fonts you will be able to make some unique and special scrapbook layouts!