5 Tips for Using Rub-ons on Scrapbook Pages

by Lain Ehmann and Kim Jackson


Halee 12x12 scrapbook page

Halee by Lindsey Hansen for American Crafts, as seen in Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, page 81.


Rub-ons are delightful for accenting scrapbook layouts: their smooth, seamless look creates the illusion that the design was printed right on your paper. Here are just a few tricks to help you apply rub-ons with great results every time.

1. Most rub-ons will adhere to any smooth surface. Make sure your surface is clean and dry before applying.

2. As you apply your rub-on, the image will get lighter on the transfer sheet, so you know it's adhering.

3. When applying a large rub-on, it's best to work from the center out. This will prevent your image from moving off center as it adheres.

4. After applying your rub-on, slowly lift your transfer sheet to ensure that your rub-on has completely adhered. If an area doesn't stick, reposition the sheet, and continue rubbing.

5. To seal the image and smooth out bumps, position your transfer sheet over the adhered rub-on, and smooth with a flat, spatula-like tool. This technique is called burnishing.


For more easy tips and techniques for stretching your scrapbooking stash, check out

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Want more wallet-savvy scrapbooking ideas? Pick up a copy of Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking from Creating Keepsakes


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