What ever happened to rub-ons?

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Posted 6/19/2013 by imPEAria in General Scrappin'
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imPEAria
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Posted: 6/19/2013 10:37:29 AM
Granted, I just started scrapping seriously again after a bit of a break...new baby etc...but I realized I never see rub-ons anymore. Have they gone out of fashion? I used to love them. I still have a pack of Love Elsie rub-ons hoarded away! What has taken their place, do you think? Do you miss them? Any other supplies you miss that are out of fashion?

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Posted: 6/19/2013 10:44:18 AM
I love rub ons but they did fall off the face of the earth for awhile. Last cha, jenni bowlin released some cute ones! I was so excited about them because I love rub ons too!
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Posted: 6/19/2013 10:49:46 AM
I just used rub-ons on two of my layouts last week.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 10:50:10 AM
I still have tons of old rub-ons! I think one reason that have disappeared is pure laziness (for me, anyway)... it is easier to grab a sticker or Thicker, instead of going through a pack of rub ons, finding the right ones, taking them off their sheet, rubbing them on, hoping the whole thing transfers, etc...


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Posted: 6/19/2013 10:52:22 AM
I just used some Love, Elsie alpha rub-ons on my layout last night!

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Posted: 6/19/2013 11:06:37 AM
I still have quite a few rub-ons; BG, K & Company, even MM, Doodlebug. I've noticed the same thing as you. I hope they make a comeback.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 11:11:19 AM
I still have some although I do a terrible job of using them. I think some of my letter ones have "dried up" or are too old because they don't go on like they should.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 11:22:42 AM
The appeal rubbed off.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 11:36:34 AM
I still use them and buy them when they are available with the newer collections. Unfortunately, many manufacturers have gone more dimensional. And probably because the demands are lower... they're just not making rub-ons.
As to the rub-ons in my stash, the ones that have dried out are the ones that were crappy (like Autumn Leaves & Heidi Swapp) in the first place. The ones that went on like butter (like Making Memories & Fiskars/Cloud 9) are still great!
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Posted: 6/19/2013 11:50:34 AM
I love rub-ons and still have quite a stash and just recently bought more alpha rub-ons.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 12:03:01 PM
And I am completely opposite, I started scrapbooking less than two years ago, and just last month got some rub-ons
I also used them on a couple of layouts this last week. Love them!
Dear Lizzy has some pretty ones in her newest collection, also She Art has some, Pink Paislee Lux collection in gold and silver...

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Posted: 6/19/2013 12:05:02 PM

The appeal rubbed off.


LOL!



My old Making Memories ones still work perfectly. I love them. I always liked that you got so many more letters in a rub-on book than in a sticker pack.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 12:07:18 PM
they were relatively expensive, got stuck to the backing strip and the image ripped when you tried to put them on a layout

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Posted: 6/19/2013 12:21:04 PM
I still see them here and there, but you are right you do not see many rub ons

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Posted: 6/19/2013 12:25:05 PM
Pink Paislee has rub-ons and the Lucky Charm collection by Dear Lizzy has some as well
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Posted: 6/19/2013 12:31:28 PM
Didn't rub-on's also lose traction when stamping started to become trendy again? That seems what I recall.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 12:40:29 PM
I have a stash of rub-ons that I use occasionally, but not often. I like dimension on my layouts, so I think they just don't appeal that much to me. It seems like a lot of what you see now is dimensional so they may not be as popular.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 2:24:43 PM
I don't use them often but I like them. I just used some Heidi Swapp ones and they worked just fine. I loved the MM ones those were great. I think I need to pull them out to use on a few layouts.
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Posted: 6/19/2013 2:29:36 PM
I have at least 100 in my stash. I am thinking of going through and grabbing my laptop desk while I watch TV and transfer them (the ones that matter and aren't dried up) to white, kraft or cream cardstock. Cut them down and throw them in my die cut/embellie stash.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 2:32:04 PM
I still see them, just not as often as I use too. I bought several from another site a couple months ago.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 3:36:57 PM
I love rub-ons. I'd use them more, but they don't make as many as they used to, and I'm "hoarding" mine for "hard times," as my mom would say. Don't know why I do that!

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Posted: 6/19/2013 5:10:17 PM
I haven't seen tons but love the ones that came out w Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm. One of he Garden Girls did a gorgeous layout w them not long ago...a Scrap Your Stash video I think
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Posted: 6/19/2013 6:16:45 PM
I have a lot of old rub ons that I bought that I need to start using. I get frustrated with them because they often get ruined when part of the image comes off of the backing sheet or when the backing sheet and front sheet aren't stickng together anymore. Maybe I have not stored them correctly or maybe it is because I have had them for too long. I need to find a way to use the imperfect images by layering them or something like that.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 7:48:14 PM
Oh my goodness I just cleaned out my cupboard and found a whole bunch of them - alphabet and design. I still love them. My problem is I have too much and forget about what I have.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 8:00:49 PM
I rub.ons. The process is so fun.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 8:26:47 PM
LOL, good one, Meowgal!

I just used some last week, too. I seem to forget about the most of the time.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 9:31:46 PM
I have some from years ago I should use. I wonder if they ever stop rubbing off? or are they good forever.....??

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Posted: 6/19/2013 9:38:49 PM

The appeal rubbed off.


I rarely buy them because they are so unpredictable. I have old, old ones that are still fine, but I have also bought brand new ones in the past few years that didn't work, right after they were released.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 9:52:26 PM
Amy tans yes please collection had them too. So did many of October afternoons lines
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Posted: 6/19/2013 10:22:39 PM
I love them. I still have quite a few. To me they are kinda like stamps.

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Posted: 6/19/2013 10:24:14 PM
Yeah, I agree, Jenni Bowlin has some new ones - lovely gold feathers and her rub ons are the best I have ever used, go on like buttah!

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Posted: 6/19/2013 10:43:10 PM
I love my rubons! In March i bought the set Lisa b. was selling on HSN and it has A LOT of alphas. This is one thing I have never figured out. How do you use rubons to make words. I always mess up. Either the angle is wrong or the spacing. Is there a fail safe method that I don't know about?

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Posted: 6/20/2013 1:53:09 AM
I have to agree with other posters about the lack of dependability of some rub-on's. Some work great, other's can ruin a layout when only half of the rub-on will either actually stay stuck to the rub-on sheet, or become wrinkled when you try to rub them off. I find some brand work better than others, and unless I have had good luck with that brand I don't buy them anymore..

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Posted: 6/20/2013 1:59:51 AM
i never had rub ons and i never saw a reason to use them. i got some from pink paislee now, i don't really know hoe to use them yet.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:15:20 AM
I like rub ons i use them now and then
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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:11:02 AM
This thread really surprises me

When this subject comes up here I usually see lots of Peas posting about how they do not like them because they...

1-Dry up (so stop hoarding them and use what you have!)
2-Transfer to the page protector after time
3-Are hard to line-up (alphas)
4-Transfer in bits and pieces only

This has kept me from buying more (thanks for helping me save $$ )or even trying the few I already own.

Like I said I am surprised to see so many say the still like them. I may need to actually try some of mine

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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:25:40 AM
Agree on MM, have some that are 10 years old and still preform perfectly and used on a project last week.
Melissa Frances and Maya Road both have quite a few in their range.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:41:11 AM
I think rub-ons got a bad rep for drying up and lose the stickiness, so maybe that's why manufacturers don't include rub-ons in collections as frequently as they used to?

I love to use rub-ons but I always seem to forget that I have them, so that might be another reason that I don't buy them anymore.

Here's a great tip I heard from Lain Ehmann: Keep the rub-ons in a closed zip lock bag to prevent them from drying up and they'll have a longer life span. Apparently it's the air that makes them go bad.




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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:51:10 AM
Hi Megan, its good to see you back

I haven't used a rub on in quite awhile but if I saw one I liked I'd definitely pick it up. As the others have said stamps have become so popular and also digital brushes.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:53:17 AM
LOVE them and would love to see more! HINT HINT to all the manufacturers!

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Posted: 6/20/2013 7:46:42 AM
my rub ons are neatly stored in the back of my closet i just dont use them

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Posted: 6/20/2013 9:00:22 AM
I just tried rub-ons recently (the ones from the Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm" line) and I loved them! I thought they were a nice alternative to the embellishments I usually reach for. Wilna created a stunning layout with these rub-ons, which was the reason I bought them!

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Posted: 6/20/2013 12:23:20 PM
I posted about finding my rubons a couple of months ago.....I got lazy and you never knew if they were gonna work or not and then ruin your LO. When I went thru all my stuff and destashed, I found lots of stuff I had forgotten about about like the rub ons and my vellum. It was kinda a slow season at work so I took it all with me and would rub the WHOLE page onto a piece of vellum. I then cut all the pieces out and put them in with all my flat embellies. The ones that didn't work just got tossed. It was kinda fun to rub them all down, with out cutting just the one I wanted. Plus I didn't have to worry if it was gonna work or not. I also used some punches on them. I had a couple that looked like paint smears and I used my butterfly and heart punch on that, it looked really cool!

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Posted: 6/20/2013 12:33:54 PM
I just used some hoarded ones from MM and from AC last week and they worked great even though I have had them for years. I moved them closer to my desk so that I will use them again.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 12:36:55 PM
bratpackbows, that is an awesome tip! Thanks for sharing! I love it!
Rub-ons on vellum must look gorgeous!


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Posted: 6/20/2013 1:06:11 PM
I still use rubons, whether they're decorative or alphas. I really love the American Craft books of alphabet rubons and use them all the time, they've never dried out. I used to buy 7 or 8 of the same books in classic fonts and colors, so I'd have years of use.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 1:53:33 PM
I love love love rub-ons......I use them in negative spaces on PHOTOS. Love the look. I really like white word rub-ons but they are hard to find.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 7:55:03 PM
I love rub-ons I don't do a lot of dimension on my pages so I'd love for more rub-ons

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Posted: 6/20/2013 9:43:25 PM
Mine all got given to my DD6 to use for her craft. They were too much of a bother for me.
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Posted: 6/20/2013 10:27:23 PM
I think they might be trying to make a come-back. (Or maybe that's just my wishful thinking.) I always loved rub-ons!
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