Scrapbook Transparencies: Make Your Own

Scrapbooking can be an expensive hobby. And although their are many manufacturers and supplies to choose from, sometimes we just can't find exactly what we need for our special project. Here you will learn how to create your own transparencies and rubons. Not only will this save you money, but also aid in creating that special, custom project. Supply list:

  • transparency
  • computer
  • printer
  • bone folder or popsicle stick
Note: You can find transprencies at any office supply store or even Walmart. You can also find them at a scrapbook store. Transparencies by Grafix work well for this technique. Step 1: Create Image for Transparency First, decide what you want to create. In this example, I am creating a title. You can use any graphics program or even a word processing program like Microsoft Word or Open Office. I created a fun title, changed the font color to coordinate with my layout. create image on computer

Step 2: Print Transparency

The trick to printing on a transparency is using the correct settings for your printer. Be sure to choose Ultra Glossy or similar depending on your printer.

Because of the glossy nature of the transparency and the ink “sitting on top of” it, it will take some time to dry. Be careful when handling to avoid smearing.

Attaching your transparency:

There are various ways to attach a transparency to your layout.

  • Brads or eyelets
  • Staples
  • Adhesive made especially for attaching vellum (won’t show through)
  • Layer an embellisment over part of transparency and use adhesive underneath embellishment

In my example, I added paint behind my title. This further supports the face painting theme, but also allows me to add adhesive without showing through.

paint behind transparency

Step 3: Open Image for Rubon

You can create a rubon from any image you print off your computer. I have created rubons from text as well as images. In my example, I am using a digital scrapbook element. Open image in your graphics program. Again you can use Microsoft Word or Open Office as well.

Step 4: Print Onto Transprency

Printing onto a transprency allows for easy transfer. Again the correct printer settings are key. As mentioned above for printing on transprencies, use the paper setting for ultra glossy. Secondly, you want to print out the mirror image.

My mirror image option is found under printer properties on the Page Layout tab as shown in the image below. You may have to check your printer options to find yours.

printer setting for mirror image

Step 5: Place transparency

Now determine where you want your rubon to appear. While you could simply print out the image where you want, rubons are more versatile. In this example, I wanted my image on a circle tag which would be difficult to print directly on.

Here I have my printed image on the transparency and have placed it over the circle tag where I want to transfer the image(rub on).

transparency over paper

Step 6: Rub

Using a bone folder(shown), popsicle stick or special rub-on tool, rub the image where you want it to appear. Carefully peel back transparency to be sure you get an even transfer. If not, replace and rub more. It doesn’t require a lot of rubbing or even pressure, the transfer is quite smooth and easy.

This technique gives more of a “stamped” look instead of a clear and sharp image. Great for projects and layouts where you want more of a distressed look.

finished rub on

Here is my finished layout with the transparency title and rubon embellishments.

finished scrapbook layout

I created two of the digital stamp element (date) rubons on both sides of the layout. The left side is pre-race while the right side is post-race. The photos used are from two different events, therefore I wanted to state the date on both sides. I used coordinating yet different tags to “back-up” my rubon. The one on the left utilizes a chipboard arrow to point out the date.

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