Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wonderful Washi Tape


I recently blew my crafty budget on washi tape, fabric tape, and washi tape idea books from Cute Tape. It was a bit spendy, but so worth it! For one thing, the MT Kamoi Masking Tape Book has one of the coolest bindings I've ever seen! The book consists of folded pages that are held together with a loose kraft paper spine, and 2 binder clips. It's in English {a rarity among Japanese craft books} and instead of using photos of washi tape, the book includes actual samples of the tape! The set of tape shown in the photo is the pack of 10 brights: a perfect mix of ice-cream-colored pastels.



The second book I purchased is titled Collage with Japanese Washi Masking Tape. It's written in Japanese, but the detailed photos of the projects make it easy to figure out the steps, even if you don't know the language! The tape pictured with this book is decorative fabric tape. So pretty! The tape at the top is the mini mums floral brown and the set of 3 tapes at the bottom are mini mums floral.









This photo shows the washi tape I used in my Ribbon Bound Travel Journal project. I bought this tape from one of my other favorite vendors: Happy Tape. The neutral colored tapes are from the Natural 5-pak, and the birds are from the Gathering Birds 3-pak. The larger tapes are from the Venice paper tape collection by 7 Gypsies. These tapes are thicker and wider, and come in several varieties with a vintage vibe!




Wondering what to do with all that wonderful tape? I rounded up a bevy of beautiful ideas and created the collage shown above. Just click the links below for tape-y inspiration!
Cute Tape Blog
Happy Tape Blog
7 Gypsies Blog
POPPYTALK {a round up of ideas featuring a mood board from A Creative Mint}
ohdeedoh {ways to use washi tape including covered bookshelves by supergail}
How About Orange {Washi Tape Magnets}


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

5 & Dime Party Favors Tutorial



I've loved participating in all the blog weeks at May Arts, but the October Afternoon week is definitely one of my favorites so far! I got a box filled with kitschy-vintage goodies from the 5 & Dime collection, and I am so smitten with it! When I received the box, I just had purchased some cotton drawstring bags from Kraft Outlet, so I decided to make some fun party favors with the bags and some of the papers and trinkets from October Afternoon, and of course May Arts ribbons! You can see the tutorial on the May Arts blog, or click here for a printable PDF. Hope you love it as much as I do!