Washi isn't new. It's been around for a while but it is one of the hottest products in scrapbooking right now. Because I love Washi, and because I have just about literally a truckload in storage to sell at SENZ in a months time, I'm pretty involved in the stuff right now.
So I spend my days playing with washi, I sell washi, and my house is slowly being taken over by these cute little rolls of tape. Infact I now wade through washi to get to my kitchen , which isn't a problem unless anyone in this house wants to eat, is it?,
So this leads me to one of the questions I am most commonly asked lately.
Just what do I do with it?
The question is more what can you not do with it. This has to be one of the most versatile products out there. It is a lightweight paper masking tape but it is really low-tack. It's paper, you rip it off, you stick it down, and when you change your mind you remove it and shift it.
It's that easy.
What do you use it for? The possibilities are truly endless and if you google 'washi', you will get hundreds of images of things to do. These are some of my favourites though:
Tags and journaling blocks: Start with plain journaling blocks or tags and run a strip of washi across the bottom. Layer a few strips, mix and match, up to you. These happen to be Project Life journaling tags and those are 2 of my favourite Washi designs from my own for-sale-stash.
(Black Script has 2 lengths of washi across it, black damask has one strip).
Most the rolls you will purchase (from wherever) are 10 metres worth. Be aware of the occasional 3m roll, but even at 3m, it's a lot of embellishing...
You can get all flash and start layering designs. I threw two strips of the black script across, and then got all keen and put that red flourish on top. You can see there isn't any fuss, just rip it off and stick it down. (most washi is see-through... I put a scrap piece of paper underneath to make the design show up better).
Some of the journaling blocks I threw together for this weeks Project Life layout. I created some journaling in Word with margins set to the same size as my card, printed it out on regular printer paper, trimmed a card, put Washi Tape across the bottom, and fed it back through the printer.
She's cute huh? AND the COOLEST thing about this Washi journey I'm on right now? It's a joint venture between Abby & I. If you go to my page, view the washi, and send me an email with an order, do you know who picks it up? Abby does. Don't worry, she only opens emails with the subject "Washi" , which is the word most people put in the subject line.
But yes, Abby opens any emails with Washi in the subject line, she reads, she gets the order ready and it's sitting at my desk with a little scrap of paper with your name next to it next time I come into the office. It's the best fun we've had in a long time. It's a real little Mum-Abby project. She gets to feel important, I get a helper and most importantly, we are slowly making a path to the kitchen. The Howard family may get to eat again. Soon.
More ideas for Washi over the coming days.