Washi Tape Walls

August 7th, 2014

If anyone knows me they know, I love using Washi Tape.  It’s easy to get creative when you are using something with endless potential.  After 4 years of living in my small apartment with my boyfriend it feels like it’s time for a bit of change.  I was getting a little bored of the piece that hung above our bed and  wanted to add a little something extra to our plain old boring walls.  We rent and my boyfriend doesn’t really like the idea of painting the walls to add a bit of colour to the room.

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Our apartment has a lot of blues, greys, and red so I wanted to add something in the same colour family.  Using Washi Tape, I created a geometrical mountain pattern.  I first cut out pieces of kraft in the sizes that I wanted so I could map out where exactly I was going to tape off.  I made outlines on the wall around my kraft pieces and then discarded them.  I found it easiest to know exactly where I was going to tape off with the outlines.  Once I had my mountains in place I just filled in the space.

Done Wall

I made each stripe the width of two pieces of tape and measured the spaces in between each one to make sure they’re look uniform.  After I had everything taped off I cut off the excess making clean straight lines.

Wall Close Up

It took an afternoon to create and looks great!  Now get out there and make something new with some Washi Tape!

Jax

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Dot Dot Dot

July 29th, 2014

Polka dots pack what we call “pretty power” and we’re covered in them! Or at least we carry all kinds of things that are. Period (DOT)!

Peter Pauper Press Locking Journal

Peter Pauper Press Locking Journal

Mini Dots Paper Straws

Mini Dots Paper Straws

Xenia Taler Card Set

Xenia Taler Card Set

Nepalese "Pois" Paper

Nepalese “Pois” Paper

Nick

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All that glitters…

July 18th, 2014

As a lover of all things gold and shiny, and of design from the early 20th century, I am glad  to see Art Deco inspiration still going strong for stationery this year! We recently got some new items for all of those who still enjoy writing things by hand…

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I love having boxed cards around the house. Usually a more economical choice than individual greetings cards. It’s nice to have a supply laying around for those unexpected last minute birthday parties, also (as I can tell you from experience) a random unexpected hand written note in the mail is pretty exciting! These cards are black and white with gold foil details and pretty gold envelopes. Pick a bright coloured Le Pen to write your note, seal it up with washi tape, and you’re set

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The trend carries over to more personal stationery items as well. These pretty foiled journals are the perfect size to carry with you and maybe for an unexpected moment to journal in the park. Of course, we also have matching pencils… cause why not?

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Naturally… it all comes back to the paper. Our Nepalese hand screened papers also come in a variety of art deco inspired prints with metallic pigments. Great for wrapping something special, embellishing invites or as a hanging print.

Stay Gold!

Jo

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Washi Tape Nails!

July 7th, 2014

I’ve been wanting to try out washi tape nails for a while now and with such amazing patterns and colours I just couldn’t resist any longer. It’s a little finicky at first, but once you get a system going it’s pretty quick and easy! To do your own, all you need is:

- A roll of your favourite washi tape
- A pair of scissors (the smaller the better)
- Nail clippers
- Something to flatten out the creases from the washi (I used a cuticle tool)
- Clear top coat
-Base polish (optional)

Here’s how I did it!

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Before I started, I did a quick coat of white nail polish just to make the tape pop a bit more, but it isn’t totally necessary. I then cut the washi tape into strips long enough to cover my entire nail and have a bit extra.

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I then flattened out the washi tape onto my nail, and used the cuticle tool to create an outline around it. I’ve also seen a pencil used to trace around the nail, but decided against it as it marks up the tape.

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Next I took the tape off my nail and used scissors to cut around the outline/crease I had made. I reapplied it to my nail and did my best to flatten out all the creases. I left the length of the tape long and then used nail clippers to shape the tape to my nail.

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…Repeat times ten, topcoat, and you’ve got a super easy and fun manicure! I think in total the whole process only took about 25 minutes. Not to mention how much more cost effective this is in comparison to nail strips, or even polish!

And just as a teaser…here is part of our washi tape selection here at the store.

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Happy taping!

-Emily

 

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Mesmerizing Paper Cuts

July 4th, 2014

Recently, I came across the ever so detailed, intricate paper cuttings of Elsa Mora and fell in love.  She completes each of her imaginative paper cuts by hand with an X-Acto knife and self healing mat.

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I find the delicacy of her work very inspiring, I think the next paper project on my list is to delve into my own exploration of the craft. If you’re interested in trying your hand at paper cutting we have numerous books at the store to help get you started. Have a flip through ‘Paper Cutting’ for some inspiration-the beautiful cover is the work of Elsa Mora. 

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If you would like to see more of Elsa’s work you can visit her website at www.artisaway.com

 

Happy paper cutting!

-Abby

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