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Mama2Thomas
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Trying to figure out what is the deal with washi tapes? People seem really excited about them. What am I missing out on??? Seems to me like I could just cut up strips of patterned papers and adhere with adhesive to get the same effect.
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RedSquirrel
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LOL I thought that till I got some!

Washi tape is slightly transparent, so you can see the patterned paper underneath through it. It is also manoeuvrable so you can crumple it, curve it within reason, and of course, stick things down with it. It's great for altering curved items like cans or pots, because it bends a lot easier than paper or ribbon. The tackiness is also re-positionable to a certain extent. Also it comes in co-ordinating colours.

Personally I love mixing strips of paper with strips of tape. It gives an added depth. I also love all the wonderful ideas that washi tape users have come up with for using strips - those can often be used for paper strips too. I always have strips and I hate waste!


 
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they're pretty
they're fun
they're self-adhesive
they come in lots of colors

all good things


 
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Yes to all of the above! I love the fact that it sticks to surfaces that paper would not want to adhere to. Here's a metal tin that I altered with washi:

http://www.cindyderosier.com/2012/11/november-flam ingo-...

Cindy


 
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  • madmatter Said:
they're pretty
they're fun
they're self-adhesive
they come in lots of colors

all good things



all that, and as a side benefit - they are also something else to hoard


 
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I just saw a video of CHA the other day that showed one company (think it might have been Studio Calico?) that is coming out with a 12x12 sheet of coordinating washi tapes......so you could purchase one sheet and have several different tapes instead of buying a whole roll of just one type!

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Guess I need to bring out the 6 rolls I have and start using them


 
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I love how fun, easy and versatile washi tape is. I have even used it to cover wood veneer shapes which was fun and totally easy!


 
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  • Vae on 01-31-13 01:16 PM
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Honestly I don't really use mine that much. Actually, I have never used them. I have several and have tried them and always end up taking it off or pitching the whole thing. I guess I just haven't found the right inspiration for it.


 
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I'm IN LOVE with washi tape!!


 
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That tin is cool, Cindy!!


 
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I wasn't using mine because it wasn't stored very well. I have 26 rolls. I put them all on a long piece of thick twine and tied them up in a circle. Hang it on a peg to easily see. Throw it in my bag for a crop. Now I use it all of the time and it is easy to add more.


 
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I used Washi Tape for my keyboard on my laptop. I used six (I think) different types and did a pattern. I did it in April and the tape is still there.


 
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I have used them as tabs in my notebooks when I need a boatload of them.


 
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I feel like you...I don't see it..why so much deal about them...haven't bought one..May be I get inspired when they are on sale and try them...but atthis point not in my top ten at all!


 
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  • kiyawinn Said:
I just saw a video of CHA the other day that showed one company (think it might have been Studio Calico?) that is coming out with a 12x12 sheet of coordinating washi tapes......so you could purchase one sheet and have several different tapes instead of buying a whole roll of just one type!

Alison



nope, I don't see the point of that. There are sheets of 12" long sticky borders that serve the same purpose. I like to wrap the tape around the entire page on all four sides or at least top and bottom - can't do that if I only have 12" of it, and not the entire roll. okay for a tiny spot, but then so is the sticky border piece - just cut and stick. and rolls are so much more fun!


 
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I'm another Washi Tape fanatic. You can't beat it for a quick last-minute card. Yes, you could go to all the trouble of cutting strips of paper and gluing them in place - but why do it when the work has already been done for you! I bought one of those flatware separators (like you can put in a cabinet drawer) and they fit perfectly in the slots. I got a 12" square acrylic separator and it sits down inside those IRIS storage boxes.


 
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  • OlesyaK. Said:
  • kiyawinn Said:
I just saw a video of CHA the other day that showed one company (think it might have been Studio Calico?) that is coming out with a 12x12 sheet of coordinating washi tapes......so you could purchase one sheet and have several different tapes instead of buying a whole roll of just one type!

Alison



nope, I don't see the point of that. There are sheets of 12" long sticky borders that serve the same purpose. I like to wrap the tape around the entire page on all four sides or at least top and bottom - can't do that if I only have 12" of it, and not the entire roll. okay for a tiny spot, but then so is the sticky border piece - just cut and stick. and rolls are so much more fun!



Well, I think a lot of people use washi tape to make flags, tape on the side of a tag or just stick on a page as a decoration....having various designs like that on one sheet means you can play with a bunch of them without investing in 12 rolls of washi tape and probably not use all of it....everyone's different!
I really like the idea

Alison


 
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  • dwelch Said:
I bought one of those flatware separators (like you can put in a cabinet drawer) and they fit perfectly in the slots. I got a 12" square acrylic separator and it sits down inside those IRIS storage boxes.


yep, I have the same ones. the 12" long ones are awesome! and you can see the colors right away.


 
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I thought the same thing until I caved and bought some!!!! I love it!! I used it to alter that big white bulky caddy I have on my desk that holds my scrapping tools!! Now it looks more appealing!! It was easy and fast do to the versatility of the washi!!(((:


 
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I just got some today so I can see what all the
hub-ub is about. Can't wait to put them to the test!!


 
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I started buying it over six months ago and I still haven't used any of it.


 
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I felt the sameway about washi tape. But I saw some peoples layouts with washi tape and decided to pay some and now I love it. It cool I have used it for borders on my layout. My collection is growing in washi tape next time going to buy some of Tim Holtz washi tape since I enjoy his products.
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I feel very meh about the washi. Just can't get excited about it and it's a little pricey. But I've said that about other scrappy stuff (*cough*stickles*cough*)a nd been proven wrong! Maybe I'll keep an open mind (always a good thing, except for my scrappy budget) and look for a pattern that appeals to me.


 
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I'm not a big fan of washi tape. I had caved in and bought some to see what the hype was. I didn't like how it looked w/ my pics. It looks nice in the youtube tutorial videos, but it's not for me.


 
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I love the look of washi on layouts. I've only used the K&Company, black with white dots. It does have a bit if transparency through the dots and that is the thing I love about washi...the transparency, cuz I like the look of layers on my layouts. Jenni Bowlin Studio showed some at CHA. I love her designs and can't wait until that is available!!
http://artfulscrapbooking .wordpress.com/


 
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I just bought some more . I now have a grand total of 5 rolls. Can't wait to play with my new colours!


 
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Am not a washi fan either but that has to do with the fact that I dont know where to use it. Plus, the patterns I've seen here locally, arent the most inspirable kind either. Maybe when the whole trend is over, I might pick up on it. That is usually the case with me..LOL


 
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I may have to give it a try. I don't mine cutting and paste as long I am saving money and using my scraps. I have the time now to do so and I must save money!


 
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A story to inspire you to use some washi: my 6-y.o. son wanted a diary, with the lock and everything, to write secret messages. all our search through the stores yielded was a princess/disney kind - apparently, diaries are not considered a boy thing)) we came home and I pulled out the rack of washi tape - we picked out the colors, and half hour later he had a manly looking book with the lock, his name spelled in stickers on the top, the pen converted from princessy pink to dignified grey, and a car sticker on the side. he was over the moon)


 
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lol, I feel the same way and I refuse to buy it. That is one of those scrapbook trends I will have to pass on.


 
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  • OlesyaK. Said:
A story to inspire you to use some washi: my 6-y.o. son wanted a diary, with the lock and everything, to write secret messages. all our search through the stores yielded was a princess/disney kind - apparently, diaries are not considered a boy thing)) we came home and I pulled out the rack of washi tape - we picked out the colors, and half hour later he had a manly looking book with the lock, his name spelled in stickers on the top, the pen converted from princessy pink to dignified grey, and a car sticker on the side. he was over the moon)



that's a great idea!


 
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I have at least 20 rolls and they look really pretty in a big, clear jar, but I have yet to use it. I did try, but ripped it back off. It made my page look like a 1st grader did it. I like it when I see it on other people's LOs in the gallery, but when I see mine up close...not so much. If I never figure out when/where to use it, I'll give it to my granddaughters since they like it in their smash books.~Judy


 
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I have owned 1 roll by k and co for my smash books and after using it twice something spilled onto the tape area and ruined all of it made me mad!!! NOW it is all gone- boo hoo!


 
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  • OlesyaK. Said:
A story to inspire you to use some washi: my 6-y.o. son wanted a diary, with the lock and everything, to write secret messages. all our search through the stores yielded was a princess/disney kind - apparently, diaries are not considered a boy thing)) we came home and I pulled out the rack of washi tape - we picked out the colors, and half hour later he had a manly looking book with the lock, his name spelled in stickers on the top, the pen converted from princessy pink to dignified grey, and a car sticker on the side. he was over the moon)



I think it's AWESOME your son wanted a diary,,,,more boys should be encouraged to do so! I'd think it would improve writing skills, something that's just as important for boys and girls,,,,,,,,not to mention, improve his ability to communicate his feelings,,,,,,,which (as any woman married to a man can tell you) is VERY IMPORTANT!

GO MOM!!!!!! you done good


 
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I adore it! I use it wherever I'd use ribbon. The self-adhesive aspect is HUGE. Not having to use lumpy glue dots or try to get a runner to stick to a ribbon backing...

It's fun, easy, and a heck of a lot cheaper than ribbon.

We did a "scrapinar" a while back where Monica Bradford showed a ton of different uses. PM me if you'd like the link to the replay page!


 
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  • CommaHolly Said:

I'd think it would improve writing skills, something that's just as important for boys and girls,,,,,,,,not to mention, improve his ability to communicate his feelings,,,,,,,which (as any woman married to a man can tell you) is VERY IMPORTANT!
GO MOM!!!!!! you done good



Thanks)
Absolutely agree - feelings aren't very easy things for boys.. train them while they are young LOL)
By the way, the first message he wrote was "I love you mom" and a big heart! I almost cried))


 
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  • OlesyaK. Said:
  • CommaHolly Said:

I'd think it would improve writing skills, something that's just as important for boys and girls,,,,,,,,not to mention, improve his ability to communicate his feelings,,,,,,,which (as any woman married to a man can tell you) is VERY IMPORTANT!
GO MOM!!!!!! you done good



Thanks)
Absolutely agree - feelings aren't very easy things for boys.. train them while they are young LOL)
By the way, the first message he wrote was "I love you mom" and a big heart! I almost cried))



what a sweet young man!!!!!


 
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Yesterday I got a box from another scrappy site and egads...more washi/trendy tape. Luckily I still have room in my see-through jar, so I'll add it to my decor collection. I wonder if I'll ever use any of it? It's just too cute and/or pretty to not buy. It's little, so it just jumps right into my shopping cart and I never notice it :>) ~Judy


 
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I can't stop buying it, either.

I've outgrown the tall vase I used to keep them (the tall cylinder vase from Dollar Tree) and moved to a basket-like thing. That filled up and now they're spilling over into another wire basket. Which is full, now, too. So now they're piling up on top of these two baskets. I don't even know how many rolls there are... But dangit, they look cool.

And yes, CommaHolly- boys SHOULD be encouraged to keep a diary. It's just a classy gentleman kinda thing to do! lol

I also think it is very important to break the habit or thinking 'THIS IS FOR BOYS AND THIS IS FOR GIRLS' as young as possible. I remember coming home from school one day, when I was really really young, and having first heard 'THAT'S FOR GIRLS!' My parents never introduced that concept. I must've lived in some kind of modern, liberal, hippie twilight zone. I remember climbing trees, playing in mud, then helping the neighbor girl build furniture for her Barbie dreamhouse.

I know a guy who was raised by very repressive parents. To this day, he still says, "What? That's for girls." And he lives in an apartment with a mattress on the floor and a porno-addiction.

What's this have to do with washi? I don't know. Just let your boys buy tape, I guess. Or have a diary.

lol

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I love washi tape. My stash gets used up.


 
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Washi tape is probably one of my favorite embellishments. There are so many designs to choose from! I use them for my layouts, for my smash books, from decorating altered items...I love it and they are now a permanent part of my stash.


 
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Here's a layout I did with WT. It was a "quicky", and VERY simple, but I didn't want a lot of embellishment with this one. Sometimes less is more. The poem is Walk a Little Slower, Daddy. (The LO really isn't crooked - I just didn't do a good job photographing it.)
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I have a certain love of Washi. I have a lo in my gallery that's done with almost all washi, aside from the shape behind the title and the title letters.

Now that we're having a girl, I've started stocking up on girly washi. I'm excited to be scrapping something other than boys!!!


 
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LOL,,,,,,,,

or better yet have a diary they decorated with washi tape


 
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