My name is Elisa, and I am obsessed with washi-tape. When I had my triumphant return to paper crafting a few years ago (well, maybe not exactly triumphant, but I did start paper crafting again after a break…), I discovered the hottest trend on the market at that time. Washi tape! If you are not aware, washi tape, traditionally from Japan, is a paper tape that is easily removable, repositionable, and absolutely gorgeous. It comes in more colors and patterns than you could ever imagine, and nearly every paper crafting company has lines of washi tape available on the market now.
I have been collecting washi tape for about 3 years, but truthfully don’t use it nearly as much as I should. (Sound familiar?!?) Even with planning, Bible journaling, and memory keeping, I barely make a dent in my washi stash each month. While I love buying it, I don’t always reach for it when I am working on a project. All that changes this week though, because I am participating in the Washi Wednesday Challenge!
What is the Washi Wednesday Challenge? Well, the challenge is to create one whole paper crafting project using only washi. I cheated a bit with the addition of a few alpha stickers, but otherwise decided to use only washi tape to create a layout in my traveler’s notebook to document my twins’ 5th birthday.
I began with lining the edge of the double page spread with two rows of bold washi tape to set the tone for the page. My pictures were printed in black and white, so I was free to go with whatever color scheme I wanted. I felt like this array of mostly primary colors fit my boys well.
Then, I set out to create a large “5” that I would be able to use as part of the page title. Washi tape is fabulous for creating your own custom embellishments. I began by taking two small pieces of wax paper, overlapping them, and then lining up strips of washi across. It is important that the washi tape itself overlaps so that any shape you cut out will stay together. I very loosely drew a “5” across the top of the washi tape and cut it out using precision scissors. It turned out wonderful! I added a strip of yellow washi to bring out the yellow in the “5” and added the alphas over top to create the title.
Keep it creative,
-The Scrappy Wife