It's Time...

We're closing up shop... well, not really, the shop will stay open... so, I guess we're shutting down everything BUT the shop for the next week or so for a little summer relaxation time by the pool / by the lake / by the campfire. What does that mean? All orders received between July 27th & August 5th will ship the week of August 6th. Email inquiries received during this time will be responded to between August 6th - 8th. Orders placed today, July 26th, will ship today before we head off.So, it'll be pretty quiet around here for the next week or so, but we'll see you back here once we've been properly sunkissed and eaten our weight in watermelon & s'mores! (If you're feeling a little separation anxiety, you can follow some of our not-very-adventurous vacation adventures over on Instagram.)

Wrap It With Washi Tape & Kirigami Flowers

I was wrapping up some goodies to send to a far-away friend and thought I'd share this wrapping idea with you. Combining classic kraft with washi tape and a little kirigami - it's a unique but simple way to wrap it pretty!

Gather your gifts to be wrapped - in this case, I went with a peach-y theme based around a lovely gauze summer scarf from Hettle & a hand knit dishcloth and rounded out with some summer fruit lip balm and peach gum.

1. You'll need -  kraft paper bag, 7.5cm / 3" origami paper, scissors, washi tape.

2. Place item to be wrapped inside paper bag. Fold top down towards the back of the bag - folding twice to make a nice straight edge. Secure with piece of washi tape.

3. Wrap washi tape around bag. You don't need to wrap the tape all the way around, I only wrapped the tape about an inch or so onto the back of the bag. The super slim tapes are perfect for layering and adding an extra bit of interest to your wrapping. Want to stop here? Your washi tape wrapping will  look fantastic with or without the kirigami component!

4. Create your kirigami paper cut. For instructions on how to create your own kirigami flowers, this is a great place to start.

5. Finally, adhere your kirigami bloom to the package. Spray glue is perfect for this! How do you use Omiyage products? Share an image with us over on our Facebook page by July 31st for your chance to win an extra-special Omiyage Surprise Pack!

Send Pretty Mail #31/32/33 - Teacups & Watercolours


The newest addition to the shop are these ever-so-cute teacup animal cards from artist Darla Okada. I simply couldn't resist mailing some out!


Maybe you're a cat person...


Or maybe you prefer your beasties a little wilder... or more puppy-breathish.


Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone send these sweeties out into the world without a little Send Pretty Mail treatment. So I grabbed my label templates and watercolours and went to work fancifying the fronts. Lightly trace around the template with a pencil and then go over the line with your paint.


With such subdued fronts, I thought more colour more pattern more more more was in order on the backs. Which was, I must admit, a bit of a failure. You may notice we've gone from 2 to 3 envelopes in this picture. But hey, that's the crafty life - failures happen! I'll seal these up with a lovely strip of glitter tape... because a little glitter cures whatever ails you... and carry on!

Want to receive some pretty mail in YOUR mailbox? Send me a note at info@omiyage.ca with your mailing address and a little something about yourself. I'll be making a list and choosing new friends to send mail to each month. And don't worry if you don't hear back from me right away - if you send your info, you should find a pretty piece of mail headed your way some time this year!

Omiyage In Action - A Birthday Giveaway

We love seeing how you use Omiyage products - whether you're making washi tape cards or folding up a flock of origami cranes or adding glitter tape to gifts or slipping kamifusen into birthday party loot bags - we want to see! Here's a handful of ways we use Omiyage goodies around here.

For the last giveaway in our birthday month (did you catch the others earlier this month over on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram?), we're giving away an extra-special Omiyage Birthday Surprise Pack. To enter, share images of Omiyage goods in action over on our Facebook page. Simply upload or share an image to our page by July 31st. Every unique image is an entry - so upload more than one project idea if you'd like!

Winner will be selected by random draw on August 6th.

Tape, Tape, Tape!


Added some lovely new mt washi tapes to the shop this morning. Slim, super slim (3mm slim!) and Scandinavian styles. Find them here.

New Wooden Templates

The wooden templates in the shop have been so popular, we couldn't resist adding more!

And they're really a breeze to use - draw around the shape, cut out, score & fold. A bone folder is definitely your friend when making envelopes!

The new templates include one to make square petal envelopes...

Sweet number stencils (with a convenient hole so you can hang it up!)

And a hexagon petal template. This one's my favourite!

Wouldn't you love to receive a note in one of these special envelopes? I would!





Find these new additions and our other wooden templates over in the shop!

DIY Washi Tape Coasters

Every time we do a set of Surprise Packs, we like to make sure there's something blank inside - so you can start creating right away! This year, quite a few of the bags include blank paper coasters - perfect for having a little fun with washi tape.

You could dress them up with simple shapes or monograms (letters and shapes aren't so hard to do - just lay your tape down on waxed or parchment paper, make sure the strips overlap, then cut!)

Have some fun with multicoloured dots and stripes.

Cut the tape into triangles and create patterns... or even get fancy and make cute pictures.

Of course, if you don't have any paper coasters, don't let that stop you from getting in on the fun - any one of these ideas would look just as sweet on a handmade card, gift tag or blank notebook.

Happy crafting!

Send Pretty Mail #30 - Dots & Stripes

Marking the halfway point of this project, Send Pretty Mail #30 simply had to be a fun one!

This envelope is all business in the front...

Then turn it over and - bam - party in the back! It's kinda circus-y, and I like it!

I wanted to send out one of the washi tape popsicle cards, but didn't want popsicles outside too...

So I grabbed colour inspiration from the card and had some fun making dots. Stripes on the front and the flap add a little contrast (and add to that circus-y appeal).

Add a sweet pack of extra washi tape dots for even more fun (and fanciness).

Put it all together and, voila, a really good mail day for someone!


The Send Pretty Mail Project ... so far:

Have you sent any pretty mail lately?

Want to receive some pretty mail in YOUR mailbox? Send me a note at info@omiyage.ca with your mailing address and a little something about yourself. I'll be making a list and choosing new friends to send mail to each month. And don't worry if you don't hear back from me right away - if you send your info, you should find a pretty piece of mail headed your way some time this year!