Washi Tape in Chatelaine

It's always exciting to hear that Omiyage has been spotted in print. Sara let us know that our washi tape was in Chatelaine's BIG September issue. So fun! And how clever is this project? Create a botanical arrangement by attaching flowers to your wall with washi tape.

Have you used washi tape to create any unusual installations?

DIY: Pretty Paper Garland

Here's a take on a simple dot garland using upcycled packaging from mt tape. Don't know about you, but I'm rather enamoured with sewing paper bits together - it's fun and quick and there's no worry about seam allowances or finished products not fitting or...

If you've ever bought a 2 pack of patterned mt tape, you would have noticed the pretty backing paper. And, if you're anything like me, you'll stash it away somewhere until you are suddenly inspired to do something with it! Of course, you don't have to use mt packaging for this garland... any pretty paper that isn't too thin will do. Scrapbook paper would be great!

Grab your handy circle punch (or go wild, and try squares!) and punch away. Mine is a 1" punch, but you could use a bigger one.

Ahhh... confetti.

Figure out the order of your paper dots. Then use a sewing machine to stitch them together, feeding one dot at a time through the machine and leaving a small (or large space) between each one. Make sure you leave about 4-6" of thread at each end so you have space to hang your garland.

Use simple strips of washi tape to hang your garland on the wall - one looks good, but three is better!

Or, my favourite, wrap a short garland around a gift for a unique take on ribbon. Here, I've used a kraft bag, but this would look smashing on a wrapped box too!

Happy crafting!

New Tapes Sneak Peek!

Quickly snapped these this morning so I could give you a little sneak peek at the new tapes headed into the shop... delicious soft shades like pistachio, peach and mint plus pretty florals and lace prints too. We're also restocking some old favourites. I'll be sure to let you know when they're available!

Send Pretty Mail #34/35 - Catalogue Envelopes

Next time you're thinking to drop that pretty catalogue / magazine into the recycling bin, why not flip through it one more time...

An envelope template is the perfect tool to turn your favourite pages into fashionable envelopes!

Simply trace around the template and cut out as many envelopes as you need...

Use a bone folder to score the fold lines...

Then fold and glue!

Just 3 steps and you'll have a bevy of beautiful and unique envelopes that are sure to delight the recipients!

Before sending these out, I'll be sure to add a little more fun with washi tape accents and pretty address labels.

Have you made your own envelopes before? What's your favourite kind of paper to use?