Farewell February, Hello March!



We're celebrating the end of February with a little weekend sale. From Friday afternoon until Sunday night, save 20% off your entire Omiyage purchase with code HELLOMARCH!*


It's the perfect time to stock up on new washi tapes in shades of Spring, fill your pockets with ournew line of mini tapes, refresh your kitchen with a designer tea towel or grab a Baggu for all your carrying needs.

Happy shopping! Happy weekend! Happy March!

*Promo valid until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, March 2, 2014. No price adjustments or rain checks available.

The Kirigami Project - Week Eight - Tribal Sun

Have you noticed the days getting longer where you are? There's nothing like a long winter to make you worship the Sun just a little bit more when Spring rolls around. As I was cutting this month's designs, sunshine and colour were foremost on my mind - which must be why my scissors led me to this tribal-esque Sun design. It's a bit different from the soft loops and swoops I usually cut, but I must admit, I rather like it!

To create your own Tribal Sun kirigami design, use the template below and the 4-Point Folding Pattern.
Want to make all of February's designs?

The monthly free printable is now available!

Click on the image above to access and print the free templates. Then fold, trace & cut as many lovely kirigami pieces as you please.

We would love to see your kirigami creations! Use the hashtag #thekirigamiproject on Twitter and Instagram so we can see your versions of February's designs.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

DIY Washi Tape Pop Floral Art


I was playing with tape and testing out new shapes over the weekend, and before I knew it, I'd grown a garden of colourful pop florals. Simple shapes, bold colours, lots of fun!

This is just a really simple example of working with washi tape on one of those pre-stretched canvases you can pick up at your local craft/art store. Would love to see what you dream up when you apply tape to canvas.

In the meantime, here's a look at how I did it...


Start by applying thin strips of washi tape in varying heights - these will become the stems of your flowers.


Cut shapes out of washi tape covered parchment / waxed paper. Any shape will do - from actual flower shapes to circles, whatever you fancy. Add centres and stamens in a contrasting colour.


Add leaves in varying shapes and lengths.

Fun, right?!

My favourite thing about this project? The tape easily peels off leaving you with a literally blank canvas to create on over and over again. I think this would be a fantastic project to do with kids or a fun way to create simple artwork for a kids room.

Happy crafting!

DIY Washi Tape Feathers


Here's a fun diversion for a February afternoon - crafting up a flurry of washi tape feathers.

While I'm not the first (and most likely won't be the last) to make these, I thought I'd share my feather-making technique!


Start with a piece of 30mm wide washi tape. The tape strip should be the length you would like your final feather to be. Lay on your work surface so that the sticky side is facing up. To keep it from shifting around (and being totally frustrating) secure to your work surface with 2 small strips of tape in the 2 upper corners.



Lay a strip of 15mm (standard width) washi tape along the bottom edge of the wider tape. Make the strip a little longer than the wide bottom one so that the ends extend past the edges - these will hold everything in place, allowing you to now remove your small place holding strips from the upper corners.



Apply a strip of 15mm (standard width) tape next to the first one. Try to line up the edges next to each other without overlapping or leaving any gaps.


Cut into the desired feather shape.



Create a feather or fringe effect by cutting small parallel cuts all the way along each side of the feather. Try to cut close to the centre line without cutting through it. I try to leave about 1-2mm space on each side of the centre line so that the final feather isn't too flimsy.

For a more realistic shape, cut a small notch out of the end of about 3 fringe pieces on each side of the feather.


Tape, cut, fringe, notch and repeat until you have your fill of fancy feathers.








I think they're rather charming, don't you? Hope you're inspired to make some too!

I'd love to know - what would you use washi tape feathers for?

The Kirigami Project - Week Seven - Geometric


How's your kirigami adventure going so far? I have all mine taped to the office wall - it's a nice respite from all that winter outside the window.

This week we're dipping our toes into geometric-inspired kirigami with this simple design.


Sometimes a simple geometric design is just what your fingers are itching to cut. Triangle-ish cuts on alternating sides all the way down the length of the paper can result is something quite charming in the big reveal. I rather like the straightforwardness of these types of cuts.

To create your own Geometric kirigami design, use the template below and the 4-Point Folding Pattern.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

14 Days Of Love Giveaway


Happy Valentine's Day! 

We've teamed up with the delightful Tan from Squirrelly Minds to bring you a special treat today - a love-ly giveaway! You can read all about it over on this post, but I will say that this is the biggest and best giveaway prize we've ever offered, so you know you want to enter! Go on now...

Have a wonderful chocolate-filled weekend!

The Kirigami Project - Week Six - Heart to Heart


With Valentine's Day just a few days away, a heart-y kirigami design seemed appropriate.

Anyone else finding 2014 deliriously fast? How is it mid-February already? And, yet, how it it still winter? 

But it's okay, bring on Spring - I'm ready for green shoots and a little colour outside, aren't you? In the meantime, I'll enjoy the pink & red explosion that is the internet this time of year.



This week's design is an elegant swish of hearts. The swoop of the larger hearts kinda reminds me of kissing swans - can you see it?

To create your own Heart to Heart kirigami, use the design below and the 4-Point Folding Pattern.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Send Pretty Mail - Love Letters



For the second year in a row, I decided to take part in a Handmade Valentine Swap. A mail swap is a fun way to stretch your creative muscles as well as a great opportunity to send and receive some pretty mail.

Anyway, I was packing up a couple of love garlands to send out, but couldn't let those big blank envelopes out the door without a little love of their own!



Washi tape letters over top of a simple tape heart. To create letters out of tape, first lay strips of tape onto parchment or waxed paper, then cut. This can take some practice, but it's a fun skill to have.


A little gold outlining for extra oomph. It can take a little trial and error to find pens and markers which work with washi tape, but I do like the added touch of ink every now and then.


Heart shaped cards made from a combo of washi tape and card stock are perfect for adding a sweet note (and oh-so-simple to create).


Finished off with a little back-of-the envelope accent.

Have you taken part in any mail swaps? How was the experience?

Coming Soon...


Just some quick phone shots to share with you... we've been sharing some Omiyage Sneak Peeks over on Instagram (come hang out - @Omiyage_ca) and I thought you might like to see them too!

There's a new line of washi tape coming to the shop - masté washi tapes. These washi tape cuties are a new line of compact tapes that are perfectly pocket-sized. You can see how petite they are compared the the standard roll of washi tape in that photo above. But, despite their small size, each of these rolls is still packing 7m of fantastic colour and pattern.

Want to see?


Beautiful cityscapes
Clever geometrics
Oh so lovely florals
And fantastic patterned sets

Quirky & colourful prints

Vintage inspired stamps, type and scrap style
Bold colour sets
And a little cosmic fun

In the shop next week!

Send Pretty Mail - Conversation Hearts


How about some Valentine's themed pretty mail?

Cute washi tape stickers inspired by classic conversation hearts are a great way to cheer up mailboxes this time of year.


Create the hearts by applying strips of washi tape to parchment/waxed paper. Then fold and cut. Quite simple though a bit fiddly.


Peel the hearts off the paper backing, apply to your envelope (or wherever). Then write on your sweet (and short) messages.

I almost always use an ultra fine Sharpie for writing on washi tape. None of those tear/ rage / rip-up-your-project inducing smears with one of these. Red would've been more authentic to the whole conversation heart look, but sometimes you make do with what you've got!


Don't forget a sprinkling of hearts on the back too. And the fun part of creating your own conversation hearts is that you can customize the message to suit your project!


Cute combined with a washi tape heart card...


Or with a washi tape cookie card.

Or, really, cute with pretty much any card at all!


Wouldn't it be fun to receive one of these in the mail?!

Have you sent any pretty mail lately?

The Kirigami Project - Week Five - Heartflower


Ugh - February! Am I right? Yesterday was so very February-ish it necessitated a big batch of double chocolate muffins (which still weren't quite chocolatey enough). Anyway, I'm getting off topic. 

What I really want to say is that there's just something about February which makes you crave bright colour (and chocolatey carbs). This month's designs are partly inspired by Valentine's Day, and partly by that winter craving for sunshine, flowers and any colour other than white or grey.

For February, we're also turning to the simplest of the folding patterns we'll use (I think) - the 4-Point Fold aka fold in half, fold in half, fold in half again.


This month's first design incorporates oh-so-timely hearts into a simple flower design. Look a little closer and you could also find spades and fountain pen nibs. It's all in the eye of the beholder!

To create your own Heartflower kirigami, use the design below and the 4-Point Folding Pattern.



Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Make A Love Garland



I must admit, I kind of love Valentine's Day. But not in the long stem roses and a diamond ring way. More in the any excuse to overdo the pink and red and heart-shaped anything way. Valentine's Day is just so darn cute (or at least it can be, if you avoid the drugstore teddy bears and those long stem roses).



Anyway, after last week's initial garland, I kind of wanted more. And if Valentine's Day isn't the perfect excuse to plaster LOVE all over your wall, I don't know what is! But, if we're being honest here, I would totally leave this up all year round.

Here's how I did it: 

Start by cutting a piece of standard card stock (in white or ivory) into 4 equal pieces. Cover each piece in washi tape. Any washi tape will do, but wide rolls make this go much faster! Then cut out each letter. 

I love cutting things freehand, but I totally get if that's not your thing. It can help to type out the word first and establish the style of each letter before you get started. Need lines to cut along? Sketch your letter onto the card stock before applying tape. The lines will be visible through most washi tapes (though you can test this with a small strip first). Then cut slightly inside the lines.

Add a couple of washi tape hearts to make it even sweeter. Or don't. Totally your call.

Punch holes in the top of your letters. Letters with a single top edge - like the E - need 2 holes, while letters with dual top edges - like the V - need 4. I love a small hole punch (1/8") for projects like this.

Once holes are all punched, string your letters (and hearts) onto a length of pretty twine.

Et voilĂ ! The perfect handmade garland to adorn your wall or party.

While you're at it, why not make a second one, package it up and mail it to someone you love!

Happy crafting!