Insta-Update May 2014

It's pretty much always tape-tastic around here, but the last few weeks have felt especially tape-filled. Here's a look at what's going on around here - well, at least according to InstagramLots of tape projects happening - but that's not really new!


I spent a bit of time sorting through all the loose rolls currently on-the-go and getting them organized into boxes so that I could see them all. 

Bad news is they're already back in a jumble. 

Good news is I found a big pile of unused photo samples and other random rolls - new washi tape grab bags will be coming soon!

It's also been a busy few weeks tape-order-wise.  Our washi tape cuties will be restocked soon. New and restock MT tapes are on order. Plus a brand new line of tape that I'm really excited about. Like really really haven't been this excited about tape in a long time excited. They're so good - I hope you love them too!

Loved reading all the responses to our latest giveaway over on Facebook and Instagram - it's always wonderful to receive feedback about what you'd like to see in this space and in the shop. More DIY's, more tape, more rubber stamps, more stationery and great pens seem to be the running theme. Plus some other great suggestions that we're already starting to look into!

How about you? Do you have any suggestions for things you'd like to see here on the blog or products you'd like to see in the shop? We'd love your input!

Happy Friday!

The Kirigami Project - Week 21 - Leaves


I'm really excited to share this one with you... it's definitely one of my favourite so far. Inspired by leaves, the graphic symmetrical design is quite dynamic. I hope you agree!


The actual construction is quite simple - just a leaf shape filled in with slashes of negative space - but the final look is almost hypnotic.

To create your own kirigami leaves design, use the template below and the 4-point folding pattern.

Ready to try all of May's unique paper cut designs?



This month's free printable template is now available! Four fun designs on one convenient sheet:



Click on the image above to access and print May's free printable template. Then fold, trace and cut this month's kirigami designs!

Which of May's designs is your favourite? We'd love to see your versions on social media - use the tag #thekirigamiproject to share in the kirigami fun!

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.

Making Father's Day Cards With Washi Tape


I don't want to alarm you, but May is almost over (I know right?!!) and that means Father's Day is just around the corner. Around here, any occasion is the perfect occasion for a handmade card!

These clever cards feature fancy folded collars (that's a lie - totally easy folded collars) and simple washi tape shapes. Here's how to make your own...





Gather your supplies:

  • Blank card
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder (optional)
  • Washi tape
  • Parchment / Waxed paper
  • Fine tipped marker / Pen


Do you ever use a bone folder when paper crafting? I love to use one to mark shapes and lines - just as effective as a pencil but no pesky lines to erase!


1. At the top edge of the card, mark the centre point. Cut a straight line approximately 1 inch (25mm) long from the marked point. Fold edges over to create the collar. Crease firmly.


2. Cut a strip of washi tape in half lengthwise. Apply to the card right along the collar folds. Cut excess tape off at card edge.


3. Apply two strips of tape to a piece of parchment/waxed paper, ensuring that the strips overlap slightly and that the pattern lines up (if possible).


4. Cut overlapping washi strips on paper backing into shape of necktie. Carefully peel off of the paper and apply to the front of your card.


5. With your fine tipped marker, add details like buttons and pockets.


Pretty cute, right? And not just for Father's Day either - why not make one to say congrats to a recent graduate who's just landed his first job? No matter what you're celebrating, washi tape's

Happy crafting!

Omiyage Surprize Pack Giveaway


This morning I woke up and remembered that I had 3 Surprize Packs tucked away in a box under the office table. I was saving them for a rainy day or something worth celebrating... and a sunny day in mid-May seems as worthy a day as any for a little social media giveaway.

I'm going to admit that I have pretty much no idea what's in these - though I know that it's a mix of tape, stationery and packaging supplies. If you sneak a peek at this post, you can get a feel for the mix of goodies at the midway point of prepping each Surprise Pack. Each one is lovingly packed with about $40 worth of Omiyage goods... but just what we won't know for sure until the winners open them up!

Pop over to our Facebook page, Twitter feed, or Instagram to find out how you could win!

Good luck!

The Kirigami Project - Week 20 - Arrows


As Spring fades into Summer (it really is coming, right?), I find myself reaching for brighter shades of paper and creating bolder paper cuts. It's funny how these designs shift and evolve over the course of the year.

Each month, I sit down with a big pile of paper and fold and cut and fold and cut and fold and cut until I have a big pile of designs. Then I sort through each one, some end up crumpled up in the wastepaper basket, some into the not yet pile, others in the needs a bit of work pile and occasionally there's a simple Yes! Then the ones which made the cut (ha ha) are turned into templates for you to try. Some are preconceived - like last week's bows. Some are based on a thought, like how would interlocking hearts look. And others, like this one, just kind of arrive at the end of my scissors. These surprise designs are (usually) my favourites.

Loosely inspired by arrows, I love how graphic this design is.


To create your own Arrow-inspired kirigami design, use the template below and the 4-point folding pattern.


Happy crafting! Don't forget to share your kirigami paper cuts on social media with the hashtag #thekirigamiproject

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.

Drawing With Washi Tape


I'd love to know - do you ever "draw" with washi tape?

Creating pictures out of tape is one of my favourite things to do. I'd love to know if you do it too! I crafted up this slice of birthday cake last week and ever since I've been dreaming of other things to draw with paint.

If you do this too, I'd love to see what pictures you've been creating out of tape!

The Kirigami Project - Week 19 - Bows


I'm having a bit of a love affair with bows... but not the kind you wear, you're not likely to spot me wandering around town with a bow in my hair (nor Elias in a bow tie)... and not even the kind you make out of ribbon and plop atop a gift, really. But the shape of a bow itself is just so cute and so simple to create from a variety of materials!

I've made confetti bows, washi tape bows, and doodled bows ... one of my projects in the book is origami paper bows... so it just seemed right to make a kirigami design based on bows.



I think it's rather lovely, don't you.

And, if you're more into spooky than cute, craft this out of black paper next Halloween, omitting the bottom notch, and I think you've got a pretty good-looking spider kirigami design on your hands. A little 2-in-1 design for you today!

To create your own Bow-inspired 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.

Washi Tape Pineapples


I must admit that I've still got pineapples on the brain - but washi tape pineapples this time!

How cute are these stickers? Perfect for adding some tropical washi flavour to cards, crafts and wrapping.


It's as simple as applying strips of overlapping tape to parchment paper and then cutting out the pineapple shape.

Then peel and stick wherever you please. I think a trio of neon pineapples on the front of a card is a fun way to say hello (or perhaps aloha)!

Win A Copy Of Pinterest Perfect!


We're celebrating the release of Pinterest Perfect with a giveaway!

Pinterest Perfect is a lovely new book featuring 25 art and craft projects from 8 artists. The projects are inspired by the enormous amount of creative inspiration to be found on Pinterest. You'll also find useful tips for using Pinterest to its full potential as a resource.



Win a copy of the book plus a selection of Omiyage goodies to create some of the projects inside. A stack of washi tape in a mix of solids and patterns plus two sizes of origami paper will have you all prepared for some paper crafting fun!

Giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents. Entries will be accepted until Friday, May 16th at 12pm EST. Approximate retail value $45 CDN. Actual washi tapes to be sent may not match image - we love to find out a little about your colour preferences before sending giveaway prizes.

There are five ways to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each one you do. Please make sure that there is some way to contact you.

1) Follow me on Pinterest.
2) Repin this pin.
3) Comment below - Have you ever made a project you found on Pinterest? Or do you mainly use it for gathering inspiration?
4) Tweet about this giveaway - Win a copy of Pinterest Perfect plus sweet @omiyage_ca goodies! http://ctt.ec/X8U_K+
5) Follow @Omiyage_ca over on Instagram.

Good luck!

Giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to our winner Diane!

The Kirigami Project - Week 18 - Pineapples


Happy May! Hard to believe that we're now into the fifth month of this project (and the year!) ... with a third of the designs already revealed, we'd love to know which one is your favourite so far? 

Pineapples seem to be the fruit darling of the moment... and why not? Delicious and funny looking; that's a mighty fine combination. Actually, these pineapples were inspired not by the real thing but by these which might just be the best cookies going. We had friends visiting Hawaii last week, and while I was a bit jealous of the sunset beach vistas and tropical weather (I do love a good palm tree), it really just left me with a pineapple-shaped cookie craving.

But, you know what they say... when you can't go to the isle of pineapples, bring the pineapples to you... Okay, I'm pretty sure nobody says that, but these kirigami pineapples are pretty cute anyway!


To create your own kirigami pineapple design, use the template below and the 4-point folding pattern.
What other kinds of fruit would you like to see transformed into kirigami? I think pears would be super cute!

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.

Add A Little Washi Tape Flavour...

I'm a big fan of the Vegetable Lover washi tape we have in the shop right now. But, to be honest, sometimes I find these illustrated rolls challenging - how to use them to their full advantage rather than just sticking a strip on the back of an envelope - not that there's anything wrong with that, but I do like options!

And then it hit me - the veggie tape was the perfect match for the plain wooden recipe box I had tucked away in the cupboard. A simple strip around the edge of the lid...


Plus an accent sticker right on the top. Perfect! And how cute is that tomato?

I've left this unsealed... because indecision is my middle name and I might just want to give this box a different look somewhere down the line... but for more durability, I'd recommend adding a coat or two of Mod Podge or a similar sealant to keep your washi tape in place and looking fresh.

I'd love to know - how do you use wide illustrated rolls of tape like this one?

For more project ideas using illustrated washi tapes, check out these recipe cards, stickers and notecards.

Pinterest Perfect


Let's kick off May with a fun announcement - Have you heard? Some of my paper craft projects are in a book!





I'm pretty delighted to be a part of Pinterest Perfect with seven other artists who specialize in a variety of mediums - artists like Gemma Correll, Khristian Howell and Amanda Wright.

The book features 25 pin-worthy projects inspired by the artistic community of Pinterest as well tips on how to optimize your Pinterest experience. The wide variety of projects will have you crafting up well-wrapped gifts, trying watercolour painting or creating your own doodle dolls.


I posted a quick flip-through video over on Instagram with a taste of some of the projects you'll see inside. You can see that here.

You can order a copy of Pinterest Perfect online at Amazon or Chapters or look for it in your local bookshop.

Watch this space for a fun giveaway featuring a copy of the book and Omiyage products early next week!