Washi Tape Animal Samplers


I spotted this idea over on The Puk Project earlier in the week and couldn't resist trying it myself. Designed to share washi tape designs via snail mail, Puk's cat-shaped washi tape samplers are the cutest way to share tape that I've ever seen! I think it's their little faces!


You can find step-by-step instructions here. Though it's pretty straightforward - cut a piece of card stock, add animal details like ears and a sweet face, then wrap strips of washi tape around and share! Adjust the size of your animals to match the amount of tape you'd like to share. Mine are about 2" wide x 4.5" tall.


Of course, there's no reason to limit yourself to cats - any critter looks cute all dressed up in washi tape. Pink pigs look positively pleased with themselves - must be all those patterns in one outfit.


I'm pretty partial to samplers shaped like bears. Their round ears are a little trickier to cut but they're worth it once you see them all snuggled up in layers of washi.


But then again... the cats ARE pretty cute...


I guess it'll have to be one of each for me... no favourites today.

How about you? Do you have a favourite? Or a suggestion for a different animal?

I'd love to see how you share tape with your friends and pen pals!

The Kirigami Project - Week 38 - Starburst


While I've shared a star kirigami design before, I couldn't resist trying one which was a bit more complicated. A super star, if you will!

To create your own starburst kirigami design, use the template below and the 5-point folding pattern.


Want to try all of September's designs? This month's free printable template is now available!


Click on the image above to access and print the templates.

Happy crafting! Don't forget to share your designs on social media with the tag #thekirigamiproject You can find us on instagram here ---> @omiyage_ca & @thelanguidlion

The Kirigami Project is collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri turns them into printable templates. Each week in 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut. Find the treasury of designs here.

Cat Sticker Fever


I really love the flexibility of specialty washi tapes like these cats - individual pictures are perfect for turning into stickers.


These cat-themed stickers are quirky-cute when used as accents for gift wrap or snail mail. Love them!

Speaking of cats, how cute is this idea?

Until next time - happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project - Week 37 - Scrollwork


I love how simple cuts create fancy shapes! This design rather reminded me of scrollwork, the shield backs on a set of antique dining chairs or even engravings on silverware. And, of course, any 5-point fold kirigami is sure to have at least passing resemblance to a star/


To create your own Scrollwork-inspired kirigami design, use the template below and the 5-point folding pattern.


Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri turns them into printable templates. Each week in 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut. Find the treasury of designs here.

Make Ribbons!


I've been glaring at the big pile of tape on my desk (trust me, it's a BIG pile), waiting for a little inspiration to strike! Yesterday, it struck me - ribbons!

I always think that projects which are both simple and practical are the best for sharing. These washi tape ribbons are cute, endlessly adaptable and would make great gift toppers, don't you think?


They're fun, easy and slightly addictive to make. Here's how...


To make your own washi tape ribbons, start by punching circles out of washi tape covered card stock. I used 1 inch and 2 inch punches. Then lay strips of tape onto the card stock. Cut out strips and trim into 3 to 4 inch lengths.


For each ribbon, you will need 1 large washi tape circle, 1 small washi tape circle and two strips with angled ends. .


Glue the smaller circle in the centre of the larger one. Then tape the strips to the back side of the circle.


Have fun mixing and matching different colours and patterns.


Would you try making these washi tape ribbons?

Happy crafting!

Washi Tape Grab Bags

Late last week we added some of our popular washi tape grab bags to the shop. Filled with lonely last rolls, photo samples and specialty tapes which never made it to the shop, each grab bag is filled with colour, pattern and crafty potential!

Plus, this round of bags ships with a friend - a second grab bag of twine, tags and stickers. Put them both together and you'll be wrapping some fine-looking gifts!

Grab a grab bag here!

The Kirigami Project - Week 36 - Starflower

Today truly feels like Autumn around here. A big rainstorm overnight has given way to a cool and breezy day. It feels like a good day to put on your favourite worn-in sweatshirt, make a hot cup of tea (or coffee) and curl up with a creative project or a good book.

Once you're all nice and cozy, why not try a little kirigami? This week's design has all sorts of hidden pictures inside - stars and flowers and dancers and... what do you see?


To create your own Starflower kirigami design, use the template below and the 5-point folding pattern.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri turns them into printable templates. Each week in 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut. Find the treasury of designs here.

New Washi Tape Cuties

Just added new washi tape cuties to the shop. 28 new patterns, solids and unique designs.What's a washi tape cutie? A compact roll of washi tape, of course!Masté mini rolls of washi tape pack a full 7m of washi tape onto each cute roll. The unique small size make these rolls of tape the perfect size for popping into your pocket, pencil case or purse - never be unprepared for a washi tape emergency ever again!Find our full selection of washi tape cuties here.

Getting To Know - Quill & Fox


The Getting To Know series over on Oh My! Handmade Goodness features interviews with makers, artists, designers and small business owners at all different stages of their careers. I'm always interested in how other adventurers in the world of creative entrepreneurship run their businesses, get inspired and how they got started in the first place.


I'm a long time admirer of illustrator Yas Imamura's line Quill & Fox. Come meet Yas and learn the story behind the brand.

The Kirigami Project - Week 35 - Starfruit


This week's design reminds me quite a bit of the cross-section of a starfruit or carambola. Have you ever eaten a starfruit? Elias is a fan but I've always thought they fell into the category of fruit which looks better than it tastes. Kinda like dragon fruit. Better as a garnish than as a snack!


To create your own Starfruit kirigami design, use the template below and the 5-Point Folding Pattern.

This is our second fruit-inspired design. First there were pineapples. Any other fruits you'd like to see transformed into kirigami designs? I think pears might be cute!

The Kirigami Project is collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri turns them into printable templates. Each week in 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut. Find the treasury of designs here.

Insta-Update


A look at what's been happening around here - through the eyes of Instagram.

Packing orders, unpacking new products.
Admiring colour combos, playing with a bit of collage.
Trying out new ideas.

Follow @omiyage_ca on Instagram for more studio sneak peeks.