Totally Design Thank You Cards


The thing about running a small business is, there is almost always a long list of things you would like to do if you could only find the time / money / inspiration. I love coming across a clever tip like this one or product which solves a problem or makes your life easier. That's at least part of the story behind these cards.

We used to send out thank you code cards with all our orders a few years ago, but then we ran out and life and business and all that other stuff happened and I thought about making new ones... maybe not all the time... but I definitely thought about. But the problem is, thinking about things rarely makes them materialize out of thin air. Thinking really hard about a caramel macchiato... and nothing.


So, if you're like me - businesses that make your business easier are pretty fantastic finds. Anne over at Totally Design specializes in making these clever thank you postcards. You simply pick your favourite, buy the file, do a little add your own info action and print them on your computer. Easy gratitude right there.


Or if you're feeling a bit fancy (I'm pretty much always feeling fancy), you can have your cards customized - check out those stripy backs - and printed professionally.


Thanks Anne for making my life easier!

Look out for one of these cards in your next Omiyage order!

Have you come across any clever tips that make your life so much easier lately? Or have a business that offers a helpful service like Totally Designs' thank you cards? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

The Kirigami Project - Week 43 - Bonbons



This lovely lacy paper cut looks pretty timeless but was actually inspired by a handful of Halloween candies. I also see diamond rings in there. What do you see?

To create your own Bonbons kirigami design, use the template below and the 6-point folding pattern.

Want to try all of October's Halloween-inspired designs?


This month's free printable is now available!


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

Happy crafting! We'd love to see your versions on social media - don't forget to tag your paper cuts with #thekirigamiproject. You can find us on Instagram at @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.

Getting To Know - Andsmile Studio

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.



Into cute, quirky & colourful accessories and paper goods? You'll love Andsmile Studio! Come meet Viktorija Semjonova, the artist behind Andsmile.

The Kirigami Project - Week 42 - Fangs


This kirigami design is oh-so-pretty until you spot Dracula's fangs. Can you see them? Once you do, they're one of those you-can't-unsee things - and suddenly we've moved from frilly flower into spooky shape territory. Perfect for Halloween!


To create your own Fangs kirigami design, use the template below and the 6 point folding pattern.


Happy Friday & 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 A Bird Mask


Sometimes, I get a project idea which demands to be listened to. Last night, I got the itch to make a feather-y mask out of washi tape. Must be the call of Halloween! Anyway, it turned out quite nicely, so I thought I'd share - maybe inspire you to try something a little different with your washi tape stash too!



A little look at the construction process. I started with a basic handmade mask shape - but a store-bought paper mask would work just as well, if not better. Then I applied layers of washi tape feather shapes around the eyes and up from the nose to the crown. Finished with a few sequins here and there for sparkle and around the eyes to mask (ha ha) tape ends.


Finally, I added a card stock beak - taking the mask from Carnaval extra to magical beast.

A closer look at those layers of feathers - each feather constructed out of a piece of folded washi tape, one end left a little longer for sticking purposes, then cut to shape.


Have you ever tried working with tape in a 3-dimensional way? I also think it's lovely for flowers, pleats and ruffles!

The Kirigami Project - Week 41 - Bats


Who knew bats could be so pretty?! Don't you just love that ruffled flower right in the centre?

They certainly aren't this lovely when they somehow make their way into your house on a summer night and you have to chase them out with a broom while they swoop at your head and visions of teeth-so-sharp-you-don't-even-feel-the-bite dance in your head.



But these bats are both toothless and rabies-free, so go ahead and craft up a whole flock. Or rather a whole cloud of bats. Collective nouns are the best!

To create your own Bats Kirigami design, use the template below and the 6-point folding pattern.

These bats are a hint of what to expect from our next spooky kirigami design... a creature which sometimes appears in the form of a bat....

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 Halloween Cards



Halloween is the perfect excuse to send some spooky mail! A simple message written in washi tape is seasonal without being over the top - plus it's a great opportunity to practice cutting words / shapes out of tape.


Want to make your own? Here's how:


You will need:
Washi tape
Blank cards
Parchment paper
Mirror print out of desired text
Marker or Pen
Craft knife and/or Scissors


Start by placing your text print-out face down on the parchment paper. Secure with tape. Flip paper over and trace around outline of text.


Remove print out. Flip paper back over so that marker outline is facing away from you. Cover with strips of washi tape, ensuring each strip slightly overlaps the one before it.


Cut out letters - you can use a craft knife for all cutting or use scissors for outlines and craft knife for enclosed details. Carefully peel letters off of the paper backing and stick to card front. When removing washi tape shapes from a paper backing, always make sure to start from the bottommost piece of tape to prevent shape from coming apart. 


To make your letters "pop" off the page, try layering two cut outs. Love this black with neon combo!


Not into the fiddly-ness of cutting letters out of tape? Simple stripes in seasonal colours are pretty striking all on their own. Or why not add stripes to the back of your spooky sounds cards?


Whether you choose the simple or the pop version, these spooky text cards are sure to be a treat!

Generally, when writing with washi tape, it's a bit easier to work with script than individual letters as you don't have to worry as much about positioning. That being said, script can be a bit trickier to stick to your surface. Here's another project all about writing in script with washi tape.


Will you be sending out Halloween cards this year?

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project - Week 40 - Cats



It wouldn't be Halloween without some black cats. Though I'm rather partial to black cats at any time of the year - especially big fluffy ones!


Or why not cut yours out of colourful paper and add a few details with markers? Totally cute.

To create your own Cats kirigami design, use the template below and the 6-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.

Insta-Update

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

Adorable new things have been arriving from Japan - loving the stationery
Snapping photos of customer orders is my favourite
Always making stickers out of tape
Colourful bags + paper doilies + tape = awesome
Greeting card grab bags are ALSO my favourite
This order totally tugged on my heart strings - more colour, more fun!







Another fantastic order - cameras, cosmos, plants & Scandi crosses
Big box of new tape filled with illustrations galore
Loving Uppercase. Treated myself to a couple of back issues in a recent sale
More new tape (and one little guy who didn't survive the voyage)
Pink, purple grey & white - yet another fab #omiyagepalette
Textile goodness from Avril Loreti & Miss Matatabi. Do you remember when we sold fabric? My dream shop/studio combo definitely has a big wall of fabric. 

Hope to see you over on Instagram! @omiyage_ca

Have a fantastic weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Make Pyramid Paper Pouches


Awhile ago, I promised to show you how to make these pyramid-shaped paper pouches. We got in some new origami paper this week and so it seemed like the perfect moment. These vintage-inspired florals aren't particularly Autumn-y, but they are a cheerful reminder of Spring in the midst of a blustery week!

Want to try? They're really easy and all you need is paper, scissors and washi tape.


Start by cutting a piece of origami paper in half. Or any pretty paper will do really. You need a piece of paper that's twice as long as it is wide.


Connect the 2 short ends of the paper with a piece of tape, creating a tube. Cut off the excess tape ends or fold around to the inside of the loop.


Now here's where it gets a little tricky... well, tricky but pretty easy once you get the hang of it! Position the tube so that the washi tape-d seam is in the centre. Flatten one side of the tube so that your pouch takes on a shape not unlike a tube of toothpaste. Fold a piece of washi tape over the flattened end of the tube. Trim off any excess tape.

Before you do the next step, you'll want to fill your pyramid pouch - candy, little love notes, confetti are all the perfect size!


Rotate the pouch so that the center seam is now on the side. Flatten the open end of the pouch, creating the pyramid shape.  If your pouch looks flat like an envelope, turn it 90 degrees and try again. Fold a piece of washi tape over the open end. Trim off any excess tape.


Clever, right? Bet you can't make just one!

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project - Week 39 - Spiderweb



Happy October! This month's kirigami designs are all about classic Halloween shapes. Cute, creepy and oh-so-clever! Hope you like them as much as we do.

One of the most popular DIY posts we've ever published was our Spiderweb Kirigami. I couldn't resist revisiting it just in time for Halloween - this time resized for standard 6-inch origami paper and including a template.

If you're feeling extra spooky, why not cut out a few paper spiders too?


To create your own Spiderweb Kirigami, use the template below and the 6-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.