Alright - this is the last time I’m writing this post. I have written it twice before and both times tumblr erased all my text when I pressed publish. Enough!
So here’s my latest weekend project, this is a special gift for two wonderful friends who are getting married this weekend! It’s a washi tape photo album, inspired by this post of the fabric tape notebook I found the other day. This is an easy easy project, really inexpensive (as you can use any old notebook) and the satisfaction factor is through the roof!
So I started off with a plain, unruled notebook, as this is a photo album and I didn’t want lines all over the pages, although now that I think about it, it might have had a pretty great kitch factor. I choose a sewn spine, as with a spiral notebook, you can’t get the tape as close to the edges as you might like.
Then I picked my washi tape. As you probably know, I get all my washi tape from Marisa at Omiyage (great Canadian company!) That’s always hard, because I love all of it - ALL of it! But I settled with a deep green gingham check, a light pink floral and a sea foam green with white polka dots. Funky with masculine and feminine mixed.
So as you can see - this project is dead simple. Line up the tape. Secure the tape. Really, that’s it. What I ended up doing was using the three washi tapes above as my foundation and then using skinny, solid coloured washi tape, I made small stripes that over laped each other to break up the pattern a little bit. For the break up colours I used a metallic gold, a soft yellow and an orange-coral. The tape goes over the sides on both ends, which gives the back this neat, gagged design, and a shorter version of that design on the inside cover.
As this is a photo album, I decided to include little photo corners to make mounting the memories inside easier. I took a pack of corners and put them in a tiny zip lock baggie. These baggies are SO HANDY - I use them all the time, and get lots of use out of them for sorting jewellery and keeping it untangled.
To attach the little baggie, I took a packaging label (which keeps with the handmade feel) and secured it to the bag with another piece of washi tape, this one a different pattern. I did this for two reasons - 1, because the tag has a little hole I can loop string through and 2, for decorative purposes. The tag covers up the plain old ziplock bag and the washi tape gives it some pizzazz. Then I sealed it with a bow! Using striped ribbon, I looped it through the hole, around the book and there you have it!
Here is my finished product! What do you think? I actually love it - I can’t wait to do this again. It reminds me a lot of a patchwork quilt, with the mix match of patterns.
This project all in all cost about $10. The notebook was $5, the washi tape was initially probably $20, but I only used about $2 worth. The string came in my grab bag (of which I just got my second, this time in yellow and orange!) from last week and the photo corners were about $4.