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How To Use Washi Tape When You Don't Know Where To Begin

Cityluxe Washi Tapes

What are washi tapes?

Washi tape (pronounced as "Washee") is a decorative tape commonly used to decorate scrapbooks, gift packages, journals, etc. Washi tape is thicker than normal tapes and comes in different colors. Many journalers have been using washi for a very long time because of their durability and how easy they are to apply to surfaces such as wood, paint and even paper.

Why are they popular?

Due to the ease of use and decorative potential of washi tape, the craze is spreading rapidly. Thanks to social media, many bloggers and stationery enthusiasts have adopted decorative tape as a quick and easy way to add style to their journal layouts. This trend has inspired more people to learn about washi tapes, which has led them to discover other uses for these tapes that are both decorative and functional.

How to use them?
How to use Washi tapes

There are several ways to use washi tapes, and crafters can learn how to use them for different purposes. These tapes are easy to use to jazz up anything, including DIY crafts, gift wrapping, scrapbooking, and more. If you're running out of ideas, surf online for inspiration, or use your own imagination to create something new! You might initially use these decorative tapes for your craft projects only. But with practice, you'll soon learn how to use washi tape in different ways, which can open up new creative possibilities.

Here are some ideas to get you started on using washi tapes in your creative projects: 

  1. Create swatch page
  2. Page borders
  3. Calendar scheduler
  4. Mark out corners/sides of books to find the page easily
  5. Labelling files and pages
  6. Block out words (can write over) 
  7. Glue alternative
  8. Personalise stationeries / daily household items
  9. Scrapbook / Journal designing
  10. Wall and furniture decoration
  11. Decorative cover for gadgets and appliances
  12. Gift wrapping

Watch the video below for tips on using washi tapes!

Where can I find these?  

Cityluxe Workroom

Washi tapes are becoming popular these days, and they're also a great addition to any stationery collection. If you're looking for a good place to buy washi tapes online, Cityluxe offers a diverse selection of brands and designs. You can even visit our workroom to see these cute stationeries in person! If you're looking for a washi tape brand, we recommend BGM, Kitta, and MT Tapes.

BGM: They are a Tokyo-based brand that creates nature-inspired designs on high-quality paper products such as washi tapes, flake seal stickers and sticky notes.
MT Masking Tape: Founded in 2007 by industrial tape manufacturer Kamoi Kakoshi, They strive to create exciting designs, patterns and colors that are inspired by different artists and designers. They sell a wide assortment of stickers, washi tapes, label tapes, etc.
Kitta: A new subline of Hitotoki, with a unique hand-crafted style. Unlike traditional washi tapes, KITTA turns the washi tapes into convenient 5cm sticker strips that fit easily in your bag or pocket.

Cityluxe WorkRoom Address: 
12 Little Road #05-02 Singapore 536986 *Free Parking

Final thoughts

If you still haven't tried out washi tapes, get your hands on them soon! They're a fun, inexpensive way to express your personality, have great conversations with fellow journalers, and keep everything looking neat and organized. They're versatile stationery must-haves for any writer or artist and are great for decorating your home as well. What are your favorite ways to use washi tapes? Let us know in the comment section below!


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