Discover how washi tape can transform your life!
Firstly, for those of you who don’t know what Washi Tape is, it’s a Japanese low tack masking tape made in bright colours and beautiful designs. The low tack adhesive allows you to remove it without marking and reposition it easily making it great for labelling and decorating. It is one of those products which can at first have you scratching your head and wondering what you would do with it but eventually you realise just how useful it is and wonder how you ever managed without it.
In an attempt to show just how useful this stuff is, I did a quick check around our office and asked people for their top three uses of Washi Tape. Some people chose the same reasons but then I guess that just demonstrates how good it is for certain tasks.
3 washi tape tips: Dominic's choices
First off, Dominic who has gone for three practical ideas:
1. Marking chargers and leads. Anyone who has had to share a phone or laptop charger will know the familiar issue of ever finding the right charger again. A simple bit of washi tape on the charger and plug and it’s easily identified as your charger. No more arguments over who’s USB lead that was!
2. Keys. A similar idea but again,once you are faced with more than a few spare keys you can never work out which one fits which lock. A small bit of washi tape and you can colour code your keys. Pop them in an envelope, add a bit of washi tape to the envelope as well and you can create a handy key (no pun intended) to the keys.
3. Make your own noticeboard. This one takes a bit more effort, I know, but with a spirit level and pencil (and some patience!) you can easily mark out where to put the tape, and if you neatly trim the ends then you too can end up with your own version of our staff noticeboard. If I can do it…
3 washi tape tips: Emma's choices
Emma has chosen the same top use as Dominic proving how brilliant the idea is but then gets a bit more creative, as is her way.
1. Tagging electronics cables. So I know which is which (or whose) iPhone, camera, Kindle.
2. Marking page edges in my notebook (predictable, I know..). This is done by wrapping a piece of tape over the edge of a page vertically so that you get a coloured marker to divide up the book into sections.
3. Decorating wrapped presents. Creating borders, using tape as a label, patterns using tape, decorating the tags. You can also decorate letters to make them stand out.
3 washi tape tips: Faisal's choices
Faisal, a keen photographer, has a more unusual use for the tape.
1. Holding things in place. When taking photos or marking out the “stage”. This is useful when you need to remember exactly where an item was between shots.
2. Food packets. Closing half opened packets of food e.g. crisps, cakes, pasta.
3. Sticking notes to things. Like a Post-it note.
3 washi tape tips: Mishka's choices
Mishka shares the love of page marking with Emma but has a couple of other ideas.
1. Pen grips. A piece of tape around the top of your fountain pen can make grip less slippery and easier to hold.
2. Paper reinforcing. You can use tape to reinforce punched paper in folders. When holes have torn or before they do, you can add strip of Washi Tape and punch through that. Super strong!
3. Bullet Journaling! Bookmarking pages for Bujo or Bullet Journaling. Easy way to divide up your book in to sections, can be on ends of page to make index or to make markers.
3 washi tape tips: My choices
For myself, I keep a couple of rolls at home and mostly use it for practical purposes.
1. Food. My absolute top use is labelling food, especially for the freezer. I use the plain tapes and then label and date everything I put in there. I forgot to do this recently and was rewarded with a bag of tagliatelle for my stir fry instead of noodles. Very annoying.
2. Sticking notes up around the house. To remind teenagers to do stuff – “Unload the dishwasher please”, We need milk” and “Do Not Eat This!” would be examples
3. Emergency wrapping paper. Making plain or kraft paper into emergency wrapping paper for a present when I have run out. The patterned versions are good for this. It can look fantastic.