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Ways with Washi

Hi Magpies, this month I chose to showcase different ways to use washi tape on my layouts. Now if you’re anything like me you have loads of lovely reels of washi tape & only ever use a small bit of one reel on a layout or occasionally use some to wrap a present!! & I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could use it in a few different ways. There’s loads to chose from in the shop, to suit all tastes, so go take a look.

For my first layout ‘just smile’ I first cut a piece of paper in half diagonally, to use as a base. I attached my first piece of washi tape using a T-square ruler, to make sure it was straight, & carried on adding all the other washi up & down the paper. I then added some stitching inbetween the lines of the washi. I laid a zip along the centre line & again stiched that to another piece of white cardstock. The rest of the layout is fairly simple, I made a photo mat out of a few papers, added some ink splats, to which I added these new, fab, exclusive flair badges & cut my title on my silhouette. I added the whole layout onto a piece of grey striped paper to give it a border.




My second layout ‘life today’ uses small strips of torn washi, which I really like the look of. I added layers of papers to the left hand side with torn edges, punched edges & some pleated crepe paper. I again wanted to use those great flair badges so chose washi in colours that matched the flair. I added the torn washi in strips, from the left hand side & sewed in a contrasting colour over the top of each strip. I added some more paper strips to the right hand side & added my photos, in a strip & one on the right covering them with small chipboard frames from the simple stories carpe diem range. I stitched part of my title & added the chipboard ‘today’ on top of it.





My third layout was a bit more involved, but I love how it’s turned out. I started out by misting a piece of paper with a few different colours of inks, I then added torn pieces of washi all over the page & then added lots of stitching, by this time I was thinking I’d gone a bit crazy & that it looked like a hot mess but I then punched circles out of it & it looked better.








I thought the page would look better on black cardstock but wanted to add some sort of a border so I added strips of washi tape around the edge of a piece of white cardstock & added the black on top just showing the edges. I added some texture paste, in a lovely metallic teal, around the page & added my punched circles, sewing through them in a cross. I made a photo mat & added my photo to the centre of the page, popping it up to give it some dimension. I added a few bits from the simple stories life in colour 12×12 fundamentals stickers & stitched, in yellow, all around the page. I finished off adding some faux stitched lines with a white pen, some splatters in teal, gold & white & another couple of flair badges.






I hope you have enjoyed my pages today & it will encourage you to look at that big stash of washi in a different way, until next time xoxo


My normal use of washi!!!




Products used;

Various washi tape

Hey Little Magpie Flair badges

Simple Stories- Carpe Diem- Chipboard Frames

Simple Stories- Life In Color- 12×12 Fundamentals Stickers

Heidi Swapp Metallic Texture Paste- Teal


  1. Jackie

    lovely layouts, love the 1st one with the zip detail.

  2. Barbara

    Stunning layouts as alwaysjuliemust start using some of my washi xxx

  3. Rachel Millington

    Holy WOW Julie! Amazing pages, they are all superb! And I love the usual use of your washi lol! I get bad eyes and my usual use of washi is using it to tape my eye shut for a while lol!

  4. Sue

    Wow they are all superb but my favourite is the last one the colours just explode off the page it’s just stunning

  5. Jo Boland

    Wow Julie, these ideas and your layouts are AMAZING! Love, love, love them and had to chuckle at the last photo! Great work xxx

  6. Natalia

    These pages are so fun Julie – just love that Just smile page, what a photo! LOL
    Also your use of washi is very similar to my use of magic scotch tape! 😉