Good morning, friends! Welcome to the second installment of my In Focus feature here at Sweet Paper Treats. Today’s In Focus product is tape. Decorative tape, washi tape, artisan tape, packaging tape, masking tape, paper tape. It comes in many forms and textures and thousands of different colors and patterns.
My decision to focus on tapes as part of this feature came from a look at my ever growing, but relatively unused, collection of tapes. I am fascinated by tape, but it wasn’t an item I reached for very quickly. So I figured, why not dust off my box of tapes and explore the ways we can use these in our crafting projects?
I had so much fun making these projects. I fell in love all over again with these little rolls of goodness. I haven’t depleted my stash, but I may just have made room in my box for a few new ones!
Shall we take a look?
One of my first ideas for using tape was to make a grid for a scrapbook layout. A narrow tape works best for this. I used a light blue one that was about 1/4″ wide.
I simply marked my lines with a pencil and ruler and placed the tape over the pencil lines, being sure to erase any lines that didn’t get covered. Then I placed my photos and paper scraps inside the blocked off areas.
Then I thought it would be fun to try weaving strips of the tape together to form a background. Most of the tapes have a low tack, so you can pull them up and reposition them if you need to.
So then I thought my card needed a cute coordinating envelope. You can use your tape to mark off an area to place your address on the front of an envelope. That just adds a fun little touch.
Or to add as a fun accent to seal the back of the envelope.
Use your tapes to decorate a gift bag and matching tag, like this.
The rough/tough piece at the top and the flame piece at the bottom are both decorative tape.
Use your tape to make a fabulous decorative piece for your home.
I cut a piece of card stock in the size I needed to fit the frame and just stuck down strips of tape all over it. I finished it off with a sentiment sticker before framing it. I really loved the way it turned out and I can’t wait to display it somewhere in my house after the holidays are over.
Here’s a super quick and easy idea. Use small strips of tape to make a simple Christmas tag for your Christmas gifts.
I simply used a few strips of tape, making each one smaller than the previous one and adding a star brad at the top.
Another fun thing to do with tape is to make your own banner or bunting.
all you need is a piece of string to wrap the tape around. Finish off the tape at the bottom by cutting it into a pennant shape. You could also make a pennant for your cupcakes or other party food by wrapping the tape around a toothpick.
How about those decorative packaging tapes? I had some I picked up at Michael’s a while ago. I used mine to decorate some glass containers. A vase and a jar I filled with candy for a quick and easy Christmas gift.
How about using your tape to make a mat or background for your photos on a scrapbook page?
The ones I used here are more like adhesive ribbon, but I store them with my tapes since I use them more like tape than like ribbon. I guess you could call them ribbon tape.
See that wide cream colored tape used? That’s actually first aid tape. I bought a roll of it because I heard you could use it to make your own decorative tape, and you totally can. I stamped on my first aid tape and made this card with it.
I doesn’t turn out very dark when you stamp on it, but has a kind of faded look, which is fun too. I didn’t experiment with other inks to see if some would stamp darker, but that’s a possibility I might have to explore farther.
You can also use your tapes to attach your focal images to a card or scrapbook page, like I did on this page.
And a few other ideas I had, but didn’t use:
-Use your tapes to wrap around a gift box instead of a ribbon and bow.
-Use tapes to decorate the cover of an album.
-Decorate a CD of photos or music before giving at as a gift.
-Use tapes to decorate napkins and paper cups for a party.
-Use tapes to decorate clothespins to use for hanging cards or inspiration pieces from a string. Or you could attach a magnet to the back of the clothespin to hang stuff on your fridge.
Need more ideas? I found some fantastic blogs that share a heap of fun ideas for using tapes in all kinds of ways.
Here’s some fun ideas from Scrapbooks etc., some of which I used here today.
This blog, Tapeswell, is a treasure trove of tape ideas.
JuBella has some great tape ideas as well.
Hopefully you’ve been inspired to dig through your stash of tapes or maybe to go out and try some for the very first time. Tapes are so much fun, so versatile, and easy to use. They’re easy to find if you’re looking for some to purchase. Lots of paper crafting companies carry decorative tapes. Some that immediately come to mind are Making Memories, Pink Paislee, and 7 Gypsies, but there are a ton more. You can do a google search on washi tapes or decorative tapes or look for tapes at Two Peas in a Bucket.
If you make a project using tape or have made one within the last week or two, I’d love it if you’d share it with us. Just leave a link to your project in your comment and I’ll be sure to visit your blog or gallery and check it out! I’d love to showcase your tape project here on my blog before the next In Focus session comes around, so you have a month to link up your projects. I’ll choose one winner to send a package of goodies to. I hope you’ll play along!
Thanks so much for joining me today as we explored the vast possibilities and fun uses of tape. It was great having you here with me!