The wonders of Washi tape!

Have you discovered the wonders of Washi tape yet? Well if you are creative in anyway I’m sure you’ve heard of it… This creative tape is real eye candy and can be used for all sorts of things – perfect for scrapbooking, card-making, gift-wrapping and more. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the pretty designs and let my decorating ideas run wild!

Until now crafty types have had to rely on friends travelling overseas to bring back their drug of choice but now a friend of mine, Francesca Mills, has recently started stocking this otherwise hard to find pretty stationery supply in South Africa! Good news indeed.

Washi tape is essentially masking tape made from Japanese washi paper. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner. Washi paper is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrubor the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat.

In the last couple of years Washi tapes has become very popular for crafters and scrapbookers. The wide range of colours and patterns together with the ‘self stick’ and handmade quality of the product means it’s popularity will only continue to grow with avid creatives.

tape examples
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Each roll of tape is 10 metres long and 15mm wide, and is made from adhesive paper. There are 20 designs to choose from and the tape costs R40 per roll.

To purchase the Washi tape or for a lovely range of quirky illustrated cards (R25 each or R100 for 5 cards) contact Francesca on 0832258004 or via

Francesca has partnered with her sister-in-law Paula Mills, the illustrator behind Sweet William, (and whose home I recently featured here) to bring this lovely line of art prints and paper goods to South Africa and I can’t wait to see what other lovely items will be coming our way soon!

Where theres tea theres hope
happy happy

Love these cards featuring “Camille”

She flies with angels
when choosing friends.....
she climbs mountains

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images: Francesca Mills

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!


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