Thursday, September 15, 2011

Freebie | DIY Japanese Tape Pattern Printable

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The other day I googled “DIY Japanese Washi Tape” or something like that and came upon a blog called “Good Look Cookbook | DIY Graphic Design Recipes”.  They have a DIY tutorial called “Last Minute Japanese Tape”.  I was intrigued and read it.  Then I was very excited to give it a try.

I went to several office stores looking for Avery 5167 Return Address Labels.  Unfortunately, they were sold in packs of 100 sheets, costing over $30.  I don’t need that many!  Target to the rescue!  I went there and found Avery 8867 labels (equivalent to Avery 5167) in 12 sheet packages for under $5. 

I downloaded the Avery Return Address Label template for Adobe Illustrator off their website.  Then I opened up Illustrator and used some of the patterns that I had created for my digital scrapbooking kit “Just The Way You Are”, because I thought those patterns would make lovely tape.  I followed the instructions from the Good Look Cookbook and in just a few minutes, I had my tape designs ready to print!  I put a sheet of my Avery 8867 labels into the rear tray of my printer.  Then I hit print from Illustrator and instructed it to source the paper from the rear tray.  Out came this crafty goodness full of possibilities!

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You can use it for gift-wrapping, scrapbooking, cardmaking, or anything that requires pretty tape!

I used the blue and yellow striped tape here in my SMASH book page.
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You can rip the ends to make it look more like washi tape.  Or use pinking scissors on the ends.  I just love all the possibilities!

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I saved my pattern into a PDF file so that you can print it out onto Avery return address labels and have your own tape too!  You can download it here.  Please remember that it’s for personal use only, so please don’t sell the digital PDF itself or sell the printed stickers you make with it.  If you download, please leave a comment because I really do love to hear from you.  Happy taping!  :)

33 comments:

  1. Well - isn't that just the crafty-ist thing evah!!!!! Love!

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  2. This is so lovely, Christine! I'm curious, can't you find washi tapes in the US? I have a full stash of them. Love it! :)

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  3. This looks interesting. I think I will give it a try and thanks for the download link.

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  4. Thanks Christine!! Love this :))

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  5. GET OUT!

    Well, there goes my chore list this weekend...I'm gonna be making tape.

    You're the best.

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  6. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 7 post on Sep. 16, 2011. Thanks again.

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  7. These are so so fantastic sweetie!! Thank you!! ♥

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  8. What a great idea! Thank you for the download! I already have some of these labels and I can't wait to print this out. I love the patterns you used, too.

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  9. I have no idea where to get such papers and can't print at the moment, but I just wanted to say that OMG you ROCK. YAY washi tape! :D

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  10. Hmm I made a comment yesterday but blogger erased it, LOL.

    Lili - we can get washi tape here but it's hard to find at stores and it's a little pricey. I have a few I bought from cutetape.com. They were about $4 USD each.

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  11. Christine! This is brilliant!! I can't wait to print my own!

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  12. This is so cute. I'm going to save it and maybe put it in my smash book too. What a cool idea. I never thought of that. I need to get going on my smash book.

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  13. These are awesome, thanks!

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  14. I bought a 100 pack of the 8 1/2 x 11 label paper and print all sorts of digital stuff to cut out and use as stick on items, even digital papers shrunk down for mini albums. It lasts forever and it's so much fun to creat with!

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  15. thank you for sharing! you are the best!

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  16. Thank you. Very cool idea =)

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  17. Thanks a bunch just hope I'll find those labels!

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  18. GENIUS!!!! This is awesome! Some of those other tutorials were just too involved. This is perfect! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Love the patterns you used. Glad I can inspire you with my DIY!

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  20. omg ! This will be my next craft project, thanks so much for sharing and helping us with this tip ! I never thought about it and was about to buy my own. I guess I'll just try to make my own now, given that I do have stickers and a printer. Thanks !

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  21. thanks so much! I love using washi tape and now I can use loads of it thanks to your PDF freebie.

    Hugs,

    Carmen L

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  22. RobinD(CA Dreamer)12/28/11, 1:26 AM

    What a great idea! Thanks for making a download for us and thank you for mentioning it in your newsletter.

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  23. what a fun idea! Thank you for sharing and for your freebie! :)

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  24. What a great idea. Thanks for the freebie.

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  25. I love this idea! I have clear labels, too, which would make a more transparent washi sticker. Thanks so much for sharing! I love your patterns (especially the grid!)

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  26. Merci beaucoup pour cette jolie idée!
    Thanks for this cute idea!

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  27. I finally got a chance to try this today! And I am really loving it! I got the labels at a good price because it had a rebate. So, I bought Avery 8167 which is also compatible with Avery 5167. 2000 labels-25 sheets for $8.49 vs. $12.49. Awesome! I bought them just at the right time! Thank you so much for this idea! I hope you don't mind, but I will be sharing your idea on my blog and YouTube. http://mypurpleylife.blogspot.com

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing! They are awesome!

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  29. Thank you for your lovely designs !

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  30. How neat!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Thank you for the washi tape.

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  32. Love this! Thanks so much - it's always fun to have something different for my journals.

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