Washi Tape: the DIY tool that makes ANYONE Crafty

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LOVE THIS STUFF.

I’m totally not afraid to start off this piece with a simple and generalized statement as that. But it’s true– washi tape is seriously what makes crafting worth it! That last minute solution becomes your best friend in the glittery world of DIY paper goods. It’s how I started off mine!

Washi tape is, obviously, a tape! But it’s a magical one, made from paper and delicate enough to tear away what you need from the roll, making it also very easy to work with. It’s practical for basic adhesive uses, but c’mon, tape this colorful begs to decorate! For me, I’ve got my uses out of my set:

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Paper Crafts

 Cards yes, but I’ve used mine on boxes and mini bunting, to even adding new borders to blah picture frames on my desk. Its universal function stretches far and wide, these are just somethings I’ve put them to use for. Better yet, check out this Buzzfeed article highlighting the beauties of washi tape, and then some!

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Lace washi tape: a God-send.

For anyone looking into crafting, here’s your gateway tool: the one and only and magnificently bountiful array of, this stuff.

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Striping a card, simple as that!

Fictionery, a New Writing Sentiment

The world is obsessed with collecting images now. Thanks to social media sites as Tumblr and Pinterest, pretty and aesthetically-provocative-turned stock photos of subjects from sunsets to sparkler spelling and (of course) your best looking food have gone viral, and now it’s become one of the most basic ways to getting to know someone via their favorite trends and reblogs of such things. Especially for writing, I love using images to inspire me; it’s not just a concept born from the web, but it’s grown alongside it. The first time I ever really started writing was through exercises in my high school English class, sophomore year. It was a daily exercise of renowned paintings that started basic Q and A of what the various subjects were doing, then why. And then why again, and so forth. Not only did I enjoy this critical thinking exercise, but it definitely helped me realize that taking the English Degree path was more than obvious for me.

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So now I’ll begin this whole fixation again with passing little images, soft-toned ephemera or brilliantly bright celebratory cards to announce a graduation or your pride in the card recipient being your Mom or looking good for turning 30. Greeting cards are a strange phenomenon, disposable yet so meaningful and heartfelt in those few seconds they’re being read. For the majority of people I can only guess these cards get recycled, and to some whatever you’ve written, or perhaps the card’s image, was so moving or beautiful that it remains tacked to your wall or kept in a drawer for feeling bad about thinking of throwing it away in the first place. Then there’s me, who just likes collecting these items for a whole new potential.

Each card I now collect is a whole opportunity to keep the writing flow active. With each image I let it motivate me to write a brief story or work or prose that relates to that card, message or picture. I highly recommend such an activity because 1. You surround yourself with lovely images that keep you feeling wonderful, 2. The only two constraints, the image itself AND the amount of space allotted inside the card or postcard, really give a challenge, and 3. You’ll be surprised, and satisfied, with what you end up with giving the constraints. It can be any card that moves you, everyone is different. You can practically guess what sort of pictures I am drawn to by the photo above!

And here is my first “fictionery” I’ll start with this series:

“Two Angels” by Giovanni Battista Cipriani postcard. It was found for 75 cents at Bibliohead Bookstore in Hayes Valley, San Francisco.

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Their friendship had sparked from the First Day wonder and created for the infinite.

These two loving protectors protect in each other, shared admiration of the sky’s light and the silk palor of their youthful faces. Together they blush at the sublime creations of their Father, scathing mountains and treading across emerald waters as they use “Hide and Seek”  to familiarize with the New World. In a tired few hours he s exalted, cheeks like peaches as their redness follow his panting. She’s won this round, but here! At the foot of the glowing garden she bends over and watches something past the palms and ivory roses.

“Something new!” She exclaims. He flies to her feet and hovers low to witness for himself.

“What creatures!”

Excitedly they gaze into the grey lakes of their soft eyes and laugh a little. The curious couple linger, look, and muse at the prospects of these wingless, lanky playmates they had never seen before.

“What a thoughtful Father,” She whispers.

Coming Soon!

Welcome to Writerly Fashion, a platform for that uncommon stylish muse, the writer.

We’re eccentrics no doubt, but for great minds there can only be uniquely great style to follow. With each individual writer comes passions, inspiration, and taste. We develop our unique appearance just as we develop our writing techniques and styles.

Writerly Fashion hopes to bring forth a new look on famous literary faces, from Plath to Hemingway, Austen to Capote, for their distinguished fashion and how their works and time periods affected the looks readers have come to distinguished.

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