If you’re new to the craft world, or have been hiding out on a desert island you many not know what washi tape is or what to do with it.
Originating in Japan, washi tape is a type of removable adhesive paper on a roll, a little like pretty masking tape, that sticks and unsticks very easily and can be repositioned. Washi tape comes in a variety of patterns and colours and you can get different width rolls from 5mm narrow rolls up to 10cm wide mega rolls! If like me you use a planner, washi tape may become your new friend!
To jump on the band wagon of crafting with washi tape, Simply Stylish magazine have bought out a new weekly Washi Tape magazine, I happened to spy it in Tesco a couple of weeks ago and thought I would pick up a copy to review – plus the free tapes were cute!
The magazine is hole punched so that it can be separated and kept in the folder which comes free with a later issue and this would be divided into sections. In tthe first edition the projects include decorating drinking glasses, making geometric jewellery, hexagonal frames, upcycling a wooden chair and creating a noticeboard.
The introductory magazine cost £1.99 and I believe future issues are £3.99 a week, each will have free gifts including rolls of washi tape and tools such as a cutting mat and set square.
As I wanted to write an honest review, I think the magazine is just jumping on the bandwagon of crafting with washi tape. At £1.99 for the first issue I thought it was ok in price for what I feel is very little content, given there were three rolls of washi tape included. But £3.99 a week? Nope, sorry, I wont be paying that! Ok washi tape may cost around £1.50-£2 per roll and so you could say it’s value for money just to build a tape collection but to me, the projects are just a bit odd.
Personally I’d much rather have a look on Pinterest for ideas on using washi tape and then source different rolls from some of the great sellers on Etsy! I’ve created a board on Pinterest for Crafting with Washi Tape if you’d like some ideas…and not buy the magazine!
**I purchased this magazine myself, I have not been asked to write this review**