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Tutorial: Washi Tape Holder

Hi all! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and managed to find some time to get their art on. I’m super excited to share my most recent project with you today, a washi tape holder!

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If you follow my blog, you may recall that a few months back I posted about the k-cups holder that I repurposed into a washi tape holder. You can see that post HERE. Well that worked well enough for a while, but it has become time to find something new.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest and Etsy, looking for something that would work. I did find many wonderful washi storage ideas, but few that fit my criteria. My ideal solution being minimal footprint, vertical storage and having my wash tape be easy to get to.

I did find a couple of options on Etsy that were close, but not quite. Plus, being the BIG fan of instant gratification that I am, I just couldn’t fathom waiting the 20 days for something arrive.

So, I decided to build my own.

I asked my Beloved, for his skilled assistance with the power tools and set off for Michaels to buy what I needed. Creating your own designs can be such a boost to your creative side, finding crafting equipment that you can use for these projects like a vinyl cutter, can get you designing something new and unique, going onto sites like can help you narrow down the right one for you and your creations.


  • Wooden base
  • Wooden dowels (I used 3 long dowels this holder, 5/8 diameter)
  • 2 inch screws (One for each dowel)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper

You can easily pick up these same items at Home Depot, but I knew that Michaels would have the kind of unfinished wooden base that I wanted, in their woodworking section. If you do decide to stick with Home Depot, you are in luck! They have some great offers on with their coupons, you will be able to see here, to find one that can fit your home project.


You can design your washi tape holder in any configuration that works for you, depending on how big your stash is and how much space you have. I built mine with 6 dowels, 2 rows of 3.

2015-07-16 19.56.18You’ll first want to sand your dowels and wooden base with a fine grit paper and then measure the length of dowel that you want to cut. This will determine how tall your holder is. I cut mine into 12″ sections.

2015-07-16 19.58.49This is where the miter box comes in super handy. It keeps those dowels from rolling around while you’re cutting them and helps ensure a nice straight cut. If you are a skilled craftsman and have a wide variety of tools then you may have a miter saw, which of course makes this much easier. If you don’t have a miter saw but would like one then check out these Plug-InPartners Miter Saws reviews. If you are less experienced then a miter box will work fine.

2015-07-16 20.15.04Once your dowels are cut, lightly run the sandpaper over the cut edges, just be careful to keep the edges nice and straight, or you’ll end up with a wonky holder. This is a good time to grab that wood glue and keep it handy.

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I used some of my larger rolls of washi to layout the placement for each dowel.

2015-07-16 20.26.50Using the washi rolls as a rough guide, use your speed square to mark the centers of each roll. That’s where you’ll place the dowels.

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Using a small bit, drill some pilot holes where you made your marks. One of my friends works in the construction industry as a mason so I was actually able to borrow some of his masonry drill bits for this project. These pilot holes will help prevent your wood from splitting when you insert the screws. Tip: place the edge of your wooden base over the edge of your work table as you drill to prevent drilling into your work area.

2015-07-16 20.39.46Once you’ve made the pilot holes in your base, you’ll need to do the same with your dowels. Carefully drill 2 inch deep pilot holes into the cut ends of each dowel.

2015-07-16 20.45.34 2015-07-16 20.45.52Insert a screw through the underside of your base, just enough so that it comes out through the other side. Then take one of your cut dowels, spread some glue over the cut end and thread it onto the screw that’s poking through.

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Now, using your drill, finish drilling the screw all the way into your dowel. You can wipe up any dripping wood glue with a damp paper towel.

Repeat these last two steps for each of your dowels until they are all screwed onto your base. Give them all a finishing twist, by hand, if you find any are a little wonky.

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The last step is to add your rolls of washi tape and you’re all done!

If you’d like, you can paint your holder at this point. A couple of coats of spray paint should do nicely. Also, if you have a need to protect your work surface, you can glue small felt circles over the screw heads, on the underside of your base.

I felt the need to do neither. I may decide to give it a distressed paint job at some point in the future, but as of right now I’m Loving my new holder and rather like the look of it unfinished.

A HUGE thank you goes out to my Beloved for his help and masterful use of the drill. It was the one are that I just didn’t feel confident doing myself.

This particular washi holder will hold roughly 100 rolls and as Patrick pointed out, now I have room to buy more washi! You just GOTTA love a man that supports your wacky obsessions!

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I hope that you’ve found this tutorial helpful and feel inspired to make your own washi tape organize/holder. If you do, I’d love to see!

Thanks for reading and I wish you a Happy Day!



Container Confessions

Hello lovelies!

I have a confession to share with you today.  There’s just no easy way to say it and no use denying it… I’m a container slut. It’s true, I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m fast and easy with my affections for a good looking, functional and well constructed container.

Having recently succumbed to the charms of the Sizzix Big Shot, I found myself in need of something to store my dies in and quickly set about searching for something suitable.

There were quite a few options that would accommodate my Bigz and Bigz Large dies, such as plastic, cardboard, and baskets, but like I said, I’m a sucker for a good looking container so I went with two of the Sizzix Tim Holtz Die Storage Boxes.

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These covered boxes hold ten Bigz dies or seven Bigz L dies and measure 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 9 5/8. The lids will help keep the dust of the cutting plates and their sturdy construction will help ensure that they stand up to the weight of a full box of dies.

If you have the XL dies or edging dies, these storage boxes are available in larger sizes as well.

The next container I’d like to share with you might not be as easy on the eyes, but as far as functionality goes, it’s an A+ in my book.

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This is the Zutter Magnetic Die & Stamp Storage. It comes with three sheets that are magnetic on one side to easily hold your thin metal dies.

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2015-04-21 18.37.15The best part is that if you have stamp / die sets, the other side of each sheet will hold the corresponding stamps. No more having to remember whether or not you have a die for a particular stamp or having to hunt it down in your craft space, they’re now together, in their same storage solution!

2015-04-21 18.35.30The Zutter Magnetic Die & Storage box comes with its own transparent snap on lid and measures 12 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. It comes with three magnetic sheets and three dividers. You can also purchase additional magnetic sheets plus dividers, if needed.

I do hope that you won’t think less of me for my container confessions *giggle* and that you’ve found this post useful.

I wish you a happy day!



A Handy Tip for Sending and Storing Washi Tape Samples

Good morning artsy people! Today I have a recent find to share with you.

I’d been looking for something to wind washi tape samples around, something light and thin that I could include in Happy Mail and Pocket Letters. Well, while browsing Amazon I came across these little beauties and they’re perfect!


What they are, is plastic floss bobbins and you can get a pack of them for just a couple of dollars on Amazon. More info available HERE. They’re sturdy, extremely light weight and tuck nicely into a pocket letter or happy mail envelope. Of course, you don’t have to buy 1,000 of them, like I did, but for the price, I figured what the heck, I can give some away and include some empty ones in Happy Mail that I send out.

Another great thing about them is that you can use them to store your own washi tape samples that others send you! They have a handy little hole at the top which allows you to thread them through any number of key rings and clips to help keep them all organized.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed today’s tip!


Mini Stencil Storage Solution

I love using stencils in my art projects. I have all sizes of them and currently store them in a 3 ring album with 12×12 page protectors. It’s a system that really works for me and I love it.

Where I struggle is with storing the mini stencils, those small Balzer Bits and the 4×4 stencils that come as part of my monthly StencilGirl subscription. They usually end up all jumbled up and lost inside of a large page protector, which makes finding them difficult and using them unlikely.

That’s why I’m so excited to share that just now, while organizing my art studio, I stumbled upon the perfect storage solution for them… page protectors with 4×4 pockets! I had some in my scrapbook stash and find they’re a perfect fit!

I got them from and can be found HERE.2015-04-12 12.17.48In my excitement to share my discovery with you, I only snapped this one photo of my 4×4 StencilGirl stencils (yes I gave each line of mini stencils it’s own page because I’m crazy like that ) but Balzer Bits fit just as well.

It’s going to be so much easier and time efficient to find and use these smaller stencils now!

For more information about StencilGirl products and their Stencil Club, you can visit their page HERE.

Thanks for looking and have a happy Sunday!




Storage Solution For Cling Mounted Stamps!

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Stamps shown here, From Paperbag Studios and Purple Onion Designs

Although I’m fortunate enough to have a dedicated art studio, I’m always on the look out for ways to maximize my creative space. Sometimes that means looking into the storage san francisco options to free up space. Often however for me, that means organization and oftentimes organization = containers. Swoon… I LOVE a good container, but they need to be functional. I work to make my creative space as functional as possible so that I have more time to spend creating, rather than sifting through “shtuff” to get to what I need. At times I’ve actually considered using a service like where you can store your belongings for a certain amount of time, but realistically I need all of my creations close at hand. So my lovely follower, I’m excited to share this latest storage solution with you! Cling mounted and unmounted stamps are becoming much more commonplace these days, in large part due to their affordability. They also tend to take up less space than their traditional, wood mounted counterpart and they yield a nice clean print. I tend to purchase unmounted stamps in a full sheet, mount them using EZ Mount and cut them apart myself. Although I’ve been doing this for a while now, one of the major drawbacks, at least for me, has been an inability to find a proper storage solution… I could use storage unit pueblo co but they were an hour out from my home so I needed to think up something closer to home, maybe in my garage. Which would be a suitable solution. But what if your garage was already overflowing with other pieces of clutter from the house that you have nowhere to put? You couldn’t exactly start storing new things with your old stuff, could you? If anything, that would make the problem worse. No, what I need to have a look at is specific storage buildings that could be built onto the property, like in the backyard, so I can have access to it when and if I need to. At least I wouldn’t have the pressure of traveling to and from the unit. That sounds like the perfect idea, but it almost came too late, as one day, I came up with something! While sitting in my studio the other day, sifting through a basket of stamps I’d recently mounted, I thought “there Has Got to be a better way to store theses!”. Then I remembered that Stampin Up sells some of their stamps in plastic cases and I figured if I could find a similar case I could use them for storage, so I set about to search Amazon and came across THESE, exactly what I was looking for. They’re basically DVD cases without the hub. 2014-12-04 07.12.36I eagerly gathered up the supplies that I’d need to create this storage solution: paper trimmer, cardstock in whichever color you please and empty DVD storage cases. You’ll also need your cling mounted stamps and some ink, I used StazOn in jet black. 2014-12-04 07.14.18 I cut some white cardstock to size, making sure it fit into the plastic sleeve on the outside of the case.

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Stamps shown here, “Journal Impressions” by Paperbag Studios.

Taking one of my recently purchased stamp sets from Paperbag Studios, that I had previously cling mounted, I stamped the images onto my cut piece of cardstock using StazOn Ink. I’d like to point out that this storage solution is great for most any cling mounted stamp, it’s not limited to self mounted stamps! 2014-12-04 07.17.53 Because my stamps had been mounted on EZ Mount, as shown above, they clung securely onto one side of the case.

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Stamps shown here, “Journal Impressions” by Paperbag Studios.

Lastly, I slid the stamped piece of cardstock into the plastic sleeve on front of the case. This allows me to easily see at a glance which stamps I have in each case. No more sifting through baskets for me… Wahoo!!

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Stamps shown here, from Purple Onion Designs & Paperbag Studios.

Since I will eventually be storing these on a shelf in my studio, when I get my new label maker for Christmas, yes, I really asked for a label maker :), I’ll attach a label to the spine of each case, indicating its contents and the designer, for future reference. Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this blog post, please take a minute to follow my Art & Whimsy blog so you can have emails delivered right to your inbox!

Washi Tape Storage Solution

My Beloved is wonderfully supportive of my creative endeavors and has helped me set up a spare room for use as my studio. That being said, I loves me some art supplies and they DO tend to multiply so I’m always looking to maximize my space. Washi tape is one of those supplies.

I remember starting off with just 2 rolls and here I am, with… well let’s just say a few more than what I started with! So, how to store them?

I need my creative space to be functional and having to open drawers or lifting the lid off my current storage container each time I needed a bit of washi just wasn’t working, so I set about to search for something open, vertical and with a small footprint, to save space on my desk.

I do believe I’ve found it!


This was originally designed to hold K-cups for single serve coffee brewers but I think it’ll serve my need just fine. It takes up less room than what I used before and the best part is that my washi tape is now within easy reach.

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Storage Solution For Dew Drops

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For my scrap layouts I just love the range of colors and compact size of Tsukineko’s memento dew drops, but I was wasting too much time digging for “just the right color”. What I needed was a way to store them that would allow me to see the color at a glance and prevent them from continually toppling over. I reached out to my fellow scrappers in the Project Life group on Facebook and they did not disappoint.

Armed with an idea of what to look for I headed to my local craft store and found these bead boxes that were the perfect solution. For under $3 a box I can store 18 of these little dew drops!

It’s easy, inexpensive, and saves me time so I can spend more of it on my layouts.

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Embellies By Color

I know that a lot of my fellow scrappers put their layouts together by color and that’s great. I’ve followed many threads discussing the pros and cons, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. For me personally, I find that scrapping by theme works best, it just seems easier.

Embellishments however, that’s a whole different story. That I definitely do by color, so I decided to take the plunge and get to sorting. I found the perfect set up for me at Ikea and I’m so excited to share it with you.

It’s called a 4-Step Drawer and as you can see, I bought 3 of them.

All I can say is Wow, why didn’t I do this sooner?! It has saved me a lot of time and I find that I’m using more of my embellishments now because I can actually see what I have, rather than having them all jumbled together in a basket. b3908a2f98a9a075190b21fe3697b3f4bebd1b209f5f9bad34747e11eb04732f

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