The difference between Washi tape and patterned paper strips?

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Posted 2/6/2013 by Scrapn Nana in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:00:44 AM
I know that the Washi tape is a bit see through, and it has adhesive on the back, but really, I'm having trouble seeing the difference. Couldn't you use patterned paper strip scraps with a little Scor-tape on the back in the same way?

I'm very practical, and it seems kind of frivolous to spend money on the Washi, when paper strip scraps would look very similar on a layout. What am I missing here?


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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:06:37 AM
Washi tape is tranlucent, which is really nice for depth, texture and layering.
It is also much flatter and thinner than paper, which is really nice although may seem to contradict what I just said about it adding depth and texture. It still adds those things despite being thin, just in a different way.

Paper on paper looks like paper on paper.
Tape on paper looks different.

You can certainly use paper strips as you would tape, I have done this before and it can work really well!
But there are some wonderful properties of real washi tape that cannot be replicated by paper.

For example, here are two pages that I used strips of paper in a tape-like manner:





And here are some pages with tape:
Gold behind photo, alpha tape around edges:


This one has tape layered over a paper strip:


Here is just tape, under the gold bird, and on the journalling card:






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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:08:36 AM
Yeah. It's basically the same. But don't tell anyone. You know how we scrappers like our cute new stuff.

(I previously compared it to medical paper tape, which stamps up nicely.)






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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:16:17 AM
I agree that for practicality sake, they are similar. I like that it is fast and has a little different function. I put it on envelopes in the mail for decoration and it won't come off, I use it to write on for labeling lunch bags, outside of page protectors, ect. It sticks better and doesn't come off like sticky notes.
I often use it for attaching things more than a decorative strip across a page. I don't have a ton, maybe 5 rolls, but I totally get what you're saying.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:16:42 AM
You could, but it is so much easier to rip a piece off the roll and stick it down. Plus I am not wasting pp to cut a thin sliver. It also just looks differently on the layout. Gives it more dimension and a different feel. I got a roll in a kit and was hesitant to even use it. Not really into following all the trends. Now I have to stop myself from buying an extra roll when I go to the store.

Great examples Biochem



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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:24:33 AM
It kind of has a vellum like quality to it due to its semi translucency.
There are so many washi tapes that are simple patterns that can be used on numerous layouts without giving them a sameness that pp tends to do. I love washi because of the versatility.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:35:57 AM
I haven't bought Washi tape either, although to me they do look a little different, and I am sure from a practicality standpoint, they are way different.

I think the closest thing I have to Washi tape is other kinds of non-clear tape. Which, in recent times at least, I have only used in my art journal. I have some white medical tape that was on hand when I first noticed the Washi craze. I did one AJ layout with the plain white tape, and I stamped hearts on it on another AJ layout.

Then I could not resist a hardware section store find, six rolls of electrical tape for $2. I have used the yellow tape in my art journal and stamped red suns on it.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:28:44 PM
I like it because it's repositional and I am straight edged challenged. With a paper strip once it is down if you try to pull tit back up to straighten it, it curls up and becomes difficult to reset. No such problem with the Washi.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:32:16 PM
If it doesn't fit your budget, you can make do with paper strips but if your budget allows for one very cheap generic goal, just give it a go, I am a new convert but I still use paper strips lots too

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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:39:48 PM
I think you can definitely use it very similarly. For me, the ease of use of washi is a plus (just rip and stick), and you can use it, as is, as an adhesive. Plus, a roll lasts FOREVER, so if you break it down into how many different projects/layouts you can use it on, it's extremely affordable. (I actually just picked up 2- and 3-roll packs at the M's clearance sale for a quarter per pack. If it's something you've been wanting to try but don't want to spend a ton, you may want to check them out).

I have created 'hinges' with washi at the top of a photo so I could hide journaling underneath the photo. It wouldn't be as easy or practical to do this with patterned paper. I like the translucence, and like to use it as a more fun adhesive. Because of the see-through quality, it gives a very different effect when layered over other elements than patterned paper does.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:42:27 PM
For me the main difference is the transluscency of it. I think it's a whole different look.

And a lot of the patterns are made to scale for washi tape so the look would be hard to replicate. Like I might have paper with little cameras all over it, but they're going to be scattered all over the paper not in a straight line like they are on washi tape. Same for film strips, sayings, days of the week, etc. (But there are plenty of papers that would translate well to being strips).

I also prefer the ease of use. Grab roll, pull, tear, adhere And re-adhere if you change your mind.




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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:44:36 PM
I only have a few rolls of it, mainly Disney themed because I was running out of ideas for embellishments, but I prefer using pp. I won't cut a full strip down to use it though, I always have scraps lying around.

I like how it looks, it is really cute, but I got sucked into the ribbon craze and now I have a ton of it I barely ever use!


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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:51:57 PM
I have strips of paper that I've had longer than most peas have been scrapbooking, so I'm a firm believer in paper strips.

But, the tape is different. It's translucent so you can see what's under it, and instead of needing adhesive to stick to something, it can help something else stick.

It's not like scotch tape. It doesn't leave that kind of residue, it can be repositioned and it's thinner.





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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:14:44 PM
Yep the translucency is the big thing about it ... plus you just rip a strip and lay it down, super easy to use.





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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:31:43 PM
I think it's an easy thing to resist if you want to, like a lot of other trendy things. I love it - I've even purchased a boatload of washi tape sheets (washi tape in 12x12 or 12x6 solid sheets) because I love cutting it with my Silhouette. If you like paper strips - use them! Washi isn't necessary for a good time!

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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:34:23 PM
I use both.
But what I also love the ease of just ripping a little bit from the roll.
It's great for binding, too.
It's definitely more flexible than patterned paper.
I don't have a big washi collection. At least compared to some I have seen.
Maybe about 20 rolls. I definitely have a lot more patterned paper


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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:40:04 PM
I find washi tape to be really versatile, and I'm always finding more uses for it. Try a roll and see what you can do with it!


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Posted: 2/6/2013 2:39:42 PM
Alone- I love the idea of washi hinges for journaling!!

And quarter washi at M's?? I'm so jealous!!
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Posted: 2/6/2013 3:29:02 PM
Those washi sheets don't appeal to me somehow I think the rolls are more aesthetically pleasing

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Posted: 2/6/2013 5:34:35 PM
I didn't get the washi tape craze either until last week I got about 7 rolls from here and used them this weekend. My first use - tickled. Second use - pure fun! Now, I'm loving washi, but I like using pp strips too and I'm too frugal to buy many. What I like most about the tape is its easy, versatile and fun to use.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 5:55:15 PM
To me, pp and washi are two entirely different embellies. I love them both!!


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Posted: 2/6/2013 6:05:44 PM
Thanks for the explanations, and thanks Biochemipea for the pages. Great layouts, and it was helpful to actually see the difference.

I did pick up one package of 3 tapes on clearance at M's, so I plan to try the Washi.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:03:27 PM
I could have written this post. Thank you everyone for the explanations. but I still wish the roll wasn't so big. I don't like to use an embellishment that is so specific more than a couple of times and then I have it left over and therefore wasted. However, if I see a 'deal" I will consider it.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:05:16 PM
Washi is too fun & easy to use. OP: you won't be sorry and you will probably be hooked on it,lol. I have filled my storage drawer

Biochem: beautiful layouts.






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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:19:17 PM

I could have written this post. Thank you everyone for the explanations. but I still wish the roll wasn't so big. I don't like to use an embellishment that is so specific more than a couple of times and then I have it left over and therefore wasted. However, if I see a 'deal" I will consider it.

Swap with friends! More washi, no extra cost (except a small postage charge if you don't know the person IRL).

I swapped with a friend in TN recently. She wrapped 15 different kinds of washi around manila tags and sent them to me, and I sent some back to her. It was fun! And now I have twice as many patterns as I started with

I'm sure we could start a Washi Swap thread here if anyone is interested. They do them on the FSOT board too.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:52:57 PM

Couldn't you use patterned paper strip scraps with a little Scor-tape on the back in the same way?
Good thread, I wondered the same thing.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:57:28 PM
You can easily make fairly translucent tape with your own pattern paper. It's really neat and you can use any pattern paper you want.

Ill try to make a video tutorial tomorrow.

If I can't ill try to come back and post directions


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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:00:04 PM
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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:46:45 PM
For those of you wishing the roll wasn't so big, check out etsy! The Sticker Shop on there has where you can choose 1 yard of each for a pretty reasonable price. I really like doing it that way, because I hate to "reuse" the same product over and over and over on my pages. I heart washi.


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