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      10 Things You Can Do With Washi Tape

      What is Washi tape?

      Washi tape originates from Japan, Wa means Japanese and shi means paper.

      It is a low tack, decorative tape that can be used to add colour and pattern to almost anything and loved by crafters and stationery addicts.

      What makes Washi tape so special?

      Unlike paper that's made from tree pulp, Washi tape is made from Japanese shrubs, typically ganpi, kozo, mistumata or sometimes hemp.

      Washi tape is made out of highly renewable resources and is biodegradable so you can recycle your Washi tape.

      Washi tape is low tack and can easily be removed without leaving a residue. It will stick to most surfaces including wood, plastic, metal and walls.

      It's great for kids crafts as it's easy to tear so no scissors are required but also handy if you can't find your scissors! 

      It may be easy to tear but it's still durable. It's waterproof and heatproof so you can use it for messy art and craft projects and it will peel off without damage.

      Washi tape is so versatile which is why it's so popular.

      What can I do with Washi tape?

      You might think this all sounds great but what can I actually do with this tape?

      Here are a few ideas to get you started....

      Bullet Journal / Planner / Scrapbooking

      Washi tape is great for scrapbooks and journals. You can use it as an embellishment or a colourful way to stick down other pieces. Here are some examples....

      Hide mistakes! 

      There's nothing worst than a smudge mark or a spelling mistake but instead of starting again or ripping a page out you can use Washi tape to cover them up.

      Add colour and pattern to your layouts.

      You could have the tape running straight down the page for a neat edge, or add little details, or you can use them as banners. 

      Instead of cutting/tearing the tape straight, why not try cutting the tape in different ways....

      Different Bullet Journal headers with Washi Tape.

      Washi tape can also be written on if you want to add words to your headings or draw a stitch line like I have done on the bunting.

      Stick elements to your pages

      Examples of how to use Washi Tape on your scrapbook page. Dog's first train ride.

      For my scrapbook page about my dog's first train ride, I used paw print Washi tape to attach the photo and the ticket (so cute they gave dogs tickets too!). I've also used it for decoration. He really enjoyed the train! 😄🐾

      Make Mini Bunting

      Washi tape made into mini bunting. How to use Washi tape

      You may have spotted the bunting on my scrapbook page. I made this by folding the Washi tape over some twine or ribbon. Ideal for scrapbooking, card making and journalling.

      Or a cute decoration....

      Mini bunting made out of washi tape to decorate a photo frame

      I attached the bunting with Washi tape on to the back of the photo frame. Using a photo of my dog again, this is from the first time he went to the beach ❤️

      Pretty Notebook Tabs

      Washi Tape used as tabs to mark page in journal and notebooks

      If you want to highlight a page or want to separate your notebook out for different projects you can use Washi tape. A pretty an easy way to divide your pages.

      Paper Clips

      Washi tape used to decorate paper clips

       Thread the Washi tape through the paperclip and fold it so it sticks to itself.  

      You can use them as bookmarks or to mark pages in your journal/notebook.

      Decorate Envelopes and Gift Wrapping

      Decorate Envelopes with Washi tape. Ways to use washi tape

      how to use Washi tape, decorate gifts

      Make your cards and gifts stand out in the pile by using Washi tape to decorate them.

      Although Washi tape can be used to wrap gifts, I wouldn't to use it for packaging, especially for boxes travelling long distances.

      Gift Tags

      Washi tape used to make a gift tag

      Make and decorate your own gift tag to match your gift wrap.

      Wall Art

      Washi tape used to hang wall art. What to do with Washi tape

      I like to use Washi tape to attach pictures to the wall in my studio as I like to change things around regularly.  It's quick, and an easy way to add an extra pop of colour/pattern to my wall. 

      However, I recommend testing it first to make sure it will not damage the surface or paint work. I would also remove it slowly and gently, a swift movement might cause the paint to come away.

      Home Decor

      Washi tape used to decorate and upcycle a photo frame

      Washi tape is great for upcycling projects around the home, you can jazz up plant pots or upcycle a photo frame.

      The possibilities are endless! Washi tape can be used wherever your creativity takes you.  What would you use it for?

      Of course I have a range of Washi tape available here.  Don't forget to share how you use it on Instagram/Facebook tagging me and using the hashtag #fizzijayne. I'd love to see what you create and you will inspire others.

      Have a great day!

       

      How To Plan and Prioritise Workload

      Planning your day is so important, it boosts focus and productivity but a big list of things you need to do can feel overwhelming. I thought I would share how I like to plan my day which inspired this A5 Productivity Planner.

      Breaking Down Tasks

      I am a big fan of the Eisenhower Matrix, it helps divide your to-do list into smaller chunks. Setting clear priorities to help order tasks according to their importance and urgency

      • Important + Urgent
      Tasks to do first that have a deadline and have consequences if not completed. 
      • Important but not urgent

      These tasks don't have a deadline but they will get you closer to your goals. They can easily be put off so it's important to plan them in and break down the goal into small manageable actions to do on a daily / weekly basis to achieve them.

      • Not Important but urgent

      If possible, these are tasks to delegate. If you do not have someone who works with you or like me you’re self-employed these tasks may be something you can outsource like an accountant.  If you can’t delegate work maybe you could delegate household chores to someone else so you can focus on work.

      • Not Important + Not Urgent

      Skip these tasks. If they are not important or urgent do you really need to be doing them? Otherwise they need to be in one of the other categories.

      Here’s a helpful diagram to visualise this process

      Eisenhower Matrix to help plan tasks

      How not to feel overwhelmed

      Each day I plan to do only three tasks. Three is a manageable amount and won't leave you feeling overwhelmed. These should be your important tasks you identified above.

      If you have time you can do other tasks from your Important/Not Urgent list.

      What you don't get done can be added to your list for tomorrow.

      Focus on one task at a time

      Having prioritised your to do list it is easier to take one task at a time. If you are having trouble focussing on work, then I would recommend checking out the Pomodoro Technique. It splits work into 25 minute sessions with rest breaks in between.

      It’s a proven way to increase productivity and remain productive for longer. I use this method if I’m finding it difficult to get started on something. Just starting and focussing for 25 minutes allows me to get into a task and often I’ll continue working. Setting a time limit is also good for the jobs you hate or if you find yourself procrastinating.

      Take regular breaks

      I find 25 minutes isn’t always long enough and breaking my flow can sometimes make it hard to get going again but regular breaks are important to maintain focus and productivity so I aim to put the kettle on every hour or so.

      Minimise interruptions

      To help focus we need to reduce distractions....

      1. Mute notifications on computer and phone
      2. Put phone out of reach
      3. Schedule time to check and respond to emails
      4. If you work in a noisy environment you could put in headphones and maybe listen to music if it helps you focus.

      Some of these may not be possible all of the time but I put my phone in work mode which means even if I pick up my phone I can’t procrastinate on social media but I can still receive and make calls. 

      I don’t have notifications on for my emails but I’ll set aside time during the day to check them.

      I like having music on in the background when I work and I have a playlist especially to motivate me if I need it.

      Summarise your Day

      Look back at what you have achieved and give yourself a high five!

      There will always be tasks that don’t get finished or even started, put them on your list for tomorrow or schedule them for another time. Don’t feel bad when this happens celebrate even the small wins so you feel motivated for another day.



      At the end of the day before I switch off, I find it helps clear my mind if I have made my list for the next day. It’s written down and out of my head so I don’t have to think about it until tomorrow.

      Time for ME

      The most important part of the day - self care. Whether that's an exercise class, reading before bed or time to work on personal goals.

      If you don't have time on busy days just planning time to sit with a cup of tea and be mindful without scrolling on your phone can be enough.

      Before I had therapy, I thought self care was just another thing I had to fit in my day and for only when I finished all my work but to do lists never end!  I learned we all need time just for us and something to look forward to, not only does it help our mental health but will enable us to be more focussed and productive. 

       

      I hope you have found these tips helpful. Why not try out these techniques with some new stationery? and let me know how you get on.

      Check out the range of stationery available here

      If you use techniques that I haven’t mentioned please let me know in the comments.

      Have a great day

      New Product Alert! - Par-Tea Productivity Planner

      Get your priori-teas for the day organised with my new notepad! 🎉

      Based on the popular Par-Tea range I have created a fun notepad to plan your day and write your to do list.

      ​I've also included sections for self-care and to end the day on a high with a space to list the positivities (or positivi-teas) of the day.

      The notepad is A5 and has 50 tear away sheets, each with the same fun design.

      I have designed the notepad how I like to organise my day.....

      Start with your top three priorities (or priori-teas!)

      Having three tasks is manageable and these are usually the time sensitive / important tasks for the day.

      Other Tasks

      If you've ticked off your top three tasks then you can start on this list.
      You may want to add any personal tasks to these lists, this planner is not just for work.

      Time for ME

      The most important part of the day - self care.

      Before I had therapy self care was another thing to fit into my day and only when I finished everything on my to do list, which is never ending!

      Whether it's an exercise class, reading before bed or time to work on your personal goals, we all need time just for us so we can be more productive in our work.

      If you don't have time on busy days just planning time to sit with a cup of tea and be mindful without scrolling on your phone can be enough.

      For Tomorrow

      Use this space to list anything you won't have time to complete and/or a task that comes to mind during the day so you don't forget.

      Notes & Doodles

      Use this section for reminders, notes, doodles or whatever you need it to be.

      High Five

      Write down all the positive things that have happened during the day or write a gratitude list.

      Even if you haven't ticked anything off of your list or the day hasn't gone as planned, this will make you feel better about your day and more positive for tomorrow.

      What do you think? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below 😊

      Get your Par-Tea Productivity Planner here

      Have a great day 🌞

      fizzi~jayne

      Happy International Coffee Day!☕

      As it's International Coffee Day, I thought it’d be fun to show you the original sketches and doodles that became the I Need Coffee range

      sketches of kawaii style coffee cups, mugs and a donut

      I may be happy and positive most of the time but not first thing in the morning!

      I can’t start my day without a freshly brewed coffee. My personal caffeine addiction was the inspiration to draw cute coffee cups.

      I came up with "I Don't Need a Motivational Quote, I Need Coffee" as I was looking through Instagram whilst making my morning coffee. The uplifting quotes I saw were annoying me. Normally I am all for an inspirational quote, my desk is surrounded by them, but I was grumpy because I needed coffee!

      calligraphy practice page

      Everything I do starts with a pencil drawing in my sketchbook, but before I had an iPad everything was drawn in pen again and again until good enough to scan it in to the computer.  Which is why I have lots of practice pages of the quote.

      Having an iPad can now speed up that process. I still finesse the drawings and add colour on the computer.

      It’s fun to look back and see the initial idea/doodle and how it became a real product.

      Hope you enjoyed seeing inside my sketchbook. 

      Before I go, remember....

      Kawaii style illustration of a coffee mug with the quote, you are capable of great things, you can make your coffee before you've had your morning coffee

      Check out the I Need Coffee Range here

      Have a great day!