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As most of my long-time three (maybe four) readers know by now, I love pretty paper. I'm also not allowed to take myself to The Paper Source because I see the walls of pretty paper parent sheets and I become weak in the knees. Case in point: two summers ago I went to The Paper Source to buy 5x7 envelopes and came away with only 4 parent sheets, which was serious restraint on my part.
For the uninitiated, a parent sheet is a large sheet of paper in the neighborhood of 24x30" commonly used to cover books or to make into booklets. A few people I know used them to cover their wedding scrapbooks. When you go into a store like The Paper Source, you are confronted with walls of these pretty papers hung over rails. I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I did the math, and I can get about 25 4x5.25" pieces out of one parent sheet. That's a LOT of pretty paper. These mostly live rolled up on a shelf of my closet, forgotten and unloved.
But last night I read Mel's post on 100+ Crafty Ideas for washi and paper tape, and when I came up for air, I had a clue! I would take some of my parent sheets of Japanese papers and make my own paper tape, and I did!!!!
But tonight when I went into The Captain's Quarters to use the stuff I'd made, I was confronted with the reality that is my craft desk, so I decided it was time for another reveal for WOYWW. Taking one for the team, here is my desk as of 6 pm EDT in the USofA:
Way over on the left of the desk are these strips of pretty paper:
This one uses two of my favorite papers -- the two on the right:
This next one is more red than poppy, but I thought it was striking:
This one, besides being out of focus, uses some really pretty aqua paper with gold woven into it:
So I think there is potential here for me to actually use some of this pretty paper. I also have some 8.5x11" sheets of fabric paper I might cut into strips. Hmm, definite possibilities.
So if you're curious about making your own paper tape, check out Mel's post. She has links to a ton of ideas for making, using and storing your tapes. Have fun! And if you stop by The Paper Source, don't say I didn't warn you.
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