Well, this one is long due. My sister over at Pink Paper Pens recently invited me into a brainstorm on how to store her washi tape collection. Now, when I say "brainstorm", it means she's asking me to do the thinking. I immediately jumped at the challenge. And when I say "immediately", it means three long weeks later I'm here weblog-presenting my recommendation.
I can’t count all the very pretty ways to display washi tape and I would definitely recommend all of these display projects to my sister and would myself indulge in some of them at some point. However, right now, I’m thinking of ways to store them for the long term because of her amassing collection of washi tape rolls. It’s growing faster than she could ever use all of them.
During the “research and development” (ha!) of this project, I listed a few considerations and noted that a combination of adhesives, exposure and air particles is a sure recipe for sticky dirt. So I figured, that since she can't possibly use them all at once time, my sister would want to store her washi tapes as properly as ”I” can, and in ways that would not collect as much dirt as it can in the process.
Consideration #1: Did you know that washi paper is made out of natural, often edible, materials like wheat, rice, bamboo or mulberry? I’m sure it’s unlikely, but I’d really hate to risk inviting ants or roaches over with exposed grain.
So I have deemed humble kraft envelopes worthy of the task of securing each roll from hungry arthropods and invisible dust forces. But now that they’re safe and hidden, I have to find a way to identify which is which for easy picking. Which brings me to...
Consideration #2: Storing them in identical packets have rendered them unidentifiable. Obviously the best way to label them is to stick a sample of the tape outside the envelope.
No tools required 🙂