Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Products: Washi Tape Edition

It’s always exciting when we get in new styles of washi tape. In the last few days we have received a lot of new styles, see below!

Thin pastel washi tape on the left. A collection of chairs, tables, animals, and Studio Ghibli on the right (check out the tiny Miyazaki)!
We love rainbow washi tape. We also have some new cat and dog themed tape!
However, even though we are enamored with washi tape, customers often ask, “What is washi tape?” or, “What do I do with washi tape”? So, we thought we would dedicate a blog post to answer those very questions!

Washi tape is a high-quality masking tape made from natural fibers like bamboo, mulberry, or hemp (the word “washi” means “Japanese paper”). You can conveniently tear it with your hand, and it’s usually translucent. You can use it to wrap gifts, to seal envelopes, or to decorate and organize a planner or calendar. You can also write on top of washi tape, so it can be used for labeling too.

A section of our massive #greatwallofwashi at our Alberta St location!


The washi tape craze began in Japan, in 2006, when a group of artists contacted a Japanese tape manufacturer and asked them to make more colorful and decorative tapes, showing the manufacturer a zine that they had decorated and collaged with the company’s current tapes. The company obliged them and created the new company “mt.”

In the last 5 years or so, the craze has blown up. In Japan, washi tape is just called “masking tape,” and the most well-known brand is the original brand, “mt,” which stands for “masking tape”. Now there are a lot of companies making washi tape, including Tim Holz, Scotch, Freckled Fawn, and many more. You even see washi tape references in pop culture: on Adventure Time, the Ice King has his own custom washi tape, and at one point on the show Broad City Abbi whips out her washi collection on the subway.  All of our stores have LARGE selections of washi tape, the most diverse and abundant collection of styles is at our Alberta St Store, where we have nicknamed it the #greatwallofwashi.

Most washi tape is repositionable, but it is also sticky enough to adhere to surfaces other than paper, like glass, wood, and walls. This lends itself to a whole host of DIYs. We’ve assembled a few of our favorite DIYs below! (Note: we may not have all of the exact washi tape patterns and styles featured below!)
1. Colorful dot notebook, by Moments to Live For
2. Washi tape tea lights, by Lebenslusttiger
3. Washi tape dining chairs, from Lonny
4. Cake topper bunting, by Sugar and Cloth
5. Paper clip flags, by Paper & Pin
6. Washi tape wrapping paper, by Poppytalk


For more DIYs on the collage blog, click here

Friday, May 19, 2017

Product Spotlight: DIY Crafting Books for Your Summer Party!

Summer is almost here, which means a lot of graduations, weddings, and summer parties are just around the corner. We recently got in a few books at the store that include some awesome ideas for party decorations, gift wrapping, and card making.

Paper crystals, "collage" pop-up card, and gift bag created from DIYs in the books Oh Joy!Sunshine Spaces, and Hello Tokyo


Click below to see sneak peeks of these books and get fun ideas for party decor. All books and supplies for these DIYs are available at collage, although the stock on books is limited; be sure to call before visiting if you have a certain book in mind!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Product Spotlight: Das Air Hardening Modeling Clay

We love Das Modeling Clay! It’s affordable, it’s great for kids, and adults can have fun with it too. It's easy to sculpt, it's non-toxic, and it looks great when you paint it. Plus, there are a million things you can make with it: trinket trays, beads, decorations, figurines, ornaments, magnets, coasters, and more! 





Mother's Day is this weekend (May 14th), and if you're still thinking about making a handmade gift, consider Das clay. We have some helpful hints and tips for working with it, just click below.

All supplies are available at collage!

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Products Roundup: the Annex Edition!

Mother’s Day is May 14th, and with so many people shopping for gifts for their loved ones, we thought we’d remind you about our fun gift shop, collage annex! 

We opened the annex in October 2016. It’s located on NE Alberta Street, on the same block as our original supply store, just a few doors down, at 1607 NE Alberta St.
The annex is open from 10am-6pm every day.

If you’re wondering how the annex is different from the original collage store, the annex focuses on fun home décor, accessories, and creative gifts. We found that people were asking for more gifty and pre-made items, and we just couldn’t fit all of it into our original supply store! We also couldn’t resist all of the creative gifts we were coming across. 

The annex will feature thematic displays of items that will rotate and change, so check back often for new goodies.  Currently the themes include: celestial/space, garden, woman power, beach/ocean, pacific northwest, cats and dogs.  Alongside the themed displays are an assortment of other curated gifts such as beautiful candles, glassware, party and home decor and patches, pins, and prints by some local artists.

Classic cat goodies.

Below are some photos of new products for you to check out, and be sure to stop by next time you get the chance! While you're there, you might also stop by our supply store, where you'll find lots of ideas to make your own creative gift for Mother's Day; you can also check out our recent DIYs, including paper flowers, and textile kits for some ideas!

More photos after the jump. Click below!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

DIY: Paper Marbling



Recently we wrote about marbling in our post about Easter egg decorating, and we thought we’d devote a little more time this week to talk about the amazing process of marbling!

Paper marbling is an excellent craft to do as the weather gets nicer. It’s a great outdoor activity: since it's a bit messy, you won’t have to worry as much about clean-up afterwards when you're outside. The fresh air and sun will highlight the beautiful marbling process, and it will help your paper to dry faster (just make sure it’s not too windy!). 

We love the classic black and white look!


Marbling is one of those crafts that may seem intimidating, but getting started with it is actually pretty easy and straightforward.

Click the link below for a step-by-step process and to learn insiders tips and tricks!

Supplies available at all collage supply locations!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

DIY: Cross-stitch Kits


We are especially excited about cross-stitching this season (have you seen our spring window displays??). We have several new textile and cross-stitch kits at the stores, with patterns to make things like: keepsake vegan leather bracelets, bookmarks, pillows, metal cuffs, and more. 






These kits are a great project to travel with on vacation, or to use as pre-teen party favors (we like how they remind us of making friendship bracelets at summer camp). This is a project that is low-cost and simple, but will easily keep you occupied for hours!

See our finished project and some helpful hints by clicking through below.

All supplies are available at collage!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

DIY: Alternative Easter Eggs

Easter is right around the corner, and we have a few creative alternatives to your standard egg decorating! In this blog post, we have three different DIYs to try: gilded craft eggs, marbled wooden eggs, and woodburned eggs. They are great projects for adults who are looking to decorate for Easter, but older kids could try these crafts with adult supervision too.

All supplies are available at collage!


To see step-by-step instructions for these 3 DIYs, click below!