How to Make a Washi Tape Frame

Hello there AC fans! It’s Meghann Andrew, and today I want to show you a really fun way to use washi tape. There are so many different ways to use it, and in my humble opinion, one can never have too much washi tape. True story. 


I wanted to create a unique 8-1/2” x 11” layout that would show off the beautiful washi tape patterns included in both the Satuday Afternoon and It’s All Good collections, which worked together so perfectly! After printing my photo, I decided which tapes from each collection would work with the colors, and brainstormed a unique way to use them. In my photo, my daughter and I are framed by a brick wall and a gorgeous hanging vine overhead, and it gave me the idea to make a colorful, patterned frame for my layout.


I cut my Afternoon Roses background paper to 8-1/2” x 11”, then took a piece of Coconut Swirl card stock, and cut it to the same size. Using my paper trimmer, I slowly cut the center of the white card stock page out to create a frame with 1-1/2” on all sides. (Tip: Don’t worry if you accidentally cut too far into your frame—the washi tape will cover up any cutting imperfections!) Once my frame was cut, I started adding washi tape at the square corners, using the same Saturday Afternoon pink floral at each corner. I then added pieces of washi horizontally on the left side of the frame, filling up the entire side before I peeled the frame off of my desktop and folded the washi edges around the back side of the frame.


I moved over to the right side of the frame adding washi tape in the same pattern that I used on the left side. Then I moved to the top and bottom, adding the washi tape vertically. (Tip: if you need to trim a piece of washi, put it in place on the frame, overlapping the other washi tape piece to remain, then gently trim with a craft knife and ruler so that you only go through the top layer of washi tape before lifting off the excess tape.) Once my frame was finished, I adhered it using dimensional adhesive to the Afternoon Roses background paper.


I backed my 4” x 6” photo with a 4.5” x 6.5” piece of Coconut Swirl card stock before adding it to the Afternoon Roses background, leaving more room below my photo. I added my journaling about this lovely day spent touring a beautiful English home onto a journaling card from the Afternoon Clips paper, and adhered that at an angle on the bottom left corner of my layout. The base was the perfect place to add my title, a simple “enjoy” word taken from the Saturday Afternoon foam and card stock stickers. I also layered the beautiful “life is a collection of moments” wood veneer piece overtop of my title. I love the dimension that this adds!


To balance that heavy title corner, I wanted to create a visual triangle of embellishment in two other corners. In addition to the pretty florals found in the Saturday Afternoon collection, I also added the green Wellington boots, shiny metallic hearts and the cutest yellow wood veneer camera in the top corner!


Last, I added a journaling tag cut from the Afternoon Clips paper. Using my rotary stamp, I added the date and topped this pretty grouping off with the “enjoy the little things” sticker.


I love this washi-framed layout that documents a beautiful day in my life, and a much-loved photo taken. I hope this will give you some inspiration to take out your washi tape and get creative today! Thanks for stopping by the AC blog!



Supplies | Saturday Afternoon collection: Afternoon Clips paper (351110), Afternoon Roses paper (351145), cardstock stickers (351154), foam and cardstock phrase stickers (351153), wood stickers (351156), layered stickers (351155), washi tape (351159), rotary stamp (351161); It’s All Good collection: washi tape (352007); Other: Cardstock: Bazzill Coconut Swirl; Sticky Thumb adhesive (340261)