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Lola loves… Comic strip washi tape

How have I not been using washi tape for years? It’s so useful and versatile. You can use it to decorate cards and presents, storage boxes, note pads, broomsticks, pigeons, dust, metaphysical science… Well, very almost everything.

This easy comic book washi is great for adding colour and personality. I made mini washi strips (more like stickers) using speech bubbles, faces and small scenes and longer pieces that are perfect instead of sellotape. For projects that need even longer strips, I used polka dot wrapping paper in both green and red, both of which go well with the comic book’s bright primary colours.

I have to say, it is a bit addictive and lots of my other scrapping paper has met a sticky-back plastic end.

I’ve done this before using sheets of sticky-back plastic but I recommend using a roll of it as I did this time (see the picture below) – that way there’s no need to measure. Simply peel off the sticky-back plastic and stick it on the back of your image. (Tip: I found it easier to make a template of the tape and trace it onto the front over the image, then cut out roughly, apply the tape to the reverse side and trim the edges. This makes it easier to see where to place your tape).

I also placed some tape directly onto the image (front side) and cut out to make washi stickers that I could use to decorate the inside of a glass jar – this became home for the rest of my washi tape.

Lola Loves… Comic book coasters

I found some beautiful marble coasters with vintage liquor ads on recently, but at £20 for a set of four I had to walk away and tell myself they were an extravagance I couldn’t afford. Of course, I immediately set my mind on how I could make something similar but at a much lower price.

Here’s what I came up with — a very quick and easy way to update coasters or place mats. I simply used an old tatty coaster as a template to cut a piece from an old comic book (my fella is a comic fan, so this was as much for him as it was for me). Next I simply stuck the cut out onto the tatty coaster and covered it with sticky-back plastic, which gave it a water resistant finish.

I think this would look great made with sheet music, old French newspaper, wrapping paper, or maybe even wallpaper to match your walls!

Another choice for sealing the paper is Mod Podge. This glue and sealant can be used both to stick the paper down and can be painted over the top to give it protection. In hindsight, I should have used it myself (after a few months, the corners of the sticky-backed plastic have started to curl up slightly) but I got impatient trying to track it down. (Does anyone know of a good place to buy Mod Podge in the UK?) For those who can’t find it either, you could try PVA glue, which works much the same.


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