Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wear Washi: Hey Kessy Washi Jewelry Workshop

If you want to hang out with fellow washi lovers or have been wanting to use washi tapes but don't know how to, join us on February 16, Saturday, for another Hey Kessy Washi Jewelry Workshop.

Fee: P1,000
Kit: 2 rolls of Hey Kessy Washi Tape, pendant base, twines, charms, sealant, necklace chain, string/yarn, and a storage box for washi tapes that you can also decorate at the workshop!
Venue: Made with Love Crafts Bazaar, Pavilion 1 & 2, LRI Design Plaza

To register go here.

PS You can read about the past Washi Jewelry Workshop here, here, and here :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Anti-Vday Rubbercut Crafternoon

Heartbroken ka ba? Or pwedeng wala lang talagang date sa Valentines? Tara, mag Rubbercut Crafternoon nalang tayo nila Alessa at Isa at gumawa ng maraming postcards!

Kung sakit lang sa ulo ang ex mo:



Kung gusto mong mag pa-cute sa crush mo:


Kung malabo ka-MU mo:


Kung wala ka lang talagang panahon sa lovelife:


Kung ayaw mo sa pumuporma sa'yo:


Kita kits sa February 15, 6-830 PM, LRI Plaza, 210 N. Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati. Kahit sino puwede sumali, girls, boys, basta single! ;p


PS There’ll be “Made with Love Crafts Bazaar” on February 14-16 at LRI. You might want to check it out after the crafternoon.

PPS Another Hey Kessy Washi Workshop on February 16. More details this week!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Neon Accent Door + Hey Kessy Washi Tape Geometry Tutorial by Allie

Allie Principe is one of our very first washi and crafter friends. Ever since our first meet-up at the Arts and Crafts Fair at the Collective back in 2011, we've been in awe of her handmade and digital design projects. Unlimited supply of crafty creativity!

We are so grateful for her sharing with us today her tutorial on how we could use washi tape to make our rooms more personalized! Take it away, Allie!


Hello! I’m Allie and I’ve been in love with washi for more than a year now. I love how how multipurpose it is – you can literally use it for anything and everything!

One of my resolutions for this 2013 is to do some sprucing up in my room, which is why today I’m going to show you a couple of simple home improvement uses for your washi tape. I live in a rental, and what’s great about washi tape is that it’s a good-looking but non-permanent way to add some color into your walls.

For both projects, you’ll be needing the above materials.

Doors can come as plain as can be sometimes, so why not use some washi tape to liven it up? My door is just plain white with that typical grooved design, so I decided to trace out the outlines with my favorite Hey Kessy neon pink washi tape and followed this simple procedure:

11. Measure how much washi tape you need for each side and cut at the desired length. Do this for each side.

2. Don’t worry about overlapping the tapes on each other, we’ll fix that in a jiffy. With your X-acto knife, slowly trim the excess tape for a nice, clean edge. 

3. If you’re OC like me, you can use a straight edge so that you’re sure you’re cutting a straight line. Be careful not to scratch the paint on your door though!

4. I repeated this process for all the groove edges. It’s a good idea to collect all the excess tape you cut off too, as you can use it for some other projects. Nothing should ever go to waste.

And that’s how simple it is! Doesn’t it look so much more fun and personal already? If you have a plain door, I can imagine you can create interesting patterns on it like maybe a chevron or striped pattern with washi.

Using the same simple process, I decided to create some washi art on my walls, since wireframe geometry seems to be all the rage lately. If you have a lot of blank  walls in your room, it’s a good idea to consider because you can change your design every so often when get sick of it, and maybe even get to reuse the washi tape if you’re lucky!

Here are some tips if you’re planning on trying out this project:
  • Though washi tape has relatively weak stickiness, make sure that it won’t ruin your wall paint once you decide to take them out! I’ve found that it works better on concrete walls. It would be best to test it out first.
  • Take a few steps back every time you add a new line of tape. Sometimes you think it looks okay when you’re up close but then it comes out skewed when you move away from it.
  • Be ready to part with a good amount of tape. It almost broke my heart when I saw how much neon pink tape I had left when I finished my door! But remember, you don’t buy washi tape just so because it’s pretty to look then store it away forever. Seeing my pink door never fails to put a smile on my face, so use washi to do things that you love and make you happy!

PS You can see her other projects here :)
PPS All photos belong to Allie. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Get One for 2013 Project

It would be an understatement to say that the past year was crafty. I can’t thank enough the crafters, makers, and collaborators I was so lucky to have met last year through the Hey Kessy Washi Party, crafternoons, craft soirées, workshops, and 10a Alabama fairs.

I wanted to give back to people, the world – most especially those with whom I don’t get to  interact with in my immediate surrounding (a.k.a. my room) – the inspiration and encouragement,  all the ideas, hugs, and virtual apir that have made me a better crafter, maker.

And so at the beginning of the year, I did this:

To read the complete story and see the other photos, go here :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What Would Boys Do: Daniel's Washi Jewelry and Christmas Presents

It was raining on the day of our last workshop in 2012 but the event was anything but gloomy. The workshop was rather exciting and inspiring because of this particular endearing participant: 

Everyone, meet Daniel! He's just 12 years old but takes crafting seriously! When I saw him enter Briggy Hall with Jean, I thought he was just there to drop her off. Instead of staying home and play video games, he braved the rain and joined us for an afternoon of washi crafting! It was our first time to have a boy join one of our workshops.

All throughout the workshop, he was really focused and determined to finish what he started. He actually made a lot of washi projects:

He made a washi origami washi star to decorate one of the gifts of his tita Jean:

The washi jewelry he made for his teachers for Christmas:

Look how cute these gifts are! I found it really sweet seeing his cute handwriting on the gifts tags:

Opps! No cheating, Daniel! Joke lang! Haha ;)

Daniel and his tita Jean. You can read her post about the workshop here :) (And Ginnie's, another participant, entry here)

Thank you, Daniel, for joining our workshop! Continue to inspire other people through your projects. We hope to meet more inspired young crafters like you :)

PS We are already organizing the next Hey Kessy Messy Washi Party and Hey Kessy Washi Workshop. What other washi projects would you like to learn doing?

PPS Read our 1st What Would Boys Do entry here.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

3rd Craft Soirée

When I got home from the 3rd Craft Soirée last December at Pino, Jupiter, I couldn't help but reminisce about the time I attended the first soirée. I couldn't believe it was 8 months ago! Time flies so fast but I'm so grateful that I still get to hang out, chika, and make crafts with the friends I've made back then.

Just like what they all say, "Craft Soirée is better than your birthday!" because you get a bag full of (handmade) goodies. There's definitely truth in that! HAHA!

I got a DIY washi chalkboard from Aya Dalumpines! She even made washi magnets! So cool! Her projects would definitely make lovely gifts :)

Origami and felt bunting from Mikko, the craft puncher and paper goddess of I Try DIY:

  Alessa hand-carved the first letters of our names! Cool!

Allie used washi tapes to decorate our envelopes and make them more Christmas-y!

She gave out hand-drawn stickers and postcards she designed with her boyfriend, Lando :)

As if the beautifully written postcard wasn't enough, I even won a calligraphy set from Fozzy!! I think It's high time for me to start inking those nibs and getting my hands dirty! :)

Patricia gave us stickers! She also makes papercuts!

From Joy Ann, a quillist I met during at Craft MNL's Esty Party. She also joined our December mailswap :)

From the mommy-daughter tandem in our group:

I also received goodies from the other group's crafters:

Airees' handmade card. She also makes passport jackets and wallets covered in washi tapes! ;)

  Drea's metallic stickers!

 From Jacque :)

Lace earrings from GeraOnline

Even though April wasn't there, she sent us Mr. Snowman! ;) You were missed, April! We all want a crafters' event in Davao! *wink wink*

One of our crafter friends, Lorra of Stars for Dreams, also attended! She used our washi tapes for her cards :)

Another friendly face was Jeanie! She was at the Hey Kessy Messy Washi Party last month.

Jeanie with Mariel's hand-dyed wooden clothespin.

PS Read about Mansilliana Sunday's blog post about her project here :)
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