So this is for the absolute beginner, who asks, “What's washi?” Washi is what the Japanese call masking tape, usually made out of rice paper. You will even see it called mt (masking tape). For beginner planners, washi is your best friend. You can make a spread look elegant with the use of some pretty washi tape. It is also an inexpensive way to decorate your planner, unless you get obsessed and start buying up washi tape like it is going extinct. A roll goes a long way. Why it is perfect for beginners is that it is very forgiving. If you adhere it and it doesn't look straight to you, you can remove and reapply most tapes. You can also find great bargains in the dollar stores, Tuesday Morning, and other discount stores. Mambi, Michael's and Hobby Lobby sell tubes with matching washi tape collections. These are a great addition to your planner supplies when you can use a 40% or 50% coupon. Washi has many other uses in addition to decorating your planner. It is great for paper crafting, and many other creative projects. Some washi is solid, but most have some areas where you can see through to your paper. This gives you a lot of options. See how I have used washi in my weekly spreads.
If I have some writing work to do that I am not looking forward to, I decorate the page with washi, and it instantly becomes more fun. Brainstorming on a page decorated with washi helps me be more creative. Try this and let me know what you think.
Have a look at some of my favorite washi tapes: