Deco tape – it’s only my newest obsession

Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.
Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE

Hello Kitty Deco tape

Maybe it was one or two years ago that I first spotted decoration tape online? I’ve never seen this Japanese stuff in any stores here in Sweden, so I was fascinated and interested. What could then be cooler than stickers on a roll? Cute little images that unwind forever? Fun that becomes longer and longer the more you roll out – and don’t finish in two seconds like stickers sheets does? Nothing!? Today I don’t think so anyway.

Tape is fun!

As I said in my post yesterday I’ve been collecting stickers since childhood. Thanks for your encouragement on making stickers of my own, I so want to sit down and do them today but I can’t! Maybe during the weekend? No, Monday!?

Deco friends
And I’m also getting more and more Hello Kitty obsessed. In a happy calm way I think, not in a obsessive I need to get everything Hello Kitty-way (at least not yet). I’ve decided that I am a Hello Kitty collector for real now. Previous years it’s been something that made me think of my childhood. Now it’s a decision and I like that. But just as I do with my owl collection, I won’t get everything or even close to that. I don’t even like half of the Hello Kitty stuff that is available, most of it is ugly or tacky to me. I like her plain in her red little dress! I will buy an occasional item when I want to give myself a gift.

Deco tape
The decoration tapes was just that, a happy gift to me because it’s winter and I work a lot. So I went to Etsy and found a supplies seller in Japan, then I went through all of her deco tape items and took my pick(s). First it made me feel silly but then I let that feeling go. Goodbye feeling stupid or childish – I don’t care!

I ♥ my deco tapes / plastic decorative tapes with yummy patterns!

Deco tape

I bought two kind of tapes. The cute Hello Kitty-kind and the kind that looks like lace (white and black pattern on transparent tape).

Tape is fun!

I’m not sure I will get totally obsessed with these tapes, but I’m happy about the ones I bought. Right now I don’t feel any urge to buy more, but if you ever see a cute one and want to send it here… hehe.

Tape is fun!
Spread in my diary trying out the deco tapes, except the white lace ones because they need some colored background to show up. It’s just so much fun to roll a tape out and make a page shine! I think everyone needs a roll of deco tape – now!

Decoration tape inspiration

I’ve spilled the beans. What’s your latest (biggest or most childish) obsession? ;-)

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24 Responses to Deco tape – it’s only my newest obsession

  1. Ingrid says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Hanna!

    I know it’s a very American holiday – but it’s a very nice thing to have a day specifically dedicated to that for which we’re thankful (like creativity, paint, stickers, colour, crayons, and people like you!), where we can realise that we are blessed in so many ways and how surrounded we are by people who love us.

    Thank you for your blog, it inspires me every day!

    Love,

  2. Jeannine says:

    I love deco tape too! I just bought some on etsy and I can’t wait to get it and play!

    Hope you have a lovely day, Hanna! Say hello to Smilla for me.

    :)

  3. jon buscall says:

    Great stuff, indeed, but I wish they had it with basset hounds on! I have five very real hounds right now under my desk. I’d love hound tape to send out with my Kennel Christmas Card.

  4. U2Kitteh says:

    Neat! I have seen some “deco tape” in stores but never thought to use them for crafts! I’m still not sure what I would do with it if I had some, but it looks like you put yours to good use! Hello Kitty is TOO cute and I don’t think it’s silly at all for wanting to get some. ;) I think the quote you chose for this entry explains it all!

    Have fun!

  5. So cute! I’ve been collecting the tapes now too…and I share your passion for Hello Kitty….the original..I think it was 1973 red dress style…my FAVORITE for sure. Although I will admit I am also a sucker for Little Twin Stars and My Melody.. :)

  6. jojoebi says:

    A little now fact about Hello Kitty. In Japan there are 46 or 47 prefectures and each one has their own Kitty Chan charm. I live in Saitama and Sai in Japanese is Rhino, so our Kitty Chan has a little Rhino outfit on. I had been living in japan for about 6 years before I found out about this. One of my school managers was a BIG kitty fan and he TOLD me all about it, it had almost the whole lot.

  7. Shellyfish says:

    I am in love with that lacy black deco tape!

    Even though I don’t really know you, I thought of you today…I bought my first tub of Gesso!! And some acrylic paints, too! I’m so excited!!!

  8. Tammy says:

    How totally fun! I love the potential of new art supplies!
    Tammy

  9. Shell says:

    This is a secret of mine. I still love buying teen fashion magazines. There layouts are so full of color and fun so much more than the adult ones. I use them for collages and visual pages in my journals. They work out great. Now I have admitted out loud. I do love the deco tape. I have to look for them when I go back to chinatown.

  10. Laura says:

    Happy Thanksgiving from the states Hanna! I don’t think I have ever had more than 1 role of deco tape… but I remember that tape fondly. It was yellow with monkeys. I was 5. I think deco tape may make it to my holiday wish list…

  11. Zom says:

    I wish I could find the decorator tapes in Australia. Love the lacey ones.

  12. Sister Diane says:

    So cute! We have a Saturday Market vendor here who incorporates these tapes into duct-tape wallets. It’s crazy how many different designs there are!

  13. Tally says:

    I just found this and thought of you. Maybe you don’t know the link yet and might enjoy:

    http://users.livejournal.com/_shakty_/29468.html

  14. amy says:

    Oh no. I had forgotten about this and now that you bring it up I am wanting some again. I rationalize it in that my daughter loves hello kitty and tape and I would really be getting some for HER to use right? :)

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  16. malin says:

    Jag har en h?g med deco tapes som bara ligger, du f?r g?rna en del om du vill, eller om du vill byta mot n?got konst-igt?

  17. Sakizome says:

    I love your deco tapes. I only discovered them when I started my Etsy shop this year and wanted something fun to wrap my parcels. Then I discovered RetroNaNa and went crazy! It is so fun wrapping up my bags and purses now to send along and my buyers love their parcels! Joining you in your obsession! :)

  18. Shannon says:

    I would love to see your Flickr page but it is set to Private. Too bad! I love HK, too and I’m almost 40!

  19. beadle says:

    wow, i havent seen these before! i really like them, do you know were to buy the decotapes?

  20. iHanna says:

    Thanks for all your comments!

    beadle,
    as you can read in the post the shop where I bought these is called “RetroNaNa?s Shop” and you can find it at Etsy. :-) I don’t know if she still keeps these, but check it out.

  21. Vicky says:

    I just discovered deco tape and it’s so exciting! Those ones you picked out are really nice. I love the Hello Kitty stuff.

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  23. Tiffany says:

    Lovely blog post! I love how creatively you’ve used your deco tapes. =)

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