Friday, 6 January 2012

More tape's are a-coming!

So I just got word that the next TWO collections are being packaged right now, so delivery should be about 2 weeks.  I've been a little quiet about these next two designs, what with the bustle of the christmas season all around us.  They've been christened Sampson and Bianca. 

Like the name suggests Sampson is a rugged manly mans collection, grey and black and off-road (hint hint) ready for a fight like it's namesake from Romeo & Juliet.  Bianca on the other hand is all-girl.  Like Shakespeare's jealous lover in Othello I think the pretty-in-pink Bianca will give our Ophelia a run for her money!
In more production news we have two collections slated for release in February/March.  Viola, all glamourous in her vintage hues and Duncan...well Duncan I am going to keep under wraps.  Although, if you're a Shakespeare buff you might be able to figure out why I would choose Duncan, but I warn you it's an obscure Macbeth reference for sure!

So all in all the production schedule for the next four collections is well underway.  We also have 9 new Core Line tapes arriving in two weeks so it's busy busy busy in the world of washi!

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Guest Designer Call - SP Washi Tape

Coming into the new year Sawyer's Place, designer and manufacturer of SP Washi Tape is on the lookout for bloggers to be a guest designer this year.

If chosen you will be provided with a set of our exclusive washi tape designs from our wide range with which to explore your creativity and all we ask is that you create two projects using the tape, publish it on your blog and allow us to use your work to demonstrated the products.

Created to offer flexibility and creativity to all crafters Japanese Washi Tape is a versatile product essential to every papercrafter's toolkit - and it comes in so many gorgeous colours as well!

To apply, please submit a photograph of two layouts or cards you have created (any products/design) along with a link to your blog/facebook page.

You can check out our range in store at :
Bloggers worldwide are encouraged to apply.

Email your application to :

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Upcoming New Collection Launch & More

Next week Sawyer's Place will be launching the second line of SP Exclusive tapes - the Titus Collection. As a mother to a 2 year old boy the new collection has been heavily influenced by my desire to have something 'for the guys', something fun and something manly - and of course something blue! As a one-woman design team I find it difficult to step out of my own mindset of what I want and step into the shoes of our customer - which is why if you're a fan of our facebook page (Sawyer's Place FB) you'll notice me regularly attempting to pick the brains of you all. 

All suggestions are taken on board and I think in the upcoming collections some of you may see your own suggestions come to fruition, I've had many an 'ah-ha' moment when reading the suggestions, pleads and begging sof our customers for this design or that. So if there is anything you'd love to see in a tape please drop me a line or stop by the facebook page with your requests.

Titus will be joined on his flight with a restock of many of our core line (the red and green spots for example) as well as some new limited edition releases and will also feature our new labelling!

If you're a blogger or store owner and would like to test-run the new design collection please email me at : I'll be selecting 3 new blogs to test run the Titus collection in the coming weeks.

This new label and the vacuum sealed packaging brings our product in line with the industry standard across Asia and I am so excited to be launching it, our new collection and great new core lines all in the next stay tuned! 

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Industry of Man

In the next few weeks Sawyer's Place will release the second exclusive collection of washi tapes.  Finding a name for this collection has proven difficult, but after tossing and turning I have constantly been drawn to the title character of Titus Andronicus, the most bloody and foul, vengeful of Shakespeare's heroes. The collection is "all man" and industrial in nature, the Roman Empire is certainly indicative of that and Titus is such a strong and evocative name. So Titus it is.

The set is to be made up of two designer patterns and one coordinating stripe. It is my intention in the coming months to develop our range to coordinate with the spots, stripes and plains that everyone has come to love already. Allowing you to easily mix and match your tapes in any given project.

So all of those with boys in your life of any age that have been crying out for something "manly" I think you're going to really love Titus - I know I already do and they're not even here yet.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Delving into the world of washi!

Today I received the first proofs of our new collection, it's such an exciting step and I'm really enjoying working with the manufacturer to bring my designs to fruition.  At the moment we're neck deep in design, while at the same time promoting and fulfilling orders from the previous line and working on designs for the next, it's  certainly hard to switch from one mode to the other at times and it often means Iam up all night with a head full of washi but it's exciting nonetheless.  So what are all the steps?

Firstly I develop my design idea, creating a jpeg of my design plan and identifying the colours from a pantone chart for the factory designers to develop a proof. With the Ophelia collection the first designs had a simple text file for Insanity Script and one damask shape drawing for the Regal Damask.

The designers at the factory then create 'proofs', both a digital file and photographs of the printed tapes (on strips of paper). A little bit of back and forth to refine the designs where necessary and then we're onto manufacture!

After the printing of the design onto large sheets of washi (or rice paper) adhesive is applied to the rolls.  A stripping agent is applied to the printed side to enable the tape to be pulled cleanly from the roll.

15 meters of rice paper tapes with glue on their backsides, and stripping agent on their front sides, are wrapped up into a core.

Tapes are gathered in large rolls in the factory before being cut to size manually.

The rolls are then packaged for delivery and head their way to Sawyer's Place on the South Coast of Western Australia.  A long way from where they start in Japan! From conception to delivery and release the entire process takes about 8-12 weeks depending on how complicated the design is and how many times we make changes to the proofs.  And all of this is accomplished between us and the factory staff - and we don't speak the same language!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Busy busy busy!

Well it's been a week since I launched the Ophelia Collection of tapes and the response has been wonderful. To date 104 rolls of these two gorgeous designs have winged their way across the country (and a couple have even gone overseas) and while I am busily packaging envelopes each day I'm also deep in the planning and design phase for the next collection, but more about THAT soon as today I wanted to share with you some of the projects that have been created using these two new classic designs.

Rhonda Yates created this truly elegant card above using the Regal Damask print.

Thanks to Jessica Theodore, one of our blogging triallers for submitting this gorgeous offering.

And Chloe Hill had a lot of spooky Halloween fun creating this layout of herself using the Insanity Script tape.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The first collection is here!

Well it's been six months in the making (and the translating) but the very first Sawyer's Place exclusive washi tape designs are now here. Since arriving on Monday 58 rolls have flown out the door, a sure sign that our biggest fans are as in love with the elegant and stylish patterns as I am.  And 12 of those have gone to buyers who've not been beaten over the head with my blog and facebook posts about them so they're clearly speaking for themselves.

So if you haven't seen them here they are. First up in the Ophelia collection is Regal Damask, a classic black on white elegant design.

And her partner is called Insanity Script. A dark black tape with a vintage feel script printed in white, it's hard to tell amidst the 'crazy' scrawl but there are in fact 7 different prints in this pattern, and if you can tell me what any of them say I'd love to hear it.

Each roll is 15mm wide and 15 metres long, after much thought I have committed to having our line of tapes all be 15m long.  I know that the major manufacturers of washi tape have downsized to 10m rolls but I believe we can continue to be competitive and offer greater value for money with our designs.  Similarly those that have purchased various tape patterns from us over the past few months would have noticed that they were varying lengths and roll sizes - this is because we have been trialling a number of factories in Japan and China before settling on 'our' manufacturer.  I think you'll be as happy with the quality of print, adhesive and application as I am.

The two Ophelia tapes will shortly be paired with two coordinating 'dotty' patterns. It is my plan to have all of our tapes match or coordinate with simple patterns and plains to create easy to use sets at a bulk-buy price.

Sawyer's Place washi tapes are available for wholesale - does your local scrap shop have washi tape? Why not? Retailers can contact me at with any enquiries.