18 Oct 2013

washi taping notebook spines

As I was looking at my bookshelf, I was trying to think of a way to make the black spines of the Rhodia notebooks more interesting. Then I looked to my right and saw my box of washi tape and had a lightbulb moment: washi taping the spines of notebooks. Here is how the Rhodia notebooks looked after I was done blitzing them with washi tape:

It's quite simple really. One tip though: leave about a centimetre of tape at the end:

And then fold it over and poke it with a needle so that it sticks under the bound bit of the notebook:

How good does this look on my bookshelf?! 

You could even do these on bound diaries (e.g. Moleskines) or use a rainbow spectrum of colours.
In a way, it sort of works as a way to add a little bit of decoration to a boring bookshelf. What I've found is that washi tape is good for this because you can lift it up if you haven't aligned it properly along the spine of the notebook. And because it doesn't lose any stickiness, you can keep trying until you get the perfect alignment. On a few occasions, it took me three or four goes to get the alignment right so don't be afraid to lift up the washi tape and try again.


  1. They look so pretty Angela! I've started buying washi tape now, waiting for some more from eBay :D

    Zoe xoxo

  2. And you can now tell them apart from each other :-) Fabulous!!! x

  3. It looks so pretty! I may have to try this!

  4. These look so good! I now want to go and buy notebooks and tape just to do this!