A few years ago, I ordered some washi tape because I found some pretty patterns, but I didn’t really know what to do with it. I’m not a bullet journaler, and I don’t make scrap books. My notes can sometimes be disorganized until I have too many random pages and decide what needs to get tossed and what gets saved. Back when I worked in an office, I would use a Moleskine notebook (soft cover) for work notes, passwords, and credentials to test sites. Back then I mostly wrote with a Cross ballpoint pen. But now that I work for myself and use fountain pens more frequently, I am not as disciplined about which notebook to use because I don’t have to be. Part of my detailed notes in this other assignment was a C.Y.A. strategy to make sure that I was doing everything that I was asked to do and in a certain order. I might return to more disciplined note taking though, at least in how I organize hand written material.
I recently had a large writing project (dissertation — I still feel weird typing that word) that involved interviews, and I had to keep handwritten notebooks for one-on-one interviews. I used washi tape to flag pages with specific information. I would take a wide piece of washi tape and place it along the top, so I could quickly find those pages while flipping through the notebooks.
About a month ago, I started to take client notes on some loose paper that I was testing out and wanted to keep some notes for a different project together, I chose a different pattern of washi tape and clipped those pages with a small binder clip. That way if I needed to find the notes for a series of meetings, I could look for the papers with the floral washi tape or the lemon washi tape or the ____ washi tape. I like using washi tape this way because I can group notes by topic or theme, and it makes papers easier to find and a little bit more decorative.
How do you use washi tape?